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Uber is currently testing a new build of its app that will offer fixed fares upfront, but at the same time will also make surge pricing “nearly invisible to customers,” writes The Verge via 9to5 Mac. The version of the app currently in the testing stage sees the removal of the lightning bolt on the home screen and the pop-up notification box telling you that your fare will be increased due to surge pricing. In their place is simply a fixed upfront fare when you input your chosen destination. A faint warning that there is “increased demand” for Uber at that time is all that will remain of any sort of surge pricing notification.
This new version of the app is currently being tested by Uber in six cities in the US, namely New York City, Miami, San Diego, Philadelphia, Seattle, and parts of New Jersey, as well as some areas of India.
Uber thinks that its customers will like the new approach, and even has a catchy new slogan to support it: “No math, no surprises.”
Uber is looking to roll out this new version of the app around the world in the next few months.
Source: Uber’s latest test offers good news & bad: fixed fares, but surge pricing less visible
Honda has announced that it will be offering Apple’s CarPlay in its 2017 Accord, which will be arriving in showrooms this coming Monday for a starting price of $22,355, writes 9to5 Mac.
With iOS 10, due this fall, CarPlay will have several improvements, such as a more streamlined Apple Music interface, CarPlay apps that can now be removed and rearranged, and VoIP app support.
Source: Apple’s CarPlay set to return in Honda’s 2017 Accord next week
True Tone colour accuracy is a colour management feature that is currently only available on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but according to a report on AppleInsider today, Apple has filed a just discovered patent application with the US Patent & Trade Office in which it describes the True Tone technology, saying that its ultimate aim is to have “colors appear as they would on a printed sheet of paper,” which is of course almost exactly how True Tone is now described by Apple in its promotional materials for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro as “almost like looking at a sheet of paper.”
The patent application also reveals that Apple always had intentions to expand True Tone beyond just one device, showing how any compatible display can use the technology, ranging from the Apple Watch to desktop computers such as the iMac and also possibly the iPhone. Indeed, another report this week said that the iPhone 7 will have improved ambient light sensors, and other rumours earlier in the year said that the next iPhone will have two extra sensors at the top, so it’s possible they could be involved with bringing True Tone technology to the new iPhone.
Source: Apple shows interest in expanding True Tone color accuracy beyond the 9.7" iPad Pro
USA's third largest carrier T-Mobile on Thursday announced a phenomenal deal for those planning to travel to Europe this summer. The Un-Carrier has set up a promotion for postpaid customers to receive free unlimited 4G LTE while traveling overseas.
The promotion runs all across Europe, excluding Andora, from July 1 to August 31, 2016. All folks on postpaid plans in the USA are eligible for the promotion, and can begin using unlimited 4G LTE once it begins.
In addition, the Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier is offering free texting and calls for just 20 cents per minute. The later seems to be a non-issue, seeing as there are many apps out there, along with VoIP services like Skype, which offer free calling over data.
Photo-sharing giant Instagram took to its own blog yesterday, announcing it would be rolling out a language translation feature within its mobile app. The feature, already familiar to Facebook users, will simply translate captions and comments on photos and videos to the user's set language.
"In the coming month, you’ll see a translation button on feed stories and profile bios written in languages different from your own. The Instagram community has grown faster and become more global than we ever imagined. And we’re excited that you’ll soon be able to understand the full story of a moment, no matter what language you speak."
Similar to parent company Facebook, captions and comments written in a different language will have a "translate" option users can tap on to do exactly that. The feature will begin rolling out later this month for Android and iOS users, with Instagram noting that translation may not be available on older posts.
Instagram is available for download for free in the iTunes App Store.
9to5 Mac reports today that according to Weibo, the new 256GB iPhone 7 will have virtually the same price as the current top-of-the-range128GB iPhone. The leaked pricing details also refer to a new iPhone 7 Pro version, which is the most expensive of all the models, costing around $150 more than the iPhone 7 Plus.
If the leak is correct, we can expect that Apple will be announcing 32GB, 64GB, and 256GB iPhone 7 models and 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone Pro models.
This is not the first time that we’ve heard rumours of an iPhone 7 Pro model, with a Japanese magazine leaking schematics of what was claimed to be an iPhone 7 Pro model a couple of months back, complete with a dual-camera and Smart Connector.
If this latest rumour is correct, that means that Apple will be launching a total of nine new iPhone models this fall, and that’s without including the various colour options!
Source: Rumored iPhone 7 pricing shows 256GB model, 32GB base & pricier ‘Pro’ lineup
Following on from the recent announcement that Unicode was to launch 72 new emoji, 9to5 Mac reports that they have today been unveiled, although they’re not expected to be actually made available to users until the release of iOS 10 this fall, and possibly even after that, as they have not yet appeared in the current iOS 10 beta seeds.
If the emoji miss the iOS 10.0 launch, they will definitely arrive at some point during the iOS 10 cycle.
New emoji include a clown, a Pinocchio nose, a drooling emoji, a pregnant women, as well as other emoji designed to level up some of the gender disparity of previous versions, including a man in a tuxedo to go with the bride, Mrs Claus to partner Santa Clause, a prince to join the princess, and a male dancer to join the female dancer.
Also included are lots of new hand gestures, including facepalm, as well as food, animals, and new sports, including Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medals.
Two emoji that won’t be appearing in Unicode 9 are the rifle emoji and one representing the modern pentathlon event, which also features a gun. Reports last week said that Apple had played a big part in vetoing those particular emoji.
Source: 72 new emoji are on the way, likely headed to iPhone and iPad with iOS 10
BGR writes that you can now use Touch ID on your iPhone to sign in to your Google account via 2-Step Verification (2FV).
Usually, 2FV consists of inputting your username and password (step 1), and then entering a code that is sent to you via e-mail or a text message, or even via an authentication app or machine (step 2). Now, however, Google has added a new option for iPhone and iPad owners, with the new “Google prompt” setting added to the 2FV settings. To use it to log on to your Google account, all you have to do is select “Yes, Allow Sign-In” when the notification pops up on your device. While this option is available for all iPhone and iPad owners, regardless of whether or not they have a Touch-ID-enabled iPhone or iPad, the whole process is now even easier for those that do have a Touch ID device, as you can use fingerprint authentication via the Google app to log on to your account.
Source: You can now use Touch ID on your iPhone to sign in to your Google account anywhere
You will want to take this rumor with a high blood pressure inducing wad of salt. Supposedly, Apple is going to bypass its usual "tick, tock" cycle this year and will only refresh the iPhone 6S line with some minor changes and enhancements. The rumint we found at Venturebeat suggests that Apple wants to save the iPhone 7 for next year so they can call it the 10th anniversary edition.
For folks unfamiliar with Apple's "tick, tock" tech upgrade strategy, each year called a "tick" is when Apple brings out a completely new iPhone with significant changes to its hardware design and aesthetics. The "tock" cycle is when Apple simply makes a refreshed device with a small few enhancements and improvements.
Last year was a "tock" cycle, which is what brought us the iPhone 6S line. That would mean this year is a "tick" cycle traditionally; however, since next year will be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple supposedly wants to do something big and splashy, which includes rumored curved OLED displays, embedded fingerprint readers and the return of glass backs.
If they do make this strategic shift, it would mean that the phone they release this year, will only be another version of the iPhone 6S (which would make it a refreshed, refresh of the iPhone 6). Of course, until Apple makes something official, there's no way to really confirm this data. What do you folks think? Would this be a smart or a disappointing move by Apple if it turns out to be true?
AppleInsider reports that customers who were affected by the iBooks price-fixing case will start receiving their compensation payments from today, according to a press release from the law firm that is acting for the plaintiffs, Hagens Berman. The total payment of $400 million comprises store credit or checks for up to $6.83 for each e-book.
In accordance with the terms of the settlement, those affected by the case are entitled to payouts of twice the losses that they incurred, which is roughly $1.57 for each e-book and up to $6.93 for each New York Times bestseller. Titles that were purchased from Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan (Holtzbrinck Publishers), Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster between April 1 2010 and May 21 2012 all qualify for a payment as part of the settlement.
Payments to customers who purchased digital books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple should be sent automatically to the relevant store accounts, although some respondents might get their checks in the mail instead.
Source: Apple customers to receive $400M iBooks settlement payments on Tuesday
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