9to5 Mac reports that Amazon has launched its Prime Now service in Manhattan, New York City this week, with the aim of helping its customers get their goods even quicker than usual.
Currently the service is only available in a few areas of Manhattan, and then only to Amazon Prime members, but Amazon says that it will be coming to other areas soon.
Amazon Prime Now offers many thousands of products across a wide range of categories. Customers can opt for either a one-hour or two-hour delivery, with the one-hour service costing $7.99. The two-hour service is completely free, aside from the initial cost of your Amazon Prime membership. For the two-hour deliver service you can pick any two-hour timeslot between 6 a.m. and midnight.
If you’re lucky enough to be in one of those select Manhattan locations, and are an Amazon Prime member, all you have to do to use the service is download the Prime Now app from the App Store, log in with your regular Amazon Prime account, tap your chosen items into your cart, and you’re all done!
In a new report, research firm ITG finds that Apple Pay, in its first full month of service, accounted for 1% of all digital payment dollars, according to AppleInsider.
This is very good news for Apple, and a strong indication that Apple Pay has been embraced not just by the usual early-adopters, but also by more casual customers. And don't forget, only those with either an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus can use the service at present.
MarketWatch reports that ITG’s figures reveal that 60% of Apple Pay users made multiple purchases in November. This is way ahead of PayPal’s similar mobile payment service, with only 20% of PayPal’s mobile service users using it more than once in November.
Breaking usage down even further, the report said that the average Apple Pay user made 1.4 transactions a week.
As far as per-merchant usage is concerned, ITG said that Apple Pay had “stickiness,” with customers using Apple Pay for future payments at the same retailer around 66% of the time.
As far as individual retailers are concerned, ITG’s figures revealed that Whole Foods and Walgreens accounted for 20% and 19% of all Apple Pay transactions in November, with Whole Foods also responsible for 28% of Apple Pay dollars, and Walgreens having half that per-transaction value, with 2.3%.
While Apple Pay is currently only active in the U.S., AppleInsider says that recent job listings indicate that the service may well be coming to Europe and China very soon.
MCVUK reports that action-RPG Lords of the Fallen is set to make its debut on iOS next year, following a successful console and PC debut this year.
The news comes via a post on the official Lords of the Fallen Twitter page, which simply states that the game will be coming to iOS in 2015. And that’s pretty much all the information that CI Games is giving away about the forthcoming release at the moment!
As MCVUK notes, it’s not yet known if the Lords of the Fallen iOS game will be an entirely new game, or some version of the current console and PC game, or even the entire game in all its console glory. Doubtless these details will be revealed closer to the actual release date.
It’s been quite a big week for Lords of the Fallen, with CI Games announcing on Wednesday that a sequel to the first console game is already in the works.
Following the BBC’s politically charged Panorama show airing a damning documentary about Apple's factories yesterday, MacRumors reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that he is “deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way.”
The message from Cook was relayed to Apple’s UK staff by Apple’s senior vice president of operations, Jeff Williams.
“Panorama’s report implied that Apple isn’t improving working conditions,” said Cook in the letter. “Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth.”
Williams also hinted in the email that Apple had given the BBC relevant facts about its commitment to its workforce around the world, but that the BBC had chosen not to use them.
Whether or not the allegations in the Panorama show are true remains to be seen, but the BBC and Panorama frequently face accusations of left-wing bias in the UK, with a big multinational company such as Apple being just the sort of target that the corporation likes to sink its teeth into.
It seems that Apple is finally catching up with demand for its latest iPhone models. The Online Apple Store now shows one-day ship times for most iPhone 6 Plus storage configurations and 1 to 3 days for the iPhone 6.
The new ship estimates refer to all 16GB and 64GB models in all three colors at major U.S. wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. The availability of higher capacity 128GB versions also improved for the iPhone 6 Plus, now standing at 3 to 5 business days.
The 128GB iPhone 6 is still showing 7 to 10 days for all color options, probably because it's not such a demanded version as the cheaper ones. AppleInsiders also observed that many brick-and-mortar Apple Stores are offering same-day in-store pickup for the most of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models.
Just when you didn't think Tim Cook could be any nicer of a guy than he already is, he finds a way to prove you wrong. Mr. Cook is well known to take great care of Apple employees whenever and however he can. This recently leaked internal holiday memo at Apple is a great example of that.
Cook is basically thanking his "team" for doing a fantastic job for Apple in 2014 and also letting them know that Apple is donating $20 Million dollars to AIDS research. You can read the entire memo quoted in the thread below.
MacRumors reports that Hyundai has announced today that it will be showcasing its new CarPlay-compatible Display Audio system at CES 2015 next month.
Eschewing built-in navigation and CD player systems, Display Audio utilises the many features of Apple’s CarPlay to enable you to make phone calls, listen to music, send messages and get directions via the car’s in-dash display. The driver will also be able to easily launch Siri Eyes Free commands via the steering wheel voice-command button.
Here are some of the main features of Hyundai’s new Display Audio infotainment system:
Hyundai will start rolling out the Display Audio system with CarPlay support in several 2016 Hyundai models, which will appear later in 2015. It will then go on to be the default head unit for the entire...
Yahoo's Weather iOS app has received so far great ratings from its users, mainly thanks to the superb, minimalist design that it features. Now the company has announced an update to its Weather app that brings more high-quality animations for weather conditions that were first launched earlier this year.
Besides this, the newest version also adds a revamped design that is more compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company said the following on its official blog:
So, if you are looking to install a great look and really useful weather app, go ahead and follow the link from below.
MacRumors reports today that Instagram has been updated with five new filters, marking the first time in two years that the massively popular photo app has had new filters.
The new filters are called Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Perpetua, and Aden. MacRumors says that they are subtle filters that are supposed to enhance photos very tastefully and without too many glaring effects.
Talking about the new set of filters, Instagram says that while the app’s early filters were created for the purposes of compensating for poor image quality, the new filters have the opposite effect, being designed to complement higher quality images.
Aside from the five new filters, several other features have been added, including the ability to upload slo-mo video, real-time comments, a customizable filter tray, a new filter preview interface, and some new photo adjustment options.
There are millions of photos being uploaded everyday on Facebook, and now it seems that the world's biggest social network is looking to improve their quality. A recent story on TechCrunch reveals that Facebook will start to auto-enhance newly uploaded photos starting today on iOS devices.
Thus, users will be able to adjust a slider to control how enhanced the light, shadow, and clarity should be, or revert back to the original shot.
The Facebook app hasn't been updated just yet, but it should be rolling out soon. What do you think about this new feature?