Apple releases macOS Sierra, iOS 10 final candidates

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Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 13:11
Category: iOS, macOS, News, Sierra, Software

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After weeks of betas, it looks like the macOS Sierra and iOS 10 final candidates are ready to go and available for download.

In a recent email release, Apple cited that the new operating systems’ final candidates are available for download and installation. These mark the final stop prior to being released as version 1.0

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Apple announces Apple Watch Series 2, pre-orders to begin September 9th

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Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 05:04
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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Apple took the wrapping off the second-gen Apple Watch today during its media event.

The new unit, dubbed the “Apple Watch Series 2”, boasts a dual-core processor, a brighter display, swim-proof capabilities and built-in GPS. This new model has a redesigned speaker to make it water-resistant down to 50 meters. Other than that, this updated smartwatch looks near-identical to the first Apple Watch, now known as Apple Watch Series 1, which was only splash-proof.

Unfortunately, the new unit lacks the much-anticipated cellular connectivity, meaning you’ll still need to pair it to an iPhone for data-heavy operations and calls.

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Apple announces iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units at media event

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Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 05:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets hit today.

And that may be why you see your neighbors gathering torches and pitchforks regarding the removal of the headphone jack today.

The new handsets boast a 64-bit four-core A10 Fusion processor, stereo speakers positioned on opposite ends of the device, a flush Force-sensitive home button with a Taptic Engine for haptic feedback, and IP67-standard water and dust resistance. As rumored, the headphone jack has been removed and Apple is offering a wired Lightning in-ear EarPod headphones and a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter are included in the box. Apple is offering Siri-enabled wireless earbuds called AirPods as a separate accessory, available for $159 in late October.

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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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Rumor: Top 15 iPhone 7 features leaked

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Date: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, 05:48
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor, Touch ID

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This may be the curtain being lifted ahead of time.

With the iPhone 7 release just over the horizon, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has perhaps released that 15 major changes coming to both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets:

New True Tone displays like the iPad Pro range, with laser based proximity sensors for faster response times

32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage tiers will replace 16GB, 64GB and 128GB

2x 12MP dual rear camera limited to iPhone 7 Plus, uses 1x wide angle and 1x telephoto lenses

Upgraded ambient light sensors on both new iPhone cameras for better low light shots

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Apple iCar round up article released, addresses everything that’s currently known

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Date: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, 05:26
Category: Hardware, News, Software

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Beyond all the rumors and speculation and theory, these guys did the digging.

A lengthy article over on autocar.co.uk describes billions of dollars in R&D, more than 1,000 developers, an assortment of mysterious workshops and a name – the “iCar” – that could be the biggest thing to the auto industry since Karl Benz’s ground breaking Benz Patent-Motorwagen first introduced the world to the motorised carriage 130 years ago.

The piece describes a shell company, an assortment of innocuous real estate and properties and the project, termed “SG6”, as being housed in Sunnyvale, California with only city council documents pointing to it.

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Apple releases Security Update 2016-001 for OS X Yosemite, El Capitan users

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Date: Friday, September 2nd, 2016, 05:55
Category: News, security, Software

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Because security updates are a good thing.

On Thursday, Apple released Security Update 2016-001 for users of OS X 10.10 Yosemite and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The fix covers assorted zero-day exploits that could allow full access to a device and updates Safari to version 9.3.5 to patch security holes in the browser as well.

The exploits require the user to open a URL from an SMS message, which then executes remote binary files in the OS that dig into the kernel and allow unauthorized software to be installed—in iOS this effectively jailbreaks your device behind your back.

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Dropbox pushed mandatory password changes for large swath of user base following hack of 68 million accounts

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Date: Thursday, September 1st, 2016, 05:00
Category: News, security, Software

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Well, there’s a pretty good reason Dropbox asked a large segment of its user base to change their passwords last week.

The password change, which focused on users who had signed up period to mid-2012, followed the discovery of a large dump of email addresses and passwords related to these accounts.

The online storage company confirmed late Tuesday reports that 68 million user email addresses and hashed and salted passwords from an incident in 2012 had been compromised.

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Apple uses Turi acquisition resources to expand machine learning efforts

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Date: Thursday, September 1st, 2016, 05:18
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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There’s a reason Apple buys companies from time to time.

Following its acquisition of machine learning platform Turi earlier this month, Apple is now growing the team that will serve as the company’s new machine learning division focusing on integrating the tech into new and existing products.

Apple confirmed tat the company had acquired Turi earlier in August, stating that it “buys smaller technology companies from time to time,” albeit without providing details.

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Leaked photo hints at Lightning EarPods, Lightning jack to replace 3.5mm headphone jack, 256GB capacity for iPhone 7

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Date: Wednesday, August 31st, 2016, 05:32
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, photos, Rumor

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The Lightning port replacement for the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack rumor might have just been corroborated along with the “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus” name.

A leaked image of a purported packaging insert for Apple’s upcoming new phone. If the photo is to be believed, Apple will indeed be calling its larger new phone the ‘iPhone 7 Plus’, with the ‘iPhone 7’ name being taken by the 4.7 inch sibling.

The photo also indicates that Apple will be bundling Lightning EarPods in the box with every iPhone 7, as a consequence of the missing 3.5mm headphone jack. The leak suggests Apple will also be including a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack adaptor as a bundled accessory.

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