Apple executives reportedly set to meet with government officials in India next week

Just a day after a pair of reports shed more light on Apple’s progress in starting a manufacturing presence in India, a new report from Reuters offers a few new details. The report claims that while some Indian officials are eager to have Apple in the country, others aren’t convinced at this point.

The most interesting tidbit, however, is that Apple executives will be meeting with Indian government officials next week to discuss plans…

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Hands-on: Channels DVR public beta for the Apple TV [Video]

Channels, an app that we’ve covered several times in the past, allows users to stream live local television to an Apple TV or iOS device via a handy guide interface. The app works in harmony with an HD HomeRun box to receive over-the-air terrestrial television or cable TV depending on the box you purchase.

After the successful launch of the iOS version of the app and Channels 2.0 for the Apple TV, developer Fancy Bits’ next project involves integrating a subscription-based DVR service directly into the Channels app for Apple TV.

The DVR service, which will require a subscription, is currently in beta. By tapping into a NAS solution like the Synology DS916+, users can record live television, and schedule recordings directly from the Channels tvOS interface. Have a look at our video walkthrough as we take the service for a test drive. more…

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What features should Apple add to 2nd-gen AirPods? [Poll]

We asked in a previous poll why YOU aren’t buying AirPods despite overall glowing reviews. Now we want to know what you’d like to see in a future, second-generation version of the product.

For the majority in our last poll, the reason for holding off on the purchase was either pricing or availability. That’s not much of a surprise, because for many of us, the product is already solid enough to become our new daily-driver headphones. But there are, however, a few possibilities for new features in a future set of AirPods.

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Best of NAMM 2017: Pocket Synthesizers, new Logic Pro X features, iOS Interfaces, MPC X and much more

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NAMM 2017 is officially in full swing this week, which means product unveilings galore for the latest and greatest in music and audio production gear. We’ve been covering some of the bigger announcements on 9to5Toys (and on 9to5Mac), but below we’ve rounded up the best of the best so you don’t miss anything. Check back for more NAMM product announcements as the show continues over the weekend.

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How to tell if Wi-Fi Assist is actually using too much iPhone data

There’s a feature on iPhones called Wi-Fi Assist that is a common source of confusion for a lot of users. Wi-Fi Assist helps your iPhone switch to cellular data with your carrier when your local Wi-Fi is too weak to offer fast enough loading speeds.

That sounds risky especially if you have a limited monthly data cap, but most people shouldn’t have to worry about turning Wi-Fi Assist off. Here’s how to check and understand how much data Wi-Fi Assist is actually using.

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9to5Toys Last Call: TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug $35, Canon PIXMA Printer w/ AirPrint $20, Angry Birds Space Free, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

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Best of NAMM 2017: Pocket Synthesizers, new Logic Pro X features, iOS Interfaces, MPC X and much more

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TP-LINK’s new Wi-Fi Smart Plug has a slimmer design and Alexa control: $35 Prime shipped (Reg. $50)

Control up to five outlets wirelessly in your home: Aukey 5-piece kit with two remotes for $22 Prime shipped (Reg. $28)

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Daily Deals: Canon PIXMA Wireless All-In-One Printer $20, Lenovo Thinkpad 13-inch 4GB Chromebook $180, more

Print photos from your iOS/Android device on-the-go w/ the mini ZIP Polaroid mobile printer for $102 shipped (Reg. $130)

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Angry Birds Space for iPhone/iPad goes free for the first time in over a year (Reg. up to $3)

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Grab Apple’s latest 13-inch 512GB MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar in both colors for $1,800 shipped (Reg. $1,999)

Best Buy offers the latest 13-inch 256GB MacBook Air for as little as $975 shipped (Reg. $1,199)

You can get a brand new Apple laptop today for less than $800 shipped: current gen 13-inch MacBook Air $200 off

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Save an extra $25 off $100+ at Best Buy w/ Visa Checkout: Powerbeats3 $129, Fitbit Charge 2 $105, more

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The Apple Award-winning Smart Alarm Clock for iOS goes free for the very first time (Reg. $2)

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Best Console Game Releases in January: Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Yakuza 0, Gravity Rush 2, Kingdom Hearts, more

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Review: does this Nike+ look-alike Apple Watch Band live up to the hype? Exclusive discount and more inside…

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Amazon’s #1 best-selling speakers, the Mackie CR3 Studio Monitors, are on sale for $75 shipped (Reg. $100)

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Make the jump to 802.11ac Wi-Fi w/ this TP-Link Gigabit Wireless Router for $150 shipped (25% savings)

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

bose-solo-15-dealImprove your home theater: The Bose Solo 15 Series II TV Sound System is on sale at Amazon for $319 shipped (Reg. $380+)

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Save on Caseology’s latest iPhone 7/6/s/Plus and Galaxy S7 cases w/ these exclusive promo codes, from $7 Prime shipped

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Dock, charge and play music from your iPhone: AmazonBasics Lightning Clock Radio for $37.50 Prime shipped (all-time low)

Dock and charge your Apple Watch on this aluminum stand that includes a MFi charger: $26 Prime shipped (Reg. $40)

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