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by Maura at Apr 26, 2017
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New iPhone 8 schematics emerge.JPG

AppleInsider reports that yet more supposed iPhone 8 schematics have emerged today, this time via a credible and accurate source, Steve Hemmerstoffer, a.k.a. @OnLeaks, who shared the pictures on Twitter, but did not reveal where he had obtained them from, simply saying, “This is a tipped leak what means I can’t confirm if legit or not but there you have it…#iPhone8”

It’s possible that the schematics were actually from Foxconn or parts manufacturer Catcher, but there’s really no way of knowing for sure.

The schematics show the rear of the phone, which features a vertical camera array, and no obvious signs of a Touch ID sensor. This contradicts another schematic that emerged last week that showed the iPhone 8 with a cutout on the rear that most assumed was for a Touch ID sensor. Instead of that, in this drawing we have a large pad that could well have something to do with wireless charging.

Source: Alleged 'iPhone 8' schematic shows wireless charging pad, no rear Touch ID
by Maura at Apr 26, 2017
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Instagram and Twitter both add millions of new users.JPG

Recode reports today that both Instagram and Twitter have just reported very successful quarters as far as attracting millions of new users is concerned.

Facebook-owned Instagram now has 700 million monthly active users, after adding 100 million accounts in just 4 months, eclipsing the 6 months that it took to rise from 500 million to 600 million users, and the 9 months that it took to rise from 400 million to 500 million users.

Twitter and Instagram both attract millions of new users.JPG

And Twitter is reporting similar good news, at least as far as new users is concerned, having added nine million new users in the last quarter, which is the highest number of new users since the beginning of 2015. And while Twitter did report a business decline of approximately 8%, representing the company’s first ever year-over-year decline, as Recode points out, this is still a lot better than the business decline of around 14% that Wall Street was predicting.

Sources: Instagram is growing faster than ever and now has 700 million users

Twitter added nine million new users last quarter, the most since early 2015
by Maura at Apr 26, 2017
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Google Maps will now remember where you parked your car.JPG

If you’re one of those people that frequently forget where you left your car when you’ve parked in a big parking garage or supermarket parking lot, for example, Google has today updated its Maps app with a very handy new feature, whereby it will remember where you’ve parked your car.

All you have to do to use the new feature is to tap the blue dot, then tap “Set as parking location” and this will add your parking spot to the map. Tap the parking label on the map to open your parking card, from where you can share your parking location with friends and also see pictures of where you’re parked.

Also, if your car is connected to your iOS device via USB audio or Bluetooth, automatic parking detection will already be enabled, meaning that your parking location will be automatically added to the map when you disengage your device and leave your vehicle.

Source: Remember where you parked with Google Maps
by Maura at Apr 25, 2017
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New rumours say iPhone 8 delayed by Samsung OLED screen supply issues.JPG

AppleInsider reports today on yet more rumours that production of Apple’s forthcoming OLED iPhone 8 has been delayed, with this latest report from Nikkei Asian Review saying that the current problems are due to issues with Samsung’s OLED display supply, rather than with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor yield as had been previously rumoured.

IHS Markit analyst Brian Huh told the Nikkei Asian Review that “there might be a one to two month delay in Samsung’s production of OLED panels for Apple. Samsung originally plans to begin churning out OLED panels in May but now the schedule will likely be pushed back to the end of June or sometime in July.” This means that the first OLED iPhone 8 models should be ready to ship to consumers in late October or early November.

The source also said that other issues that are causing production delays with the new phone include overheating problems in the wireless charging modules, low yield problems for the much smaller printed circuit board, and 3DNAND flash supply issues.

iPhone 8 concept image: Matteo Gentile Design Works.

Source: Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be affected by unspecified Samsung OLED problems
by Maura at Apr 24, 2017
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Phone Arena writes that in celebration of Chuck Norris’s 77th birthday, developer Sproing and producer flaregames have launched an iOS game all about the legendary martial artist, actor, and screenwriter, entitled Nonstop Chuck Norris.

The free-to-play game, which doesn’t require an Internet connection to play, has been authorised by Chuck Norris himself. Just like one of his movies, it features non-stop action where Chuck uses pretty much anything that he can get his hands on as a weapon to batter his foes as he attempts to save the multiverse.

During the game you’ll also get to collect Chuck Norris facts and develop signature abilities such as roundhouse kicks and push-up slams, as well as unlocking meme-inspired pet sidekicks for Chuck.
Click here to download for free: Nonstop Chuck Norris on the App Store

Sources: flaregames, The Chuck Norris mobile game is out on Android and iOS
by Maura at Apr 24, 2017
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Angry Birds Islands gets soft launch.JPG

Pocket Gamer reports that the latest game to come from the massively successful Angry Birds franchise, Angry Birds Islands, has just had a soft launch in Japan and Taiwan.

In the management/building sim, players get to explore Mysterious Islands and collect resources such as fish, wood, and mana to use to craft items and help create an island paradise where the birds and piggies can live together in peace and harmony. Yes, you read that right, the angry birds and piggies actually do get along in this game, as they team up to fight the various monsters that get in the way of them trying to survive and thrive on their Mysterious Islands home.

According to App Spy, which has had some hands-on time with the game, it plays a lot like an Angry Birds version of Clash of Clans, only with Birds and Pigs rather than Barbarians and Minions, for example. It certainly looks like a lot of fun, judging by the brief clips in the trailer. No word on a release date yet, but it can’t be too far away.

Sources: http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Angry Birds Islands/news.asp?c=73752

iPhone Game Reviews | AppSpy.com
by Maura at Apr 24, 2017
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iPhone 8 schematics emerge.JPG

AppleInsider has posted what are said to be genuine schematics showing the internal layout of the forthcoming iPhone 8, which is referred to as “iPhone X” in the drawings. In the schematics, which first appeared on Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo, you can see the iPhone 8’s internal circuit board layout.

What these schematics reveal, if in fact genuine, is that not much has changed internally, although the position of some of the camera modules has moved due to the new vertical camera array.

The schematics also show the A11 CPU on what looks like a stacked motherboard. A removable SIM is also visible, rather than the rumoured Apple SIM. A Taptic Engine module, complete with 3D Touch spaces, is shown at the bottom of the phone, and looks to be bigger than similar circuitry in the current iPhone 7 range.

While certainly very interesting to study, there is no way of knowing how genuine these schematics are.

Source: Purported internal schematic of 'iPhone 8' shows 'A11' chip, removable SIM
by Maura at Apr 24, 2017
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conflicting reports about iPhone 8 delays.JPG

Two conflicting reports have emerged today about whether or not production of the forthcoming iPhone 8 has been delayed.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via 9to5 Mac, mass production of the OLED iPhone 8 will be delayed until October/November, rather than the usual August/September timeframe. Kuo expects the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus mass production to begin on time, however.

Kuo says that the reason for the delayed start to iPhone 8 production, which has been heavily rumoured in recent weeks, is because Apple has had to custom order some of the cutting-edge parts for the new phone.

Kuo refers to “significant hardware upgrades” that are causing the delay, such as the custom OLED display panel, custom Apple A11 10-nanometer system-on-a-chip, a newly designed 3D Touch module, and 3D sensing cameras.

Kuo is a very well-respected source for Apple news, which adds great credibility to this story.

However, The Korea Herald’s The Investor section has today published a report that contradicts Kuo’s findings. According to The Investor, Samsung Display will begin shipping OLED panels for the iPhone 8 in June, just as planned, without any delays at all. Apparently Samsung Electronics will be ordering key components, such as flexible printed circuit boards (FPCB) that connect the display panel to the processing chip, within the month, ready for panel assembly to begin in May, and for shipping to start at the beginning of June.

The source for this report says that rumours about production delays due to issues with OLED production have actually been greatly exaggerated, and are not in fact true.

Sources: KGI: iPhone 8 mass production delayed to October/November as major component upgrades cause supply bottlenecks...
by Maura at Apr 23, 2017
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Tim Cook threatened Uber with removal from app store.JPG

According to a big article about Uber in The New York Times, via 9to5 Mac, Apple CEO Tim Cook once invited Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to a meeting at Apple’s headquarters, where Cook opened with, “So I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules.”

Here, Cook was referring to how Uber had tried to fool Apple engineers by assigning a persistent identity to iPhones using code, otherwise known as “fingerprinting,” which directly contravenes Apple’s rules, which are designed to prevent devices being traceable to an owner’s identity once the device has been erased.

The move by Uber’s engineers was sanctioned by Kalanick himself, who told his engineers to “geofence” Apple’s Cupertino base in order to digitally identify anyone reviewing Uber from a particular location. This would prevent people in that area from seeing the code, meaning that Apple employees would not be able to detect Uber’s fingerprinting activities.

However, Apple engineers soon discovered what Uber was up to, hence Tim Cook summoning Kalanick to his office.

According to The New York Times, after his opening salvo, Cook then proceeded to warn Kalanick that unless Uber stopped fingerprinting and started operating the app within Apple’s guidelines, it would be pulled from the App Store.
Source: Tim Cook reportedly threatened to remove Uber from the App Store in CEO meeting
by Maura at Apr 23, 2017
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New iPhone 8 dummy emerges.JPG

New pictures have appeared online of what is said to be a dummy model of the iPhone 8, according to 9to5 Mac. The CNC dummy photos were posted by Benjamin Geskin on his Twitter page, and show an iPhone made of glass and stainless steel, with an edge-to-edge display and no obvious bezel. There does not appear to be any sign of a Touch ID sensor on the rear of the phone, as has been rumoured elsewhere.

Assuming that the photos are genuine, it’s possible that the dummy is from an early stage of the production process, as the Apple logo is missing from the back of the dummy.

The dummy shown in the photos certainly has many of the features that have been strongly rumoured over the past few weeks, including a vertical rear camera array and an edge-to-edge display. However, the elongated Power button had not appeared in any other previous videos. photos, or reports.

Hopefully the pictures are genuine, as this is shaping up to be one very cool-looking iPhone.

Source: iPhone 8 dummy model surfaces with edge-to-edge display, no rear Touch ID, elongated power button


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