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Google Mapsgets update with full Uber integration and new UI for ride options

Google Maps gets Uber integration

The new update received by this service brings full Uber integration, as well as a new user interface for the section showing the ride options available at current location.
Sharp to invest over $800 million USD in OLED production

Sharp to invest over $800 million USD in OLED production

The trend towards OLED is ramping up with Sharp, JDI, LG, Foxconn, and SDP all devoting more resources to large-scale OLED manufacturing.
Google Chrome web browser leading the market as of January 2017

Chrome is the most popular web browser

Less than a decade since its arrival, Google Chrome leads the market with an impressive 44 percent share, followed by Safari with around 25 percent. Internet Explorer only gets third place, with less than 16 percent.
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The 2016 MacBook Pros have both faced criticism over sub-par battery life compared to previous models. (Source: Apple)

Safari bug allegedly responsible for poor Consumer Reports MacBook test results

Apple claims that Consumer Reports' tests of the Apple MacBook Pros were spoiled by a bug in Safari. The bug should be fixed in the latest macOS beta, and the publication has agreed to re-run their tests and adjust their verdict if needed.
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8 GB SDRAM could soon become the standard for high-end handsets. (Source: SK Hynix)

SK Hynix announces 8GB LPDDR4X DRAM for phones

Semiconductor company SK Hynix has announced the release of 8 GB LPDDR4X DRAM, made possible through high-density 16Gb chips. The DRAM is 30% smaller and 20% more power efficient than current LPDDR4.
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"Take mine"! The new Apple spot puts the focus on the Portrait Mode in the iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple "Take mine!": New iPhone 7 Plus commercial puts focus on Portrait Mode

Apple shows off how powerful Portrait Mode in the iPhone 7 Plus really is. The new commercial aptly named "Take mine!" follows a young woman around a small village in Italy where everyone wants to have their pictures taken.
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The iPad mini 4 will not get an update any time soon, says Ming-Chi Kuo.

Ming-Chi Kuo: Three new iPads to come in 2nd quarter, no iPad mini

Another report coming from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo affirmed, that Apple will release three new iPad models in quarter 2 of this year. The iPad mini 4 will not get an update, but a new 10 inch version with slim bezels will be released instead.
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Gartner predicts that a rebound of iPhone sales will primarily drive Apple to overtake Microsoft. (Source: Apple)

User-share of Macs may have hit a five-year-low, but Gartner predicts future Apple domination

Despite missed sales expectations and a five-year-low user share, research firm Gartner is predicting that iOS and macOS devices will overtake Windows in terms of devices shipped per-annum.
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IGZO transistors have been around for over a decade, but have not yet seen widespread adoption. (Source: Version Daily)

Apple to switch to IGZO display for future MacBook Pros: DigiTimes

Apple is rumored to be acquiring IGZO panels for laptops as soon as Q2 2017. One reason for the move to IGZO-transistor panels could be improved battery life.
Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker gets iOS compatibility

Samsung extends iOS compatibility to the latest Gear devices

After a long wait, iPhone users interested to use a Gear device with their handset can finally bring the two worlds together. They need an iPhone 5 or later with iOS 9 or higher to use the new Gear S or Gear Fit app.
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Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12 and Air 13

Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12 and Air 13

Lighter than Air? Apple shocked the whole industry with the first MacBook Air: We had never seen such a slim and light notebook before. However, in the meantime the other manufacturers have come up with several slim Windows devices that are good alternatives to the current MacBooks. Update January 2017.
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Fossil Q hybrid smartwatches available for purchase January 2017, three more announced at CES 2017

CES 2017 | Fossil unveils three Q smartwatches

The three upcoming hybrid smartwatches that join the large Q family are dubbed Accomplice, Modern Pursuit, and Grant. With prices between $175 USD and $215 USD, they are expected to hit the market this spring.
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Apple App Store loaded on iPhone and iPad tablet

Apple's App Store generated $20 billion for developers in 2016

In addition to the massive income generated in 2016, Apple's digital distribution platform also achieved sales of $240 million on January 1st, 2017, a performance that made it this digital distribution platform's busiest day ever.
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Apple retail store in Beijing, soon similar location to open in Seoul

Apple confirms plans for its first South Korean store

A few months after the reports claiming that Apple signed three long-term lease contracts and had plans to build a two- to three-story store in Seoul, the Cupertino-based company finally confirms these rumors in an official statement.
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Casio WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch with Android Wear and GPS support coming in April 2017

Casio unveils WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch

This new smart outdoor watch is MIL-STD-810-compliant as its predecessor, but the WSD-F20 comes with GLONASS and Michibiki GPS support. Its launch is scheduled for April, but the price is not known yet.
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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 is expected to power top flagship smartphones and tablets. (Source: Qualcomm)

CES 2017 | Qualcomm officially announces Snapdragon 835 SoC

The flagship SoC from mobile giant Qualcomm is the first mobile platform to be manufactured using a 10 nm FinFET process. Specifically tailored for VR experiences and UHD media, the SoC promises improved power in a smaller, more efficient package.
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Apple may be the most affected by the low yields of 10nm chips, as TSMC is producing chips for both the next iPhone and iPad. (Source: Apple)

Major chip foundries having trouble with 10nm chip production

Sources say that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), responsible for producing chips based on Samsung's 10nm design, is having issues with a lower-than-expected yield from the manufacturing process.
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Apple has taken the position that there is no problem with the battery life of their new MacBooks. (Source: iFixit)

Apple will work with Consumer Reports following lack of recommendation

After Consumer Reports failed to recommend Apple's MacBooks for the first time in the history of the product line, Phil Schiller has tweeted that he is working with the consumer watchdog to find out more about their tests.
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Apple AirPods teardown shows the product to be nigh irreparable

Apple AirPods teardown shows the product to be nigh irreparable

Attempting to break open the wireless buds will automatically destroy the electronics within no matter how careful one may be.
Apple's Mac Pro has not been updated in over 1100 days. (Source: Apple)

Apple has new desktops coming: Cook

In a forum post to employees, Tim Cook reiterated the company's support for Mac desktop computers and asserted that there were some in the works.
Rumors and anticipation build for Apple's upcoming iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. (Source: Korea Herald)

iPhone 8 rumors: Plastic, not glass?

The latest rumor out of South Korea regarding the iPhone 8 says that Apple has ordered all plastic OLED displays from their supplier, Samsung.
If you want to get the Apple AirPods before Christmas, ebay has you covered, for a lot of money.

Getting the Apple AirPods before Christmas can cost up to $1.000

If you really want to get your hands on the Apple AirPods before Christmas next week, it can cost you up to $1,000, a quick look at ebay reveals. Apple's shipping window has increased to six windows by now.
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 While the new MacBook Pro has a more power-efficient screen, it can't offset the reduction in battery size. (Source: iFixit)

ArsTechnica guide explains poor MacBook Pro battery life, offers some solutions

ArsTechnica has published an explanation and some workarounds for the rather poor battery life on Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro lineup.
Apple watchOS-driven smartwatches, watchOS 3.1.1 update problems

Apple pulls watchOS 3.1.1 update

Since it seems that this week's update bricked some Series 2 Apple Watches after installing, Apple has decided to withdraw watchOS 3.1.1. For now, the latest watchOS variant available remains 3.1.
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The Osborne 1, released in 1981, was the world's first portable microcomputer. (Source: OldComputers.net)

EEVblog tears down world's first portable computer

Ever wonder what made the world's first "luggable" computer tick? EEVblog has released a video teardown of the groundbreaking device.
You can get a percentage, but no "time remaining" estimate. (Source: 9to5Mac)

Newest macOS preview build removes battery time remaining estimates

The latest MacOS Preview has removed the "time remaining" estimate from the battery menu following complaints about the poor battery life on the new MacBook Pro models.
Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.6 GHz i7) Notebook Review

88% Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.6 GHz i7) Notebook Review

Better by a Touch? Apple slims down the MacBook Pro 15 quite radically and reduces the weight to around 1.8 kg with a thickness of just 16 millimeters. The professional notebook, which even gained customers from the 17-inch Pro in the past, is now even a real alternative for users of the previous MBP 13.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 450 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Apple's wireless AirPods can be purchased for $159 USD. (Source: Apple)

Apple's wireless AirPods now available for purchase

After several delays, Apple's AirPods are now listed on Apple's online store.
Samsung Pay mobile payment service Mini variant not to run on Apple devices

Samsung Pay Mini might not offer iOS support

Apple seems to have rejected the Samsung Pay Mini app submitted to the App Store and it looks like Samsung will not resubmit it again for the time being, choosing to focus on the Android client instead. Samsung Pay Mini for Android is expected to launch next month, at CES.
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Apple iOS 10.2 update is now available, iOS 10.2 new features

Apple releases iOS 10.2

This new update is the second major one received by iOS 10 since its October release. The list of new features includes more than 100 new emojis, additional support for RAW digital cameras, new full-screen effects in Messages, and more.
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Bridge, the first Mixed Reality Headset for iPhones will be available for sale in March 2017.

Occipital Bridge: Mixed Reality Headset for iPhones

Occipital will start selling the Bridge, a Mixed Reality Headset for iPhone 6 or higher in march of next year for $399. A limited explorer edition for developers is available now.
Technical problems may have led to the long delay of the Apple AirPods.

Apple AirPods: Delays seem to be caused by technical problems

In an article, that was released today, the Wall Street Journal revealed information explaining why Apple's wireless ear buds missed the holiday shopping season.
Apple AirPods finally coming in the next few weeks

Apple AirPods finally coming in the next few weeks

Impatient iPhone 7 owners will be able to purchase a pair of AirPods hopefully before the end of this month according to an email from Apple CEO Tim Cook.
According to Japanese fan site Macotakara the next iPhone may come in red color but will not change much.

Apple iPhone 2017: iPhone 8 or iPhone 7s or both?

A weird rumor was brought to our attention today suggesting that next year's iPhones may only receive a minor update and may be called iPhone 7s after all. Does that mean, Apple will introduce both iPhone 7s and iPhone 8 next year?
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Cortana can sync across Android, iOS, and Windows machines. (Source: Microsoft)

Cortana coming to the UK on Android and iOS

Microsoft is sending their digital assistant across the pond and updating her look, to boot.
macOS 10.12.2 is said to offer a solution for GPU problems MacBook Pro users have been experiencing.

Apple MacBook Pro: macOS update said to cure GPU problems

MacBook Pro users affected by GPU problems may look forward to the next release of macOS 10.12.2 that are said to offer a software solution for all the various GPU related problems on the new MacBooks.
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Bluetooth 5 promises to bring faster transfer rates over longer distances. (Source: Bluetooth SIG)

Bluetooth 5 officially adopted

The wireless connectivity standard has been upgraded with faster speeds and longer range. The organization behind Bluetooth hopes this update will revolutionize the Internet of Things.
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Pebble, one of the pioneers of smartwatches, will immediately halt all hardware production. (Source: Pebble)

Pebble officially closes its doors, confirms purchase by Fitbit

Pebble announced today that they will stop production of hardware and sell all remaining assets to Fitbit.
Some iPhone 6s models seem to shutdown unexpectedly too often.

Apple iPhone 6s: iOS Update to help with unexpected shutdown issues

Apparently, more iPhone 6s users are experiencing unexpected shutdowns. Apple announced, that a soon to be released iOS update will gather diagnostic data to help Apple solve the problem.
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The Apple vs. Samsung patent fight has been ongoing since 2011. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Samsung catches a break as Supreme Court reverses Apple's patent victory

The US Supreme Court has ruled 8-0 in favor of Samsung's appeal to reverse up to US$399 million of the US$548 million in damages already paid to Apple.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2.9 GHz i5, Touch Bar) Notebook Review

90% Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2.9 GHz i5, Touch Bar) Notebook Review

The better 13-inch Pro? The MacBook Pro 13 Touch Bar is Apple's new 13-inch flagship model. Besides the obvious OLED display above the keyboard, however, there are more differences compared to the entry-level model with function keys. Is it worth the $300 premium?
Intel Core i5-6267U | Intel Iris Graphics 550 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Experts believe there will be a component shortage for flexible OLED panels in 2017 and beyond. (Source: LG)

Afraid of Apple hogging all the OLED screens, top China vendors cooperate to establish new supply chain

Chinese smartphone vendors Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and BBK are working together with Royole, specialist in thin, flexible panels, to secure a new OLED supply chain.
Workers at a Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China. (Source: AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Senior Foxconn manager indicted for allegedly stealing 5700 iPhones

A former Foxconn manager has been indicted by Taiwanese prosecutors for the alleged theft of 5700 iPhone 5 and 5s from 2013-2014. The phones were sold in China for a haul of over US$1.5 million.
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It might not be a good idea to save a few bucks on a cheaper charger. (Source: International Configurations, INC)

Study shows over 99% of counterfeit Apple chargers dangerous: watchdog group

UK watchdog Trading Standards tested 400 counterfeit "Apple" chargers for basic safety violations. Only 3 passed.
Apple's iPhone 7 series may not have sold as well as expected (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

Apple working on "more than 10" designs prototypes for next iPhone

Distinct new features include curved and OLED displays.
The speakers in the MacBook Pro can be damaged by loud pops from a faulty Boot Camp audio driver.

Apple MacBook Pro: Boot Camp Windows audio driver can damage speakers

Boot Camp Windows users on the new MacBook Pro are complaining about loud pops that can damage the speakers. It may be a faulty Boot Camp audio driver that is causing these problems, apparently.
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Is life with the new MacBook and an iPhone 7 better despite the need for adapters?

Dongle life with Apple MacBook (Pro) and iPhone 7: The Video

How is life with the new MacBook (Pro) and the iPhone 7, The Verge wondered and made a video about it. Is it better now than with previous generations? Or are you stuck in dongle hell? Watch and find out for yourself!
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Just one of many problems how GPU glitches on the MacBook Pro can look like.

Apple MacBook Pro: Users are reporting massive GPU glitches

First users of the new MacBook Pro 2016 are reporting massive GPU glitches in both the 13 and 15 inch models. So far it is unclear whether these problems are caused by faults in the hardware or driver issues.
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The video in question will cause iPhones to crash soon after viewing. (Source: Apple)

Five second video can crash iPhones

A short five second video that's able to cause iPhones and iPads to lock and freeze can be easily shared via a link.
The Airport Extreme has been one of Apple's most popular routers. (Source: Apple)

Apple rumored to stop producing wireless routers

Users of Apple's WiFi routers hoping for a refresh may be out of luck.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)