Consumer Reports cites varying battery performance on 2016 MacBook Pros, holds back recommendation on new notebooks

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Date: Friday, December 23rd, 2016, 05:08
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch Bar

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Consumer Reports feels there’s an issue with the 2016 MacBook Pro battery.

The publication, which has reviewed the notebook, Consumer Reports explained that while the new models held up well in terms of display quality and performance, the battery life issues were too big of an issue to overlook.

The organization tested three MacBook Pro variants: a 13-inch Touch Bar model, a 15-inch Touch Bar model, and a 13-inch model without the Touch Bar. The general consensus was that “MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next.”

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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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Netflix 9.0.1 for iOS released, adds offline viewing feature, incompatible with Chromecast and AirPlay (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2016, 05:14
Category: Google, iOS, News, Software

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After months of rumors, Netflix has added an offline viewing feature to its application, as seen in the newly released Netflix 9.0.1 app for iOS.

According to Netflix, “many favorite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way.” Some of the content that’s ready to download includes Orange Is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown.

Users can snag content from a new “Available for Download” category within the app. When the option is available for an episode or movie, tap the download button like in the image below.

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Google releases PhotoScan app, brings scanning-level features to photography app

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Date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, 05:19
Category: Android, Google, iOS, News, Software

This smacks of the spiffy.

Google has just released PhotoScan, its new app for Android and iOS that allows you to scan your prints, eliminate any glare you’d get from taking a picture of them and organize them in digital form.

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The PhotoScan app allows you to take an initial photo of a photo, wherein it recognizes the four corners of the frame and displays circular overlays on each corner of the scanned image. You then point your phone camera at each circle, create a robust scan of the image, and PhotoScan gets to work from there.

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Report indicates Apple Pay now the fifth most popular payment platform on the Web

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Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2016, 05:55
Category: Apple Pay, Google, MacBook Pro, News, Software, Touch Bar, Touch ID

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If nothing else, Apple Pay is gaining traction.

Just over a month after launching Apple Pay on the web to bring the payments service to website checkouts via its Safari web browser, new data shows Apple has already made it into the top five payment technologies online.

Analystics firm SimilarTech’s platform tracks over 30 billion web pages each month with Apple Pay coming in as the fifth most popular payment platform used by the top 10,000 websites. It maintains the fifth position among the top 100k websites, too.

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China outpaces U.S. in iOS App Store revenue

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Date: Friday, October 21st, 2016, 05:48
Category: App Store, iOS, News, retail, Software

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The Chinese user base is apparently even more app-crazy than its U.S. counterpart.

According to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie, the country earned over $1.7 billion in Q3 2016, which puts it ahead of the U.S. by over 15 percent. The U.S. had been the number one iOS market since 2010.

Today, Chinese consumers spend more than 5 times the amount they were spending compared with just two years prior.

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Google submits FCC filing, looks to expand wireless Fiber testing to 24 U.S. cities

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 05:18
Category: Google, News, wireless

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Speedy wireless broadband is coming your way via Google.

In a recent Federal Communications Commission filing, Google noted that it has been testing a new wireless-transmission technology using the 3.5-GHz band in Kansas City, but the heavily redacted FCC filing suggests that it wants to dramatically expand to testing “experimental transmitters” at up to 24 US locations, including Provo, Utah, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boulder, Colorado, for a period of 24 months.

Google is requesting authorization to operate between the 3.4 and 3.8 GHz band.

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Exodus Intelligence announces bounties up to $500,000 for zero-day vulnerability flaw discoveries in iOS 9.3 and higher

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Date: Thursday, August 11th, 2016, 13:18
Category: Hack, iOS, News, security, Software

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Forget the $200,000 bounty Apple is offering for information regarding zero-day vulnerabilities in iOS, a new security firm is offering up to $500,000 per discovery.

On Tuesday, Texas-based Exodus Intelligence said it will give between $5,000 and $500,000 for zero-day vulnerabilities relating to iOS version 9.3 and higher.

These zero-days are software flaws that have gone undetected by Apple, making them potentially very valuable, especially for cyber criminals who can use them to hack iOS devices.

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Apple to launch Bug Bounty program, will pay up to $200,000 to hackers, cryptographers and researchers depending on bugs found

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Date: Friday, August 5th, 2016, 07:27
Category: Developer, Hacks, iOS, macOS, News, security, Software, TvOS, Watch OS

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Ok, this is pretty neat.

Yesterday at the Black Hat conference, an annual event designed for the global InfoSec community, Apple’s head of security engineering Ivan Krstic announced the launch of a bug bounty program that will see Apple paying money to individuals who discover major bugs and security flaws in the company’s software.

Many major technology companies like Google and Microsoft offer bug bounty programs to encourage people to discover and report major vulnerabilities, but until now, Apple has declined to provide a similar program.

The new program is part of an effort to open Apple’s software up to hackers, researchers and cryptographers who want to improve upon it and Apple will be offering up to $200,000 to researchers depending on the bug discovered. Secure boot firmware components will earn $200,000 at the high end, while smaller vulnerabilities, like access from a sandboxed process to user data outside of the sandbox, will earn $25,000.

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CarPlay, Android Auto functionality included in all 2017 vehicles with SYNC 3

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 07:37
Category: Android, CarPlay, Google, iOS, iPhone, News

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You’ll be able to use CarPlay as well as Android auto in Ford’s entire line of 2017 cars, SUVs, light trucks and electric vehicles.

On Monday, the company announced that it will bring CarPlay to already-released 2017 models such as the Fusion, Mustang, and Explorer, while other models like the 2017 F-150, Focus, Edge, and Super Duty will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year.

Ford confirmed in January that it would be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to all of its 2017 vehicles in North America equipped with BlackBerry’s QNX-based SYNC 3 platform, starting with the 2017 Escape in May.

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