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by Maura at Jun 24, 2017
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New Apple Chicago Store looks like a giant MacBook Air from above.JPG

9to5 Mac reports that Apple’s new Chicago River retail store is boasting a very cool design feature that makes it look like a Giant MacBook Air when viewed from above.

The latest shots of the construction process were posted by DNAinfo, and show the Foster+Partners building with a giant Apple logo in the middle of the metallic roof. However, this may only be a temporary embellishment, sadly, as the DNAinfor reporter said that the construction crews actually “rolled up” the Apple logo and took it away less than an hour after they first placed it there.

“Our store on North Michigan Avenue has welcomed more than 23 million customers since it opened in 2006 and we’re now creating something even more remarkable for Chicago,” Apple spokesman Nick Leahy told DNAInfo in 2015.

DNAinfo also posted a video showing work being carried out on the metallic roof and Apple logo that gives a great idea of the huge scale of the construction, and a perfect, birds-eye view of what looks like the biggest MacBook Air in the world with or without that famous logo!

Sources: Apple’s new Chicago River retail store will look like a massive MacBook Air from the sky

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by Maura at Jun 24, 2017
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New dummy images give good idea of how the iPhone 8 will look.JPG

MacRumors reports that prolific leaker Benjamin Geskin has shared more videos and images via his Twitter page that he is referring to as being “most likely how #iPhone8 will look like.”

Geskin’s images include a leaked dummy, screen protector, and printed iOS wallpaper. He has put them all together to give an idea of how the iPhone would look in the hand.

Recent leaks by Geskin and others have shown the iPhone 8 with a 5.8-inch display, very thin bezels, and a cutaway at the top of the screen that houses the front-facing camera and sensor. However, Geskin’s latest photos show the phone with an all-black frame, whereas other recent rumours have referred to a stainless-steel frame.

OnLeaks also posted pictures of a very similar-looking dummy iPhone 8, which Geskin referred to as a “CNC made iPhone 8 dummy. NOT actual device. But looks awesome!”

Slashleaks gave both the Geskin and OnLeaks images a 100% Trust Score.

Source: New iPhone 8 Glimpse Combines Leaked Parts to Show Off What Device Might Look Like at Launch
by Maura at Jun 22, 2017
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SEGA Forever out now.JPG

SEGA has announced a new iOS game collection, SEGA Forever, that will feature games from its illustrious history.

Each game will be free-to-play, supported by ads, and playable offline. Added features will include cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards. There will also be an ad-free option available costing $1.99.

The SEGA Forever collection is designed to expand over the years, and will include not just official emulations but also ported games from all SEGA console eras, all of which will be adapted for mobile devices but still aiming to remain faithful to the original games.
The first five games are now available in the App Store, being five Mega Drive / Genesis classics:
Source: SEGA
by Maura at Jun 22, 2017
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Many more restaurant loyalty schemes added to Apple Pay.JPG

MacRumors reports today that more major U.S. restaurant chains such as Quiznos, Smashburger, and MOD Pizza will soon be launching Apple-Pay-connected loyalty cards. The inclusion of Quiznos and many other restaurants, such as Pielogy, El Pollo Loco, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Moe’s Southwest Grill is the result of cloud platform Punchh adding Apple Pay to its mobile app. Punchh is involved in marketing for more than 85 chains, including the above-mentioned.

When an iPhone users visits a Punchh location they will be prompted when paying at the checkout to add the restaurant’s loyalty card to their Wallet app, which will then mean that all points generated by Apple Pay transactions will automatically be added to the loyalty card, as well as any applicable special offers.

Aside from expanding the use of Apple Pay overall, Punchh adding Apple Pay to its app will also benefit Apple financially as the company earns a fee from every transaction.

Source: Apple Pay loyalty cards coming to more restaurants such as Quiznos & MOD Pizza
by Maura at Jun 22, 2017
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Foxconn to invest 10 billion in US plants.JPG

9to5 Mac reports that Foxconn is to set up U.S.-based manufacturing plants in “several” states as part of a deal said to be worth $10B, $7B of which is marked for display production, with the rest set aside for various other products.

According to the original report in Bloomberg, Foxconn chairman Terry Gou has said that there are seven states up for consideration by Foxconn as factory locations, namely Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Texas.

“Our investment in the U.S. will focus on these states because they are the heart of the country’s manufacturing sector,” Gou told investors. “We are bringing the entire industrial chain back to the traditional manufacturing region of the U.S. That may include display-making, semiconductor packaging and cloud-related technologies.”

Gou said that the new plants could create “tens of thousands” of jobs in America. As far as timeframe is concerned, Foxconn will be announcing the location of the display plant in July.

Source: Foxconn narrowed US factory locations to seven states, will decide next month
by Maura at Jun 22, 2017
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Periscope launches Super Hearts feature.JPG

Periscope broadcasts have become one of the best ways to stream and view live content on the web. So easy to use for both viewers and broadcasters, Periscope is about to get much, much bigger with the announcement from Twitter that you can now reward your favourite broadcasters with Super Hearts.

Before today, Periscope viewers could express their love for their favourite Periscoper by simply tapping the screen to send a heart during a broadcast. Now that love has just become monetised with the introduction of Super Hearts, which Twitter refers to as “a more meaningful way to celebrate your favourite broadcasters…virtual gifts you can give and receive during live broadcasts.”

Bigger, and more animated, Super Hearts can be enabled by tapping the Super Hearts icon during the broadcast to activate them, then simply tap away as usual to send them.

To fund the Super Hearts you must first tap “get coins” and then buy a coin package from the App Store. You can then send Super Hearts until your coins run out, and then rinse and repeat! By sending Super Hearts you’ll be added to a leaderboard that will show who has given each broadcaster the most support. In turn, the broadcaster will be able to easily view who are their most loyal supporters.

Super Hearts can only be sent during a live broadcast, and broadcasters don’t have to use them if they don’t want to, they can simply chose to keep the old style hearts.

Each Super Heart is worth a different star value, and counts towards a broadcaster’s star balance. Twitter says that it is also launching a Super Broadcaster Program today alongside Super Hearts, and will be inviting broadcasters into the program. Broadcasters that are invited into the program can exchange their star balance for cash. The program is currently US-only, but will roll out to other countries soon.

This seems like a genius move from Team Periscope just as the platform is really taking off in a big way.

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by Maura at Jun 21, 2017
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Pokemon Go Gym and Raid Battle update arrives.JPG

Niantic is today rolling out possibly the biggest and most significant Pokémon Go update since the game was first launched last summer. Just as announced by the company a couple of days ago, the update ushers in a massive overhaul of the Gym system, as well as paving the way for the new Raid Battles.

First up, here are the release notes and comments from the Pokémon Go team:

Also included in the update, as noted by Polygon, is a way of shaming cheaters, meaning that those Pokémon that have been obtained via cheating, i.e., what a Niantic rep referred to on Reddit today as “using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay,” will be “marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected.” The Niantic rep did not reveal just how strangely the marked Pokémon might act, maybe it will even admonish the player in some way, which would be kind of cool to see! Polygon has asked Niantic for more confirmation about how differently Pokémon caught via cheating methods might behave.

Sources: 'Pokemon GO' Big Gym and Raid Update Going Live Now

Pokémon Go has a new way to shame cheaters
by Maura at Jun 21, 2017
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Virgin Mobile USA goes iPhone exclusive.JPG

MacRumors reports that Virgin Mobile USA has today announced that it is switching to an iPhone-only business model as of June 27. In a bid to attract new customers to its new iPhone-only service, it will be offering one whole year’s worth of unlimited talk, text, and data for just $1. You’ll also get Virgin Perks thrown into the deal, including flights and hotel stays.

The new unlimited Virgin Mobile USA iPhone plan, which is called the “Inner Circle,” will be available until July 31 to those customers who buy a new iPhone and then transfer their phone number to an Inner Circle plan.

When the first year of the plan is up, users can then switch to the regular $50-per-month plan.

There are some restrictions involved in the deal, including data throttling, being “deprioritized” after exceeding a set data cap, and also the threat of service termination following too much off-network roaming.

Inner Circle iPhones are available to pre-order from today, prior to shipping on June 27.

Source: Virgin Mobile USA Goes 'Exclusively iPhone' With Unlimited Plan Priced at $1 for First Year
by Maura at Jun 21, 2017
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Apple Still Undecided on fingerprint sensor tech for iPhone 8.JPG

Just when we thought that Apple had finally locked down the design of the forthcoming OLED iPhone 8, AppleInsider reports that according to Cowen and Company’s Timothy Arcuri, the decision is still very much up in the air, with Apple waiting until the end of June to make the final call.

According to Arcuri’s sources, the one thing that has been decided is that the fingerprint sensor will most definitely not be located on the rear of the phone, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief about that!

Arcuri says that Apple is weighing up the benefits of three different options for the fingerprint sensor: thinning the glass that covers the sensor, creating a pinhole in the glass to access an optical or ultrasonic sensor, or integrating a film sensor into the display either via capacitive or infrafred tech.

Arcuri says that whatever Apple’s final decision, he expects there to be a 1- or 2-month delay for the iPhone 8.

Image: @Venya Geskin (Benjamin Geskin)

Source: Apple still undecided on fingerprint tech for 'iPhone 8,' no shipments until October
by Maura at Jun 20, 2017
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Olixar's iPhone 8 cases reveal more about new design.JPG

9to5Mac reports that following the unveiling of its iPhone 8 screen-protector yesterday, case manufacturer Olixar has today revealed an entire line of cases for the forthcoming iPhone 8, making it one of the first to do so. Olixar claims that its iPhone 8 case range, which is available to pre-order from today, accurately depicts the front and back of the new iPhone. Olixar even guarantees that the cases will fit the iPhone 8.

MobileFun, the company that is selling the cases, said that Olixar’s designs are based on “information and schematics they’ve acquired through their factories and contacts in the far east.”

The pictures of Olixar’s case lineup reveal the slimmer bezels, as well as the sensor and camera cutouts.

While many other iPhone case makers will soon be officially releasing their new accessories and cases for this year’s iPhones, Olixar has revealed its lineup much earlier than usual, especially when you consider that the iPhone 8 is not expected to launch until September.

Source: Olixar claims to reveal iPhone 8 design w/ new cases now available to order
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