Rumor: Apple hires Dan Dodge to head up car project, may be shifting focus towards autonomous driving systems

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Date: Thursday, July 28th, 2016, 16:57
Category: Apple Car, Rumor

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Apple could still be working on a car project, but could be taken it in a new direction.

Bob Mansfield, the Apple executive who led up efforts on the iMac, iPad, MacBook Air and Apple Watch, has apparently been put in charge of Apple’s car project. Mansfield’s first action has been to hire former BlackBerry developer Dan Dodge, who arrives at Apple with an extensive operating system development background.

Mansfield apparently tapped Dodge to work on autonomous driving software for Apple’s car division, code-named Project Titan, signaling that the company is pivoting from building its own car to making the tech that will power the next generation of cars. Or, more likely, Apple is covering all of its bases and seeing whether hardware, software, or a combination of both will succeed.

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Apple announces $42.4 billion in revenue, $7.8 billion profit for Q3 2016

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 14:42
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, macOS, News, Sierra, Siri

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You know, in most businesses, a quarterly profit of $7.8 billion would be considered a good thing.

In Apple’s frame of mind, this isn’t that stellar.

In today’s Q3 2016 conference call, representatives from Apple cited revenues of $42.4 billion, a profit of $7.8 billion with a margin of 38 percent.

Apple CEO Tim Cook cited the successful launch of the iPhone SE, wherein demand outstripped capacity at first. Additional capacity was brought online to handle this.

Cook cited an 8 percent decline in iPhone sales from Q3 2015.

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New iPhone 7 leaks show possible Smart Connector, lack of mute switch

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, 09:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Another day, another set of iPhone 7 leaks.

Per a series of pictures released on Chinese social media website Weibo, the latest iPhone 7 photos appear to show a very similar design to the iPhone 6s Plus … with the interesting addition of a Smart Connector, visible at the bottom of the device on the back side.

In addition to previous rumors, a new rumor has sprung up about a flush capacitive Home button for the next-gen iPhone, albeit details are still murky.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the new photos of the iPhone 7 Plus do not include a mute switch. A toggle to enable and disable the ringer cannot be seen in its usual location above the volume buttons. This is the first time the removal of the mute switch has been floated for consideration, albeit the source is still considered murky at this point.

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Jordan Castor, 22, shows what a blind Apple engineer can do

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2016, 07:30
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, News

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You’ve got to admit, this is impressive.

Jordyn Castor, 22, who was born 15 weeks early, weighed just under two pounds and who has been blind since birth, is now one of the lead engineers for Apple’s VoiceOver technology, codes on a Braille device and is working on Apple’s new Playgrounds project for iOS. Castor, who has been using computers since her parents bought her a desktop in second grade, was first introduced to the Mac at a Minneapolis job fair in 2015.

Castor told Apple reps how amazed she was by the iPad she received as a gift for her 17th birthday just a few years earlier. It raised her passion for tech to another level — mainly due to the iPad’s immediate accessibility.

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WWDC: Apple highlights Swift Playground, shows teaching possibilities of program

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 12:31
Category: Developer, News, Software, Swift

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Ok, this could prove extremely neat.

Among yesterday’s announcements, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted Swift Playgrounds, a free new app for beginners who want to create iOS apps using Swift, Apple’s programming language.

Swift Playgrounds features lessons to help beginners learn coding concepts such as creating functions, issuing commands, loops, and more. Apple will release new challenges, so coders can continue to learn new skills as they progress. Apple says that teachers can use Xcode to create their own content for Swift Playgrounds.

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Instagram 8.2 now supports direct photo sharing from iOS apps

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Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 08:42
Category: iOS, iPad, News, Software

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Following an update on Monday, Instagram now allows users to share photos and videos directly to Instagram on iOS without having to first launch the app. Instagram version 8.2 includes an iOS extension that lets you share both photos and videos from Photos and other iOS apps directly to Instagram. The feature also lets you write a caption to accompany the photo or video, but filters and other editing features will still require launching the full app.

To enable the new extension, update to the latest version of Instagram, tap the share button and swipe to the far right of the colored app icons then tap ‘More’. Toggle Instagram on, arrange it on the list where you’d like it placed, then tap done. Now Instagram will appear in the share sheet where sharing photos is supported. This works in Apple’s Photos app as well as other apps including Google Photos and the official Reddit app.

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iOS 9.3.2 update bricks some 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablets, Apple exploring the issue

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 10:44
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad mini, News, Software

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iOS 9.3.2 has arrived.

And it appears to have bricked some 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablets in the process.

A number of users are seeing an “Error 56” message after upgrading to iOS 9.3.2, and finding their devices bricked.

The error instructs affected users to connect to iTunes, but doing so and attempting to restore or update the iPad doesn’t work.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.2 update, includes fixes for iPhone SE among changes

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016, 13:16
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Software

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Apple released a smorgasbord of updates today, among them iOS 9.3.2.

The update, which can be snagged over the air or through iTunes, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to the iPhone SE.

– Fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail.

– Addresses an issue that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages.

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Apple releases Q2 2016 numbers, reports $10.5 billion profit, but first decline in revenue in over a decade

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Date: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, 14:33
Category: Finance, iPad, iPhone, News

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The good news is that Apple made billions and billions of dollars in profits last quarter.

The bad news is that this represents a lower profit than Q2 of 2015.

For the first time ever, iPhone sales fell for the quarter. While this doesn’t include iPhone SE sales, Apple reported its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years on Tuesday, which came as no surprise to the company and the investors and analysts who closely follow its finances.

After more than a decade of amazing revenue and profit leaps, Apple reported $10.5 billion in profits on $50.6 billion in sales. iPhone sales were down, the company selling only 51.2 million units in Q2, this number falling short of the 61.2 million iPhone units sold in Q2 of 2015.

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This is Nifty: Tipping by Gorischek Design

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Date: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, 07:06
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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This is kind of neat.

Gorischek Design’s Tipping app allows you to quickly calculate how much to tip on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad without having to unlock the device.

The app allows you to calculate 15%, 20% and 25% on a tip, enter the amount and get back to your meal.

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