Night Shift for the Mac, finding lost AirPods, and more.
I recently read an interesting article containing excerpts from last week's Macquarie note...

Amazon quietly added a new option to the wake words on Amazon Echo devices that will make the dreams of every Star Trek fan come true. If Echo users open the Settings area of the Alexa app they should see a fresh wake word option: Computer.

Yes, soon everyone can live the dream of saying, “Computer, what are the current environmental conditions of this Class M planet?”—though I can’t promise Alexa will come up with an appropriate response. Still, it’s a step in the right direction.

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BlackRock Inc will scrutinize how companies plan to use the cash they bring back to the United States...
Just last Friday, I wrote about an annoying problem that had surfaced since the last iTunes update...

Most car chargers exist for one purpose: To power mobile devices from a 12-volt accessory port (formerly known as the cigarette lighter jack before manufacturers yanked ashtrays from cars in the ‘90s). There are thousands of models available, many priced well under $10.

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The secret to Zus is Bluetooth support and a free mobile app offering several handy connected services in tandem with the hardware.

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Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a modular accessories system for Apple Watch...
iOS-9-SiriA collection of the world's top-selling smartphone makers, including Apple, Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Xiaomi, are all planning to double down on artificial intelligence features on handsets launching this year, and beyond.

According to industry sources (via DigiTimes), the companies are hoping an improvement to AI assistant capabilities will "ramp up market shares in 2017."

For Apple, that means the company is gearing up to add in an "enhanced Siri" to next-generation iPhone devices, although it's unclear...

A fixed period of time has passed, therefore we must examine how bad it was for Apple.

Writing for Fortune, Don Reisinger lays out the damage of the week.

“Apple Criticized Amid Mixed iPhone Sales Reports.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

Wait. Wait. Wait. You’re saying there’s criticism… of Apple? Well, that is shocking. The Macalope can see why you led with that. It’s not like someone makes a living covering just the bad criticism of Apple or anything.

OK, not a great living but, still…

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Welcome to the second part of Have Gear, Will Travel’s digital photography special. In part one, I talked about the camera gear, hardware, software, and apps I use to make myself look like a semi-competent photographer. Depending on where I’m going and what I plan on doing while I’m there, the photography gear I jam into my backpack can range from dirt cheap to questionably expensive. All the tips I’m providing today, however, come at the low, low cost of free.

In order to better illustrate these techniques...

Ajit Pai has officially been elevated to the post of FCC chairman by President Trump...
According to MacRumors, Apple is investigating multiple reports from iPhone owners of AirPods randomly disconnecting and reconnecting during calls. While the issue doesn't appear to be widespread, it appears to be a big enough problem to attract Apple's attention. One of the main reasons why the AirPods were so late to the market was because Apple needed more time to ensure the earpieces had reliable connectivity. Specifically, they were delayed to ensure both earpieces receive audio at the same time...
Update is smaller in scope than last month's 10.12.2 release.
Beta builds of the more significant iOS 10.3 should follow soon.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturing company best known for its partnership with Apple, has said that it is mulling a $7 billion investment in U.S. manufacturing that could create between 30,000 and 50,000 jobs. According to The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou says the company is talking with the state of Pennsylvania among others about getting the land and electricity subsidies it would need to build a factory. "If U.S. state...

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A new listing on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's regulatory database reveals Apple is...
Apple has reached a settlement with a San Antonio, Tex.-based firm called e-Watch...
For all of its devices that use communications technologies like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC, Apple has to submit them to the United States Federal Communications Commission for approval, and the filings, though restricted, occasionally give hints as to what Apple is working on.

In early January, Apple sought approval for an unnamed "Wireless Device" that features support for NFC and Bluetooth. With a model number of A1846, the device appears to be an iteration of a similar Wireless Device that was submitted...
Apple is investigating multiple reports from iPhone owners of AirPods randomly disconnecting...
Alexa is everywhere. In your car. In your home. Even your baby monitor...
Over the course of the last year, there has been ongoing speculation that wireless charging company Energous has inked a deal with Apple and could potentially provide wireless charging technology for the upcoming iPhone 8.

While Energous CEO Steve Rizzone has continually hinted that his company has established an agreement with "one of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world," leading people to believe the partner is Apple, a new investor's note from Copperfield Research outlines why Apple...
U.S. authorities are investigating whether Yahoo Inc.’s two massive data breaches should...

Let’s start the week with a macOS Sierra update, shall we? On Monday, Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.3, which includes a number of updates for all Mac users, as well as updates that owners of the new MacBook Pro will need.

While not specifically noted in the release notes, this update should fix the Safari bug that plagued the MacBook Pro during testing by Consumer Reports. During its initial review, Consumer Reports had wildly varying results with battery life, prompting the publication to withhold a...

Just days after the Federal Trade Commission sued Qualcomm for antitrust concerns...
Mobile phone carrier Sprint is buying 33% of pop star Jay Z's Tidal and will offer the service...
Apple today released macOS Sierra 10.12.3 which...
Apple today released iOS 10.2.1 to the public following several weeks of testing...
Apple today released a new update for tvOS...
Apple today released macOS Sierra 10.12.3, the third update to the macOS Sierra operating system that launched on September 20. macOS Sierra 10.12.3 comes over a month after the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.2, and has been in testing since December 14.

macOS Sierra 10.12.3 is a free update for all customers who are running macOS Sierra. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.

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No specific changes, bug fixes, or feature additions were discovered during the beta...
Apple today released watchOS 3.1.3...

Apple is reportedly considering moving some of its iPhone production to the United States. Taiwanese iPhone producer Foxconn is considering a $7 billion joint investment in a display production facility, the company’s chairman told reporters.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou said “Apple is willing to invest in the facility together” because it needs display panels for its products. The plant could create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs.

But Gou said U.S.-made iPhones would likely cost...

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Apple today released iOS 10.2.1 to the public following several weeks of testing. iOS 10.2.1 also comes more than a month after the release of iOS 10.2, the second major update to the iOS 10 operating system.

iOS 10.2.1 is a free over-the-air update available to all iOS 10 users. It can also be downloaded and installed on iOS devices using iTunes on a Mac or PC. The update is still rolling out and may not be immediately available on all devices.

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No outward-facing changes or new features were discovered...
Plans involve flat-panel screens from Sharp, which Foxconn bought last year.
The new factory might be a joint investment with Apple...

Mobile phone service provider Sprint announced this morning that it has taken a 33 percent stake in Tidal, one of the few music-streaming services to offer high-resolution audio streams. As part of the deal, Sprint says its customers will get exclusive access to certain content. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will also join Tidal’s board of directors.

“Sprint shares our view of revolutionizing the creative industry to allow artists to connect directly with their fans and reach their fullest, shared potential...

Apple Inc. is piling onto lawsuits that attack the way Qualcomm Inc. licenses technology...
Apple's ringed Touch ID sensors have allowed users to use their fingerprint to unlock their phones...
Foxconn Technology Group is considering building a U.S. display-making facility for upwards of $7 billion...
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