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Will CES 2017 bring the Mac accessories Apple can’t be bothered to make?

Will CES 2017 bring the Mac accessories Apple can’t be bothered to make?

CES 2017 is almost upon us, and while the annual Consumer Electronics Show will be dominated by vast televisions and, increasingly, car tech, it's the smaller gadgets I'm most looking forward to. If there's one thing 2016 has taught us, it's that we shouldn't get too attached to our favorite celebrities; if there's a second thing, though, it's that the brave new dongle world we live in is surprisingly poorly populated. Yes, Apple, I'm looking at you.

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AirPods “a runaway success” says Cook but supplies still tight

AirPods “a runaway success” says Cook but supplies still tight

Apple's AirPods "are a runaway success" CEO Tim Cook says, promising that "we're making them as fast as we can" to keep up with demand. The entirely wireless earbuds, which hit shelves this month after unexpected delays, have proved to be this holiday season's hot item, with supplies getting snapped up in hours or less. Now, with online availability not guaranteed until well into 2017, questions are being asked whether Apple is making all that they can.

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A dual-cam 5″ iPhone would be the perfect 2017 tweener

A dual-cam 5″ iPhone would be the perfect 2017 tweener

A third iPhone 8 that cherry-picks the best of the two current models could give Apple a new sweet-spot - and a 2017 sales hit. Reports that the Cupertino firm will have not two but three new iPhones in refresh next year broke this week, with a 5-inch screen tipped to slot in-between the 4.7- and 5.5-inch sizes that have been part of the range since the iPhone 6. While a 5-inch iPhone might sound like a compromise, in fact it could end up being Apple's new mass-market pleaser.

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5-inch “iPhone 7s” tipped to have a vertical dual camera

5-inch “iPhone 7s” tipped to have a vertical dual camera

As if the talk regarding Apple's next iPhones weren't confusing enough, here's one more. According to Apple's Taiwanese suppliers, there will be a third iPhone in the iPhone 7s series for 2017. Which sort of implies that, next year's iPhone won't be the fabled iPhone 8 with its OLED screen. But wait, there's more! This third member of the iPhone 7s family will sport a 5-inch screen, putting it in the middle of the 7s and the 7s Plus. And to top it all off, it will have a dual lens camera, but arranged vertically instead.

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Apple’s first ever AI paper is on how to train your AI

Apple’s first ever AI paper is on how to train your AI

Apple isn't exactly a company you'd immediately associate with artificial intelligence research, but of course it does some. After all, it has Siri and some intelligent object recognition in its camera apps. The reason why you don't hear much about it is that Apple has mostly been secretive about its AI R&D, which has been criticized by the AI community for years. That changed when, earlier this month, Apple promised to start publicly publishing its AI research, the first of which has just finally been revealed.

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An OLED iPhone 8 may depend on one tiny company

An OLED iPhone 8 may depend on one tiny company

Next year is rumored to be the first with an iPhone with OLED display - just so long as Canon Tokki Corp. can deliver. That's what's implied by sources this week who claim a bottleneck in supply might block an OLED iPhone in 2017. Canon Tokki has a "near monopoly" on the equipment that makes OLED displays - the equipment manufacturers need to create OLED displays for smartphones of all sorts. Whether or not Apple jumping in on OLED will affect how well Android devices are supplied is another question entirely.

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Pokemon GO Holiday Box guide: Ending 2016 with a bang

Pokemon GO Holiday Box guide: Ending 2016 with a bang

Pokemon GO's Christmas is over and New Year's Eve is fast approaching - and we've got some guidance for you to traverse the game for the next week. This begins with the Gift Boxes and how to avoid them altogether. Niantic is getting better and better at pushing users toward paying real cash money to play Pokemon GO, and these Holiday Box items are their best effort yet.

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Your AirPods now pause Spotify on macOS; new Touch Bar support

Your AirPods now pause Spotify on macOS; new Touch Bar support

Apple's sensor-packed AirPods have gained another talent, pausing Spotify on macOS, which is welcome news for those not devoted to Apple Music. The Spotify update embraces the auto-pause technology that, when you remove an AirPod from your ear, automatically stops the music you're listening to. When you put the AirPod back in - for instance, if you've finished whatever conversation you were having - it'll resume playback.

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Nintendo sees mobile dollar signs, plans two or three games per year

Nintendo sees mobile dollar signs, plans two or three games per year

Hot on the heels of Super Mario Run's launch, Nintendo is further committing to more mobile games in the future. Of course, we already knew that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing mobile games are planned, but in a recent interview with Kyoto NP, Nintendo President Takeshi Kimishima got a little more specific about what to expect on the mobile front in the future. In short: don't expect Nintendo to just release a handful of games on mobile and then go back to developing exclusively on consoles.

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Apple removes Withings from online store over Nokia patent row

Apple removes Withings from online store over Nokia patent row

When you sue someone, you better make sure they aren't selling your products. Nokia may have forgotten that business common sense or was just willing to throw Withings under a bus when it sued Apple over patent infringement. Not only did Apple counter with a lawsuit or its own, it also pulled all of Whithings smart health devices from its online stores. Why? Because Nokia now owns Withings and its smart bathroom scales and smart thermometer, which Apple now refuses to sell because of Nokia.

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Apple working with Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro battery test

Apple working with Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro battery test

Apple's new MacBook Pros were dealt a significant blow this week when Consumer Reports failed to give the laptops its highly desired recommendation, a first for long-popular line of notebooks. As for the reason, Apple touts that the latest MacBook Pro offers users up to 10 hours of battery life, but Consumer Reports' tests found this to be far more inconsistent, with battery life varying widely from times including 3.75 hours to 16 hours.

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Meet Wild Joker, “The Dude” of Pokemon GO

Meet Wild Joker, “The Dude” of Pokemon GO

Let me share with you a story of positivity in the global monster game Pokemon GO. Thanks to the Pokemon GO player known to Imgur as Acentrella, we've been introduced to the epic and unforgettable Wild Joker. If Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski lived in Arizona in the year 2016, there's little doubt in my mind that he'd be in a situation much like the Wild Joker.

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