Apple jumps gun on iDay, announces new, waterproof, GPS-enabled Apple Watch via Twitter

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 11:29
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Watch OS, Wearables

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Apple may have jumped the gun on iDay thanks to Twitter in a tweet that has since been nixed.

The company announced its next-generation smartphone in a promoted tweet shared at the beginning of its annual press event on Wednesday.

The device, which is available for pre-order on Friday Sept. 16, is water resistant.

This year, Apple CEO Tim Cook began the event by recapping the 17 million subscribers to Apple Music along with 140 billion downloads from the App Store this year, up 106 percent from last year.

Among the larger announcements was the Apple Watch Series 2, a new, waterproof Apple Watch which looks similar to the first-gen Apple Watch, but is apparently 50 percent faster, has a brighter display and built-in GPS.

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Rumor: Apple working with Sony to bring Apple Pay to Japan via FeliCa

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 05:48
Category: Apple Pay, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Apple Pay may be en route to Japan with a little help from Sony.

The current rumor has it that Apple has partnered with Sony to bring its Apple Pay service to Japan. As has been previously rumored, Apple will make future versions of the iPhone compatible with Sony’s FeliCa technology to allow Japanese citizens to use Apple Pay for contactless payments at FeliCa-compatible terminals.

FeliCa is Sony’s tap-to-pay format, which has been widely adopted in Japan. It’s used to access the country’s railway and bus system, and it’s able to store e-money that can be used at vending machines, cafes, and other locations equipped with FeliCa systems. FeliCa is able to process transactions in a fraction of a second, making it suitable for use in a fast-paced transit environment.

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AT&T, Qualcomm to test expanding cellular networks via drone

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 05:53
Category: News, wireless

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This is a pretty neat idea.

Communications companies Qualcomm and AT&T today announced plans to start testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, also known as drones) on cellular networks later this month. The goal is to analyze how drones can operate safely and more securely on commercial 4G LTE and future networks such as 5G.

The trials will take place at Qualcomm’s UAS Flight Center in San Diego, where engineers will work to mimic commercial, residential and uninhabited areas.

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