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by Maura at May 29, 2017
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Apple Park now features in 3D on Apple Maps.JPG

MacRumors reports that Apple has added 3D building models of its new Apple Park Campus to Apple Maps, giving a whole new insight to the new structure.

Since the Maps update you can now see 3D building models in the Map view, as well as roads leading to and from the campus. If you search the location you’ll also see traffic directions, pedestrian pathways, and other local details.

Also added are new points of interest for the campus, including the R&D department, staff fitness centre, parking, and the Steve Jobs Theater.

The huge building project that was first envisioned by the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs is nearing completion, and Apple adding so many new features about the campus to Maps shows just how close the company’s new headquarters actually is to being finished. Thousands of employees have already begun to move into their brand new offices while the finishing touches are still taking place, including landscaping and work on the exterior of the main office building.

Source: Apple Maps Now Shows Apple Park 3D Models, Campus Walkways
by Maura at May 29, 2017
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Apple opens first store in Singapore.JPG

AppleInsider reports that Saturday was a great day for Apple in Singapore as the company opened its first ever store in the country, and Apple’s SVP of Retail, Angela Ahrendts was on hand to celebrate with the employees and customers.

Ahrendts was pictured posing with local Singapore DJs Justin Ang and Vernon A at the opening ceremony for the Knightsbridge mall. Earlier, she had tweeted, “Huge thanks to the 2,800 Apple employees in Singapore! We have a long history her & are thrilled to open #AppleOrchardRoad tomorrow.”

As ever with Apple store openings, the event attracted long lines of Apple fans around the building, which, as you’d expect from such a modern city, is a very impressive structure, two stories tall, with a 120-ft glass front revealing both floors, and with a curved staircase that is said to have been inspired by Apple Park, Apple’s new HQ in California. There are even trees planted on the second floor that came from Malaysia.

Until now, Apple’s east Asian stores have been confined to China and Japan, but soon South Korea will be joining Singapore as a new member on that list, with the first South Korean Apple retail store due to open there this November.

Sources: Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts on hand for Singapore store opening

Media photos offer deeper peek inside Apple's first Singapore store
by Maura at May 29, 2017
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More schematics show true form of iPhone 8.JPG

As we get ever closer towards the launch of the iPhone 8, the various images that are now leaking are getting pretty close to what we can expect the actual phone to look like.

A case in point is the schematics that surfaced over the weekend from Slashleaks and Benjamin Geskin, via 9to5 Mac. The schematics show many of the rumoured features that we’re all familiar with after all the months of rumours, such as the elongated power button, vertical dual cameras, and no physical home button.

One of the images shows an orange line very clearly delineating the screen area of the iPhone 8, which covers almost the entirety of the front of the phone. This could really be a very impressive looking iPhone!

Another schematic shows the rear of the phone, with a Touch-ID-shaped hole in the middle, but no need to panic, as Benjamin Geskin says this is actually just a guide to where the Apple logo will be situated on the back of the phone.

Source: Latest iPhone 8 schematics and case leaks corroborate full screen face and vertical dual-camera design
by Maura at May 26, 2017
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Touch ID to be embedded on front of iPhone 8.JPG

9to5 Mac writes that according to a report from Economic Daily News, via DigiTimes, Apple has finally solved its Touch ID sensor problem for the OLED iPhone 8, with the result that an optical fingerprint sensor will be embedded directly in the OLED display, using new optical sensor technology.

The source says that the screen ratio will now be 18.5:9, a change from the current 16:9 screen ratio for the current iPhone 7. Enhanced camera and augmented reality features in the new OLED iPhone 8 are unlocked via invisible Infrared sensors. It sounds like this is a very credible report, as it comes directly from Apple manufacturing partner TSMC, which commented on the matter during a symposium in Taipei.

With so many recent rumours about Apple possibly placing the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the OLED iPhone due to problems with integrating it in the OLED display, it’s great to hear that Apple has now gone for the much more popular option.

Source: Report: iPhone 8 to feature Touch ID directly on the OLED screen with optical fingerprint sensor
by Maura at May 26, 2017
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Leaked document indicates iPhone 8 launch after September 17.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that an internal memo sent to AppleCare employees and leaked by Benjamin Geskin indicates that the new iPhone line-up, including the flagship iPhone 8, will be launched sometime between September 17 and November 4 2017, because the employees have been told that they can't take time off during this period.

“As you know, there are new product announcements and launches in September,” said the memo, adding, “Keep in mind that these dates are subject to change as our support volume expectations fluctuate.”

Meanwhile, MacRumors reports that Japanese website Mac Otakara has posted new images that are claimed to be of an iPhone 8 case. One image shows an iPhone 8 lined up with cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, giving a great indication of how the iPhone 8 looks when compared with the current iPhone line up. As you can see, it’s a lot smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus, and a little bigger than the iPhone 7.

Sources: Apple staff blackout dates hint at 'iPhone 8' launch post-Sept. 17

iPhone 8 Case Compared to iPhone 7 Offers Clear Picture of Size Difference
by Maura at May 25, 2017
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Microsoft launches Mixer create.JPG

Microsoft has today announced an iOS app for its rebranded Beam livestreaming platform, which it is now calling Mixer. The app is called Mixer Create, and, according to MacRumors, it launches in beta today with various self-broadcasting features that help streamers keep in touch with their fans.

“We chose Mixer as our new name because it represents what we love most about the service…how it brings people together,” said Matt Salsamendi, co-founder and engineering lead for Mixer at Microsoft.

Microsoft says that following the launch of the beta today it will soon update Mixer Create to enable users to stream live iOS gameplay straight from their iPads and iPhones in a similar way to how the platform currently works on PC and Xbox One. These iOS broadcasts will then be viewable across all platforms, including the iOS app, Xbox One, and the web.

Microsoft gives the example of being able to stream Pokémon Go on iPhone via Mixer and take your viewers along with you as you hunt for Pokémon.

Sources: Meet Mixer, formerly Beam, Microsoft’s interactive livestreaming platform - The Official Microsoft Blog

Introducing "Mixer"

Microsoft Announces 'Mixer Create' iOS App for On-The-Go Live Streaming of iPhone Games
by Maura at May 25, 2017
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Tests find Apple Watch has most accurate heart rate monitor.JPG

9to5 Mac reports today on a new survey out of Stanford University looking into fitness trackers that has found that the Apple Watch is the most accurate heart rate monitor, although it doesn’t fare so well at measuring calories.

The study saw 60 participants wearing different fitness trackers such as the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S2, MIO Alpha 2, Microsoft Band, Fitbit Surge, among others. The participants all wore the fitness trackers when doing various types of exercise, including running, biking, and walking.

The results were then compared with the “gold standard” of tracking, which includes such methods as the electrograph for heart rate monitoring and the indirect calorimeter for tracking calories burned.

The tests found that the Apple Watch was the most accurate heart rate monitor, with a median error rate of 2%. The Samsung Gear S2 was the least accurate, with a median error rate of 6.8%. The study also found that cycling had the lowest error rates and walking had the highest error rates.

As far as energy expenditure tracking was concerned, it seems that none of the tested fitness trackers were able to be anything like as accurate as any of the comparable clinical grade indirect calorimeters. The Apple Watch was found to be the most consistent of the trackers tested in terms of energy expenditure tracking, but, with an error rate of almost 40%, it was only the third most accurate tracker, with the Fitbit Surge coming top with a 27% error rate and the Microsoft Band in third place with approximately 33% error rate.

Source: New study finds Apple Watch to be most accurate at measuring heart rate, calorie tracking subpar
by Maura at May 25, 2017
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Pokemon Magikarp Jump out now.JPG

Following its recent soft launch in Italy, the Pokémon Company has today released Magikarp Jump to the app store.

The free-to-play game gives the hapless Magikarp its own time to shine in its own game where the player gets to catch, train, feed and develop Magikarp and turn them into the highest jumper in a bid to become the League Champion.

Should your trusty Magikarp get knocked out or retire when it reaches Lv. 20, you’ll have to start all over again and catch and rear another prize Magikarp. However, you won’t have to start entirely from scratch, as each new Magikarp you catch will be a little stronger than the previous one.

Magikarp doesn’t get the glory all to itself, however, as during the game other Pokémon, such as Pikachu, will turn up to help you out, with some giving your Magikarp food, for example.

The better your Magikarp perform in jumping tournaments, the more commemorative photos of your feats you’ll receive to share online with your friends.

Just as with Pokémon Go, the game is free-to-play but has in-app purchases where you can buy various items to speed up training, replenish food stock, and to help you catch more Magikarp, as well as accessories with which to decorate your Magikarp’s habitat.

Click here to download for free: Pokémon: Magikarp Jump on the App Store

Source: The Pokémon Company
by Maura at May 24, 2017
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T Mobile will pay Verizon customers iPhone fees.JPG

MacRumors reports that T-Mobile has today launched a limited-time offer to tempt Verizon customers to switch over to T-Mobile.

Beginning May 31, at T-Mobile stores throughout the United States, if Verizon customers with either an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, or iPhone SE take their phones to T-Mobile they will be able to keep the phone, and as a bonus, T-Mobile will pay any remaining monthly payments on their contract with Verizon, be it $1 or $1,000. Customers must stick with T-Mobile for at least 60 days in order to receive the money, which will come in the form of a pre-paid card.

The only slight catch, and it is a very slight one, is that Verizon customers taking advantage of the deal will have to pay $15 per month for T-Mobile’s Premium Device Protection Plus insurance program on top of their new T-Mobile ONE plan. Also, a T-Mobile spokesperson told MacRumors that due to the fact that the iPhones that are being carried over to the new plan are not brand new phones, the AppleCare+ feature of the Premium Device Protection Plus plan will not apply.

Source: T-Mobile Will Pay Off Your iPhone If You Switch From Verizon
by Maura at May 24, 2017
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Apple testing Mico LED screens.JPG

According to a new report from DigiTimes, via AppleInsider, Apple is said to have ordered a small batch of micro LED screens from Taoyuan, Taiwan, in order to evaluate them for possible use in future Apple products.

The catalyst for the move is said to be Apple’s acquisition of LuxVue in May 2014, after which it gained personnel and technology from the company, which is thought to have been responsible for some Google Glass technology, as well as holding the patent for a touch display with embedded sensing technology, prior to it being transferred to Apple.

Even if this story proves to be accurate, there’s no way of knowing when we might see the results on an Apple product.

The main benefits of Micro LED screens are that they have better contrast, faster response times, and use less energy in comparison with LCD screens. They tend to be used for smartwatch displays and smartphones.

Source: Apple rumored to have ordered small batch of Micro LED screens for testing
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