August 2017 Apple Park drone footage shows new landscaping details, Steve Jobs Theater near completion

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Date: Friday, August 18th, 2017, 05:11
Category: Fun, News

It’s one of the final sets of drone footage of the Apple Park campus as it’s under construction, but it highlights the ever-growing landscape and offers a close-up of the uncovered Steve Jobs Theater.

Per Matthew Roberts’ footage, the interior of the “spaceship” greenery looks to be near complete. A large portion of the heavy equipment has been removed from the site has been removed, with only one crane remaining out of the eight seen in previous videos.

The drone footage shows what appears to be functional climate controls, complete with spinning fans.

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Apple disables Apple Pay functionality for white supremacist websites, online storefronts

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Date: Friday, August 18th, 2017, 05:03
Category: Apple Pay, Legal, News

This is pretty significant.

On Wednesday, Apple confirmed that the company had disabled Apple Pay functionality for websites that sell apparel and paraphernalia from white nationalists and hate groups.

The discontinuation of service applies to garments with Nazi logos, t-shirts sporting the phrase “White Pride,” and a bumper sticker showing a car plowing into stick figure demonstrators. The move follows Saturday’s Charlottesville demonstrations, where one woman was killed by a car driven by a white nationalist. As a result, the company blocked three white nationalist sites from using Apple Pay.

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Intel publishes details regarding “Ice Lake” processors prior to release of Coffee Lake, Cannon Lake processors

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Date: Thursday, August 17th, 2017, 05:07
Category: Hardware, Intel, News, Processors

With its 8th-generation Coffee Lake processors arriving next week, Intel has released information pertaining to its upcoming 10-nanometer “Ice Lake” chip, which will serve as the successor to the 14-nanometer Coffee Lake and 10-nanometer Cannon Lake chips.

The company stated that “the Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th generation Intel(R) CoreTM processor family. These processors utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10 nm+ process technology,” via its codename decoder web site.

The timing comes as irregular, as Intel has not announced or shared details on its Cannon Lake processor. The Cannon Lake line will represent the first chips that will be built on its 10-nanometer architecture, and Intel is also referring to Ice Lake as the successor to its soon-to-be-announced 14-nanometer Coffee Lake chips, leading to confusion about its upcoming processor lineup and how Cannon Lake fits in.

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Apple Pay expands to 22 additional U.S. institutions, available in more Russian, Chinese, U.K. banks

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Date: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, News

If you’re traveling in Russia, China or just looking for additional U.S. banks that support Apple Pay, you’ll like this.

In recent days, Apple added Australia’s Latitude Financial Services and RACQ to the roster of banks and institutions that support Apple Pay. In China, six institutions — Beijing Rural Commercial Bank, Haikou Rural Commercial Bank, Jiangsu Jiangnan Rural Commercial Bank, Jiangsu Jiangyin Rural, Commercial Bank, Shengjing Bank and Yunnan Rural Credit Cooperatives activated Apple Pay while Dahsing Bank in Hong Kong jumped on board with support for issued Mastercard and Visa credit cards.

Apple Pay also went live for a number of Russian institutions this month with Bank “Devon-Credit,” Credit Union “Payment Center” Ltd. (Mastercard Prepaid cards), Khlynov, Kuban Credit, Levoberezhny, Primsotcbank and Sovcombank activating Apple Pay within the past two weeks.

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TSMC enters mass production of 10-nanometer A11 processors

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Date: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017, 05:02
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

Processor manufacturer TSMC has reportedly entered the mass production stage of its 10-nanometer “A11” processors for Apple’s next-gen iPhone.

While the new iPhone’s ship date has yet to be announced, TSMC is said to be applying the same 10-nanometer FinFET manufacturing technique being used to make A10X chips for this year’s 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros. The A10X is in fact believed to be the first chip produced with the technique, though TSMC does have other clients.

At present, the A10 processor used in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets feature a 16-nanometer design. The smaller size of the new processor could allow for better performance in a similarly-sized package and help improve power efficiency.

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Intel, Toyota, other firms create consortium to help resolve big data issues in self-driving car market

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Date: Monday, August 14th, 2017, 05:57
Category: Apple Car, Hardware, News, Software, Uncategorized

A number of tech and automotive firms including Intel, Toyota, and Ericsson announced the creation of a consortium that will focus on building a “big data” ecosystem for self-driving cars. The consortium will also focus on technologies such as driver assistance and using real-time data.

Other partners in the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC) include Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, and auto parts maker Denso. The automaker said that data traffic between vehicles and cloud servers is predicted to hit 10 exabytes per month by 2025, creating the need for “new architectures of network and computing infrastructure” to handle it.

The consortium will also “define requirements and develop use cases for emerging mobile devices with a particular focus on the automotive industry, bringing them to standards bodies, industry consortiums and solution providers.”

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Leaked HomePod firmware hints at resizable virtual Home button for iPhone 8

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2017, 03:20
Category: Developer, Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, News

It’s the leaked firmware that keeps on giving.

In a recent discovery, developer Steve Troughton-Smith found code strings within the HomePod firmware that indicated a virtual Home button for the iPhone 8. The Home button can apparently be hidden and resized as needed.

There apparently isn’t a way to change the Home button’s color, and tab bars that display at the bottom of apps will appear below the button.

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Apple launches official Instagram account to showcase iPhone photographers’ work

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Date: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Android, Fun, iOS, iPhone, News

Apple launched its official @apple Instagram account on Monday, wherein the account features a series of photo sets comprised of iPhone photographers’ work. Each album asset is actually a video slideshow of a photographer’s work with an accompanying sound clip of her or him talking about the subject matter. Apple encourages other Instagram users to participate through the hashtag “#ShotoniPhone.”

The company currently maintains multiple verified Instagram accounts, including one for Apple Music, iTunes, Beats 1, iBooks, Carpool Karaoke, and Planet of the Apps. Apple has yet to create an account to highlight iPhone photography, which represents a heavy segment of Apple’s marketing efforts via its “Shot on iPhone” campaign on billboards.

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Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch sales placed around 30 million units

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2017, 05:30
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

While Apple has never released exact numbers as to how many Apple Watch units have been sold, Strategy Analytics puts the number around 30 million.

This puts it behind Xiaomi in the wearables market, but definitely in respectable territory.

“Apple shipped 2.8 million wearables worldwide in Q2 2017, growing 56 percent annually from 1.8 million in Q2 2016,” said Strategy Analytics Director Cliff Raskind. “Apple has for now lost its wearables leadership to Xiaomi, due to a lack of presence in the sizable fitness band subcategory.”

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HomePod firmware offers hints as to 4K, 60 FPS front and rear cameras in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2017, 04:01
Category: Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, News

Yet another interesting tidbit came out of the leaked HomePod firmware today. Following earlier details such as design and face recognition information, Portuguese news site iHelp has found code that seemingly indicates the iPhone 8 will be capable of 4K video at 60 frames per second with both the front and rear cameras…

The code mentions a device with support for 4K video at 60 FPS. The device is given both a “front” and “back” qualifier, suggesting that both cameras will 4K video at 60 FPS.

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