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Amazon looking to release Amazon Video app for tvOS in a “few weeks”

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Date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 08:38
Category: Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS


The long-awaited Amazon Video app seems to finally be en route to the Apple TV. The news comes amid strife between Apple and Amazon, some accusing Apple of blocking Amazon from launching the app on tvOS and others accusing Amazon of not developing for the platform as to encourage users to use its own Fire TV products.

Engineer Dan Bostonweeks, who reached out to Amazon via its feedback system and asked the company about the lack of tvOS support for the fourth-gen Apple TV, received a response from the company in which the customer service representative offered the following quote:


Microsoft releases Cortana app for iOS to beta tester community

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Date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 07:55
Category: iOS, News, Software


It’s Microsoft’s alternative to Siri and its beta is now available on iOS. Microsoft has released a beta of its Cortana personal assistant app for iOS. The app, which went out to a handful of testers who signed up to trial the new app were notified by way of email that the iOS version of Cortana was available for download, offers voice-powered assistance, plus help with managing your schedule, reminders, and alarms, as well as the ability to track things like flights, packages, stocks, scores and more.

An Android version of the app was previously made available for testing this August.


Apple patent application highlights active shutter system to protect devices from spills, contaminants

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Date: Friday, November 27th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Patents


Somewhere down the line, this could really come in handy.

An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.

The patent application, known as Apple’s “Electronic devices with housing port shutters” application, describes a system of electrically controlled shutters disposed over the openings of critical components like speaker boxes and microphones. At the command of an onboard logic board, these shutter mechanisms can quickly block acoustic pathways — portholes — from damaging physical contaminants, potentially saving hundreds of dollars in repair costs.


Rumor: Apple to migrate devices from LCD displays to OLED displays in 2018

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Date: Friday, November 27th, 2015, 07:07
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables


Apple is expected to begin shifting its iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens as of 2018. The OLED display technology, which is currently only in use on the Apple Watch, benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color. This offers energy efficiency that leads to improved battery life compared lighting up the entire display each time.

Current rumors state that Apple has notified its suppliers that it wants to move to OLED iPhones in 2018, but adds that a mix of LCD and OLED iPhones are expected initially due to iPhone demand and OLED production limitations. Apple is apparently weighing how well OLED displays hold up over time versus LCD displays before committing to the switch. Both Samsung and LG, which currently produce OLED panels, are expected to be primary suppliers of OLEDs for iPhones, which would negatively impact current LDC display partners Sharp and Japan Display.


Apple acquires real-time capture firm Faceshift, intended purposes unknown

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Date: Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, 07:11
Category: Finance, News, Software


It’s hard to say what Apple will do with its new toy, but it’s been confirmed that it just bought a real-time motion capture firm.

The company apparently acquired Faceshift, a Zurich-based capture firm, which has worked with game and animation studios on technology designed to quickly and accurately capture facial expressions using 3D sensors, including Faceshift Studio software with plugins for Maya and Unity. The company was also working toward consumer-facing software like a Skype plugin that would support real-time avatars for video chat.


iFixit posts teardown of Smart Keyboard, finds interesting switches, conductive fabric among components

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Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, 07:33
Category: Accessory, Hardware, MacBook, News


The extremely cool cats at iFixit tore into Apple’s new Smart Keyboard recently and found some interesting stuff inside.

The teardown, which was published today, reports that Apple used a conductive fabric as well as a key design borrowed from the 12-inch Retina MacBook.

The device uses multiple layers of fabric and plastic to keep it water and stain-resistant, repair firm iFixit noted. This includes microfiber, plastic, and what iFixit calls a nylon layer — in marketing, Apple refers to it simply as polyurethane.


Rumor: Apple looking to bring Apple Pay to Chinese marketplace in 2016

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Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, Rumor


It looks like Apple Pay could be in China as early as next year.

Back in September, Apple created a company in the Shanghai free-trade zone, hinting at its plans to launch Apple Pay in the country. It’s since been reported that Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in China by February. Apple has reportedly secured agreements with the four largest banks in China to support the platform.


Rumor: Apple working on Genius Bar to help troubleshooting process, alleviate lines

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Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 14:41
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Rumor, Software, Wearables


With any luck, this could save some time.

And sanity.

A series of leaked screenshots shows that Apple is apparently working on an app to help iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch users troubleshoot their devices without having to journey out to the Genius Bar.

The pictures, which were leaked to uSwitch.com, indicate that users will be able to report a problem and coordinate support through a live chat feature and by sending a device in to be repaired.


Apple addresses charging issue requiring hard restart with iPad Pro

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Date: Friday, November 20th, 2015, 07:11
Category: iOS, iPad Pro, News


This may be the first fix Apple has to address with the iPad Pro.

Only days after buying theirs, some customers began complaining about an issue that caused the iPad Pro to become unresponsive after charging, requiring a hard restart to restore functionality.

Apple has issued a support document letting customers know it’s looking into the problem and recommending the aforementioned hard restart as an interim fix.


Apple Pay launched in Australia through American Express partnership

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Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2015, 08:51
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News


Apple Pay has just launched in Australia.

In a somewhat limited capacity, but it’s launched.

On Thursday, Apple, partnering with American Express, launched Apple Pay in Australia.

At present, no co-branded cards are currently supported, and only stores equipped for AmEx wireless payments are accepting transactions. This does include major chains though, among them Coles, Harvey Norman, Starbucks, Woolworths, and others.