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Tiny piano app proves how gimmicky the MacBook Pro Touch Bar really is

The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro is either the best feature to come to the laptop in years or the most gimmicky, depending on where you stand. (Glowing reviews aside, I stand by my assessment that it looks like an ergonomic nightmare.)But that hasn’t stopped creative developers from finding new uses for the Touch Bar. Now, one developer ...

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Google data centres to be 100% renewable-powered by 2017

Google has confirmed it will hit its target of offsetting 100% of the energy used at its data centres and offices against power from renewable sources. The firm first made the commitment in 2015 to go 100% renewable by 2017. In a blog, the company said it was now the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world. Fossil ...

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Brace yourselves — we might be getting a new iPhone colour next year

Let the Apple fanboy freakouts commence: we might be in line for a brand-new iPhone color.According to Japanese Apple blog Macotakara, a site that’s had a decent track record on Apple rumors, the 2017 version of the flagship device will be available in a red casing option. The outlet was also the first to float rumors of the removal of ...

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Apple Watch sales set record in holiday week – Cook

Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Chief Executive Tim Cook told Reuters. Responding to an email from Reuters, Cook said the gadget’s sell-through – a measure of how many units are ...

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After China, Uber shifts focus to Latin America

After retreating from China this year, Uber’s plans for world domination hinge on its big bet in Latin America. Mexico City is now the busiest city in the world for Uber. Second is Sao Paulo, Brazil. The company has experienced a tenfold increase in rides across the region in the last year and plans to be in around 200 cities ...

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Court ordered to relook Apple’s $399M award from Samsung

The U.S. Supreme Court told a lower court to take another look at a $399 million award won by Apple Inc. from rival Samsung Electronics Co. for copying the design of the iPhone. The unanimous decision extends a legal battle that dates back to 2011 and at one point spanned the globe and engulfed every major maker of smartphones. Writing ...

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Twitter was the place to be in 2016. Is that enough to save it?

Did you join Twitter this year? How about read or write a lot of 140-character tweets? Thanks to the extraordinary US presidential campaign and the unprecedented use of Twitter by the candidates, media critics and the company itself dubbed the contest the “Twitter election.” On Election Day, more than 40 million tweets were sent about the race, topping the 31 ...

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Apple shows ambition to get into self-driving car race

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles. A five-page letter from Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the company’s most comprehensive statement ...

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Apple addresses iPhone 6S battery problems — on its Chinese website

Good news iPhone 6S owners with battery woes: Apple has finally issued a statement to explain those unexpected battery shutdowns. Bad news (at least for non-Chinese 6S owners): It appears that the statement is only visible on its Chinese language website. Turns out, the malfunctioning iPhones have batteries that degrade faster than normal because they were “exposed to controlled ambient ...

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How to save Instagram posts without taking a screenshot

Instagram made some big changes recently and it has some people confused about how screenshots work in the app.In short, users will only be notified when you screenshot the app’s new disappearing messages or a photo from a person’s story. The app will not notify users when people screenshot photos in their main feed or from someone’s profile.Still, that hasn’t ...

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