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07.07.16 | 7:43 am

What Brexit is affecting this week: Chocolate prices, bank jobs, and more

The first signs of Brexit's direct impact on people's lives is beginning to show just two weeks after the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union:

• The pound hit a new 31-year low yesterday against the dollar of $1.27. The pound had been $1.50 against the dollar before Brexit. Analysts are saying that the pound could reach parity with the dollar by next year, reports Reuters.

• France has now overtaken Britain as the world's fifth largest economy, says Reuters.

• £18 billion of U.K. property funds have been frozen due to too many investors trying to take their money out of seven property funds, reports Reuters. There was a run on the funds because of the expected slowdown in the property sector in the U.K. The freeze means investors will not be able to withdrawal from the funds for the indefinite future.

• Are you British? Do you like chocolate? The cost of your Snickers is about to go up.

• JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon says he will relocate thousands of jobs from the U.K. to continental Europe should Brexit hurt banks, says Bloomberg.

USA Today has a nice piece on how some companies say Brexit will affect them.

• The United Nations has now said Brexit could depress seafood trade in the short and long terms, reports the Financial Times.

• Lenovo, the world's largest computer maker says the prices of its computers will get more expensive in the U.K. due to the falling pound, reports Bloomberg.

• Dell, OnePlus, and other electronics makers are also rising the prices of their devices in the U.K. by as much as 10%, says the BBC.

• Heads of the U.K. technology sector say a Brexit vote is disastrous for the local tech industry, reports the Guardian.

Recode also says tech and media companies may abandon London in wake of Brexit.

• Over 75% of Politico's Economic Caucus of political and industry insiders says Brexit will result in major economic slowdown for the U.K. with one saying Britain scored "an astonishingly avoidable own goal."

• Brexit will hurt NATO's ability to provide peace and stability in Europe and elsewhere, reports Politico.

• After seeing what's happened to the U.K. economy in only two weeks after the Brexit vote, support for staying in the EU has surged in other countries.

[Photo: Bill Smith]

10.27.16 | 6 minutes ago

Check out Apple’s sizzle videos for the new MacBook Pros

And here featuring the soothing tones of Sir Jony Ive:

10.27.16 | 19 minutes ago

Three new MacBook Pros: Here’s how much they cost

13" without Touch Bar — $1499

13" with Touch Bar/Touch ID —$1799

15" with Touch Bar/Touch ID—$2399

10.27.16 | 35 minutes ago

Apple teases new LG 5K display that connects to MacBook Pro with single power/data cable

Apple discontinued its own Thunderbolt Display earlier this year, and has been rumored to be working on a new display with LG. We didn't expect a launch of the new display today, but Apple teased the device at its press event in Cupertino. 

The new display is called the LG Ultra 5K display. It appeared to be around 27 inches, like the old Apple display. It has microphones, at least one camera, speakers. It features three USB-C Thunderbolt ports. And a single USB-C cable to the new MacBook Pro provides both data and power. 

We'll have more on this once we get more spec, pricing, and availability information on the new displays.

10.27.16 | 41 minutes ago

Here are all the specs for the new MacBook Pros

Apple on Thursday announced its revamped MacBook Pro computers, and they have some pretty cool features—including a new Touch Bar and fatter trackpad. Here's a breakdown of both the 13" and 15" computers. 

Colors: Silver and Space Gray

13" MacBook Pro dimensions + weight: 14.9mm, 3 lbs

15" MacBook Pro dimensions + weight: 15.5mm, 4lbs

Processor: Core i5, Core i7

Display: Retina

Touch Bar: customizable mini screen with Touch ID

Trackpad: Force Touch; 2x larger than previous generation

Keyboard: features a 2nd gen. butterfly mechanism

Ports: (4) Thunderbolt

Battery life: 10 hours

Memory: 8GB, 16GB

OS: Sierra


$1,499 MacBook Pro 13" (no Touch Bar)

$1,799 MacBook Pro 13" 

$ 2,399 MacBook Pro 15"

*Apple is taking orders today. Computers with Touch Bar start shipping in 2-3 weeks. MacBook without Touch Bar ships today.

10.27.16 | 43 minutes ago

The new MacBook Pro quadruples down on USB-C

Last year's new 12-inch MacBook was Apple's first computer with the reversible, versatile USB-C port—but it only had one of 'em, which meant you couldn't even connect a smartphone or camera while your Mac was plugged into power.

With the new MacBook Pros, Apple is including four USB-C ports—and it's ditching the old USB ports and Thunderbolt ones. Depending on what you want to do, you may need a sack full of dongles. But you'll be able to power your Mac, plug into one or more displays, and perform other feats without fear of running out of ports.

10.27.16 | an hour ago

Bye-bye function keys: The new MacBook Pro, with Touch Bar, is here

The big news (so far) at today's Apple event is the new MacBook Pro. And as expected, the big news about the new MacBook Pro, which comes in 13" and 15" versions, is its new Touch Bar.

The Touch Bar is a retina-resolution color display, located where every other computer has had function keys for decades. It's extremely context sensitive, showing everything from typing suggestions to playback controls to preview of photo filters, depending on what you're doing in which app. And you can even customize it by dragging icons off the main display onto the bar.

Apple's Phil Schiller began his pitch for the Touch Bar with a requiem for function keys, which date back decades to the era when people used terminals to access text-only mainframes. At first blush, I can't imagine anyone will miss them—and I'm curious to see whether the rest of the industry will mimic Apple's replacement.

10.27.16 | an hour ago

Apple’s TV guide is an app called … TV

The first major product announcement at Apple's press event is a new app for Apple TV, the iPhone, and the iPad called TV that aggregates content from multiple video providers. It's got a queue of movies and TV you have access to, access to live channel streams, curated selections chosen by Apple, search (with Siri support), and more. Start watching on one device, and you can pick up where you left off on another.

Pre-event scuttlebutt said that the app wouldn't support Netflix. And though Apple isn't saying that, Netflix is conspicuous by its absence in the demo. Other than that, the app looks cool–and seems like a sensible way for Apple to make TV better without launching a full-blown streaming TV service of its own.

10.27.16 | 2 hours ago

Twitter mourns Vine after killing it

Vine has been marked for death. Four years after buying the short-form video-sharing app, Twitter announced today that it's discontinuing Vine.

What this means for creators who built huge audiences (sometimes leading to TV careers and other success) and social media startups that piggybacked on those audiences isn't clear. But judging from the sentiment on Twitter, lots of people are pretty bummed. 

After a buzzworthy launch in 2012, Vine saw its usage ravaged by the launch of video-sharing on Instagram and the bleeding likely wasn't helped by the rise of apps like Snapchat and 

10.27.16 | 2 hours ago

Vine’s cofounder has some advice for entrepreneurs now that Vine is dead

Rus Yusupov had some parting words after news of Vine's demise was made public: 

10.27.16 | 2 hours ago

Apple launches accessibility website 

Apple CEO Tim Cook opened up the company's October event with the launch of a new accessibility website. The new site educates users on all the features inside Apple products made for those with disabilities. A short video feature highlighted such tools on iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac.

"It's incredibly humbling to see the things people do with our products every day," says Cook.

10.27.16 | 3 hours ago

The New York Times wants to give you Netflix-like TV and movie recommendations

Last August the New York Times announced a new project called "Watching" that gave users recommendations for what films or TV shows to watch. It tries to be a more personalized and curated version of Netflix-like content recommendation engines.

Today the program has exited closed beta and is available to all. Any user can now sign up for free. Like other services—including the now-defunct NYTNow app and NYTimes Cooking—it's an attempt to hook in new readers. You can check it out at

10.27.16 | 4 hours ago

Would you want to see tweets from only Republicans or only Democrats?

That's one thing Twitter proposed during its Q3 earnings call this morning. CFO Anthony Noto said Twitter could further customize the stream of tweets that accompanies its live streams; when airing NFL games, for example, he said Twitter could eventually offer curated timelines based on which team a user is rooting for. 

This customization could also apply to debates, he said. (Whether Twitter will still be around in its current form four years from now, during the next presidential debates … well, that's another question.) Interestingly, when asked by an investor if the debates have led to more engagement on Twitter, Noto revealed they had "no noticeable impact" on Twitter's overall metrics: 

We did benefit meaningfully on the particular days that we had the live debates and integrated product of that curated timeline . . . [but] we really need to have a debate every day on Twitter for it to meaningfully improve our metrics on a quarterly basis. And that's where we're headed.