Apple preps new emojis, including androgynous symbols

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Date: Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 05:19
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

This year, the Unicode Consortium, the organization that handles new emoji proposals, has approved a new set of emojis, including an androgynous person, a male fairy, a takeout box, a “shh” smiley, “I love you” in American Sign Language, a bevy of mystical creatures, and an orange heart, which completes that emoji’s full rainbow of colors.

The approved new emojis will be rolled out globally on Monday, October 9th, as part of Apple’s second public beta for iOS 11.1. Users should expect to see the emojis in the official release of iOS 11.1 towards the end of October or early November. Other approved new emojis, announced in July, include a breastfeeding woman, woman with headscarf, and vomiting emojis.

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Apple acquires/hires Init.ai staff to help guide new Siri functions, iOS 11 Business Chat

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 05:10
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Siri, Software

Apple has apparently acquired/hired the staff of Init.ai, a small, six person startup known for its customer service automation software.

Init.ai’s product is described as the following:

…a smart assistant for customer representatives to parse and get better insights from their interactions with users, as well as automate some of the interactions…

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.2 update, focuses on crackling sound issue

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Archive, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Software

You can’t say Apple isn’t quick with its updates.

On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 11.0.2. The update, a 277 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes for supported iOS devices:

– Fixes an issue where crackling sounds may occur during calls for a small number of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices.

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Gray area: Apple changes the definition of ‘on’ and ‘off’ in iOS 11

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 03:29
Category: iOS, iPhone, Wi-Fi, wireless
Gray area: Are they on or are they off?

Gray area: Are they on or are they off?

During the iOS 11 beta I noticed a strange bug: I’d turn off Wi–Fi in Control Center and it would turn itself back on. After doing this multiple times, I filed a bug. Turns out that it wasn’t a bug, it was working as intended.

This is problem for me because I turn Wi–Fi off when I leave the office so that my iPhone won’t try to connect to the building’s Wi–Fi (or that of a passing Google bus). When your iPhone can’t connect reliably to Wi-Fi, it leaves the device in a state of limbo and data packets stop flowing.

When I leave the office I flip up Control Center and turn off Wi–Fi. When my iPhone would inevitably stop receiving data, I’d check Wi–Fi and notice that it had been turned back on. It’s Wi–Fi disobedience, essentially.

Rather than giving us a feature that many have requested (3D Touch the Wi–Fi icon and select from available networks) Apple nerfed the feature and made it worse.

Who asked for this “feature” anyway?

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Apple acquires French software firm Regaind, could use APIs to help improve photo, facial analysis

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Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, 05:36
Category: Developer, iOS, News, photos, Software, Uncategorized

Apple has acquired yet another company that might prove fruitful for image and facial analysis in the future.

The company has acquired Regaind, a small French artificial intelligence startup focused on photo and facial analysis.

As usual, Apple offered the following comment regarding the transaction:

Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.

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Apple releases first macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1 public betas

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Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2017, 05:37
Category: High Sierra, iOS, macOS, News, Software, TvOS

If you’re feeling curious or brave this week, Apple has released the first public betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, iOS 11.1, and tvOS 11.1.

It doesn’t look like there are major changes in these beta releases and instead seem to be bug fixes and minor refinements. Apple released the developer betas on Wednesday and followed up with the public betas on Thursday.

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Apple Pay Cash feature could arrive in late October

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Apple Pay, Developer, iOS, News, Software, watchOS

Apple Pay Cash, Apple’s upcoming person-to-person payment feature that was announced at WWDC this past June, looks to be scheduled for release in late October.

Apple Pay Cash will allow Apple Pay users to quickly send and receive secure payments between friends and family. iOS 11 and watchOS 4 users will be able to use the Messages app, or utilize Siri to pay someone using credit and debit cards available in the Wallet app. Received payments are instantly deposited on a new Apple Pay Cash card that will be added to Apple Wallet, and money will be available for immediate usage.

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Microsoft announces Office 2019, states users will be able to buy software via one-time fee as opposed to a recurring subscription

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 05:39
Category: iOS, macOS, Microsoft, News, retail, Software

You’ll be able to purchase Microsoft Office 2019 outright as opposed to signing up and paying for it on a monthly basis, as you currently have to do with Microsoft Office 2016.

Office 2019 will ship in the second half of 2018, Microsoft said, with a preview version scheduled for mid-2018. The Office 2019 suite will include the standard complement of Office apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, plus server apps like Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. It’s thought that Microsoft will offer different versions of Office 2019, including a version for the Mac, but executives didn’t say.

Microsoft has called Office 2019 a suite of “perpetual” apps wherein a customer pays for them with a one-time fee as opposed to a recurring subscription. The company will continue to offer Office 365 on a subscription basis with the payment spread out over a longer period of time. At present, Microsoft’s Office 365 Home retails for $100 per year.

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Apple states fix is in progress for “static” sounds on some iPhone 8 devices

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

Apple has announced that it’s working on a fix for some of the “static” and “crackling” sounds some users have experienced from the newly-released iPhone 8’s earpiece.

The company offered the following statement:

“We are aware of the issue which is affecting customers in a small number of cases,” an Apple spokesperson said. “Our team is at work on a fix, which will be included in an upcoming software release.”

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.1 update, focuses on bug fixes, stability improvements

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, 05:55
Category: iOS, News, Software

There’s always a software update to be had.

And this is a good thing.

Only one week after Apple’s release of its iOS 11 operating system, the company has issued its first incremental software update. As of Tuesday, iOS 11.0.1 is now available to install.

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