Error 53: Apple remotely bricks phones to punish customers for getting independent repairs

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Iphone 6s that have been repaired by independent service centers are bricking themselves, seemingly permanently, with a cryptic message about "Error 53." Read the rest

Google parent Alphabet surpasses Apple as 'world's most valuable company'

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With the release of its fourth-quarter earnings report today, Google parent company Alphabet became the world's most valuable company, and kicked Apple out of that coveted spot.

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IOS 9.3 will let you dim display's blue light to help your brain shift towards sleep

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Apple today unveiled a teaser of what's in store in the latest iOS release, 9.3. Among the “numerous innovations” promised: a blue light dimmer to “help you get a good night’s sleep.”

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Breaking the DRM on the 1982 Apple ][+ port of Burger Time

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4AM is a prolific computer historian whose practice involves cracking the copy protection on neglected Apple ][+ floppy disks, producing not just games, but voluminous logs that reveal the secret history of the cat-and-mouse between crackers and publishers. Read the rest

Cheap mini-TOSlink to TOSlink cable

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Naturally Apple's choice of optical audio-out cable is going to be a pain. Obviously, its not going to be one I'd just have around, that is not the Apple way! Rather than pay $30 plus at an Apple store or hifi audio boutique, this $6 cable does just fine for me.

If you want to use an Apple laptop or Airport Express as a streaming audio source, this cable will come in handy.

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Banksy in the Calais "jungle" reminds us that Steve Jobs was the "son of a Syrian migrant"

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A new stencil/pasteup in the notorious "Jungle" refugee camp in Calais, France depicts Steve Jobs with a satchel and a classic Macintosh. Read the rest

Lightning iPhone cable sheathed in steel

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The Fuse Chicken Titan Lightning Cable is an MFI certified cord sheathed in steel conduit. The connectors are sealed over the cable to reduce the possibility of damage at the ends. The Titan has a lifetime warranty that you probably won't need because Apple will almost certainly make Lightning obsolete before you die. The Titan Lightning Cable is $35 from Amazon.

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Itunes terms and conditions as a graphic novel in many cartoonists' styles

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Artist Robert Sikoryak is creating a full-length graphic novel based on the terms and conditions for Apple's Itunes, a novella-length document of eye-watering legalese that you "agree" to without ever reading. Read the rest

DoJ to Apple: your software is licensed, not sold, so we can force you to decrypt

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The DoJ is currently trying to force Apple to decrypt data stored on a defendant's Iphone, and Apple, to its great credit, is fighting back, arguing that on the one hand, it doesn't have the technical capability to do so; and on the other, should not be required to do so. Read the rest

Apple won't let me read the ebooks I bought from them

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I apparently made a mistake somewhere down the line when I was setting up my family accounts on iCloud. (It's confusing, at least to me.) Now Apple is punishing me by locking me out of my purchased iBooks for 90 days. Read the rest

Apple removes an app that tracks U.S. military drone strikes from its store

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The Metadata+ app which tracks U.S. military drone strikes by was created by Josh Begley, research editor for The Intercept. Begley changed its name from Drones+ after it was rejected as "objectionable" by Apple five times. Read the rest

Apple inventor Steve Wozniak was busted in high school for fake bomb

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From Woz's Facebook:

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Arab-looking man of Syrian descent found in garage building what looks like a bomb

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Omar Ghabra won Twitter with these photos, and this quip: “An Arab-looking man of Syrian descent in a garage w/his accomplice building what appears to be a bomb. Arrest them.” Read the rest

Drone footage of Apple's new "spaceship" headquarters under construction

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Video by Duncan Sinfield, who writes:

Filmed using the DJI Inspire 1, this video gives a unique perspective, as it flashes back to video taken one month ago on August 1, 2015 to provide a month-to-month update. Featuring descriptions narrated by late Apple Founder Steve Jobs himself, this video will hopefully teach you something new that you didn't already know about the world's largest corporation.

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Apple wants to make original movie and TV programming, reports Variety

“An Apple representative declined comment,” but you knew that was coming.

Apple and Amazon spend big bucks to keep Cook and Bezos out of harm's way

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Apple spends nearly $700,000 to protect Tim Cook, Read the rest

Fancy frankenwatch combines analog timepiece and Apple Watch

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The posh Pinnacle analog timepiece from Nico Gerard integrates an Apple Watch into the bracelet. Prices start at $9,300 for the basic stainless steel model, but the 18k gold Sunrise edition, at $112,000, is obviously the one to get. Read the rest

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