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by PhilSynowiec at Dec 8, 2016
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Since the beginning of its construction, Apple's Campus 2 has been the pinnacle of many drone videos in the Bay Area. The spaceship-looking structure is nearly complete. Today, French blog MacGeneration posted a gallery of photos showing the inside of the campus.
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Apple's Campus 2 is scheduled to be complete by early-2017. The 2.8 million square-foot site will soon be home to over 13,000 Apple employees. Currently, there are 5,200 people currently employed on Campus 2, according to Apple.
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Apart from employees, Campus 2 will be home to several Apple cafeterias, outdoor eating spaces, jogging and biking trails, a gigantic fitness center, an underground auditorium, and much more.

Check out the full gallery over at...
by PhilSynowiec at Dec 8, 2016
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Three months ago, The Financial Times reported that Spotify was in advanced talks with German-based audio distribution platform SoundCloud for a potential acquisition. TechCrunch reports today that the deal fell through, due to Spotify's impending initial public offering.

The Swedish music streaming giant claim the deal went cold because “it doesn’t need an additional licensing headache in a potential IPO year.” The company also wishes to focus on its plans to expand into China, Russia, and North Korea.

Spotify can currently be found in 60 markets, with over 40 million paid subscribers. Apple Music is currently available in 115 markets, however there are only 20 million paid subscribers.
by Maura at Dec 8, 2016
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Yesterday The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon had the honour of being one of the first people to play Super Mario Run on TV when he played a demo of the game brought personally to him by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. The game’s legendary creator, Shigeru Miyamoto was also in the audience, giving Fallon the thumbs-up for his skilled Super Mario Run gameplay.

MacRumors reports that aside from showing off what looks like a fantastic game, Fils-Aime also revealed that from today onwards you’ll be able to get your hands on a playable demo of Super Mario Run at your local Apple retail store.

The first of several forthcoming Nintendo titles for iOS, including an Animal Crossing game, Super Mario Run arrives in the App Store on December 15. It will be free to download, but it will cost you a one-time-only fee of $10 to unlock all content in the game.

Source: http://www.macrumors.com/2016/12/08/demos-super-mario-run-apple-stores-today/
by PhilSynowiec at Dec 7, 2016
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Movie theaters are becoming a thing of the past, as home theaters are becoming more comfortable and possibly provide a better movie experience. According to Bloomberg, Apple is in talks with Hollywood studios to offer movies that are still in theaters for rent on iTunes, just two weeks after initial release.

Sources say that our favorite fruit company is currently talking to 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal. “Some studio executives have been pushing to allow home rentals as early as two weeks after theatrical debuts and are considering a deal with iTunes as one option,” via the report.

According to Bloomberg, these movie rentals won't be your typical $4.99 and $5.99. The report claims theatrical movie would be available to rent for anywhere from $25 to a whopping $50. Not bad if you get a few friends to gather around the TV.

Of course the biggest problem with offering new movie rentals is piracy. There are way too many workarounds for encryption software, Cinevia, etc. and not much to do about it.

We'll just have to see how this pans out.
by PhilSynowiec at Dec 7, 2016
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On Monday, Apple seeded the sixth beta of its upcoming mobile operating system iOS 10.2. Now two days later, our favorite fruit company made iOS 10.2 beta 7 available to developers and public beta testers.

The seventh beta of iOS 10.2 shouldn't be anything more than big fixes, security fixes, tweaks and changes. The new firmware still comes packed with three new wallpapers, options to preserve camera settings, the new TV app, the Emergency SOS feature, two new screen effects for messages, new music sorting options, and more.

Of course, and most importantly, iOS 10.2 packs in over 100 new emoji to choose from, such as: clown face, selfie, face palm, fox face, own, shark, butterfly, avocado, and many more.

iOS 10.2 beta 7 can be downloaded via Over-The-Air update on a device registered with either beta testing service.
by Maura at Dec 7, 2016
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In a bid to enjoy a slice of Nintendo’s Pokémon Go success, Sony has today announced that it is currently working on 10 mobile games, six of which will be released in the next financial year, starting April 2017, according to Fortune.

The as yet unnamed titles are set to feature some of Sony’s most popular console characters and properties in Japan, including PaRappa the Rapper, Wild Arms, and Arc The Lad.

The games will only be available in Japan at first, prior to launching in other Asian countries, and then hopefully elsewhere in the world, although that has yet to be confirmed by Sony.

Despite the incredible success of its PlayStation 4 console, which has sold almost double the amount of units of Microsoft’s Xbox One console, Sony is finding its dominance under somewhat of a threat in territories such as Japan, where mobile gaming already represents more than half of the $12.4 billion market.

Source: http://fortune.com/2016/12/07/sony-mobile-phone-games-nintendo-pokemon-go/
by Maura at Dec 7, 2016
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9to5 Mac has lots of exciting news about Pokémon Go today. First up we have the official announcement from Niantic that Pokémon Go is teaming up with Sprint in the US, with over 10,500 retail locations, including Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Sprint at Radioshack stores, becoming PokéStops and Gyms. Sprint stores will also feature in-store charging stations for Pokémon Go players, hopefully in a bid to lure you to sign up to one of their plans while you’re there!

As far as the Starbucks promotion is concerned, that hasn’t been officially announced yet, but has been revealed via leaked training documents that were posted on Reddit and picked up by The Next Web. According to the leaked document, from tomorrow, the majority of company-operated Starbucks locations in the US will also turn into PokéStops and Gyms, and Trainers will even get to indulge in a special Pokémon Go drink, a Pokémon Go Frappuccino Blended Beverage, which is a vanilla bean frappuccino with added raspberry syrup and blackberries.

And that’s not even all the exciting Pokémon Go news today, as Niantic has also alerted Trainers that an official announcement about Gen 2 Pokémon is on the way on December 12.

Source: https://9to5mac.com/2016/12/07/pokemon-go-sprint-starbucks-new-monsters/
by Maura at Dec 7, 2016
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According to a new report from Japanese Apple website Mac Otakara, via MacRumors today, Apple will release iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models next year, including an all-new, all-red version alongside the current range of colours (Black, Jet Black, Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver).

Mac Otakara’s source says that the 2017 iPhone 7 models will have the same aluminum design as the current models, but will be updated with the faster A11 chip.

If this report proves to be true, it could mean that Apple is intending to release one high-end, all-glass-casing flagship model with OLED display and wireless charging, as has been widely rumoured by many good sources recently, alongside much more modestly upgraded “7s” and “7s Plus” models.

While it’s still far too early to be certain about any of these recent rumours, it’s certainly fair to say that Mac Otakara is a very credible, and often accurate, source, having previously correctly reported that Apple intended to remove the iPhone headphone jack and also introduce a Jet Black iPhone. However, it has also made some errors as well, such as predicting that Apple would be releasing a Jet White iPhone 7.

Source: http://www.macrumors.com/2016/12/07/iphone-7s-7s-plus-red-color-no-wireless-charging/
by PhilSynowiec at Dec 6, 2016
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It seems the much talked about Single Sign-On feature is now live for iOS and tvOS users. On iOS the feature can be found under Settings>TV Provider and under Settings>Accounts>TV Provider>Sign in on Apple TV.

Single Sign-On allows folks to sign in with their cable credentials, watch apps like AMC and WatchESPN, without having to log in to each and every one. Similar to Facebook and Twitter log ins on iOS.

Currently the feature is limited to 8 providers: CenturyLink Prism, DirecTV, Dish, GTA, Hotwire, Hawaiian Telecom, MetroCast, and Sling TV. To find apps which support the feature, head on over to the App Store where you should find a special section for Single Sign-On.
by PhilSynowiec at Dec 6, 2016
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This week, Apple posted yet another new ad showcasing the iPhone 7's video recording capabilities. Our favorite fruit company aired the ad titled 'Romeo and Juliet' during Monday Night Football.

The 30-second long long TV spot shows two children acting out a scene from the famous Shakespeare play. The beginning makes the play seem like a Hollywood movie, until the camera zooms out and shows the scene being recorded from a father's iPhone 7.

Check out the TV spot in the reply below.


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