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by Maura at Apr 7, 2017
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Facebook has announced the launch of its new virtual assistant for Messenger, which it has called

“M,” which it says is designed to “make your Messenger experience more useful, seamless and delightful.”

Currently only available in the US, but soon to roll out worldwide, M is powered by artificial intelligence, and will “pop” into your conversation to suggest relevant content.

According to Facebook, when M was first announced more than a year ago, “it was a small AI experiment powered by humans that could fulfill almost any request.”

Facebook adds that it learned a great deal from this experiment, with that knowledge then leading to the creation of the “completely automated” version of M that has just been launched today.

Facebook has been testing the feature with a small number of users over the past few months, and proclaims it “a great success.”

Here are M’s main features:
Source: M Now Offers Suggestions to Make Your Messenger Experience More Useful,...
by Maura at Apr 7, 2017
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MacRumors reports that according to Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White, Apple’s forthcoming three new iPhones will still be available to pre-order in September, but White says that the flagship 5.8-inch OLED model will not ship for several weeks after that, but should be available by the December holiday period.

White says that the reason for the delay is “challenges around the 3D sensing technology.”

White, who is currently in Taiwan on a fact-finding mission with sources in Apple’s supply chain, said that his information came from a “smartphone contact” who is “diligently following the supply chain data points” about the iPhone 8, lending credence to the accuracy of the information.

Also, this new information gathered by White in Taiwan supports other recent information from Barclays analysts who said that all iPhones, including the OLED iPhone 8, are still on schedule to launch in September, but that most of the stock will not be available until later in the year.

iPhone concept: Martin Hajek

Source: iPhone 8 Pre-Orders Still Expected in September, But Shipments Likely Delayed Until 'Several Weeks Later'
by Maura at Apr 6, 2017
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MacRumors reports that Apple has today released its new social video creation app “Clips.”

The app enables you to combine videos, images, and music into one video that you can then share on iMessage, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other social networks.

The Clips app also has a “Live Titles” feature that enables you to create animated captions using just your voice, as well as letting you add various other effects such as comic book filters, speech bubbles, and shapes. You can also combine individual video clips up to 30 minutes long to create 6o-minute-long videos that can be shared in 1080p HD if the video source is HD.

In a review of Clips, The Verge noted that the fact that you can create hour-long videos that can be shared in HD makes the Clips app “much more of a video creation app than a Snapchat competitor.”

Also reviewing the app, Time said “While Apple is constantly improving the iPhone’s camera hardware and behind-the-scenes software, Clips is a rare evolution of its camera app - an evolution that reveals how it’s thinking about the future of photography with the iPhone, the world’s most commonly used camera.”

Sources: Apple's New Social Video Creation App 'Clips' Launches on iPhone and iPad Today

What It's Like to Use Apple's New iPhone Camera App
by Maura at Apr 6, 2017
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Samsung having to convert LCD factory to make enough OLED displays to fulfil iPhone 8 demand.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that according to new data from Apple’s supply chain, Samsung is getting ready to manufacture enough OLED displays for a projected 55 million OLED iPhone 8 units to be shipped to consumers by the end of 2017.

According to South Korea’s ET News, Samsung is actually having to convert an ASA LCD screen factory to an OLED manufacturing plant in order to cope with the massive demand that is expected when the new phone is announced. Samsung will have to spend $8.8 billion in this year alone in order to sufficiently increase production capacity. If true, this would mean that Samsung will have to spend nearly all the capital that it will make from its contract with Apple.

The same source also says that of the 100 million iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 units that are expected to be shipped to customers by the end of this year, 55 million will be iPhone 8 units.

Source: Rumor: Demand for 'iPhone 8' OLED screens will force Samsung to convert LCD factory
by Maura at Apr 5, 2017
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MacRumors reports that YouTube has today launched its new streaming TV service in five US cities. The service costs $35, and is available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

The standalone YouTube TV app includes access to ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, Disney, ESPN, FX, USA, and many other cable channels, as well as regular YouTube content. Pay channels such as Showtime are also available to watch for an extra fee.

In order to watch YouTube TV you must first download the free YouTube TV app, which is also available from today. The first month’s subscription is free as part of a free trial period, and YouTube is also throwing in a free Chromecast with the first monthly payment that you make so that you can also stream content to your television.

At $35 per month, YouTube TV’s subscription fee is on a par with the likes of DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue, especially when you consider that it offers cloud DVR options with unlimited storage and a recommendation system that is powered by AI. Up to six people per household can watch YouTube TV for each subscription.

Source: 'YouTube TV' Streaming Service Launches in Five U.S. Cities
by Maura at Apr 5, 2017
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AppleInsider reports today that according to the Economic Daily News, the iPhone 8 could be delayed until October or November due to “technical issues” with the OLED screen lamination process, as well as problems with the 3D sensing system.

This is the third report to say that the 3D sensor is causing delays in production of the next iPhone.

According to this latest report, TSMC, Foxconn Electronics, Pegatron Technology, Wistron, Advance Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), Largan Precision, Cyntec and Yageo are all supplying components for the iPhone 8. Himax has previously been said to be manufacturing the components for the 3D sensor that are said to be causing the delays.

Meanwhile, in a separate report on AppleInsider, UBS analyst Steven Milunovich says that the OLED iPhone 8 will come in at a price point below $1,000, starting at between $850 and $900, with the 256GB model costing between $950 and $1,000. He also envisions that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will cost $100 less than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, offering a wider range of prices.

iPhone 8 concept: Martin Hajek

Sources: Rumor: Supply chain issues with 'iPhone 8' 3D sensors may lead to late launch in Oct. or Nov.

Analysts suspect Apple will offer OLED 'iPhone 8' for less than $1,000, cite market forces
by Maura at Apr 5, 2017
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According to a new report from DigiTimes via MacRumors, Apple Watch Series 3 will launch this September. This also ties in with a previous report from Economic Daily News that said that the new Apple Watch lineup will be launched in the third quarter of this year.

It’s thought that the new watches will have longer battery life and a faster processor, and there has also been talk of cellular connectivity being a new feature. SIG’s Christopher Rolland has said that Apple Watch Series 3will feature LTE capabilities, and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also said that LTE capabilities could be added in 2017. Should this be the case, this would mean that Apple Watch owners would no longer have to pair their watch with an iPhone in order to make calls or stream music, although a separate data plan would then be required, as opposed to being able to use your iPhone’s current data plan as happens currently.

It’s also thought that the new watch lineup will have a glass-film touchscreen instead of the current touch-on-lens screen.

Source: 'Apple Watch Series 3' Models Expected in Second Half of 2017 With September Launch Likely
by Maura at Apr 4, 2017
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Apple has today unveiled its new Mac Pro lineup, complete with pricing adjustments, writes MacRumors. This represents the first time that the Mac Pro has been updated in 3 years. Aside from launching the new Mac Pros today, Apple also said that it is currently working on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro, complete with Apple pro displays, that will be launched sometime after 2017.

“With regards to the Mac Pro, we are in the process of what we call ‘completely rethinking the Mac Pro,” Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller told Daring Fireball. “We’re working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers.”

As far as the newly announced changes are concerned, which basically just involved pricing and spec restructuring, the $3,999 model is now the $2,999 entry-level model, and what was the built-to-order 8-core model with dual D700 GPUs is now the high-end $3,999 model. Both come equipped with 256GB PCIe-based flash storage, four USB 3.0 ports, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.

As far as the former quad-core model is concerned, that now has 6 cores with dual D500 GPUs and 16GB of RAM, and what was the 6-core model now has 8 cores with dual D700 GPUs and 16GB of RAM.

The models are all now available on the Apple Store, with the exception of the 8-core model.

Source: Apple Refreshes Mac Pro Lineup, Says All-New Modular Model With Apple-Branded Pro Displays Coming After 2017
by Maura at Apr 4, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that Apple has today announced that it will be releasing new iMacs this year, with several different configurations, including those designed to appeal to pro consumers and creative users.

Apple marketing head Phil Schiller made the announcement when talking to journalists at Apple headquarters today. John Gruber of Daring Fireball said that Schiller specifically mentioned iMac configurations intended for the pro consumer, stating that the all-in-one iMac is Apple’s most popular desktop computer among professional users. According to figures provided by Apple, around 30% of the Mac user base use pro apps at least once a week for media creation and software development. Eighty percent of those use notebooks, and 20% use desktops, and as far as the desktops are concerned, iMac is ahead of the Mac Pro.

Also at the meeting, Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi talked about how the iMac has evolved over the last 10 years from the candy-coloured tube iMac to the current slimline range.

“And now you look at today’s 5K iMac,” said Federighi, “top configs, it’s incredibly powerful, and a huge fraction of what would’ve traditionally- whether its audio-editing, video editing, graphics, arts, and so forth-that would’ve previously absolutely required the Mac Pros of old, are being well addressed by iMac.”

Source: Apple plans new iMac configurations targeting pro users for later this year
by Maura at Apr 3, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that Apple has today released iOS 10.3.1, which brings back support for 32-bit devices, as well as featuring other bug fixes.

When iOS 10.3 was released it did not support 32-bit devices, but that has now been rectified with the latest update, which restores 32-bit device support for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. Last week Apple released the iOS 10.3.2 beta 1 for developers. At that time one might have been forgiven for thinking that Apple had missed out on iOS 10.3.1 entirely, but now the reason for the jump to iOS 10.3.2 has been made clear.

Apple’s limited release notes state that the update also fixes a Wi-Fi vulnerability that was found by Gal Beniamini of Google Project Zero, whereby a person with malicious intent that was in range would be able to execute “arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip.” Describing how it fixed the vulnerability, Apple said that “a stack buffer overflow was addressed through improved input validation.”

Source: Apple releases iOS 10.3.1 with bug fixes & improved security for iPhone & iPad, incl. 32-bit devices