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Morning Tech Report for December 23, 2016

About those Batteries

Consumer Reports Dings Apple over New MacBook Pro Battery Issues

Consumer Reports denied a recommendation of the new MacBook Pros based on inconsistent battery usage times:
The MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next.
 For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in the next. And the numbers for the 15-inch laptop ranged from 18.5 down to 8 hours.
Their test results mirror some complaints from consumers.
2016 MacBook Pro Denied Recommendation From Consumer Reports Due to Battery Life Inconsistencies — Mac Rumors —
 Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has failed to receive a purchase recommendation from Consumer Reports due to battery life issues that were encountered…

Happy Holidays from Google and Amazon

Both tech giants offer one-time movie rental for $.99.
Google Play, Amazon Let Users Rent Movies for $0.99 |
 In an effort to compete with Netflix, Both Google and Amazon are offering holiday promotions for discounted online movie rentals.

Uber is the Annoying Fratboy of Tech Companies

Uber starts illegal testing of autonomous driving in California, whines when the state won’t let them break the law, then stomps off to Arizona.
Uber’s self-driving cars flee to Arizona after California shutdown | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Ken Yeung —
 Uber has begun implementing plans for where it will test out its self-driving cars. The company revealed that it has selected Arizona as the next state where the autonomous vehicles will be put through the ringer and riders should begin seeing them on the roads some time early next year.

Get Your PC Gaming On

Hopefully, Steam’s servers can handle the load.
The Steam Winter Sale is Here | News & Opinion | —
 The Steam Winter Sale is Here

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