Apple's big MacBook event introduced a new family of Pro machines, with nary a mention of the MacBook Air. The company also expelled standard USB 3.0 ports in its new range, replacing them all with (USB-C-shaped) Thunderbolt 3.0 ports -- but hey, at least there's a fancy OLED "Touch Bar." Meanwhile, Turkey's government shut down internet across 11 cities in the Kurdish area of the country, Oh, and Twitter killed Vine.
An even richer Retina display, more processing power, and a smaller model along with it: Apple's newest MacBook Pro (like its newest iPhones) is a possibly divisive upgrade for the company's faithful. The new OLED Touch Bar on the 15-inch model had some compelling use cases from Apple, but we're still waiting to see how it all handles during a review.
Apple went all in on Thunderbolt 3.0 for its new MacBook Pro. But while it's evolving its ports , it also just made every iPhone owner who wants one of these computers buy a new dongle. Sold separately.
If internet service providers want to collect data about what you do and where you go on the internet, they'll have to ask first, thanks to some new rules approved by the FCC today. That's a change from before, when ISPs only had to offer a way to opt out of tracking behaviour like browsing habits, app usage and location or financial data. Expect to see an updated TOS from your internet provider any minute now.
Finding something to watch on streaming services isn't quite easy enough, even with that new Siri Remote, so Apple's TV solution is ... TV. Really, that's the name of its TV guide app, which detects the services you're signed into and lets you browse through their content all in one place. TV works on the iPhone and iPad too, but at least so far, it doesn't work with Netflix or Amazon. We'll see if that changes before it launches on Apple TV in December.
Twitter announced that it's killing its six-second video app in the next few months. There are many reasons why, but perhaps the strongest is that it didn't really fit with CEO Jack Dorsey's vision of "the people's news network."
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