HandBrake hits 1.0, (mostly) leaves the beta stages after 13 years

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Date: Wednesday, December 28th, 2016, 05:18
Category: Developer, News, Software

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It took 13 years, but one of the coolest free video conversion apps for the Mac has left the beta stage.

HandBrake, the free jack-of-all-trades video conversion tool, reached version 1.0 on December 24th.

The program allows for video transcoding, or translating video clips from one format for another.

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Apple says it will work with Consumer Reports to isolate potential battery issues found in 2016 MacBook Pro

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Date: Tuesday, December 27th, 2016, 05:08
Category: battery, Google, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Software

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Following up on Consumer Reports refusal for the first time to recommend the 2016 MacBook Pro due to inconsistent battery life, it looks like Apple will be working with the publication to try to sort out potential issues with the battery.

“Working with [Consumer Reports] to understand their battery tests,” Apple Vice President of Worldwide Marking Phil Schiller tweeted. “Results do not match our extensive lab tests or field data.” Apple claims its internal testing has seen the new MacBook Pro providing up to 10 hours of battery life when watching iTunes movies or browsing the web.

Consumer Reports’ test has come under scrutiny since publication of the non-recommendation. The tests were conducted by opening a series of 10 web pages sequentially on Safari. This tests’ inconsistency had the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar registering 16 hours, 12.75 hours and 3.75 hours of battery life. A 15-inch MacBook Pro ranged from 18.5 hours to 8 hours of battery life.

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Nintendo looks to release 2-3 titles per year on other platforms following Super Mario Run’s App Store success

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Date: Monday, December 26th, 2016, 05:48
Category: Android, Google, iOS, News, Software

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In just under two weeks, Super Mario Run has rocketed to the top of Apple’s App Store charts and has surpassed 50 million downloads.

That being said, and because Nintendo likes money and fiscal solvency, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that Super Mario Run is just the start of a new strategy for mobile gaming. The company plans to release two or three new games next year, and continue that pattern beyond 2017, he said. Previously it was reported that popular titles Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing were on tap for a mobile release.

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djay Pro receives Apple Design Award

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Date: Monday, December 26th, 2016, 05:59
Category: Fun, iOS, News, Software

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The Apple Design Awards have just been announced and djay Pro by algoriddim GmbH.

The app, which retails for $9.99 on the App Store, features just about every innovation and feature under the sun for both aspiring and experienced users looking to make music, including the following:

Powerful DJ Interface:
• Jog Wheels
• Waveforms
• Four Decks
• Sampler
• Video
• Landscape & Portrait Modes

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Pokemon GO 1.12.2 released, now includes integration with the Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, December 23rd, 2016, 05:21
Category: Apple Watch, Fun, News, Software, Wearables

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The newest version of Pokemon GO just hit.

And it includes support for the Apple Watch.

Version 1.21.2, which just hit, includes the following fixes and changes:

– Pokemon GO for Apple Watch.

– Minor text fixes.

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AT&T offers Call Protect app, looks to curb spam calls with new feature

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Date: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016, 05:10
Category: Android, iOS, News, Software, wireless

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Even if you have gripes about AT&T, this should come in handy.

This week, AT&T revealed a new service that automatically blocks robocalls and identifies other suspicious spam calls for users on a voice and data contract with a smartphone that supports HD Voice.

The free service, dubbed “Call Protect”, arrives with a free companion mobile app for iOS and Android that lets users setup temporary call blocking and get notifications about what’s been auto-blocked. The feature blocks spam calls at the network level before they reach a customer’s phone.

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Apple, Google to add railroad crossing data to map programs following fatal 2015 accident

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Date: Tuesday, December 20th, 2016, 05:27
Category: Google, iOS, News, Software

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Apple Maps will soon begin including railroad crossing data.

Following up on an accident last year in which Google Maps users Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez turned a Ford truck, hauling a trailer, where he thought the app was telling him to go, but wound up stuck on the railroad tracks at a poorly marked California crossing. After abandoning his vehicle, he and the engineer died after a commuter train barreled into the truck, a commuter train barreled into it, the accident also injuring 32 others.

Following a nearly two-year long investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board is calling on companies such as Apple and Google to add the exact location of 200,000 grade crossings to their mapping data…

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Super Mario Run reviews begin to emerge, cite strong gameplay, good first step for Nintendo on new platforms

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Date: Friday, December 16th, 2016, 05:16
Category: Android, Fun, Game, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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At long last, Super Mario Run from Nintendo has emerged for iOS and Android and the reviews are starting to come in.

And they’re pretty good, if not stellar.

Over at Gamespot, the game received a 7 out of 10 with reviewer Peter Brown citing the game’s polish, smooth controls and movement options that feel immersive but not limiting.

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Amazon App released for tvOS, allows browsing, purchases via Apple TV

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Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2016, 05:34
Category: Archive, retail, Software, TvOS

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It’s now easy to buy products from Amazon on your Apple TV.

Amazon on Wednesday released a shopping app for any Apple TV running tvOS. The app allows users to purchase products via their Apple TV.

Upon downloading it, you’ll be given a code and asked to head to Amazon’s website on your phone or computer to sign in. From there, the app will ask you to create a four-digit pin number for completing purchases.

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Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update

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Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, 05:08
Category: MacBook Pro, macOS, News, Sierra, Software

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The updates continue.

Apple on Tuesday issued macOS Sierra 10.12.2, the latest version of macOS.

The update, which weighs in at over one gigabyte when downloaded from the App Store, offers the following fixes and changes along with general fixes to stability and security:

– Improves setup and reliability of Auto Unlock.

– Allows addition of a Chinese Trackpad Handwriting button to the Touch Bar Control Strip.

– Adds support for taking screenshots of the Touch Bar using the Grab app or Cmd-Shift-6 shortcut.

– Fixes an issue that caused the Touch Bar emoji picker to appear on the display.

– Resolves graphics issues on MacBook Pro (October 2016) computers.

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