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 reportedly investigating two incidents of iPhone 8 Plus battery swelling

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Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2017, 05:08
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Samsung

In the annals of swollen device batteries, this is pretty impressive.

Following reports on social media of two iPhone 8 Plus exhibiting a swollen battery out of the millions shipped, Apple is reportedly looking into the situation surrounding the accounts and the phones themselves.

The reports clearly depict a swollen battery pushing the iPhone 8 Plus screen out of its housing. One user reported that the incident occurred while charging with Apple’s official cable and power adapter. The other account noted that it was received from Apple directly with the screen already popped out.

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iStat Menus 6 offers massive number of new features and improvements

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Date: Saturday, September 30th, 2017, 16:10
Category: macOS, News, Software

iStat Menus updated to 6.00, offers massive number of new features and improvements

If you enjoy monitoring all aspects of your Mac, you’re going to like this.

On Monday, Bjango released version 6.00 of iStat Menus, its popular system monitoring software. The new version offers tools to keep track of CPU, memory, disk, network, temperature, fan, Bluetooth, date and time and weather functions.

The update offers extensive new tools to each category, allowing you to keep track of just about everything that happens on your computer.

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FCC pushes for Apple to activate FM transmitters in iPhones following recent string of natural disasters

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News

Following up on renewed pressure from the National Association of Broadcasters urging Apple to the FM radio capabilities built into the wireless modem of every iPhone, FCC chairman Ajit Pai has stated that he hopes Apple will “reconsider its position” following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which have devastated parts of the United States, including Florida and Texas, and Caribbean islands like Barbuda, Dominica, and Puerto Rico.

Pai went on record to state that “it is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people first.”

The comment comes from Pai’s following full statement:

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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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watchOS developer beta 1 points to LTE music, radio streaming

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 05:02
Category: Apple Watch, Developer, iCloud, News, Siri, Software, watchOS, Wearables

Apple’s newly released watchOS 4.1 developer beta features expansions to the Apple Watch’s built-in Music app. This includes the ability to stream songs from Apple Music and iTunes Match via an LTE connection on the new Series 3 hardware.

The company has stated that LTE music streaming for the Apple Watch Series 3 will be available to the public in October at the earliest. The watchOS 4.1 developer beta 1 suggests that the feature will be available for launch within the coming weeks.

The release notes stated that users will be able to stream any song from either the Apple Music or iCloud Music Library. This also includes tracks purchased from iTunes and songs matched with iTunes Match.

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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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