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Friday November 18

21:10
ChronoSync 4.7.1

Improves sync performance when syncing with Google Cloud and Amazon S3 cloud connections. ($49.99 new, free update, 42.6 MB)

 

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20:43
Intel is reportedly backing away from wearables

When Intel bought Basis back in 2014, there were hopes the acquisition would push the wearables firm to the next level. Sadly, things didn't go that way -- the company's first Intel-backed product had a tendency to catch fire, and was subsequently pu...

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20:20
Nest introduces camera streaming to Apple TV, '...

Alphabet's Nest this week rolled out an update to its app platform that allows owners to stream Nest Cam feeds directly to fourth-generation Apple TV units, while introducing a new video clip creation and sharing feature called "instaclip."

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19:36
Microsoft executive bonuses could soon be tied to...

When we graded Microsoft on its employee diversity last year, its report card wasn't exactly stellar. Despite filling out its leadership team with more women and ethnic minorities than ever in its history, the diversity of the company's general ranks...

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18:38
SolarCity roofing might cost the same as traditional...

Elon Musk might make grand statements, but he has a track record of backing them up with results. Like creating reusable spacecraft, for example. But Musk's latest sentiments about his SolarCity energy company might break that streak. "I don't want t...

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17:47
Teardown of 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar...

Repair firm iFixit on Friday completed its dissection of Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which boasts upscaled components and extra hardware not found on its smaller 13-inch sibling.

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16:50
Apple confirmed limiting iPhone 7 Qualcomm modem to...

A follow-up report regarding iPhone 7 download speeds confirms Apple is indeed limiting the performance of Verizon/Sprint units with Qualcomm modems to keep parity with AT&T/T-Mobile versions running Intel's new communication package.

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16:43
1Password 6.5.1

Adds support for unlocking 1Password via the integrated Touch ID sensor on the new MacBook Pro. ($64.99 new, free update, 44.3 MB)

 

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16:27
Killer Deals: Save $150 to $275 instantly on Apple...

First come, first served: From now till Black Friday, AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons to instantly save between $150 and $275 on pre-orders for every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus no tax in 48 states.

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16:20
Slashdot Asks: Which Windows Laptop Could Replace a...

Last month, Apple unveiled new MacBook Pros, featuring an OLED Touch Bar, Touch ID, and all-new form factor that shaves off roughly 3mm in thickness. There are three base versions of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Core i5 processors and 8GB of memory (upgradable to 16GB RAM and dual-core Intel Core i7 processors) for $1,499, $1,799 and $1,999. The base model 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with Core i7 processors and 16GB of memory for $2,399 and $2,799. Of course, adapters and AppleCare support are sold separately. The new laptops are great for Apple users -- but what about Windows users? Is there a Windows laptop that matches the new MacBook Pro in terms of build quality, reliability, and performance? Jack Schofield via The Guardian attempts to help Patrick, who is looking for a PC that matches Apple's new offerings as closely as possible. "I use my Mac for all the usual surfing, watching videos, listening to music and so on," Patrick writes. "I also use Adobe Photoshop pretty...

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15:43
'Netflix Vista' imagines binge watching...

Sure, lately it feels like we're living an episode of Charlie Brooker's tech-gone-wrong series Black Mirror, but what if we really were? This "Netflix Vista" short just posted by the company takes that idea to its preferred conclusion. Including tech...

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15:32
Hyperloop One settles lawsuit with former employees

As Hyperloop One continues its attempt at building the future of public transportation, it's moving on without the baggage of a messy lawsuit. The company announced today that it has reached a settlement with former employees, including co-founder an...

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15:15
The slow evolution of the tech-centric LA Auto Show

The LA Auto Show billed itself as the place where established automakers and enthusiastic startups would come together to show off the latest technological achievements in the world of cars. It even rebranded as "AutoMobility" combining the tradition...

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14:45
Ford CEO Mark Fields looks to a future beyond car...

Ford CEO Mark Fields has been moving the automaker into ventures outside of its normal core business of selling cars for a few years now. His LA Auto Show keynote touched on the company's current undertakings and future plans. Engadget sat down to ta...

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14:43
Comparing Apple's Late-2016 13" & 15...

Having trouble deciding between Apple's thin-but capable 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and the powerhouse 15-inch MacBook with Touch Bar? AppleInsider breaks down the pros and cons of each variant in this head-to-head comparison video.

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13:35
15 Touch Bar tips and tricks for the new MacBook Pro...

The Touch Bar is the flagship feature for the new MacBook Pro. It’s a small touch surface that offers dynamically changing content based on the current app you’re using.

The Touch bar is simple to use, but it’s somewhat deeper than it may appear at first. In this walkthrough video, we’ll discuss 15 tips and tricks for the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar to help you get started. more…

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13:35
Om Malik on the iPad vs. Mac debate

Om had some interesting things to say in the article. Personally, I use both iPad and Mac, but I use them in different ways. I think each device is suited for, and excels at, their own set of unique tasks.

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13:30
Turn yourself into a brilliant detective in Agatha...

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

Put your detective skills to the test with Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders—a clever point-and-tap mystery adventure that seamlessly moves you through the classic murder novel in the shoes of Christie’s famous protagonist, Hercule Poirot.

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13:28
Microsoft Goes All In for Linux


While not quite at the level of a parting of the waters, the news that Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation may seem miraculous to those aware of the past enmity between the company and the open source community. Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation as a platinum member, it announced Wednesday at its Microsoft Connect conference in New York. Google has joined the .Net foundation, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, also told attendees.

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13:19
PlayStation Vue comes to Apple TV

Today we are pleased to announce PlayStation Vue’s expansion to Apple TV. As one of the most highly requested devices by our fans, the PlayStation Vue experience on Apple TV will provide viewers with a better option to watch your favorite live TV programming, with unique streaming features such as cloud DVR, simultaneous streaming, and no long-term contract commitments.

I wonder how popular services like this are for people. There are still channels missing that I would like to watch, but Vue and SlingTV are making strong plays for customers.

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13:16
The Apple Daily Report for Nov. 18, 2016

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple has rolled out a new commercial for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar called Bulbs. The 1 minute, 37 second spot features flashes of some big (and small) inventions using exploding lightbulbs as a metaphor.

A new exploit requiring precise timing in conjunction with physical access to a device that has Siri enabled on the lock screen has surfaced, giving attackers the ability to view contact information, including photos, and message logs.

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13:12
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 18, 2016

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

Gary George has unleashed Santa Claws - Monster Mash 1.0. In the free game, players choose from a variety of holiday themed spooky characters, including Santa Claws, Fang Fairy, Putrid Cupid and Easter Mummy. Swipe enemies to earn coins and stars. You can use stars to unlock new stages, as well as can use points to become champion of the leaderboard.

Rapid Turtle Games has introduced Oil, Inc. 1.0. It’s a free oil industry simulation idle/clicker game in which you invest in your first oilfield drill, build a town for workers, unlock extra...

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13:10
Craig Federighi: Apple will continue support for ‘...

Responding to the brouhaha that the position of product manager of Automation Technologies has been eliminated, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, told 9to5Mac that “we have every intent to continue our support for great automation technologies in macOS.”

Of course, continuing to support AppleScript and Automator is a lot different than adding new features. As 9to5Mac notes, the automation solutions may be in “maintenance mode,” where the products continue to be supported but don’t have a new features roadmap for future macOS versions.

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13:01
KB Home debuts first HomeKit-enabled home community

Home-building company KB Home has unveiled the nation’s first HomeKit-enabled community at its Promenade at Communications Hill in San Jose, California. It’s the first homebuilder to make a HomeKit smart-home package available to homebuyers. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

Along with its introduction at Promenade at Communications Hill, the Apple HomeKit package will also be available for buyers at KB Home’s Magnolia at Patterson Ranch community. A model home showcasing how KB homeowners can simply and securely monitor and control Apple HomeKit-compatible...

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12:30
The Public Access Weekly: Operation Apples

Yes, yes there has been a ton of Battlefield 1 getting played in my household... Why do you ask?

It's been another crazy busy week over on Public Access so we're going to forego the small talk and jump right in, bullet point style:

There are r...

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12:05
KB Home unveils first-ever Apple HomeKit-enabled...

The Promenade at Communications Hill in San Jose, Calif., will be the first HomeKit-enabled community, featuring built-in Apple-connected smart home connectivity for prospective buyers.

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Big updates to old favorites

New apps of the week

This week’s roundup of apps includes significant updates to some of your favorite iPhone and iPad applications. Read on!

Any.do

One of our favorite taskmaster apps has long been Any.do (freemium, iPhone and iPad). Version 4.0 launched this week with two nifty features: First, it integrates a calendar so you can see your events and your tasks in one app. Second, it adds the “Any.do Assistant,” a Siri-like feature that tries to accomplish some of your tasks—like shopping for your spouse’s birthday gift—for you. Will it work? This feature is still in beta, but you can sign up for access right now over on Any.do’s site.

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11:40
Apple's Chip Choices May Leave Some iPhone...

Not all iPhone 7s are created equal, it turns out. The latest flagship smartphones from Apple that run on Verizon's network are technically capable of downloading data faster than those from AT&T. Yet in testing, the two phones perform about the same, according to researchers at Twin Prime Inc. and Cellular Insights. From a Bloomberg report: Neither firm is clear on the reason, but Twin Prime says it may be because Apple isn't using all the potential of a crucial component in the Verizon version. "The data indicates that the iPhone 7 is not taking advantage of all of Verizon's network capabilities," said Gabriel Tavridis, head of product at Twin Prime. "I doubt that Apple is throttling each bit on the Verizon iPhone, but it could have chosen to not enable certain features of the network chip." "Every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus meets or exceeds all of Apple's wireless performance standards, quality metrics, and reliability testing," Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said. "In all...

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11:30
Apple’s Craig Federighi: ‘Every intent’ to support...

Earlier this week, Apple let go of Sal Soghoian, who was the company’s Product Manager of Automation Technologies—meaning he was responsible for AppleScript and Automator. The news about Soghoian, who worked at Apple for nearly 20 years, raised concern in the Mac community that Apple no longer was interested in automation features in macOS.

Maybe the latest news from Apple will help ease the concerned. According to 9to5Mac, one of its readers sent an email to Apple Senior VP Craig Federighi about the future of macOS automation. The reader received the following response and forwarded it to 9to5Mac, which has verified the email:

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11:25
PlayStation Vue is now available on Apple TV

It looks like Apple’s new TV strategy is moving along nicely.

This week, Sony announced that it was bringing its TV streaming service, PlayStation Vue, to Apple TV (4th generation). PlayStation Vue is also compatible with the Apple TV’s Siri Remote, but unfortunately the service won’t be integrated into the forthcoming TV app for discovery content across tvOS apps.

PlayStation Vue lets viewers subscribe to smaller-sized TV packages, or mini-bundles, as well as add-on premium channels like HBO and live sports. You can stream from up to five devices at a time, and enjoy the perks of cloud DVR. The service starts at $30 or $40 a month depending on whether broadcast channels are available in your area. If you’re a current PS Vue...

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11:08
Jeep joins support for Apple CarPlay with 2017...

At this week's Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat Chrysler's Jeep division revealed its first vehicle with support for Apple CarPlay built in, the 2017 Compass.

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10:39
Apple accused of throttling iPhone 7 performance on...

In an effort to offer a uniform experience on the iPhone 7 regardless of carrier, Apple could be reducing the top speeds capable on Verizon, keeping them on par with rival carrier AT&T, a new investigation alleges.

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10:17
Homebuilder offers first Apple HomeKit accessory...

Homebuilder KB Home today announced that it will be first to offer a new “smart-home package” for homebuyers that will offer houses equipped with Apple HomeKit-enabled smart accessories.

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10:02
Automation technologies will continue to be...

Fans of macOS automation features like Automator and AppleScript feared the worst this week as it transpired that head of the automation technologies division, Sal Soghoian, had left the company and the whole unit inside Apple had been closed down. This fuelled speculation that Apple was abandoning a core power feature of the pro Mac user’s wheelhouse.

A 9to5Mac reader (who asked to remain anonymous) emailed Apple software exec Craig Federighi about the future of automation on the Mac. Federighi responded with a definitive reply that Apple “has every intent” to continue supporting automation on macOS.  See the full email after the jump …

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09:31
Time Tracking Sucks. Deal With It. Or Use Timing.

My thanks to Timing for sponsoring The Loop this week.

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for example because you had forgotten to set a timer?

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose Early Black Friday Deals...

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09:22
Former ‘Wall Street Journal’ editor joins Apple’s...

Wei Gu, a long-time China reporter most recently with the Wall Street Journal, has joined Apple to take up a PR Director role based out of its office in Shanghai, China, according to TechCrunch.

She has more than 18 years of media experience in both print and broadcast. That includes more than a decade as a columnist at Reuters in New York and Hong Kong, and close to four years at the Journal, where Gu wrote about business and markets as its Hong Kong-based China Wealth and Luxury editor. Beijing-based Carolyn Wu leads Apple’s media relations in China.

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08:24
Nest update brings support for Apple TV, ability to...

Nest has introduced a pretty substantial update to its iOS and Android apps, bringing Nest Aware customers the ability to easily create, save, and share video clips straight from the Nest app. The iOS app also adds support for Apple TV, so you can quickly check out your Nest Cam feeds straight from your couch…

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08:17
2017 Jeep Compass will be one of the first Jeeps to...

The 2017 Jeep Compass unveiled this week will be one of the first new Jeep models to add Apple CarPlay stock via the latest in-dash entertainment platform from Fiat Chrysler dubbed Uconnect 4.0.

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08:02
MacBook Pro integrated GPU misidentified by system...

Some recipients of the new MacBook Pro with integrated GPU are reporting that the macOS System Profiler is reporting that the chipset is better than it is, but the problem is purely cosmetic and the GPU is being properly utilized by the system.

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07:23
iPhone 7 supply remains constrained, Apple viewed as...

Retail availability of the iPhone 7 --?particularly the jumbo-sized iPhone 7 Plus --?remains in short supply just a week before Black Friday, a new survey has found, suggesting Apple is still struggling to satisfy consumer demand for its latest-generation handset.

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07:11
In-stock alert! B&H has a 2016 15" MacBook...

While supplies last, Apple authorized reseller B&H has Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2.6GHz/8GB/256GB/Radeon 450) in stock and ready to ship with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY. Plus, B&H is throwing in a free copy of Parallels 12 -- all while avoiding Apple's current 4-5 week wait time.

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07:08
Amazon is discounting Prime memberships by $20,...

Amazon:

Until November 18th at 11:59 p.m., PT, eligible new members can join Amazon Prime for $79 plus applicable taxes for the first year and enjoy member-only benefits and content, including The Grand Tour. Although the price in your cart will show $99, the promotion discount will be applied at checkout. You will be charged when you place your order.

Just in time for the holidays and the new show from the former Top Gear

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07:02
Apple hires former Wall Street Journal editor to...

Apple has reportedly hired Wei Gu -- recently an editor with the Wall Street Journal -- as a new director for its Chinese public relations team, operating out of Shanghai.

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07:02
The most influential images of all time

While all the images are incredible, fair warning: some are disturbing and might upset some people.

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06:48
Flawed 3rd-party chargers reportedly culprit in...

Sources close to the investigation on Chinese iPhone 6 models failing with what appears to be a charged battery have told AppleInsider that the main cause of the problems appear to be not related to Apple engineering, but is directly related to the proliferation of low-quality third-party charging peripherals in the country.

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06:48
Maybe it’s time for Apple to bring back the Mac...

After returning to Apple in 1997, Steve Jobs attempted to re-negotiate the clone manufacturers' license agreements. When the clone makers refused, Jobs refused to license later versions of the Apple hardware and operating systems to the clone vendors, effectively ending the clone program. Perhaps it’s time to bring it back.

Why? Read Chance Miller’s excellent editorial at 9to5Mac. As he mentions, with the Mac Pro and Mac mini both lagging significantly behind in terms of upgrades, lots of us are really starting to question Apple’s commitment to the Mac desktop market. And there was no mention of those two desktops or iMacs at last month’s Mac-focused “hello, again” event, which makes...

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06:23
PSA: If your 15-inch MacBook Pro claims it has an...

Aside from the size, one of the biggest differences between the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar is the much beefier graphics on the larger machine. While the 13-inch versions have only Intel integrated graphics, the 15-inch models additionally have AMD Radeon Pro discrete GPUs.

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06:15
iFixIt tears down the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch...

The gang at iFixIt, which tears apart devices to examine their innards, has torn down the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (look for my review soon). Teardown highlight include:

  • Just like its little brother, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Tool Barfeatures a plugged-up connector to nowhere. Based on a previous teardown, iFixIt speculates that Apple included an access port for the integrated SSD. Not a bad idea when it's impossible to physically salvage your data out of a damaged machine.
  • Compared to the merely supersized trackpad in the 13-inch MBP, the 15-inch trackpad is a figurative Big Gulp. Apple threw in an extra Broadcom touch controller IC to handle all of that extra touchable glass.
  • Just like its smaller brothers, most of the 15-inch MBP's speaker grille holes are cosmetic and don't go all the way through. 
  • Just like its smaller Touch Bar-wielding...
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06:07
New iPhone lock screen exploit reveals contact...

A new exploit requiring precise timing in conjunction with physical access to a device that has Siri enabled on the lock screen has surfaced, giving attackers the ability to view contact information, including photos, and message logs.

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06:00
Pre-order the "Woz-approved" Pocket Tripod...

You're sitting in the center seat in economy class with the people on both sides of you snoring away. It seems like the perfect time to just drift away with your favorite movie, but you don't want to hold your iPhone for 2 hours. So you reach into your wallet and pull out a tripod. No, you're not a magician; you're just a lucky person who took advantage of this Apple World Today Deal and pre-ordered the Pocket Tripod for $19.99. 

Pocket Tripod has had several successful runs through Kickstarter, and now the company is taking pre-orders for the next production run. The Pocket Tripod has about the same dimensions as a business card -- 3 x 2 x 0.01 inches -- but is made of durable high-impact plastic to fold into an adjustable stand. 

No less...

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05:54
Colbert's 'Late Show' skewers cost,...

On Thursday night's episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the show aired a parody of Apple's design videos to make fun of the company's new coffeetable book, Designed by Apple in California.

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05:53
iFixit teardown of 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch...

iFixit has completed its third teardown of the new MacBook Pro models, following the entry-level and Touch Bar 13-inch units with the top-of-the-range 15-inch version. The tl;dr is that the machine’s innards are almost identical to the 13-inch model.

One interesting find, also present in the smaller version, is a ‘connector to nowhere’: a port on the logic board that isn’t connected to anything. Comments on the previous teardown speculate that this might...

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05:51
Apple launches Multi-Touch repair profit for the...

Apple has launched a program to repair iPhone 6 Plus devices exhibiting t display flickering or Multi-Touch issues after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device.

If your iPhone 6 Plus is exhibiting the symptoms noted above, is in working order, and the screen is not cracked or broken, Apple will repair your device for a service price of $149. Apple will contact customers who may have paid for a service repair related to this issue either through Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange reimbursement. 

If you’ve not been contacted but paid for a repair that you believe was related to this issue, contact Apple. The reimbursement amount will equal the difference between the price you paid for the original service to your iPhone 6 Plus and the $149 service price.

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05:36
Apple offers to fix iPhone 6 Plus 'touch...

Apple is offering to repair at a reduced price iPhone 6 Plus smartphones with display flickering or multitouch issues.

The problem, described in August as “touch disease” by repair guide website iFixit, is characterized by a gray, flickering bar at the top of the display and an unresponsive touchscreen. The issue affects both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, according to iFixit.

Apple appears to consider it a problem with the way users handled the phone rather than a defect. It said Thursday that the company has determined that the smartphones may exhibit display flickering or Multi-Touch issues “after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device.”

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05:32
Amazon Echo can send hands-free texts for AT&T...

Say, you have your hands full and need to text someone ASAP -- if you're an AT&T subscriber with access to Amazon's speakers, you can now send messages completely hands free. Starting today, Amazon's Alexa-powered devices can compose messages for...

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05:30
Promise Technology launches free software upgrade...

Promise Technology Inc. has launched a free software upgrade for its Apollo Cloud personal cloud device and app designed to make it easier to manage all of your digital content. New features include cheduled daily backup, direct USB upload/download and more.

Designed to allow you and your family, small business colleagues and work groups to store and share data in your very own personal cloud, Apollo Cloud can be used with macOS and Windows on computers and iOS or Android on smartphones and tablets. It has four terabytes worth of storage. That's more...

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05:21
AppleInsider podcast talks MacBook Pro with Touch...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Dan discuss Dan's MacBook Pro review, MacBook Pros, what happens when Siri becomes a chatbot in Messages, and the latest in iPhone news and rumors.

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05:15
iPhones secretly storing call data in iCloud, allows...

This definitely qualifies as a mess between privacy, security and law enforcement.

While Apple emerged as a guardian of privacy earlier this year, fighting the FBI’s demands to help crack San Bernadino shooter Syed Farouk’s iPhone, implementing improved encryption for all its handsets and refusing to undermine that encryption, it appears that private data is being sent to the iCloud without user consent.

Russian digital forensics firm Elcomsoft has found that Apple’s mobile devices automatically send a user’s call history to the company’s servers if iCloud is enabled — but the data gets uploaded in many instances without user choice or notification.

“You only need to have iCloud itself enabled” for the data to be sent, said Vladimir Katalov,...

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05:00
Some newer MacBook Pro units arriving with System...

This is kind of strange.

Since the days of OS X El Capitan, Apple has activated a protection feature called System Integrity Protection, which is designed to keep your Mac safe from malware by restricting the permissions of the root user account and preventing unauthorized access to protected files and folders.

The program runs behind the scenes and is generally enabled by default in Mac running OS X El Capitan. Developer Jonathan Wight noticed that the System Integrity Protection feature has been disabled on newer Macs, prompting developer Steven Troughton-Smith to do an informal Twitter survey asking users about the status of their new machines.

As of now, the System Integrity Protection feature has been found to have been disabled out...

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05:00
GoPro's Drone Initiative Crashes With Karma...


GoPro's ambitious plans to be a player in the fledgling drone market crashed last week when it had to announce a product recall due to Karma UAV units falling from the sky. The company needed to resolve a performance issue related to loss of power during operation, it said. It indicated it would resume shipment of Karma at some point, but didn't suggest when. The Karma recall likely will have a significant impact on GoPro's stock price and revenue, said Michael Blades, a senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan.

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05:00
Wacom announces Cintiq Pro line of pen displays

Wacom has announced the Wacom Cintiq Pro line of creative pen displays, the Cintiq Pro 13 and Cintiq Pro 16. The line “wraps the most natural and precise pen performance to date into a sleek, thin and portable form factor to help designers, illustrators, photographers or anyone with a passion for art to unlock their creativity,” says Masahiko Yamada, president and CEO of Wacom. 

Paramount to the Cintiq Pro experience is the new Pro Pen 2, which purportedly delivers four times greater accuracy and pressure sensitivity than the previous Pro Pen. The improved Pro Pen 2 creates an intuitive, free-flowing experience with virtually lag-free tracking on a glass surface that produces just the right amount of friction and is coated to reduce reflection, according to...

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04:42
Apple Launches iPhone 6 Plus Multi-Touch Repair...

Apple has launched a repair program to address the “touch disease” affecting some iPhone 6 Plus phones. The company claims the problem is related to being dropped repeatedly, and is charging $149 for the repairs.

 

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04:40
Comment: Given the ultra-low repairability of the...

I don’t generally bother with AppleCare. My usual view is that, like any other extended warranty, it offers poor value for money. You’re paying a lot of money upfront for coverage you’ll likely never need.

Most Mac faults are going to make themselves known well inside the first year of standard Apple warranty coverage. The likelihood of a major fault occurring in the interval between the standard warranty expiring and AppleCare doing the same is very low. (There’s an additional factor at play in the EU, which I’ll get to later as it won’t be relevant to U.S. readers.)

But I am opting for it this time. Because the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is not only non-upgradable, but also pretty much non-repairable …

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04:30
iGlass is THE case to show off the beauty of the jet...

Last week Apple World Today covered the announcement of a newiPhone 7 Plus case called iGlass made by SwitchEasy. It’s unique in that, like the iPhone itself, it’s all glass and aluminum.

I had the opportunity to test one of the cases this week. The case is two parts--  an aluminum frame and a tempered glass back. The glass is only 0.8mm thick, and the transparency is 90% with a hardness of 7H. This should prevent scratching under most circumstances. The clarity of the back clearly shows not only the Apple logo,  but you can even still see the small writing at the bottom of the iPhone’s back.

There is only a 0.1mm gap between the glass and the back of the iPhone, but the glass never touches the iPhone. Only 13% of the iPhone is touched by the case. To keep dust from getting under the case at the camera cutout there is a small rubber gasket that is lightly glued to stick to the...

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04:28
Video: Stephen Colbert Late Show perfectly parodies...

Apple’s new design book ‘Designed by Apple in California’ is now on sale for $199/$299 at Apple Stores in a handful of countries — and it has already become the joke of Stephen Colbert’s late night TV show.

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04:00
Are you addicted to your iOS and macOS devices?

Despite three in four Americans believing that they maintain a healthy tech-life balance, a majority of Americans can't go more than two hours without checking their electronic devices, such as Macs, iPhones, and iPads, according to a Crucial.com Tech-Life Balance Survey. 

In fact, one in four Americans becomes stressed by going longer than 30 minutes without checking their email or phone due to a fear of missing out. Additionally, one in five would sooner go to dinner with an ex-significant other than separate from technology for a month. The independent survey, which was commissioned by Crucial.com and conducted by GMI Research, found a disconnect among Americans when it comes to the perceptions and realities of their technology use:

Men go to great lengths to stay connected: While three in four men reported having a balanced or very balanced tech-life ratio, 84% of men admitted to having checked a mobile device while driving, in a movie theater, at...

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02:00
iOS Devices Failed More Often Than Android Units...

A report from Blannco Technology Group has revealed that iOS devices failed more often than Android devices in the third quarter. Specifically, 62% of Apple iPhone and Apple iPad units suffered failures, compared to the 47% failure rate tallied by Android devices. Phone Arena reports: Apps crashed on 65% of iOS powered devices compared to just 25% of Android models. The breakdown for the iOS devices shows the Apple iPhone 6 with a leading 13% failure rate, followed by the Apple iPhone 6s (9%), Apple iPhone 5s (9%) and the Apple iPad Air 2 (2%). In the report, some of the blame for the high iOS failure rate is placed on the iOS 10 update. Among Android devices, the LeEco Le 2 had a 13% failure rate to lead the way. Two Xiaomi devices were next, both with a 9% rate. Those models were the Redmi 3S and the Redmi Note 3. Rounding out the top five are the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (5%) and the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (4%). Android flavored models faced problems with the battery (seen on 7% of...

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18:24
New subscription service ‘Setapp’ will offer 40+...

I don’t know if the Mac Community needs, wants or is ready for a subscription service like this. It will come down to the number and quality of the apps.

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16:54
Send in the Clones: If Apple doesn’t want to...

Seemingly neglected with the latest round of Mac refreshes are Apple’s desktop offerings. While the MacBook Pro was dramatically overhauled this year with a new design, faster internals, an all-new Touch Bar, and more, the desktop offerings, specifically the Mac mini and Mac Pro, were left untouched.

In fact, while the iMacs were last updated a little over a year ago, it has been since 2014 when the Mac mini saw even a speed bump and you have to go back over 1000 days to 2013 when the Mac Pro was updated with Apple VP of Marketing Phil Schiller rather ironically saying “can’t innovate anymore my ass.”

Apple’s inattention in this area has left many to question whether or not either standalone Mac has a future or if Apple could push the less lucrative desktop business into the hands of another company...

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16:50
Apple Launches 'Touch Disease' Repair...

Apple has ignored one of the biggest problems plaguing iPhone 6 Plus devices -- until now. The company today launched a new "Touch Disease" repair program for the iPhone 6 Plus, finally addressing complaints about a hardware defect that causes the display of the devices to become unresponsive to touch, or less responsive overall. If you have an iPhone 6 Plus that is affected by this defect, you will be able to have your device fixed for a service price of $149. You will be reimbursed by Apple if you paid more than $149 to have your device fixed before the repair program was implemented. MacRumors provides some extra details: Complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus touchscreen issue started in August, after iFixit published a video highlighting the bug and dubbed it "Touch Disease." Touch Disease presents as a gray flickering bar at the top of the screen and a display that becomes unresponsive or less responsive to touch. The problem is believed to be caused by the touchscreen controller...

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16:47
Apple will fix iPhone 6 Pluses with touchscreen...

Enlarge / The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you've been having touchscreen problems with your iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has a fix for you if you're willing to pay for it. The "iPhone 6 Plus Multi-Touch Repair Program" is for phones that are either having trouble registering touchscreen input or that are have flickering displays as a result of "being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device."

Unlike past iPhone repair programs—a list which includes the power button and...

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15:21
Apple activates iPhone 6 Plus repair program to...

In what appears to be a response to the so-called "touch disease" problem, Apple on Thursday initiated a special program to repair iPhone 6 Plus devices exhibiting screen flicker issues due to multiple drops on a hard surface.

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14:45
9.7-inch iPad Pro named ‘Tablet of the Year’ by ‘...

Apple won the top prize in Trusted Reviews Tablet of the Year category for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, beating the likes of Google's Pixel C and Microsoft's Surface Book.

"A tough choice this, but Apple's iPad Pro 9.7-inch is the best tablet for most people. It's much more manageable than the original Pro, but with a load of cool bits that made that slate so good,” says Mobile Editor, Max Parker. “The Apple Pencil is great fun, the keyboard handy when you're out and about, and the TrueTone display is easily the best around.”

The awards were handed out at an exclusive awards party in London. Twenty-eight industry products, services, and companies were honored at the event.

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14:45
Mozilla Launches Firefox Focus, a Stripped-Down...

Krystalo quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched a new browser for iOS. In addition to Firefox, the company now also offers Firefox Focus, a browser dedicated to user privacy that by default blocks many web trackers, including analytics, social, and advertising. You can download the new app now from Apple's App Store. If you're getting a huge feeling of deja vu, that's because in December 2015, Mozilla launched Focus by Firefox, a content blocker for iOS. The company has now rebranded the app as Firefox Focus, and it serves two purposes. The content blocker, which can still be used with Safari, remains unchanged. The basic browser, which can be used in conjunction with Firefox for iOS, is new. Firefox Focus is basically just an iOS web view with tracking protection. If you shut it down, or iOS shuts it down while it's in the background, the session is lost. There's also an erase button if you want to wipe your session sooner. But those are really the only features...

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14:44
Apple's Touch Bar MacBook Pro available for in-...

Apple on Thursday activated in-store pickup as an online order option for new MacBook with Touch Bar models, though initial stock checks show extremely limited availability nationwide.

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14:43
Apple launches Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone...

Apple today has launched a new repair program for iPhone 6 Plus users affected by the widely reported on “Touch Disease” hardware flaw. This flaw centers around an iPhone’s display becoming unresponsive and displaying a thin gray flickering line along the top.

As part of the new repair program, Apple will repair affected devices for a flat service price of $149.

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14:11
Touch Screens, Touch Bars, and the Single Point of...

The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros is a gimmick — but so was the mouse, once upon a time. In fact, Apple’s latest gimmick solves a problem we didn’t know we had: the friction caused by a single point of focus.

 

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14:04
MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar now available to order for...

Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has slowly been making its way into the hands of consumers gradually over the past week and many have already started to offer up their opinions on the new machine. While the new Touch Bar models first hit retail stores earlier this week, they are now available for pickup in store via Apple’s website, as well.

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13:44
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 17, 2016

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.

macOS Apps/Updates

AirBeamTV has introduced Mirror for Sony TV 1.0, the latest in a family of screen mirroring apps for macOS. It provides a way to mirror you Mac screen to your Sony Bravia Smart TV without cables or additional hardware. 

This works on any Sony Smart TV from the 2012 models onwards. It’s suitable for watching movies, giving presentations, watching photos, and more.

Mirror for Sony TV 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store.

AKVIS has released an update of Chameleon, software for creating photo collages. The new version...

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13:11
Upthere cloud service will scan & upload 1000 4×...

Upthere is a relatively new cloud service created in part by ex-OS X chief Bertrand Serlet, and the company has a special promotion kicking off today. The company is partnering with ScanMyPhotos.com to give away 1000 free 4×6 photo scans for Upthere customers.

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13:07
Apple upgrades Swift Playgrounds to version 1.1

Apple has updated Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app to teach kids of any age basic coding skills in Swift, to version 1.1. The upgrade — available at the Apple App Store — adds new Learn to Code lessons, support for sound and music.

Playgrounds is designed to teach basic programming concepts like loops and conditionals using an animated character that the budding programmers direct by writing code. The app offers suggestions for code to be used, and Swift Playgrounds also has a special iOS coding keyboard to ease entry of all of those pesky brackets. 

There's a "Fundamentals of Swift" lesson that teaches the basics; more advanced concepts can be explored in further lessons. Code is created on the left side of the iPad screen, and then results are immediately viewable on the right side of the screen with the tap of a "Run My Code" button. Should developers want to see a full-screen view of their handiwork, it's...

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13:04
How-To: Transfer files quickly between two MacBook...

Target Disk Mode isn’t a new technology, but the fact that you can now transfer files using Thunderbolt 3 is new. Target Disk Mode allows you to quickly share files between two MacBook Pros using Thunderbolt 3. Watch our video walk-through as we guide you through the process step-by-step. more…

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13:01
MacBook Pro external display support explained: 4K,...

Wondering what adapter or cable you need to connect your display to your new MacBook Pro’s USB-C ports? Apple this afternoon published an updated support document offering specifics on requirements for connecting 4K and 5K external displays to its new MacBook Pro models, including supported adapters and cables for Thunderbolt, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and other connections.

Apple notably unveiled new LG UltraFine monitors alongside its new MacBook Pros that use USB-C to connect to the new machines. But we’ve been getting a lot of questions from users about specifics on requirements for cables and adapters necessary to drive certain displays at 4K and 5K resolutions at 60 Hz refresh rates.

Here’s what you need to know:

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12:52
Apple touts genius potential of Touch Bar-equipped...

Apple on Thursday premiered a new video ad for the Touch Bar-enhanced MacBook Pro, marketing the computer as a "tool for all the ideas to come."

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12:45
Apple opens registrations for Hour of Code workshops...

The Apple store isn’t just for buying cables and adapters, visiting the Genius Bar, or checking your email on the iPads while your friend or loved one buys cables or adapters. Apple does a lot of educational programs for customers of all ages, and as of Thursday, registration is open for the popular Hour of Code workshops.

These will take place the week of December 5, running from that Monday through Sunday, December 11, at all 487 Apple stores worldwide (except the “company store” at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino). You can sign up for the free workshops by finding a nearby store here, and then picking a free time, and signing in with an Apple ID to complete the registration.

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12:38
System Integrity Protection disabled by default on...

Some -- but not all -- Touch Bar models of the new MacBook Pro are shipping with System Integrity Protection disabled, potentially exposing them to malware threats, according to discussions on Twitter.

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12:25
Apple releases ‘Bulbs’ TV ad featuring the new...

Apple has just shared a new TV commercial to its YouTube page, called ‘Bulbs’. The ad shows a series of lightbulbs exploding around the world, ending with a tag line ‘Ideas push the world forward’ and a few short shots of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

The ad highlights human inventions like fire, harvesting, woodwork, trains, transport, television, robots and space travel, finishing with a few glimpses of Apple’s newest MacBook Pro which it calls “a tool for all the ideas to come”. Watch the minute and a half spot after the jump …

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12:15
iPhone Call Logs Easy Pickings on iCloud, Says...


Russian digital forensics firm ElcomSoft on Thursday reported that Apple automatically uploads iPhone call logs to iCloud remote servers, and that users have no official way to disable this feature other than to completely switch off the iCloud drive. The data uploaded could include a list of all calls made and received on an iOS device, as well as phone numbers, dates and times, and duration, the firm said. Apple retains the cloud-based data for up to four months, according to ElcomSoft's report.

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12:15
∞ Apple’s new MacBook Pro ad: Bulbs

Good ad/idea.

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12:11
PlayStation Vue subscription streaming service...

Following availability on iOS and the PlayStation 4 game console, Sony on Thursday expanded its PlayStation Vue cable cutting service to the Apple TV.

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12:07
Apple updates Swift Playgrounds for iPad with new...

Apple's new iPad app designed to teach programming concepts has been updated with a third new Learn to Code lessons, support for sound and music, line highlighting and the upcoming Hour of Code workshops the company is hosting in its retail stores in early December.

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12:03
∞ Apple’s syncing of call log history is nothing

So Apple has been syncing call log history and some people have been reporting this as a major problem. Here’s Apple’s statement:

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11:55
Apple will cut App Store fees for video streaming...

Cupertino is ready to give a big tax break to video services that are sold via the App Store.

Apple is lowering the cut it takes from selling video streaming subscriptions down from 30 percent to 15 percent, according to Bloomberg. This is Apple’s latest move to try to get video partners for the launch of its new TV app for discovering content on the Apple TV. Previously, Apple has hit major roadblocks while negotiating with networks over the price of ...

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11:00
PSA: Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 MacBook...

There is a bit of confusion over what displays are supported via the new MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. If you don’t have a display that uses a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port— like the new 4K and 5K LG displays being sold exclusively by Apple for the new MacBook Pros— then you’ll need an adapter to go from Thunderbolt 3 to whatever I/O your display has (DisplayPort, HDMI, Thunderbolt 2, etc). Something like Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter, for example. 

But here’s where some users have been confused and accidentally purchased the wrong adapter:
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10:44
Twitter beta adds Snapchat-style QR codes to make...

It seems like every good idea gets stolen at some point, especially when it comes to social networks. The latest inspiration comes to Twitter in the form of QR code profile links, a feature that’s been lifted from Snapchat.

Just as with Snapchat, you can scan someone’s code and immediately follow their account. On iOS, you find your code by going to profile > gear > QR code. On Android, launch the slide-out menu and touch QR code to see it.

Twitter took heavy “inspiration” from Snapchat for its newest feature.

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10:37
Apple saves iPhone call history to iCloud, but...

Modern smartphones make it easy to back up all your data to the cloud so you can keep it synced across devices, or download it to a new phone. That can have unfortunate consequences, however—especially when phones are syncing sensitive information that users aren’t explicitly aware of, and then a company famous for developing smartphone cracking software finds out.

Moscow-based Elcomsoft recently added a feature to its Phone Breaker software that the company says can retrieve an iPhone user’s call history data via iCloud. To use its software to crack an iCloud account, an attacker would need your login data or a login token from one of your devices.

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10:28
How to connect 4K monitors to your Mac, even on some...

Getting 4K on a relatively recent Mac has some hang-ups, but is still possible -- and rewarding! AppleInsider explains the ins and outs of how to do so, even on some computers that Apple doesn't officially support.

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10:14
Mozilla launches ad-blocking Firefox Focus browser...

Mozilla on Thursday launched a new privacy-focused iOS Web browser, Firefox Focus, while Twitter started rolling support for iOS 10's more detailed notifications.

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10:01
PSA: Don’t mess with the Google!

Interesting story, via the Dan’s Deals site. In a nutshell, people in the forum started reporting that they had lost access to their gmail accounts, the accounts suspended due to terms of service violation.

From the article:

It turns out the common denominator is that they had all bought Google Pixel phones and shipped them to a phone dealer in New Hampshire who paid them a profit on each phone. There is no sales tax in New Hampshire and the phones are then resold to others.

The problem is that many of them didn’t read the terms that they agreed to when buying the phone from the Google store. Those state “You may only purchase Devices for your personal use. You may not commercially resell any Device, but you may give the Device as a gift.”

If true, this seems an overreach on Google’s part, suspending access to someone’s email for this sort of violation, rather than simply voiding the sale.

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