Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch to feature GPS, other improvements, will be released this fall

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Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Watch OS, Wearables, wireless

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The next-gen Apple Watch may still be somewhat dependent on the iPhone.

Sources have stated that Apple is planning to launch a next-gen Apple Watch this fall with integrated GPS and improvements to health tracking.

Apple shipped its first watch in April 2015, hoping for a new blockbuster product amid slowing iPhone sales, which contribute almost 60 percent of revenue. While the company shipped 1.6 million watches from April to June, that was less than half as many as during the same period in 2015, according to IDC.

Since its inception, wireless network carriers have been urging Apple to create an Apple Watch variant that can connect to data networks without the aid of the iPhone, thereby untethering it. Apple had been in talks this year with mobile phone carriers in the U.S. and Europe to add cellular connectivity to the watch, according to people familiar with the talks. A cellular chip would have theoretically allowed the product to download sports score alerts, e-mail and mapping information while out of an iPhone’s reach.

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The real reason Apple dumbed-down the iPhone 7 camera

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 08:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Opinion

I agree 100 percent with Chris Smith’s post on BGR about how the iPhone 7 is about to become inferior to the larger iPhone 7 Plus in a very significant way.

The iPhone 7 Plus' dual-camera vs the single camera in the 7. (Photo: BGR.com)

The iPhone 7 Plus’ dual-camera vs the single camera in the 7. (Photo: BGR.com)

I greatly prefer the 4.7-inch form factor iPhone and won’t buy the larger “Plus size” iPhone because it’s too bulky and it can’t be used with one hand. Plus, my iPad Pro and MacBook usually aren’t far away for when I need a larger screen.

In his article Smith lists several possible excuses Apple might trot out for omitting the dual-lens camera from the iPhone 7, but the real reason is after the jump.

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Parallels Desktop 12 announced, will be released August 23rd

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 07:54
Category: macOS, News, Software, Windows

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The perpetually useful Parallels Desktop has just hit version 12.

The new version arrives with support for macOS Sierra alongside a new standalone app called Parallels Toolbox, which allows users to perform some simple tasks that aren’t necessarily tied to virtualization.

New features include a Windows 10 “always on” function wherein Windows 10 continues to run in the background and apps can be instantly launched. the ability to schedule incremental backups and Windows updates, the ability to assign special behaviors to Windows apps, improved integration for Microsoft Edge, Outlook, and Office 365, and Xbox app support. Additionally, Parallels has partnered with Blizzard to provide specific support for the hit game Overwatch.

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AT&T introduces higher-end data plans, removes overages ahead of next-gen iPhone launch

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 05:39
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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Just ahead of the next-gen iPhone release, AT&T on Wednesday announced new data plans that finally eliminate overage fees for heavy users.

The new plans, which go into effect this Sunday, retail for $30 per month for 1 gigabyte, $40 for 3 gigabytes, $60 for 6 gigabytes, $80 for 10 gigabytes, $90 for 16 gigabytes, $110 for 25 gigabytes, and $135 for 30 gigabytes. The 25- and 30-gigabyte plans are significantly cheaper than before, having previously hit $175 and $225, but the bottom tier now has half the data of its old equivalent, and others have been replaced or removed, such as the $20/300-megabyte and $50/5-gigabyte options.

The new plans will have users’ speeds throttled once they hit their data cap. With previous plans, the company was charging $15 for an extra gigabyte after exceeding any rollover allotments.

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Chick-Fil-A announces full Apple Pay support, will complete migration by Friday

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 05:17
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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You can now snag Chick-Fil-A with Apple Pay.

Apple Pay has expanded to all Chick-Fil-A locations. According to today’s tweet, however, Apple Pay will be accepted at all Chick-Fil-A locations as of this Friday, August 19th. The mobile payment platform will be supported in-store and in the drive thru.

Chick-Fil-A’s adoption of Apple Pay comes after the company has experimented with QR-based solutions in the past. Those solutions ultimately failed, according to employees, much like other QR-based offerings we’ve seen. Chick-Fil-A has, however, supported Apple Pay in its recently revamped app on iOS.

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Rumor: Apple won’t use “iPhone 7 Pro” name for next-gen handset

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Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 07:15
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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According to the current rumors, the “iPhone 7 Pro” monicker may never come to be.

A number of sources have said that Apple is following this name scheme to avoid confusion of having back-to-back iPhones with “S” in the name, even though the iPhone 7 will largely be a minor update over the iPhone 6s.

The new report nixes the additional third tier/”Pro” name, which had been a rumored dual-lens alternative to the single-lens “iPhone 7 Plus” that had been mentioned months ago. The less-powerful camera option was said to be created by Apple as a fallback in case the dual-lens technology didn’t pan out. Now that everything seems to be going well for the company in this area, and mockups have repeatedly shown a dual-lens camera enclosure, it makes sense for Apple to revert to the well-known “Plus” moniker for its next-generation 5.5-inch dual-lens iPhone, and drop any reference to “Pro” altogether.

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Tekserve closes fabled New York store, will auction off its Macintosh collection in September

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Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 05:38
Category: Apple, Fun, Hardware, Hardware, History, iBook, iMac, iPad, Mac Desktop, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, News, PowerBook, PowerBook 12-Inch, PowerBook 15-Inch, PowerBook 17-Inch, PowerBook G3, PowerBook G4, PowerBook G4 Aluminum, PowerBook G4 Titanium, PowerBook G5, PowerMac G5

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An amazing collection of Apple and Mac history is going on the auction block next month.

Tekserve, once the go-to third-party repair shop for Apple products in New York City, announced last month that it would be closing shop on August 15 after being in business since 1987. Now that Tekserve has officially closed shop, Apple fans will have the opportunity to purchase some museum-worthy vintage Apple and NeXT gear through auction.

An assortment of the auction items are valued at relatively low prices and there’s even a Tekserve store sign up for grabs.

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Intel licenses ARM to use chip manufacturing capacity

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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