Samsung will spill the beans on Note 7 explosions next week


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The Note 7 went from hero to zero.
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Samsung will reveal the findings of its internal investigation about the exploding Note 7 smartphones one day before it announces its Q4 earnings, claims a new report.

That would put the date at January 23, after which the company no doubt hopes that the news cycle will quickly move on to Samsung’s earnings for the last three months of 2016.

New AirPod ads show off Apple’s wireless dream


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Apple's new ads celebrates its new AirPods.
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Apple debuted new ads for its freshly-released AirPods over the weekend, demonstrating features like instant pairing and Siri, while getting across the joy that comes with Apple’s wireless dream through a musical dance number.

Starring Los Angeles-based dancer and model Lil Buck, and set to the song “Down” by Marian Hill, the four black-and-white spots debuted on Apple’s YouTube channel.

Check them out below:

Jimmy Iovine reiterates Apple’s interest in original TV content


Jimmy Iovine talks up Apple Music at WWDC 2015.
Iovine says Apple Music isn't just about music.
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Jimmy Iovine has hinted that Apple may indeed be looking to follow Amazon and Netflix down the original TV programming route, telling the Hollywood Reporter that, “We’re going to do whatever hits popular cultural smack on the nose.”

“At Apple Music, what we’re trying to create is an entire cultural, pop cultural experience, and that happens to include audio and video,” Iovine said.

Today in Apple history: Remember the Macintosh Plus?


Arguably the first truly great Macintosh.
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Jan16January 16, 1986: Apple introduces the Macintosh Plus, its third Mac model and the first to be released after Steve Jobs was forced out of the company the previous year.

The Mac Plus is the first Macintosh to include a SCSI port, the main way of attaching your Mac to other devices until it was abandoned on Jobs’ return with the iMac G3. It also boasted an expandable 1MB RAM and a double-sided 800 KB floppy drive.

Samsung chief faces arrest for bribing South Korea president


Samsung's de-facto boss is in a spot of trouble.
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The de-facto head of Samsung faces arrest on charges of bribing South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye and a confidante.

The call for Lee Kun-hee, Samsung’s vice chairman and the only son of its incapacitated chairman, is part of a larger investigation into alleged corruption involving senior government officials and large South Korean corporations.

Breakout Ninja, Sonny, and other awesome iOS games


'Appy weekend all!
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For whatever reason, I’ve been playing a ton of iOS games this past week, so with that in mind I decided to focus on games for this week’s “Awesome Apps” instalment.

Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy to while away your Sunday, or a far more in-depth gaming experience that’ll keep you busy until the bad weather ends, I’m confident you’ll find something on this list to enjoy.

Check it out:

Consumer Reports changes its verdict on new MacBook Pros


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Software update sorts out battery issues, says the consumer watchdog.
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Consumer Reports has revised its earlier rating for the new MacBook Pro lineup and now recommends the laptops, after a software update fixed battery problems found in testing.

The respected consumer watchdog previously cited the new laptops’ “highly inconsistent” battery life as the reason it couldn’t give out one of its coveted recommendations — the first time an Apple laptop had failed to make the grade.

Apple’s obsessive secrecy may have driven out Swift’s creator


Apple makes Swift open source at WWDC 2015.
Making Swift open-source wasn't enough to keep its creator at Apple.
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Apple’s culture of secrecy was responsible for the departure of Chris Lattner, the company’s former head of developer tools and the creator of programming language Swift, claims a new report.

Lattner recently left Apple for Tesla — with friends putting the move down to the ongoing conflict between wanting to create open-source tools and Apple’s tendency to not want to publicly discuss anything.

Today in Apple history: Bill Gates quits as Microsoft CEO


Bill Gates before and after that first dollar.
Gates' rivalry with Steve Jobs was legendary.
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Jan13January 13, 2000: Steve Jobs’ longtime frenemy Bill Gates steps down from his role as Microsoft CEO, one month after his company hit its all-time share price high.

The news coincides with a turning point in the Microsoft vs. Apple wars, as Microsoft starts a decline from its previous dominance, while Apple continues its rise to power.

Apple TV apps can now be up to 20x bigger


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Apple TV apps can now be 4GB right from the start.
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Apple’s plan to make the modern TV experience all about apps has just gotten a big boost, with Apple upping the size limit of tvOS apps from 200MB to 4GB.

For those keeping track at home, it’s a whopping 20x the original size limit — and means that Apple TV apps can now be as big as the ones developers can submit for iOS.