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2016

Apple dissolves Mac automation management post, Sal Soghoian to leave company

Wednesday November 16, 2016

It was revealed on Wednesday that longtime Apple Product Manager of Automation Technologies Sal Soghoian, whose work is responsible for services like AppleScript and Automator, will be leaving the company in December as his post was recently eliminated.

Microsoft releases preview edition of Visual Studio for Mac

Wednesday November 16, 2016

As anticipated earlier this week, Microsoft on Wednesday released Visual Studio for the Mac, bringing over one of its signature Windows developer tools.

How to capture screenshots of the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro

Wednesday November 16, 2016

The Touch Bar input strip on new MacBook Pro models is itself a Retina Display, but it doesn't show up as a display in System Report. That's prompted Apple to create specialized support in its Grab app to enable capture of screenshots of its current status.

Killer Deal: $100-$200 off Late 2016 13" MacBook Pros with no tax outside NY

Wednesday November 16, 2016

Apple authorized reseller B&H is taking triple digit discounts off select 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro models without a Touch Bar. On top of the instant savings, B&H will not collect sales tax on orders outside NY and expedited shipping is free. In total, shoppers can save $236-$408, making these the largest discounts we've seen on the new models to date.

Amazon's Music Unlimited upgrades with monthly & annual Family plans

Wednesday November 16, 2016

Amazon on Wednesday launched two Family plans for subscribers to Music Unlimited, its recently-launched competitor to on-demand services like Spotify and Apple Music.

Valve developer claims macOS SteamVR release coming in the next few months

Wednesday November 16, 2016

Reiterated by a report on Wednesday, an executive for Valve's Steam digital delivery platform has declared that preliminary versions of the company's VR platform will be available for macOS and Linux very soon.

Audi, Kia & Genesis announce new vehicles ready for Apple's CarPlay

Wednesday November 16, 2016

Several automakers have announced new CarPlay-ready vehicles in anticipation of this week's Los Angeles Auto Show, among them Kia, and luxury brands Audi and Genesis.

Everything you need to know about USB-C & Thunderbolt 3 on Apple's new MacBook Pro

Wednesday November 16, 2016

Apple has decisively transitioned its new MacBook Pros to use the slim, unidirectional new USB-C port first introduced on the Retina MacBook a year and a half ago. Its latest MacBook Pro machines not only supply more connectors, but also support the enhanced new USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 protocols for blazing fast wired connectivity and high resolution displays.

Apple marketing power, inconsistent video purchasing habits confusing Hollywood

Wednesday November 16, 2016

With Apple both throwing its weight around to capture exclusives for video content -- and not willing to get in a bidding war with other streaming services for content -- Hollywood is said to be beginning to question the company's future intentions as a media venue.

Manhattan DA's office says it has 423 uncracked Apple devices in evidence room

Wednesday November 16, 2016

The Manhattan district attorney's office now has 423 uncrackable devices in its evidence room, all of them Apple products running iOS 8 or later, according to a new report.

Apple-authorized reseller in Czech Republic expects AirPods to be available in December

Wednesday November 16, 2016

Announced back in September, Apple's completely wireless AirPods still do not have a concrete shipping date, though one international reseller claims they won't arrive this month, instead becoming available in December.

13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown shows difficult to repair computer

Wednesday November 16, 2016

The first full tear-down of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has concluded, with confirmation of a non-removable SSD, and as expected the computer has little possibility of user repairability.

Apple's MacBook Pro Touch Bar currently lets users scrub through YouTube ads

Wednesday November 16, 2016

In Safari, the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro can currently be used to scrub through YouTube videos -- including normally unskippable 30-second pre-roll ads, owners have discovered.

Apple Music nabs exclusive streaming rights to star-studded '808' documentary

Tuesday November 15, 2016

Apple has secured exclusive first access rights to "808," a documentary film chronicling the impact the Roland TR-808 programmable drum machine had, and continues to have despite its discontinuation 33 years ago, on the music making world.

New MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models arrive at select Apple stores

Tuesday November 15, 2016

Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models are trickling in to the company's retail stores, though it appears only select flagship locations are being granted early access to the hotly anticipated laptop.

Apple releases third watchOS 3.1.1 beta to developers with minor revisions

Tuesday November 15, 2016

Apple on Tuesday pushed out the latest build of its upcoming watchOS 3.1.1 operating system to developers for testing, with the new seed containing minor improvements over the version issued last week.

Apple Pay's international expansion continues with more banks in China & Russia

Tuesday November 15, 2016

Apple on Tuesday updated its roster of banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay with additions in China and Russia, extending the platform's international footprint even further.

Jony Ive speaks on means and methods of 'Designed by Apple in California' book

Tuesday November 15, 2016

In an interview about the new "Designed by Apple in California" coffee-table book, Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive speaks about how the title was composed, documentation of the processes used to build the products in the book, and Apple's history.

Monitoring software on some US Android phones sent text messages, location info to China [u]

Tuesday November 15, 2016

Pre-installed software on some Android phones from a developer contracted to develop the software for an undisclosed Chinese manufacturer sends the contents of text messages composed on the device, in addition to other user metadata, to a server in China.

First look: DJI's iOS-connected $1499 Phantom 4 Pro with enhanced autopilot modes, 1" camera sensor

Tuesday November 15, 2016

DJI on Tuesday unveiled a new upgrade for its prosumer-level iOS-connected aerial camera drone, aiming the Phantom 4 Pro at users who want high-quality images and more advanced autopilot functions.