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With the arrival of Single Sign-on via tvOS 10.1 and iOS 10.2 in the US later in December, MacRumors reports that Apple has added a new section to the App Store that features apps that support the new feature so that beta testers can try them out.
The apps are arranged according to supported TV providers, including DirecTV, Dish, Sling TV, Hotwire, and GVTC.
The forthcoming feature is actually very easy to use; say you subscribe to Dish Network, for example. You can simply sign in once using your Dish username and password to use any of the listed apps, including Cooking Channel, Watch DIY, Watch Travel Channel, Hallmark Channel Everywhere, and Watch Food Network.
In the iOS 10.2 beta, when you open an app that supports Single Sign-on, a pop-up notification will ask if you “want to allow XYZ to use your sign in credentials,” beta testers have reported on Reddit.
A little over a month since the first beta, on Monday Apple seeded iOS 10.2 beta 6 to developers. If history tells us anything, this will be the final beta before a public release of the firmware.
iOS 10.2 adds more than one hundred new emoji including: clown face, selfie, face palm, fox face, own, shark, butterfly, avocado, and many more.
The new firmware also includes new wallpaper, Music sorting options, two new screen effects, an option for preserving camera settings, Single-Sign On support, and the new TV app we saw at Apple's October 27 event.
Four years in the making, Amazon is now beta testing its new brick-and-mortar store 'Amazon Go' in Seattle. This isn't your grandmother's typical grocery store... Amazon Go doesn't have any sort of clerks or cash registers, everything works using smartphones with near field communication technology.
Using computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning to detect when items are taken off and put back on the shelf, Amazon Go is the first futurist grocery store of its kind. Shoppers are only required to have the Amazon Go app installed to walk inside, then folks can freely walk around grabbing items as they wish.
After a customer has left the store, Amazon will simply charge that person's Amazon account for the items they purchase.
"Our checkout-free shopping experience is made possible by the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning. Our Just Walk Out technology automatically detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When you’re done shopping, you can just leave the store. Shortly after, we’ll charge your Amazon account and send you a receipt."
As mentioned before, Amazon Go is currently only available to the company's employees. A full launch of Seattle's Amazon Go store is scheduled for early-2017, with more stores planned around the US.
AppleInsider reports that police in London, England, have found a rather unsophisticated, but certainly effective, way of getting around an iPhone’s security protection by simply snatching the phone out of the owner’s hands before it looks.
According to the original report from the BBC, a branch of the Metropolitan Police that deals primarily in big fraud and organized crime cases first trailed their suspect, Gabriel Yew, having obtained a warrant to do so. Then, at exactly the right moment, the undercover team snatched the iPhone while Yew was using it and proceeded to arrest him, swiping through various apps on the phone to stop it locking while the arrest was being processed.
“Officers had to seize Yew’s phone from him in the street,” said the operation leader Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Gould. “This evidence was crucial to the prosecution.”
The information that the police managed to obtain from Yew’s phone showed how he carried out his fake credit card scam, and also provided evidence leading to four convictions, as well as contacts for 100 other members of the fraud ring.
AppleInsider reports that Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have tested 400 fake Apple chargers that have been obtained from sellers in Australia, China, and the US, and found that 99% of them are unsafe.
UL subjected the chargers to high voltage in order to find out if they were correctly insulated, as well as making other important safety checks.
After carrying out the tests, UL said that chargers made by unknown manufacturers and purchased online were an “unknown entity” and were therefore dangerous to use.
In October Apple stepped up its efforts to tackle the growing problem of counterfeit chargers by suing counterfeit accessories seller Mobile Star for violating copyrights and trademarks by selling fake goods on Amazon and Groupon. The lawsuit particularly refers to fake 5-watt USB power adapters and Lightning-to-USB cables that Mobile Star sold online.
Apple said that it has an ongoing program designed to combat the sale of fake accessories, and that in the past 9 months it purchased “well over 100 iPhone devices, Apple power products, and Lightning cables sold as genuine” from Amazon’s “Fulfillment by Amazon” program, finding that nearly 90% of them were fake.
Back in 2012 engineer Ken Shirriff found that Apple’s official chargers had better and safer components than those in the fake ones, and following that Apple launched its still-running fake charger buy-back program.
Business Insider reports that Apple has made an official statement on its Chinese website about the battery problems that have been causing a small number of iPhones in that country to shut down randomly when they are 30% charged.
Have already agreed to swap batteries with some customers previously, in this latest statement Apple actually revealed a little more about what was behind the issue, saying,
“We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur. It’s important to note, this is not a safety issue.”
Apple added that the phone randomly shutting down is actually a feature.
“We wanted our customers to know that an iPhone is actually designed to shut down automatically under certain conditions, such as extremely cold temperature. To an iPhone user, some of those shutdowns might seem unexpected, but they are designed to protect the device’s electronics from low voltage.”
It might not be a surprise, following on from a recent leak, but Telltale Games and Marvel Entertainment officially announced their interactive episodic game series based on Marvel’s iconic sci-fi franchise Guardians of the Galaxy live on stage at The Game Awards 2016 in Los Angeles. The first five episodes of the series will premiere digitally in 2017 on consoles, PC, and mobile devices.
According to The Information, Fitbit is set to acquire smartwatch-maker Pebble. Rumor has it, the deal is mainly to acquire the Kickstarter legend's intellectual property and software, possibly for use in future Fitbit devices.
In another report, TechCrunch says a source is telling them the deal could peg around $34 to $40 million. Too bad, since rumors claimed Pebble has received offers close to $740 million in the past, when the wearable craze was just beginning.
Since its huge debut in 2012, Pebble was the go to smartwatch on the market, that is until the Apple Watch and Android Wear came around. While Pebble tried, the company couldn't keep up with big competitors and consumer interest in wearables.
As of today, Apple Pay is now available to use all over Spain, where contactless payment is supported. Since its inception, Apple Pay has been spreading all over the world, Spain being the thirteenth market where it is now available.
In Spain, Apple Pay lanches with support from financial institutions such as: Banco de Santander, Carrefour, Ticket Restaurant and American Express. According to Apple, the service can be used in 75 percent of Spanish stores with updated terminals.
“Apple Pay shows we are committed to collaborate and to bring innovation and new technology to our customers to make their payments easier, faster and more secure,” saidRami Aboukhair, country head of Santander Spain. “We are convinced our customers will love it.”
In addition to use in-store, Apple Pay in Spain can also be used on supported website and apps using the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or the new MacBook Pro and Touch ID. Currently Apple Pay is available in United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Switzerland.
Bloomberg reports that Apple is set to use drones and indoor navigation features in order to make improvements to its Maps apps and bring them closer in quality to Google’s ever popular Maps app.
Sources familiar with Apple’s plans said that the company is putting together a team of robotics and data collection technicians who will oversee the use of drones to record and update map information faster and more efficiently than the current minivans can manage.
Apparently, Apple is looking to use the drones to check out street signs, track road changes, and monitor construction work. The data that the drones collect would then be sent to Apple teams who would be tasked with immediately updating the Maps app in order to keep it as current as possible.
Apple is also working on new Maps features, according to Bloomberg’s source, such as viewing inside buildings and improved car navigation.
Apple has already spoken of the need to improve its Maps app to keep up with Google Maps, with senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, telling Fast Company earlier in the year that “There’s a huge data-quality issue there, and I don’t think we initially appreciated all the kinds of technology we would need to do that on an ongoing basis.”
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