Rumor: Signs of fifth-gen Apple TV noted in developer logs, new unit thought to feature faster processor, 4K streaming support

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Date: Friday, March 17th, 2017, 05:31
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor

The first network traffic from what seems to be a fifth-generation Apple TV capable of streaming 4K video has been captured in developer logs. The device is said to be codenamed “J105” and could launch as soon as this year.

Firi Games, the developers behind arcade games Phoenix HD and Phoenix II, stated they have seen a single device identified as “AppleTV6,2” and running “tvOS 11.0” connect to Phoenix HD for Apple TV from the United States in its logs. The IP address falls within a range linked to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.

The current Apple TV has a model identifier of AppleTV5,3, and Apple TV6,2 does not correspond with any released model.

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LG uses third-party fixes to provide shielding, seems to have resolved interference issue in UltraFine 5K monitors

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Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 05:24
Category: Hardware, News, retail

It looks like the interference issue on the LG UltraFine 5K displays available through Apple have been resolved.

Following continued testing, the new monitors are apparently very slightly sensitive to high-powered RF emissions like from a very close cell tower or military radar like any monitor, the interference problems are rectified, with older monitors retrofitted by authorized third parties even less sensitive to the same emissions.

The new units, which have a slightly different shielding plate than the first run of fixed units. While the vast majority of users won’t see a problem, users within about 50 feet of an active cell tower, or a civil or military radar installation are experiencing the disconnect issues.

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Mazda confirms CarPlay functionality on several upcoming models, states that updates will allow CarPlay to be installed on older models

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 05:15
Category: Android, CarPlay, Hardware, News

It looks like CarPlay will be coming to a number of Mazda vehicles in the near term.

Mazda this week confirmed that it will incorporate CarPlay, including updating older models through software and possibly hardware updates.

According to Cars.com, Mazda made the announcement during the launch of its new 2017 CX-5 model, and the publication also cites a spokesperson that confirmed all of the company’s vehicles using its Mazda Connect in-dash system will be eligible to update.

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Fiksu’s Bay Area usage data points to new iPad models currently in testing

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 05:09
Category: Hardware, iPad, News

The new iPads are en route.

Or at least they’re apparently being tested in the Bay Area.

Per mobile marketing firm Fiksu, a number of new iPad models are being tested in the region. This jibes with rumors and a leaked investor note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that indicated that Apple is expected to update its 12.9-inch iPad Pro model, as well as introduce a new 10-inch or 10.5-inch model with a narrower bezel along with a 9.7-inch option.

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Conan makes fun of Chaffetz’s iPhone/health care comment in “Apple Health Care” send up video

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Date: Friday, March 10th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Fun, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News

If nothing else, you can definitely laugh at Representative Jason Chaffetz’s comment this week about how lower income Americans would have to choose between health care and snagging the latest iPhone.

The guys at “Conan” took this as a challenge and released the following satirical video demonstrating how Apple products could be used for health care…

Chaffetz later walked his comment back a bit, but the satirical video is here to stay…

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PowerVR Furian GPUs could bring 4K video, improved gaming specs to next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

The next generation of iPhone could feature a pretty dead sexy new graphics processor.

Imagination Technologies today announced PowerVR Furian, its next-generation GPU architecture that promises significant improvements in graphics performance and power efficiency that could benefit future iPhones.

The Furian architecture is stated to offer up to a 70 to 90 percent improvement in real-world gaming performance by density, including 35 percent better shader performance and 80 percent better fill rate, compared to a similar sized and clocked Series7XT Plus GPU based on current-generation PowerVR Rogue architecture.

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Apple offers 2016 MacBook Pro without Touch Bar on refurbished section of web store

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Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Touch Bar

If you were hankering for a late 2016 MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar, it just went online in Apple’s refurbished store.

Although selection is somewhat limited, Apple is offering two models via its refurbished store, one in silver and another in space gray. The first comes in at $1,869 and packs 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, an Intel Core i7 2.4Ghz processor, and silver casing.The second model includes all of the same specifications, but you’ll get 1TB of storage with the included SSD and space gray casing. This model comes in at $2,209.

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WikiLeaks releases 8,700+ CIA-related documents, show agency efforts towards hacking Android systems, iPhones, operating systems and smart TVs

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Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 05:43
Category: Android, Google, Hack, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, macOS, News, privacy, Samsung, security

This is pretty much one for the ages.

WikiLeaks has released more than 8,700 documents that have apparently originated from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, with some of the leaks saying the agency had 24 “weaponized” and previously undisclosed exploits for the Android operating system as of 2016.

Some of the Android-specific exploits were developed by the CIA, while others hailed from the U.S. National Security Agency, U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, and cyber arms dealers.

Among the smartphone-related tools developed by the CIA were assets that allow the agency to bypass encryption found in WhatsApp, Confide and other applications known to use encryption. These tools, according to WikiLeaks analysis, capture audio and message traffic before encryption has a chance to be applied.

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Nintendo Switch JoyCon controllers usable on Macs, PCs and Android systems

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Date: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Android, Fun, Hardware, macOS, News, Software

You can use your new Nintendo Switch’s wireless controllers with your Mac.

The wireless controllers can be fully utilized by macOS. The units charge via USB-C and has a small Bluetooth pairing button next to the charging port atop the controller.

As expected, Nintendo’s JoyCon gamepads can connect to macOS as individual controllers. That means that even when attached to the Switch controller dock for a two-joystick experience, macOS does not recognize them as one controller.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature a model with a 5.8-inch, OLED display

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Date: Monday, March 6th, 2017, 05:28
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

It looks like there’s some more collaboration as to the long-awaited OLED display on the next-gen iPhone.

A new rumor via Japanese web site Nikkei is stated that Apple will produce a 5.8-inch iPhone with an OLED display and two with LCD displays.

The site stated the following:

The upcoming iPhone, to be launched this fall, will come in three configurations — two with liquid crystal displays and one with a 5.8-inch organic light-emitting diode display.

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