Intel licenses ARM to use chip manufacturing capacity

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Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 05:47
Category: Hardware, Intel, News, Processors


Intel has announced that it’s licensing technology from rival ARM Holdings Plc.

The two chipmakers unveiled the agreement Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The accord will let Intel offer third-party semiconductor companies its most advanced 10-nanometer production lines for manufacturing the complex chips usually used in smartphones.

Intel, which receives most of its profits from its processor business, has failed to gain ground in the emerging smartphone market, which until now has been dominated by ARM. Under Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich, Intel is trying to persuade other chipmakers to use its factories for their production. Adding licenses for ARM’s technology could open up that business to fabricating chips based on those designs for companies such as Qualcomm Inc. and Apple Inc., which now have their chips produced by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and others.


Apple rolls out iPhone carrier billing systems in Taiwan, Switzerland

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, 07:17
Category: iPhone, News, retail


This could be helpful if you’re traveling.

Apple on Tuesday launched a new carrier billing options in Taiwan and Switzerland that lets users charge iTunes purchases directly to their monthly cellphone bill.

Like carrier billing systems already available in Germany and Russia Apple’s Taiwan rollout lets customers pay for apps, music, Apple Music subscriptions and more using their phone number.

The same features have also been rolled out in Switzerland and in Taiwan, the alternative payment plan will first be available to monthly contract customers for area telecom Far EasTone.


Twitter holds discussions with Apple to create Apple TV that allows for NFL live streaming

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, 05:57
Category: Apple TV, Fun, News, Software


If you love your Apple TV, football and Twitter, you’ll love this.

Twitter is apparently in discussions with Apple to launch a Twitter app for the Apple TV that would let Twitter’s users watch the NFL games on Apple’s set-top box.

Twitter has directed [Chief Financial Officer] Mr. [Anthony] Noto, a former Goldman Sachs banker with deep ties to the sports media industry, to lead the charge on live streaming and has assigned an engineering team to create its streaming video player. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, considers streaming a critical component of the company’s focus on “live” experiences, along with Periscope, its app that allows smartphone users to live-stream video.

As such, Twitter is in talks with Apple to incorporate Twitter into an app that allows for the streaming of NFL games.


Rumor: Apple to ship 10.5-inch iPad Pro in 2017, introduce AMOLED iPad in 2018

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, 05:50
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, Rumor


It looks like there’s a good chance Apple will be adding to its iPad Pro offerings.

Per KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is expected to develop a 10.5-inch iPad Pro next year. In addition, Apple is rumored to launch a second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2017, as well as a “low cost” 9.7-inch iPad model. The iPad Pros are expected to include an A10X processor, while the more-affordable 9.7-inch iPad will have the A9X chip.

Furthermore, KGI’s research predicts that Apple will release a new “revolutionary” iPad model, but we won’t see it until 2018 at the earliest. This next-gen iPad will sport a flexible AMOLED screen and “radical” changes to the form factor and the user experience. According to KGI, the AMOLED iPad will “follow the footsteps of the iPhone,” suggesting that an upcoming iPhone will be first to feature an AMOLED screen.


Apple releases iOS 10 public beta 6, developer beta 6

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 12:15
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software


If you’re a fan of the iOS 10 betas, this is your lucky day.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 10 beta 6 to the developer community and the iOS 10 public beta 5 to the beta tester community.

The new betas feature assorted bug fixes and changes, all while still working towards the 1.0 release.


Rumor: New Space Black iPhone 7 shots emerge

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 07:26
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor


Some new photos of a Spack Black iPhone 7 have surfaced and they’re starting to look good, even at lower quality.

Since June, the idea of a Space Black color has been floated and considered to be a fairly credible rumor. Other color possibilities, such as a dark blue next-gen iPhone, seem to have gone by the wayside and become that much less likely. Still, this one is holding on and gaining credence at this point in time.


Niantic announces crackdowns, bans on Pokémon Go hackers, cheaters

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 05:06
Category: Fun, Hack, iOS, News, Software


Pokémon Go players who are found to be cheating have begun facing both punishment and permanent bans.

Game maker Niantic, the developer behind mobile sensation Pokémon Go, is now issuing permanent bans to players who violate its terms of service. Though TOS violations vary, these bans appear to be directed at cheaters who rely on GPS spoofing, bots, and other software techniques that allow Pokémon Go to be played beyond the realm of Niantic’s design parameters.

For instance, GPS spoofing lets you trick a smartphone into thinking you’re located in a different country, allowing you to catch pokémon that may be more easily located in that area or restricted to certain regions. Bots, on the other hand, let you automate portions of the game.


Google submits FCC filing, looks to expand wireless Fiber testing to 24 U.S. cities

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 05:18
Category: Google, News, wireless


Speedy wireless broadband is coming your way via Google.

In a recent Federal Communications Commission filing, Google noted that it has been testing a new wireless-transmission technology using the 3.5-GHz band in Kansas City, but the heavily redacted FCC filing suggests that it wants to dramatically expand to testing “experimental transmitters” at up to 24 US locations, including Provo, Utah, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boulder, Colorado, for a period of 24 months.

Google is requesting authorization to operate between the 3.4 and 3.8 GHz band.


Iran may begin allowing iPhone imports, timeline for this yet to be be announced

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Date: Friday, August 12th, 2016, 07:07
Category: iPhone, News, retail


It looks like the iPhone may finally be coming to Iran.

The local media has reported that Iran is preparing to allow local retailers to import iPhones legally for the first time. Just last month, the country was threatening to ban the devices in what it was calling an anti-smuggling move. All that threat did in turn, however, was drive up the price of iPhones already in the country and actually increase smuggling.

The nation’s trade industry has requested licenses from the Traded Promoted Organization and requested licenses for nine Iranian companies to import the iPhone. Apple does not have any kind of presence within Iran itself, so this is a bit strange.


Apple patent hints at wearable device sporting electrocardiographic features

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Date: Thursday, August 11th, 2016, 14:20
Category: Apple, Hardware, News, Patents


Apple may in fact be working on an EEG device or functionality.

A recently published Apple patent application filing for an electrocardiogram device suitable for consumer use reinforces the company’s continued moves into the healthcare monitoring business.

The patent application addresses a wearable, not specifically the Apple Watch, that can be used on any limb of the body, and compensates automatically for differences in electrocardiographic measurements on side of the body, or distance from the heart. The measurement is started by the user pressing a surface electrode on the device, with the measurements and data correction necessary taking place after a period of measurement.

There’s no direct sign of the Apple Watch within the filing and the device is replaced by a generic graphic of a wearable technology in the diagrams.

A rumor on Tuesday suggested that Apple was looking at developing an entirely new piece of health-tracking hardware for a launch in 2017. The report pointed to a product that would “accurately collect users’ personal daily life including heart rate, pulse, blood sugar changes and other information.”