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by Maura at Feb 23, 2018
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AirPower out this March.JPG

According to a new report on Japanese Apple website Mac Otakara, via MacRumors, Apple’s new AirPower wireless charging mat could be onsale as soon as March. The news comes from “reliable sources,” apparently, and backs up previous similar claims from The Apple Post earlier this month.

AirPower, which was announced by Apple last September, is an oval charging mat that uses Qi-compatible charging technology to charge several different devices at the same time. Currently only the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and Apple Watch Series 3 are able to take advantage of this. However, it’s expected that AirPods will soon be added to the list once the forthcoming AirPods wireless charging case is released this year. The Apple Post AirPower story actually said that the...
by Maura at Feb 23, 2018
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Apple repair facility responsible for 1,600 false alarm calls since last October.JPG

A fascinating story today from CBS Sacramento, via AppleInsider, which reports that Apple’s repair and refurbishing centre in Elk Grove, California, is responsible for making approximately 1,600 false-alarm 911 emergency calls since last October.

Jamie Hudson, an emergency dispatcher at the Elk Grove dispatch centre, said that the calls are emanating from iPhones and Apple Watches within the Apple repair centre. The information comes via cell tower triangulation and onboard GPS data.

The calls are assumed to be false alarms as there is not usually anyone on the other end when the dispatcher answers the call.

“The times when it’s greatly impacting us is when we have other emergencies happening and we may have a dispatcher on another 911 call that may have to put...
by Maura at Feb 22, 2018
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Apple Pay Now Used by Over 127 Million people worldwide.JPG

According to the newly released annual Apple Pay report from Gene Munster’s Loup Ventures, Apple Pay is growing year on year, an “impressive” performance, according to Munster.

Loup Ventures estimates that there were 127 million global Apple Pay users by the end of 2017, a big increase from the estimated 62 million users by the end of 2016. Even so, this amounts to just 16% of the global iPhone user base, with approximately 795 million iPhone active worldwide. This represents a doubling of the percentage of the worldwide user base, however, up from 8% in 2016. Loup Ventures’ figures also show that approximately 30% of new iPhones activated in 2017 had Apple Pay enabled.

The report does not include figures from Apple Pay Cash, as it only launched last December....
by Maura at Feb 22, 2018
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Apple to upgrade AirPods with waterproofing and Siri integration.JPG

According to an exclusive report from Bloomberg today, Apple is currently working on upgraded AirPods with new hardware features. Bloomberg’s source says that Apple wants to create a regular upgrade cycle for AirPods, just as it does with its other products such as iPhone and iPad.

Apparently, the first upgrade in this new cycle will take place later this year, and will include an upgraded, Apple-designed wireless chip to manage Bluetooth connections, as well as the ability to summon Siri simply by saying “Hey Siri,” without having to tap the headphones. It will work in a similar way to how you currently summon Siri on iPhone or a hands-free HomePod speaker. The 2018 AirPods already have the codename B288 within Apple, according to the source.

Following that,...
by Maura at Feb 21, 2018
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Woman credits FaceTime with saving her life when she had a stroke.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that a woman from New York City, Opokua Kwapong, is crediting FaceTime with saving her life after her sister, Adumea Sapong, noticed during a call from the UK that her sister was showing stroke symptoms.

When Sapong called her older sister via FaceTime and woke her from a nap, she noticed that Kwapong’s face “didn’t look right.”

“She also said that I was slurring my words, but I thought she was just fussing and I didn’t believe her,” said Kwapong.

When her sister suggested that she took an aspirin, Sapong noticed that her sister was struggling to pick up a glass of water, and also that her face was drooping, a typical stroke symptom.

After discussing the matter with another sister who was a doctor, Kwapong eventually called 911, and...
by Maura at Feb 21, 2018
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Alto's Odyssey out today.JPG

Touch Arcade reports today that the long-awaited sequel to popular endless runner snowboarding game Alto’s Adventure has finally arrived in the App Store, 1 day ahead of its scheduled release date on February 22. Alto’s Odyssey, developed by Snowman, looks just as gorgeous as its illustrious predecessor, but is also just as easy to pick up and play, and just as entrancing.

In the game you get to visit various biomes such as rose-tinted kingdoms, jungles, deserts, and many other locations, complete with dynamic weather and lighting effects.

New gameplay elements have been introduced to spice up the gameplay, such as wall riding and balloon bouncing tricks.

Snowman says that Alto’s Odyssey can be played entirely as a standalone experience, so you don’t have to have...
by Maura at Feb 21, 2018
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Fast Company names Apple the world's most innovative company.JPG

MacRumors reports that Fast Company has proclaimed Apple the most innovative company in the world in its annual ranking of 50 innovative companies. Fast Company says that it has awarded Apple its top honour because of the way in which the company is “delivering the future today.”

Among Apple’s accomplishments that were noted by Fast Company were the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3, ARKit, and an overall focus on hardware and software integration. Fast Company also praised the way in which Apple manufacturers its own chips that are tailor-made for its own products, leading to impressive performance.

In an interview with Fast Company following the announcement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple always focuses on “products and people” rather than earnings results...
by Maura at Feb 20, 2018
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iPhone SE 2 rumour says it will be announced at 2018 WWDC.JPG

9to5 Mac reports today on a fresh rumour about the forthcoming iPhone SE 2, albeit from what it refers to as a “sketchy source.”

The rumour comes via Chinese website QQ, which says that Apple will be launching a new iPhone SE at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this June.

According to the source, the phone will have an A10 processor, 2GB of RAM, and two storage options (32GB and 128GB), and will have the older Touch ID format rather than the newer Face ID.

However, the part of the story that leads 9to5 Mac to pretty much dismiss the rumour out of hand says that the new iPhone SE will have a larger form factor of 4.2 inches, which would seem to be very unlikely, being just ever so slightly bigger than the current 4-inch display, and therefore hardly...
by Maura at Feb 20, 2018
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Apple releases iOS 11.2.6 to fix Telugu character bug.JPG

MacRumor reports that Apple has today released iOS 11.2.6, primarily to fix the bug that crashes various iOS apps, such as Messages, Safari, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, among others, when a particular Indian-language Telugu character is sent, received or even simply input.

Simply receiving the Telugu character in Messages will completely freeze up the whole Messages app on all of your Mac and iOS devices. It will continue to create problems with the Messages app, which will not work properly until the Telugu character is deleted from the conversation in which it was first sent.

Aside from this fix, the new update also solves an issue where some third-party apps are failing to connect to external accessories.

Apple has also fixed the Telugu character bug in iOS...
by Maura at Feb 19, 2018
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woman credits Apple Watch with saving the life of her and her baby.JPG

Shape.com reports today on how a woman used her Apple Watch SOS feature to call for help for her and her 9-month-old baby son after her car was hit by a drunk driver.

Twenty-four-year-old Kacie Anderson from Hannover, PA, wrote a letter to Apple telling them how the device saved the life of her and her baby, explaining how her car was stationary at a red light when it was hit by a drunk driver.

“The moment he hit us everything inside the car went airborne…I blacked out for about a minute and could not see. My eyes were wide open but all I saw was black,” she told Shape. “My hands flew around to feel for my phone and then I realised I had my watch on and commanded it to call 911.”

When the ambulance came and took Kacie and her son to hospital, the baby escaped...
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