Apple Online Store briefly lists an ancient iMac from 2006

Apple Online Store briefly lists an ancient iMac from 2006
Apple Online Store briefly lists an ancient iMac from 2006
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An iMac for sale on Apple’s website for a mere $999 sounds like reasonable value. Until, that is, you realize that the computer in question is from 2006; pre-dating even the first generation iPhone.

That’s what Twitter user @DylanMcD8 recently discovered on the Apple Online Store. Sadly (or perhaps not), it doesn’t seem that Apple is actually planning to start selling the 14-year-old iMac 17-inch 1.83-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo again. It appears to have been the result of some kind of technical issue.

The 2006 iMac, for what it’s worth, came with dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 160GB Serial ATA hard drive, and a pretty ancient graphics card. You also get (or, rather, got) Apple’s AirPort Extreme router, 3x USB 2.0 ports and a pair of FireWire 400 ports. All squeezed into a 17-inch form factor. The white plastic design looks like a giant iPod: a product that Apple barely makes (and never promotes) circa 2020. When this Mac came out, it was Apple’s best-selling product.

To be fair, out of the computers made by every manufacturer, I’d probably opt for a 14-year-old iMac before I would a 14-year-old [insert other computer]. I’ve got a colleague who still works regularly on a 10-year-old Mac and swears it doesn’t slow him down too much. (Although it will only run up to macOS High Sierra as an operating system.) There’s still plenty you could do on a 2006 iMac. But if you really want one you’d be better off picking one up on eBay for under $50.

It seems that its presence on the Apple Online Store may have been a mistake, though. It’s not showing up when I search for it. On Twitter, the replies to DylanMcD8’s post include one from a user who actually went through with the purchase. Only to quickly receive a cancellation email from Apple.

Still, it does get me thinking: If Apple did, for some reason, start selling new versions of old Macs (with the same spec they shipped with), what would you buy? And how much would you be willing to pay? Let me know in the comments below.

Via: Gizmodo

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CES 2020: Netatmo Announces HomeKit-Compatible NFC Smart Door Lock and Keys

French accessory maker Netatmo has announced an Apple HomeKit compatible Smart Door Lock that uses physical NFC Smart Keys.


The Netatmo Smart Door Lock comes with three pre-paired keys that are inserted into the lock and rotated to unlock deadbolt the mechanism in the usual way, but they can also be re-coded to work with different locks as well as deactivated if lost using the Netatmo Security app.

Notably from a security perspective, the lock and keys use Bluetooth and NFC exclusively, so the system isn’t connected to the internet, and access authorizations and identification data for each key are stored locally:

The Door Lock works via Bluetooth so is not connected to the internet. It uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to interact with the Smart Keys, which are tamper-proof and impossible to duplicate. If the Keys are lost or stolen, access to the house is still secure: the users deactivate them in real time with one click on their smartphone, without having to change the whole Door Lock.

In the same fashion, additional NFC keys can be added to work with the lock, and a single key can be configured to unlock multiple Netatmo Smart Door Locks in the same home.


Each door lock uses four AAA batteries and offers a two-year battery life. If the user ignores the multiple low-power warnings in the app and the batteries do run out, there’s also a micro-USB port on the lock to provide temporary power.

The Smart Door Lock and Keys launches in Europe at the end of 2020. Netatmo says no subscription is required, but it has yet to confirm a price for the kit, and we’re still waiting to confirm if there are any concrete plans for a U.S. release. Watch this space.

Netatmo Introduce HomeKit Ventilation System

Despite there being no sign of the Netatmo Video Doorbell from last year’s CES, this hasn’t stopped the company from making announcements for new products, including one that we posted about earlier today – the Netatmo Smart Lock. In addition to this new product, the company has now unveiled the Aldes EasyHOME smart ventilation system.

This new ventilation setup integrates with your existing Legrand Hom system, which allows you to “…include CMEV* into personalized smart home scenarios or custom actions schedules, and remotely control it from anywhere.”

The solution includes an Aldes connected self-balanced exhaust fan with three ColorLINE® discreet ventilation grilles, and a Legrand ‘Céliane with Netatmo’ CMEV wireless switch that can be screwed into an existing wall recess or stuck by double-sided adhesive strip, and repositioned anywhere in the home.

The company claims the Aldes EasyHOME® with Netatmo is easy to set up, and even suitable for retrofitted homes, with the connected exhaust fan able to replace an existing non-connected unit quite easily.

Whilst this is probably most suited to kitchens and bathrooms, it can be used almost anywhere to ventilate rooms using triggers, automations, timers or Siri. It would appear that this system only works with Apple HomeKit at this time however, as there’s no mention of Amazon Alexa or Google Nest integration.

More info can be found on the company’s website – netatmo.com

Credit to Daniel Feodoroff for spotting this.

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Arlo Unveils New Wire-Free Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera

Arlo has unveiled a new wire-free Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera.

The versatile floodlight camera brings powerful LEDs, an integrated 2K HDR camera, 160-degree field of view, two-way audio, custom lighting configurations and a built-in siren to any home or small business.

“Arlo’s industry-leading technology is now packed into a wire free, sleek form factor allowing for seamless camera and floodlight integration,” said Tejas Shah, SVP product and chief information officer. “With this highly functional, yet minimalist design, users are able to reap the benefits of increased illumination, best-in-class camera performance and computer vision technology resulting in even more peace of mind – all without compromising their home exterior aesthetic.”

Arlo Unveils New Wire-Free Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera

Features:
● Superior Brightness: Powerful LED’s illuminate a wide area, activated by motion or manually.
2K Video with HDR: Zoom in on objects and see clearer details and colors in 2K HDR during live or recorded video viewing.
● Color Night Vision: See what’s lurking in the dark with color night vision or traditional black and white.
● 160-degree Diagonal View: Keep an eye on more of what matters with a wider field-of-view.
● 2-Way Audio: Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio quality.
● Built-in Smart Siren: Trigger your siren remotely or automatically during an event.
● Rechargeable Battery: Convenient and long-lasting battery to take the expense out of security.
● Custom Control: Enhance protection with custom floodlight and camera settings.

Arlo says that thanks to a dedicated ambient light sensor, the floodlight camera can automatically measure the amount of surrounding light to better customize when the floodlight automatically turns on. The floodlight offers three light patterns – constant, flashing, and pulsating. Each can be controlled set manually on-demand or via automation rules.

The camera has been designed with an integrated ball mount and ceiling adapter accessory making it easy to articulate the floodlight and camera in nearly any direction. When running on battery power it will produce around 2000 lumens of brightness. When plugged in that increases to 3000.

Arlo says the Wire-Free Floodlight Camera will be available in this spring for $249.99. Please download the iClarified app or follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and RSS for updates.

Arlo Unveils New Wire-Free Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera


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Netatmo Unveils Smart Door Lock With Physical NFC Keys

Netatmo has unveiled a new Smart Door Lock that works with physical NFC keys.

With the Netatmo Smart Door Lock, users can manage and share access to their home securely and easily. They lock and unlock their door by inserting their Smart Key in the Door Lock, like a conventional key, or by using the Netatmo Security app. In the app, they can add as many Smart Keys as they like to open their Door Lock, and can deactivate a lost or stolen Key with one click. Users can send an invite to their guests’ smartphones giving them access to their home, wherever they are.

“The Netatmo Smart Door Lock and Keys enhance home security, and offer our customers unrivalled freedom. They can open and close their doors using their smartphones, and they no longer have to wait hours for a locksmith if they leave their keys at the office orinside the house,” explains Fred Potter, founder of Netatmo and CTO of the Eliot program of Legrand. “Designed to withstand physical and electronic attacks, the Smart Door Lock has obtained the strictest industry certifications. Netatmo’s latest innovation meets a growing user need for useful, reliable, subscription-free products.”

Netatmo Unveils Smart Door Lock With Physical NFC Keys

The Netatmo Smart Door Lock is compatible with Apple HomeKit and comes equipped with batteries that last for two years.

You can learn more about the lock below…


Manage and share home access from the smartphone
Users control all the features of the Door Lock and Keys directly from the Netatmo Security app. They can add as many Smart Keys as they like in real time, to make sure all family members can access their home. If users wish to share access to their home with guests, they send them an invitation via their app, whether they are at work or on holiday. No need to leave the key with a neighbour or under the doormat as the invitation acts as a door key. In case of seasonal rental, users send their guests an invitation that can simply be withdrawn at the end of their stay via their smartphone, without having to go anywhere.

A secure and robust Door Lock
The Netatmo Smart Door Lock is designed to withstand physical and electronic attacks. It has obtained the A2P *, BZ+ and SKG *** security certifications, the demanding industry standards met only by the most secure locks in Europe.

The Door Lock works via Bluetooth so is not connected to the internet. It uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to interact with the Smart Keys, which are tamper-proof and impossible to duplicate. If the Keys are lost or stolen, access to the house is still secure: the users deactivate them in real time with one click on their smartphone, without having to change the whole Door Lock.

To keep users’ data secure, the access authorisations and identification data for each Key are stored locally in the Smart Door Lock and not in the cloud.

The Door Lock features an accelerometer which senses the vibrations caused by an attempt to break in. Users can access the front door usage history via the app, when they are within Bluetooth range of the Door Lock, so they can see whether an intruder has tried to force their door.

Netatmo Unveils Smart Door Lock With Physical NFC Keys

Installation as replacement of an existing cylinder door lock
The Netatmo Smart Door Lock can be installed as a replacement of an existing cylinder door Iock.

Users can install as many Smart Door Locks as they wish in their home and use just one Smart Key. Whether it is their front door, garage door, or even the door to their workplace, one single Key is enough for every Door Lock. That puts an end to carrying a bulky bunch of keys around!

Two-year battery life
The Smart Door Lock is equipped with batteries that last for two years. When battery power is low, the Door Lock emits an alternative lock/unlock signal, or sends a smartphone notification when users’ phone is within Bluetooth range. If the Door Lock is completely charged down, the user can use a backup micro-USB connection to open the door and replace the batteries.

No subscription required
All the features of the Netatmo Smart Door Lock and Keys are available for free. No subscription or additional costs are required to use the Door Lock or access its data.

Apple HomeKit compatibility
The Smart Door Lock is compatible with Apple HomeKit. Users can create customised scenes to connect their Smart Door Lock to other smart devices in their home. For example, when they open the front door, they might decide that all the lights in the house should be switched on.

The Netatmo Smart Door Lock is expected to launch in Europe at the end of this year for around 350 to 400 euro. Please download the iClarified app or follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and RSS for updates.

Netatmo Unveils Smart Door Lock With Physical NFC Keys


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Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais jokes that Apple ‘runs sweatshops in China’

Apple’s first night at the Golden Globes didn’t go exactly as Tim Cook may have hoped — with none of the awards for Apple TV+ show The Morning Show resulting in award wins. Adding insult to injury, returning host Ricky Gervais quipped that Apple used sweatshops to make its products. And even drew parallels to terrorist group ISIS.

CEO Cook was in attendance for the ceremony.

On the awards front, Apple TV+ series The Morning Show had received three Golden Globes nominations from the Screen Actors Guild. That put Apple ahead of Showtime, BBC America and USA Network in total nominations. Lead actors Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon were nominated for best performance by an actress in a TV drama. The show additionally picked up a nomination for best TV drama series.

None of the noms paid off, however. Olivia Colman won the prize for best actress in a TV drama for The Crown. Meanwhile, Succession picked up the best TV drama series award.

But it’s unlikely most people will be talking about that. Instead, people are likely to be buzzing about host Gervais’ quip about the tech giant. (Among many, many other topics.)

Gervais quipped that The Morning Show is a “superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing. Made by a company that runs sweatshops in China.”

He continued by addressing the actors in attendance. “You say you’re woke, but the companies you work for are unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney — If ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?”

Beyond Ricky Gervais: Golden Globes didn’t pay off for Apple TV+

Apple has made winning awards a priority with Apple TV+. According to a 2019 report, it has a team of people with awards strategy experience helping craft its campaigns. Netflix, which serves as a pioneering example of a successful streaming TV company, roared out of the gate with awards when it started making its own original programming around 2013.


The Morning Show hasn’t been unanimously well-received. Early reviews for the show were dire. The show’s producers suggested this was the result of Apple haters. However, like a lot of Apple TV+ programming, it has proven to be a hit with audiences.

Along with the Golden Globes, The Morning Show has also earned three nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Apple has already renewed it for a second series.

Via: Daily Mail

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iPhone utterly dominated US holiday smartphone sales

iPhone 11 in a pocket
The iPhone 11, not the 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max, was the most gifted smartphone this holiday season.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Americans activated far more iPhones during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day than Samsung handsets, or those of any other rival, according to a market-research firm. Apple completely dominated holiday smartphone sales, making nine of the ten most activated devices that week.

This is an important metric because it’s the busiest time of the year for device activations.

According to research by Flurry, 40.6% of handsets activated in the US in the weeks before Christmas were made by Apple. Rival Samsung’s products made up 26.3%. In the Dec. 24 to Dec. 31 period, iPhone activations jumped up to 42.8%, while Samsung’s number dropped to 23.5%.

“For device manufacturers of this scale, and during the highest device adoption period of the year, these are critical shifts,” noted Peter Farago, Flurry GM.

iPhone 11 on top of US holiday smartphone sales

The most activated model in the US during the span between Christmas and New Year’s Day was the iPhone 11, according to this market analysis firm. It was 6.16% of all activations, and 15.4% of Apple activations.

“The combination of the new 2019 iPhone 11 and the 2018 iPhone XR, which continues to sell strongly during the 2019 holiday season, drove high volume for Apple,” said Farago.

Flurry says Apple whipped Samsung this holiday season.
iPhone accounted for nine of the ten most activated devices in the last week of December.
Chart: Flurry

A variety of other iOS handsets made up the nine most-activated models, with the iPhone 11 Pro notably absent from the list. The only non-Apple offering in the Top 10 was the Xiaomi Mi 4 LTE.

Speaking of holiday sales, Christmas Day spending on mobile applications topped $250 million dollars for first time ever last month.


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‘Shot on iPhone’ video mixes fire and ice with spectacular results

The latest Shot on iPhone video includes lots of fire
Screenshots from Experiments IV: Fire and Ice would make great wallpapers.
Screenshot: Apple

Flame and cold seemingly perform spectacular stunts in Apple’s latest “Shot on iPhone” video. A pair of artists use the capabilities of the iPhone 11 Pro camera to create Experiments IV: Fire and Ice.

Watch it now:

The purpose of the “Shot on iPhone” collection is to highlight the photographic capabilities of Apple’s handsets. That’s why Apple commissioned Donghoon Jun and James Thornton of Incite to push the camera to its limits

To show off how these visually-stunning effects were captured with an iPhone 11 Pro, Apple also released a “Behind the Scenes” video:

Don’t miss the earlier “Shot on iPhone” experiments

This isn’t the first time Apple asked Jun and Thornton to use an iPhone to make an amazing video. Last summer, Experiments III: Cascade used water as its subject.

Earlier in the year, the company released Experiments II: Full Circle, which used a bullet time video rig to showcase the low-light shooting powers of the iPhone XR.

And the original, Experiments I: Elements featured Jun and Thornton apparently creating alien planets with various effects and an iPhone XS camera.


All the Shot on iPhone videos in this series are collected into a YouTube playlist.

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Ricky Gervais praised ‘The Morning Show’ in front of Tim Cook … then roasted Apple’s ‘sweatshops in China’

Tonight marks the 77th Golden Globe Awards, and Apple TV+ had three nominations heading into the night. Apple CEO Tim Cook is in attendance at the event in Beverly Hills, California, which is being hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais.

After praising the Apple TV+ original “The Morning Show,” Gervais had some pointed remarks about Apple’s manufacturing facilities in China, Amazon, and more.

Ecobee HomeKit Thermostat

During tonight’s Golden Globe Awards, Gervais praised “The Morning Show” as “a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing.” The camera panned to a smiling Tim Cook in the audience, but Gervais’ comments to a sharp turn:

Apple rolled into the TV game with a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. So, you say you’re woke, but the companies you work for, unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?

If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re not in a position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real-world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and fu*k off.

Gervais’ comments are targeted not only at companies like Apple and Amazon, but also for the actors and actresses who star in the original content offered on each company’s respective streaming service. The remarks are even more pointed given the fact that Tim Cook is sitting alongside those Hollywood stars in the audience.

In case you’re wondering how Apple TV+ is faring at tonight’s Golden Globe Awards, “The Morning Show” was beat out by “Succession” for best television series drama. Both Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama,” but that award has not been announced yet.

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Netatmo Introduce HomeKit-Enabled NFC Smart Lock

First reported by Thomas Ricker at The Verge, Netatmo have added a new smart lock to their lineup of Smart Home products, which so far consists of cameras, an intruder alarm, a smoke alarm, and the (still forthcoming) video doorbell.

The new smart lock will be HomeKit compatible, but unlike many of the competition, this lock seems to mainly revolve around replacing only the barrel mechanism of the lock itself, but the differences don’t end there. The lock itself doesn’t actually contain a motorised unit, so the lock acts in much the same way as a regular lock, in that you insert the key, then turn the door mechanism to open the door yourself. Owing to the fact keys having NFC built-in, this confirms to the lock that the keys aren’t copies as such. This, unfortunately, means that there appears to be no remote or hands-free option to unlock the door. Not great.

The lock uses four AAA batteries, which can last up to two years, according to the company. If the batteries die unexpectedly, the lock can be temporarily powered with the use of a micro USB cable, presumably connected to a mobile battery pack (that you’ll obviously be carrying with you at all times (not)), although there is a warning from the dedicated lock app from Netatmo, when the batteries get low.

How the lock works in HomeKit without the user seemingly being able to remotely unlock the door is something we’ve yet to figure out, but we do know from The Verge’s original post that the lock, like many others, works with HomeKit using Bluetooth, with the NFC data being stored locally on the lock itself. The price for the lock is expected to be in the €350 – 400 range, which seems rather steep if the core remote functionality isn’t available.

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