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Rumor: Apple to end “One to One” training program, fold training into larger workshops

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Date: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015, 07:54
Category: retail, Rumor

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The beloved US$99 “One to One” tutoring sessions for Mac and iOS users at the Apple Store may be coming to an end. A recent rumor is currently stating that Apple is stopping the program to allow retail employees to focus on hosting a greater number of free workshops, which multiple people are able to attend at once.

The One to One program allowed users who bought a Mac to pay an additional US$99 for one year of Mac and iOS instruction. One to One sessions include 30 or 60 minute Personal Training sessions, 90-minute Group Training sessions, and 90-minute group-based Open Training sessions.

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Rumor: Apple to revamp Genius Bar, workshops, associated web sites on Tuesday, August 25th

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Date: Monday, August 24th, 2015, 09:01
Category: retail, Rumor

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The Genius Bar and its associated web site might be getting revamped in the new future.

A rumor has stated that Apple will begin changing the Genius Bar and its corresponding web site as of Tuesday, August 25th. Through these changes, Apple reportedly plans to move Genius Bar online appointments pages from their separate “Concierge” site into individual Apple Store pages

The new updated web-based service has also been re-written with a focus on accessibility and mobile devices. “Customers with visual or hearing impairments can more easily use the Concierge system,” Apple wrote in a note to retail employees about the upcoming change. As for mobile optimization, the new system will have a unique user interface depending on whether it is used on a desktop, smartphone, or tablet.

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Apple initiates repair program to address blurry iPhone 6 Plus camera issue

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Date: Monday, August 24th, 2015, 07:09
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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If the pictures taken by your iPhone 6 Plus have been blurry, there’s an explanation for that.

A number of users who’ve experienced image quality problems with their iPhone 6 Plus’s iSight camera may be eligible for a free repair, as Apple on Friday acknowledged a problem with a “small percentage” of units and will replace the affected component free of charge.

The program, dubbed the “iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus,” is available to any iPhone 6 Plus owner whose device is producing blurry photos and carries the problematic part. Affected users can check their serial number at Apple’s website, linked below.

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Google Chrome 46 to include Mac-specific changes, reduce memory consumption, boost performance

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Date: Friday, August 21st, 2015, 09:08
Category: News, Software

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If the current builds of the Chrome web browser have been driving you mildly nuts, Google might have some fixes on the way.

A test build of Google’s forthcoming Chrome 46 makes substantial improvements to the performance of the Web browser on the Mac.

The build appears to halve Chrome’s memory consumption, and make formely slow tabs much faster. At the same time, the browser also appears to consume fewer CPU and power resources.

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iPassword for iOS updated to 5.5, adds Apple Watch, Touch ID improvements

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Date: Friday, August 21st, 2015, 08:58
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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This might be worth snagging.

1Password for iOS has been updated, version 5.5 allowing users access to a Touch ID button under the Master Password field so you can choose to sign in using your finger print even if you accidentally hit cancel on the first request. Tapping the fingerprint button prompts the system Touch ID unlock screen.

The new version also features an improvement to how the app can stay unlocked between uses in different apps. Previously 1Password’s extension in other apps required being unlocked by password, passcode, or Touch ID each time. Now, the 1Password extension and 1Password app share the same unlock time limits.

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Intel moves closer to Skylake launch date, new processor could drive three 4K monitors simultaneously

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Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 08:49
Category: Hardware, News, Processors

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Intel’s getting closer to a launch date on Skylake, which might be a pretty drool-worthy processor.

The company in the meantime shared a variety of details about the platform. Skylake processors will, for instance, use a technology called Speed Shift to dynamically change power state and reduce consumption.

The processor will feature planned performance boosts, but will also use “eDRAM+,” a fully coherent form of cache memory that can work for the CPU and not just integrated graphics. eDRAM+ will also be used in more chips than eDRAM, and in 64- and 128-megabyte sizes.

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Apple Watch coming to 100+ Fnac locations in France beginning August 21st

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Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 08:06
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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The Apple Watch just became a little easier to find in France.

The device has begun to appear at assorted Fnac locations within Paris, starting with just one store alongside the Fnac official website.

The Fnac retail store, which is thought of as the equivalent to Best Buy in America, initially selling the Apple Watch is the one located at the Champs Elysées, and will officially begin to sell the wearable on August 21. Other Fnac stores will begin to offer the Watch “within the next week,” and the store’s employees will be trained to field questions and concerns from customers regarding Apple’s smartwatch.

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Apple reveals data sources for iOS 9’s transit feature

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Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 07:03
Category: iOS, News, Software

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iOS 9 will add transit directions to its Maps service, the new data including schedules for buses, trains, subways, and ferries and will be available in 10 cities at launch later this year.

To answer the question as to where the transit data is coming from, Apple has updated its Apple Maps Acknowledgements webpage with a breakdown of where transit data from each city is coming.

The site reveals that the data will hail from twenty different sources, with each source providing data for a single city in most cases. For instance, three different sources are contributing transit data for Berlin and three other sources are contributing to San Francisco transit data. Some sources include Flixbus, Metrolinx, and MiWay. The full list of sources can be seen on the Acknowledgements webpage here.

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New analytical data hints at “iPad Pro” device with 2,732 x 2,048 pixel resolution

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Date: Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, 08:25
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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Additional evidence of a forthcoming “iPad Pro” has turned up again, this time in the form of analytics data.

Mobile analytics firm AppSee has reported that an iPad with model identifier “iPad6,8” and a resolution of 2,732×2,048 pixels has appeared within its analytics logs. The firm is also seeing the “iPhone8,1” and “iPhone8,2” in its logs, as others have, which are likely the model identifiers for the so-called “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus.”

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Sprint launches iPhone Forever offer in response to T-Mobile promotion, offers immediate iPhone 6s access upon release

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Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, 08:45
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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If your competitor does it, it’s usually a good idea to do something similar.

Wireless carrier Sprint has announced that it will follow T-Mobile’s lead and offer customers who get an iPhone 6 now a free upgrade to the iPhone 6s upon its release. The deal, dubbed “iPhone Forever”, lets subscribers lease a new iPhone and upgrade whenever an updated model is released.

The plan will retail for US$22 a month for the 16GB model.

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