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by ThatTechyGuy at Jun 29, 2017
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Today we had some time to check out a new cool Smart Lightbulb that was sent to us from KooGeek.

This smart lightbulb supports Apple’s HomeKit, so you can use your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, to help bring the lights you use everyday into Apple’s consumer friendly ecosystem. However, it does require that your iPhone runs iOS 8.1 or later. You can simply open the app on your iDevice, and control your lights directly from it! You can even change the color of the light depending on the mood that you are in! There is also a dimmer setting in the app to allow you to control the brightness of the bulb. The bulb is rated at 500 lumens, which is certainly near the top of the brightest smart light bulbs.

Koogeek claims that the lightbulb has a life of about 25,000 hours, which equates to around 22 years based on 3 hours of use per day. Given on where and how the bulb is being used, this number will fluctuate, but if the lightbulb holds up, I’d say it’s a great value for the price. The price you ask? Yeah, this bad boy will set you back about $37USD, however it certainly seems to offer great features.

Here's a link where you can grab one from Amazon: Koogeek WiFi Smart LED Light Bulb E26, 60W Equivalent, Dimmable, 16000K Colors, Timers, Siri, Works with Apple HomeKit, 2700-6000K, on 2.4Ghz Network - - Amazon.com

After unboxing the device, I was immediately impressed by how sturdy it is. The build quality is excellent. When I grabbed my lamp, it fit perfectly in it. I turned it on, and I was stunned by its brightness.

The setup was super simple. All you have to do is download the koogeek app, hit the “plus” button, and wait for the lightbulb to show up. Then you type in the code that is inside the box, or on the lightbulb, and you can start controlling it immediately! Apple Homekit...
by Maura at Jun 29, 2017
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iDownload Blog reports on a new video posted by OnLeaks in partnership with Tiger Mobiles that gives possibly the best look yet at a dummy OLED iPhone 8 unit.

The dummy unit depicted in the video has a slightly curved 2.5D glass front that covers almost the entirety of the front of the phone, with very thin bezels and a cutout at the top for the front-facing camera and 3D sensor, as well as possibly other, as yet unknown, sensors. The back of the dummy shows the vertical dual-camera array.

The dummy iPhone 8 shown in the video is a CNC mockup built using CAD files posted to Twitter in April. With those files being over 2 months old, it’s possible that there have been changes made to the final iPhone 8 design in the meantime, but this would certainly appear to be a very accurate depiction of a particular stage of development of the forthcoming OLED iPhone 8.

Source: New video provides one of the best looks yet at iPhone 8 dummy unit
by Maura at Jun 29, 2017
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The iPhone is 10 years old today, reports MacRumors. On June 29, 2007, the first iPhone went on sale, six months after it was announced by the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs at Macworld Expo 2007 in San Francisco. By October 2008 Apple had already sold 10 million iPhones, and 10 years, it has sold more than one billion.

During that now-legendary presentation, the assembled journalists cheered as Jobs told them that Apple was reinventing the phone, and was about to revolutionise the industry, just as it had done with the personal computer with Macintosh in 1984 and portable music with the iPod in 2001.

Just like Steve Jobs stated at the time, the iPhone changed everything, despite the many naysayers, including Tech Crunch, which predicted that “a sizeable contingent of iPhone buyers” would eventually regret ditching their BlackBerry due to what they predicted would be a useless virtual keyboard. Or, even more famously, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who said back in 2007 of the iPhone, “500 dollars? Fully subsidized? With a plan? I said that is the most expensive phone in the world. And it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard. Which makes it not a very good email machine.” In 2016 Ballmer told Bloomberg that he wished he had thought of Apple’s idea of subsidized phones first, and that Microsoft made a mistake by not entering into the smartphone and tablet market sooner.

Some things never change, of course. I like the fact that MacRumors says that even before the first ever iPhone was released, there was still speculation and rumours about the iPhone 2! And just as happens today, back in 2007 people were lining up around the block outside Apple stores all over the world for days prior to the June 29 release date. What a testament to Apple it is that 10 years on, there is still huge excitement about the release of a new iPhone, and customers still line up outside stores all over the world to...
by Maura at Jun 28, 2017
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At the beginning of June, Microsoft previewed its updated Skype app for iOS, and now iDownload Blog reports that the update has finally been rolled out across the world, complete with lots of fun new features such as a re-designed interface, chat bots, a Snapchat-style Highlights feature, message and in-call reactions, and improved photo capture.

Aside from Cortana, new chat bots that are either available now or coming soon to the iPhone app are Gfycat, Giphy, MSN Weather, Bing, Polls, Expedia, Stubhub, BigOven, YouTube and Upworthy.

Using the new in-call reactions, you can now add live emoticons, text, and real-time photos to your video and voice calls. New message reactions also let you add expressions to your chat.

The new Highlights feature is similar to Snapchat’s stories, and lets you share your daily live with your friends and family via Skype via a sequence of photos and videos that can also be enhanced with added emojis and text. Only your Skype followers can see it.

These new features are currently only available in Skype for iPhone and not Skype for iPad, and will be coming to Skype for Mac and Windows in the next few months.

Source: Skype for iPhone gains chat bots, its version of Stories, message & in-call reactions and more
by Maura at Jun 28, 2017
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iDownload Blog reports that Facebook has unveiled some cool new video chat features for the Messenger app.

The new video chat features include animated reactions, interactive filters, masks and effects.

You can use the new features in one-on-one video calls as well as in group video conversations. You can use one of the five Facebook reactions during a video call, change your appearance via filters, to name but two of the new fun features. The new in-call filters include simple lighting tweaks and colour changes. All filters have a live preview that you can test prior to using it on your friends.

“We have also added animated effects, like falling hearts and twinkling stars, to give your video chats expressive flair. Check out what happens when you wave your arm in front of the camera while using one of those effects! Unlike reactions, masks and effects stay on the screen for the duration of the video chat (or until you take them off or switch to another one),” said Facebook in a blog post.

Another new feature is screenshotting, whereby you can tap the camera icon at the bottom of the screen to take a screenshot during a video call that you can then share via Messenger Day or elsewhere, as well as being saved to your camera roll.

Source: Facebook brings animated reactions, filters, masks and effects to Messenger calls
by Maura at Jun 28, 2017
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MacRumors reports that Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis has today told investors in a research note that the forthcoming iPhone 8 will be bundled with a 10W power adapter with a USB-C connector and integrated USB-C Power Delivery chip.

According to Curtis, Cypress Semiconductor will be supplying the USB-C Power Delivery chips that are built into both the iPhone and the 10W power adapter. The chips in question are said to be the CYPD2104 chips that feature in the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

This means that just as with the new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, the iPhone 8 would be capable of fast charging with a Lightning to USB-C cable connected to the new 10W power adapter or the 29W USB-C MacBook power adapter.

It’s therefore likely that Apple will be bundling a Lightning to USB-C cable with the new phone, instead of the usual Lightning to USB cable, or possibly it will also include a female USB-C to male USB-A adapter.

Image: Benjamin Geskin for iDrop News

Source: iPhone 8 Expected to Include Faster 10W USB-C Wall Charger
by Maura at Jun 27, 2017
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Ubisoft has today announced a new Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Rebellion, for iOS and Android.

Developed by Ubisoft and Behaviour Interactive studio, the free-to-play strategy role-playing game sees the series storyline return to the 15th century in Spain at the height of the Spanish Inquisition.

The game has a new art style for the series, depicting familiar faces in a new light, all the while keeping faith with the original AC spirit.

Gameplay sees the player building their own Assassin Brotherhood, managing a fortress, and undertaking covert missions against the Templars. You can expand your Brotherhood HQ by adding on new rooms where you can train new Assassins and craft new materials.

From your base of operations you can also lead teams of three Assassins into infiltration missions, with different characters more suited to different types of mission, depending on their particular skillset.

With a roster of 40 Assassins players can recruit some Assassins from the past, including Ezio, Aguilar, Shao Jun, Claudia, and Machiavelli, as well as 20 new characters to unlock that have been created exclusively for the game. Playing with these and other famous Assassins is made possible by a new version of the Animus that merges the memories of more than one Assassin together.

No release date as yet, but Ubisoft says it is “coming soon.”

Source: Assassin's Creed Rebellion – Build Your Own Assassin Brotherhood - UbiBlog UK - Ubisoft®
by Maura at Jun 27, 2017
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AirPods set to be bigger than Apple Watch according to Munster.JPG

MacRumors writes that venture capitalist and former analyst Gene Munster has said that Apple’s AirPods will be “bigger than the Apple Watch” over the next 10 years.

Although AirPods sell for $159, much less than even the cheapest Apple Watch at $269, Munster says that AirPods will contribute “about the same amount of revenue” as the Apple Watch by Apple’s 2022 fiscal year. Munster also predicts that by 2022 AirPods will cost $200 on average, as they will be moving away from “simple wireless headphones” to a wearable, augmented audio device.”

In the same report, Munster also said that his “best guess is that Apple Glasses, an AR-focused wearable, will be released mid FY20.” He bases his prediction on the big investment Apple is currently making in AR, citing ARKit and the acquisition of SensoMotoric Instruments in particular. Munster thinks that Apple sees the future of AR “as a combination of the iPhone and some form of a wearable.”

Source: Gene Munster Predicts Apple Will Eventually Earn More From AirPods Than Apple Watch
by Maura at Jun 27, 2017
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According to a new, “sketchy” report from DigiTimes, via iDownload Blog, iPhone 8 launch sales could be affected by a shortage of 5.8-inch OLED display panels. DigiTimes reports that it has heard from industry sources that “only 3-4 million OLED-based new iPhone devices will be ready for shipping before the new smartphones are unveiled at a product event slated for September.”

The source does not offer any reason for the OLED display shortages, other than vaguely stating that yield rates at assembly plants are “likely to become issues.”

It’s hard to know how accurate this story is with very little in the way of facts to back up its premise, and especially given the recent news that Samsung Display has just signed up to supply Apple with at least 80 million OLED panels for the iPhone 8 in this year alone.

Also, companies such as Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron have all recently started a hiring push that suggests that volume manufacturing of the next iPhone is about to begin. That said, there have also been many previous rumours that there could be shortages of the OLED iPhone 8 at launch.

Image: Benjamin Geskin

Source: Limited OLED availability could hold back iPhone 8 launch sales
by Maura at Jun 26, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that the first iPhone SE models to be manufactured in India have arrived in retail stores in several cities in that country following Apple’s confirmation yesterday that production had started on the phones. Unfortunately, though, the fact that the phones were being manufactured locally has not resulted in a reduction of the retail price of the phone, much to the disappointment of those who had thought this would happen, including the Indian government.

One of the main reasons behind Apple’s decision to manufacture the iPhone SE in India was in order to be permitted to open Apple retail stores in the country, as India requires that companies manufacture at least 30% of the products they want to sell in India if they want to open a single-brand store. Presently you can only buy Apple products in third-party authorised reseller retail stores in India.

It appears that Apple is currently not differentiating between iPhone SE models made locally in India and those made elsewhere, and pricing of the phones remains consistent regardless of the country of origin of the phone.

Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook has today tweeted about his meeting with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, saying “Great to see you again @narendramodi. We’re inspired by your vision for India and excited about what we can achieve together.”

Source: First ‘Assembled in India’ iPhones rolling out without any fanfare or price reductions as yet