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Apple releases watchOS 3.1 update

3 hours 49 min ago

Along with iOS 10.1, Apple on Monday released watchOS 3.1, an update to its operating system for the Apple Watch.

To install the update, your Apple Watch needs to be in proximity of your iPhone that has a Wi-Fi connection, and the Watch needs to have at least a 50 percent charge and be connected to your charger. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone. Then tap General > Software Update. Tap Download and Install when you’re ready for the installation.

According to Apple’s release notes, watchOS 3.1 includes the following:

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Apple Watch Nike+ hits the ground running on Oct. 28

4 hours 11 min ago

With Apple Watch Series 2, Apple really began pushing the health and fitness benefits of wearing the device. The company even announced a partnership with Nike at its iPhone event last month, but runners had to wait to snag the special edition of the Series 2. The Nike-branded Apple Watch Series 2 is finally arriving in stores this Friday, Oct. 28.

The Nike+ edition has a lot in common with the standard Series 2. This special edition version is water-resistant up to 50 meters and has GPS for accurate swim- and run-tracking. It also has the powerful processor and ultra-bright display that make the Series 2 a solid upgrade from the original Apple Watch. And it’s the same price as the Series 2: $369 for the 38mm model and $399 for the 42mm.

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Portrait Camera now available for iPhone 7 as Apple releases iOS 10.1 update

4 hours 12 min ago

Apple on Monday released iOS 10.1, the first major update to its operating system for the iPhone. The new iOS 10.1 has the much-publicized new Portrait Camera feature for the iPhone 7. Portrait Camera produces a depth effect on photos where the subject in the foreground is in focus, while the background is blurred.

Before installing the update, be sure to back up your iOS device. The iOS 10.1 update is available for installation directly on the iPhone. Launch the Settings app, the tap General > Software Update. You can also update your device by connecting it to your Mac and using the iTunes Mac app. The update is 203.7MB.

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The Week in iPhone and iPad cases: Hex's backpack has a compartment for your iPad and... your sneakers?

7 hours 46 min ago
New iOS cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone and iPad cases brings us Hex’s Sneaker Backpack, a pack that can store all of your Apple gear and then some. Plus, leather picks, shiny aluminum, screen protectors, and folios. Read on!


The Tungsten Tough (iPhone 7; $40 MSRP, $20 on Amazon) features a brushed-metal plate combined with a reinforced bumper, providing solid protection from bumps and scratches.

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$85 billion AT&T, Time Warner deal under scrutiny from politicians, consumer groups

9 hours 31 min ago

The plan by AT&T to acquire Time Warner for US$85.4 billion has come under the microscope of U.S. politicians and public interest groups that are concerned about the antitrust implications of the mega-deal.

On Saturday, Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, said the deal would let it combine premium content with the networks to deliver it to every screen, including mobile displays.

But many politicians including Democratic party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump are concerned about the implications of the deal.

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AT&T will acquire Time Warner for $85.4B in content play

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 23:30

AT&T said it will acquire Time Warner for US$85.4 billion, reflecting a continuing trend for the consolidation of communications and media companies.

The deal aims to combine content from Time Warner, which has a film studio and a vast library of entertainment, with AT&T’s distribution network of mobile services, broadband and TV in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America, AT&T said late Saturday.

Under the part cash, part stock deal, Time Warner shareholders will receive $107.50 per share under the terms of the merger, consisting of $53.75 per share in cash and $53.75 per share in AT&T stock.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2017, and is subject to approval by Time Warner shareholders and review by the U.S. Department of Justice, AT&T said. Review from the Federal Communications Commission may also be required to the extent that FCC licenses may have to be transferred to AT&T under the deal.

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The Week in Apple News: Apple Oct. 27 event, Apple Car refocus, U.S. Vice President Tim Cook, and more

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 06:00
Apple headlines for the week ending Oct. 21, 2016

Circle this Thursday on your calendar for an Apple event. Maybe we’ll get new laptops, and it’d be nice if the desktop Macs were updated, too. However, while you’re waiting for Thursday, check out this slideshow of the top Apple-related headlines from the past week. Click on the link to get more information.

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The Week in iOS Apps: "Crap, I'm Broke" hits close to home

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 21:30
Darn! I'm out of money!

This week’s roundup includes a game that helps you experience the fun of living on the edge of economic calamity. Fun, right? Read on.

Crap! I'm Broke

Here’s a game that might be a little too on-the-nose for some of us: Crap! I’m Broke ($2) is a “hectic life management game”—think a cubist version of The Sims, maybe—in which you do odd jobs in order to keep starvation at bay. But it’s not all drudge work: You can be a “Good Samaritan” and collect karma points.

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Major DDoS attack on Dyn DNS knocks Spotify, Twitter, Github, PayPal, and more offline

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 18:34

Update 5: At 6:18 P.M. Eastern Dyn said the DDoS attacks have been resolved. Fingers crossed another wave doesn't occur, as happened earlier today. You can find Dyn's incident report here.

Update 4: Dyn is being hit by a third wave of DDoS attacks Friday afternoon. The attacks are “well planned and executed, coming from tens of millions of IP addresses at the same time,” the company told CNBC.

Update 3: A heat map purportedly showing backbone internet provider Level 3’s East Coast outages was removed from this piece at 2:50 p.m. Eastern, as a Level 3 spokesperson says its network “was operating normally this morning, and [the company] did not see an East Coast outage.” See the informative Periscope from its CSO embedded below.

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Why Apple is monitoring the AT&T and Time Warner deal

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 18:32

After Apple reportedly looked into acquiring Time Warner, it may be AT&T walking away with the media property. But Cupertino still has its eye on the price.

AT&T is in “advanced talks” to acquire Time Warner with a deal reportedly being finalized as early as this weekend. According to The Wall Street Journal, however, Apple is now closely monitoring the merger to see if any other bids surface or if other media properties suddenly become highly desirable. The AT&T and Time Warner deal could spark further consolidations of media companies with tech and telecom giants.

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Podcast 530: Project Titan may not be an Apple Car

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 14:36

If a tree falls in the woods and no one's around, does it make a sound? And if an Apple Car is parked before it ever drives, was it even a car? Project Titan could be shifting gears, but in a world where artificial intelligence and augmented reality grow more and more important, maybe the car isn't the most interesting problem Apple can solve.

Oh, just a note: We recorded this on Tuesday, October 18, one day before Apple invited journalists to its October 27 "Hello Again" event (presumably to announce new Macs). So that's why we muse about how late the invitations are—they were!—but now the event is confirmed, and we'll unpack all the announcements for you next week, probably Friday but maybe late Thursday if we can get it done quickly. Talk to you then!

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iPhone 7 cellular performance test: Qualcomm's modem is better than Intel's

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:31

With the iPhone 7, Apple diversified its modem supply for the first time. The company chose Intel and Qualcomm to provide baseband chipsets for two variations on the phone, the Intel version with GSM/WCDMA/LTE and Qualcomm’s with GSM/CDMA/WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/LTE support. Qualcomm’s modem powers the Verizon, Sprint, and SIM unlocked iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. If you have one of those versions, congrats! Your phone is capable of much better cellular reception than the Intel model, according to extensive testing from Cellular Insights.

You can check out the full test results, methodology, hardware details, and analysis here, and it’s definitely worth a read for the more technically minded. The bottom line is that the Intel variant of the iPhone 7 Plus consistently underperforms the Qualcomm version in LTE throughput. Intel’s chipset doesn’t support Enhanced Voice Services, or Ultra HD Voice, while Qualcomm’s does, though it doesn’t matter much because Apple has turned off this feature in the iPhone (despite its ability to significantly improve audio quality). T-Mobile’s network supports the advanced LTE Ultra HD Voice feature, but T-Mobile’s iPhone 7 models all have Intel modems.

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13 gadget-friendly travel bags for the discerning techie

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 10:49
The best travel bags and backpacks for techies

Would you use a rolling suitcase with a built-in laptop tray? How about a backpack designed specifically for GoPro fans, or a purse that recharges your iPhone? 

Bag makers, including startups and more established brands, clearly think you would. During the past year or so, a variety of bags hit the market that aim to make the life of the gadget-laden traveler a little easier, often in clever or unusual ways. These 13 bags range in style, size, features, and price. We road tested a few of them, and we selected the others because they're in some way different, cool or otherwise compelling.

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How switching to Macs is paying off for IBM

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 13:34

Last year, IBM made a bold decision. The company let its employees choose between a Windows PC or a Mac for their own work machines. IBM staffers prefer Macs, so the company bought up 30,000 of them. This year, IBM has 90,000 Macs in use. But Macs are expensive, as we all know, so IBM must be spending a fortune on making the switch…right? Apparently not.

IBM said Wednesday at the Jamf Nation User Conference that it’s actually saving money on each Mac: $273 to $543 per Mac over four years, compared to a Windows PC over the same time period. And no, that’s not because Microsoft is charging more. Fletcher Previn, IBM’s vice president of workplace as a service (yeah, that’s a real title), said Microsoft is giving IBM its best pricing ever. But Macs are still cheaper over their lifetime, and using them results in fewer service calls.

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PCWorld founder David Bunnell remembered: The mutiny, the magazines, the Mao suit

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:26

David Bunnell staged the mutiny that started PCWorld—and he once famously wore a Chairman Mao suit to a company meeting. As we mourn Bunnell’s passing on Tuesday night, PCWorld’s launch and the Mao stunt surface most among the editors who knew him. We’ve started collecting memories about Bunnell, and will add to this story as we reach out to compatriots who worked with David over the years.

Bunnell and Cheryl Woodard put out the first issue of PC Magazine in January, 1982, only to leave later that year with most of the staff after the publication was sold to Ziff-Davis without their consent. With funding from our parent company, IDG, that staff started PC World (as the print magazine was then spelled) with founding editor Andrew Fluegelman. The magazine quickly grew to be a leader in technology journalism. Bunnell went on to co-found Macworld and other technology publications for IDG, and eventually left for other ventures.

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Meet your new streaming TV bundlers: Apple, Amazon, Roku, and Google

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 06:00
Why you won't need Comcast or Charter to wrangle all your online video services.

NFL without cable: A cord cutter’s guide for the 2016 season

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 19:49
Watching sports without a big cable TV bundle has gotten a lot easier in the last year; NFL games are no exception.

Apple to announce new Macs at a special event October 27

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 17:05

It’s official—the wait for new Macs shouldn’t be much longer. Apple just sent out invites to journalists to a product unveiling at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. The event will take place next Thursday, October 27, at 10 a.m. Pacific.

Naturally, the invitation doesn’t specify what Apple will announce—the tagline is simply “Hello again.” Smart money is on updated Macs, since nothing but the 12-inch MacBook has been updated this year. Rumors have been swirling that Apple is prepping an update to the MacBook Pro line, which will include a set of touch-sensitive OLED keys to replace the function row along the top of the keyboard, allowing those keys to change based on the application you’re using.

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Remembering David Bunnell, the Macworld founder who relished lying to Steve Jobs

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 15:37

David Bunnell (1947-2016), founder of Macworld, PCWorld, and PC Magazine, passed away on Tuesday at his home in Berkeley, California. He was 69 years old. Without him, our website and sister sites wouldn’t be what they are today. Below, we remember one of Bunnell’s greatest stories—about how he convinced Steve Jobs to pose for the cover of Macworld’s very first issue back in 1985.

A few weeks after Steve Jobs posed for the cover of the first issue of Macworld, he changed his mind. He didn’t want to be on the cover anymore.

So David Bunnell, the founder of Macworld, used one of the oldest tricks in publishing: He lied about the magazine going to the presses.

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Reports: Apple has big plans to turn the MacBook keyboard into a display

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 14:35

Apple is reportedly planning to swap out the MacBook Pro’s row of function keys with a touchscreen OLED strip to make the keyboard more contextually relevant. This change heralds a much bigger one: a Kindle-esque e-ink display to replace the QWERTY keyboard.

That means the entire bottom half of the MacBook would be responsive to the app or language you’re using and change according to your needs. This would be incredibly useful for software developers, gamers, and people who communicate in multiple languages—basically anyone who needs special keys, including emoji lovers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the new keyboard is coming in 2018.

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