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Best of 2016, Kaby Lake, AMD Vega, more USB-C monitors, USB-C docks, Folx discounted, LaCie goes USB-C


Apple’s Best of 2016 year in review video showcases top apps, movies, music and more — Serving as an accompaniment to its Best of 2016 charts, Apple has posted to YouTube a video chronicling last year’s most memorable movies, TV shows, apps, music, Beats 1 interviews and more.

Intel launches new Kaby Lake chips suited for Apple’s MacBook Pro, iMac — Intel has rounded off its Kaby Lake processor line with new quad- and dual-core high-performance chips for mobile and desktop, with some of the new offerings suitable for a future iMac and Mac Pro refresh, though it’s unlikely the just-refreshed MacBook Pro will see Kaby Lake in the short term. [Oh no! Don’t you hear me, Kaby Lake MacBook Pro? My money’s sitting in the bank waitin’ for you …]

AMD Vega GPUs and March iMacs — As noted by the Mobile & Apps website, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) dropped a teaser through its official Twitter account for Radeon that says, “New Year. New architecture,” referencing to its next-gen Vega GPU architecture. Dennis Sellers thinks these will be available in the March rev of the iMac and, perhaps, a new Mac Pro.

LG, Dell and Lenovo debut new USB-C monitors compatible with Apple’s latest MacBooks — A trio of monitor makers have announced new USB-C-based displays coming later this year, with LG, Dell, and Lenovo throwing their weight behind the new all-in-one connector found on Apple’s 12-inch MacBook and new MacBook Pros.

New Docks and adapters — Elgato has revealed a Thunderbolt 3 dock with dual 4K monitor support, legacy connections, while the one from Kanex  has an eSATA adapter, and the OWC DEC is a flush-mount device that attaches to the bottom of the 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro and adds additional storage, an SD card slot, USB Type A ports, plus Gigabit Ethernet.

Folx on discount — Folx is a well-written search and download app for Mac that lets you find almost anything and download it. Yes, this means you can find content you shouldn’t, like movies, and it’s really easy to use. It’s currently NZ$1.49/US99¢.

LaCie revs its d2 and Rugged drives — LaCie has announced updates to its LaCie Rugged and d2 storage solutions at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C – available in capacities up to 5TB – combines iconic Rugged toughness with USB-C compatibility and fast Thunderbolt speeds.

HP display rivals LG but available, Apple Music milestone, GPU issues, hints for AMD, e-waste fines, best of 2016

HP has unveiled a display to rival LG's unavailable UltraFine. but it's cheaper. It also has USB-C.
HP has unveiled a display to rival LG’s unavailable UltraFine. but it’s cheaper. It also has USB-C.

HP unveils a display suitable for owners of the new MacBook Pros — If you’re looking for a 27-inch display to use with your new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, but you are tired of waiting for the LG UltraFine Display, which is still listed as “currently unavailable” at Apple’s online store, HP has unveiled its 27-inch ENVY display.
It’s ‘only’ a 4K display with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 resolution at 60Hz) instead of 5K (5120-by-2880 resolution), but, at US$499, it’s half the price of the LG monitor, plus the ENVY has USB-C connectivity, so just one cable delivers video and can charge your Mac laptop.
The IPS LED-backlit display weighs 5.51kgs (12.15 pounds) with stand) and measures 61.34 x 15.49 x 42.93cms ((24.15 x 6.1 x 16.9 inches) and sports a micro-edge bezel, matte black rear panel, and a thin aluminum stand. The base can be detached for VESA wall or arm mounting, but a bracket will cost you extra. Tech specs can be found here.

Apple Music passes 20 million subscribers 18 months after launching — Apple Music has more than 20 million paying subscribers less than 18 months after the streaming service launched on June 30 last year, reports Music Business Worldwide.
Apple Music has added 10 million subscribers this year. Its main competitor, Spotify, added 12 million subscribers this year, bringing its total to 40 million paying customers.

Apple’s Federighi suggests GPU issues on 2016 Retina MacBook Pro fixed in macOS 10.12.2 — In an email response to a customer regarding GPU anomalies associated with the Touch Bar MacBook Pro, Apple’s senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi suggested the problem is solved in the latest macOS 10.12.2 beta.
The most likely culprit for the graphical distortions is the hand-off between Intel’s integrated graphics chip and the discrete Radeon Pro GPU. Intel issued a Windows-based update for Skylake integrated graphics earlier in December, which may have been folded into Tuesday’s macOS beta.

Trio of new AMD GPU references for possible Mac refresh found in latest macOS Sierra beta — Users delving into the latest macOS 10.12.2 beta have discovered strings aligning with potential support for a trio of new GPU families in future hardware —a refreshed Polaris 10, the unknown Polaris 12, and the Vega 10 series.
The last time something like this was discovered, it was the Polaris 11 chipset, which turned out to be the debut of the Radeon Pro 450, 455, and 460 in the Retina MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Apple fined for improperly dealing with e-waste at two California locations — This is a bit of a ding on the “green image” Apple is proud of: the California Environmental Protection Agency says the tech giant has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle claims it improperly dealt with e-waste at facilities in Cupertino and Sunnyvale, according to Reuters.

Apple selects ‘Best of 2016’ apps, movies, iBooks and more — Apple has unveiled its “Best of” selections for 2016, highlighting the year’s most popular apps, TV shows, movies, e-books and other content sold across the company’s various digital storefronts. A full list of winners can be found on the App Store, iTunes and iBook Store.