Rumor: Apple to debut Amazon Echo competitor at WWDC in June

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 05:02
Category: Amazon, Hardware, iOS, macOS, News, Rumor, Siri, TvOS, watchOS, WWDC

Apple may have an Echo competitor in the works that could be announced at WWDC next month.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo weighed in with details on Apple’s first home artificial intelligence product in a note to investors on Monday. In the note, Kuo stated that he believes there is more than a 50 percent chance that Apple will announce the product at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, before launching it in the second half of the year.

Kuo also stated that the device would feature a woofer and seven tweeters in order to provide rich sound. He also stated that the unit will be powered by a custom ARM processor equal in power to at least the A8 CPU on the iPhone 6 or newer.

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Apple releases iOS 10.3.1 update, offers bug fixes, security fixes

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Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, 05:36
Category: Hack, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

After a major OS update come the fixes.

Apple on Monday released iOS 10.3.1, an update available for its iOS devices available as an over-the-air update or when connected to iTunes via a Mac or Windows PC.

The update, which weighs in at just under 30 megabytes as an OTA download, resolves issues such as a hardware-specific problem wherein iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c handsets had trouble updating over the air.

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9.7-inch iPad, (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus now available to order online

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Date: Monday, March 27th, 2017, 05:37
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

The new iPad and (PRODUCT)Red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus you want is now available for order online.

Apple has added the products to its online store in the United States and dozens of other countries and regions around the world. (PRODUCT)RED iPhones are also available for in-store pickup at select Apple Stores as of Friday.

The 9.7-inch iPad features a faster A9 processor and a brighter Retina display compared to the iPad Air 2, which has now been discontinued. The tablet is a bit thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2 given that it lacks a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating in order to keep costs down.

The tablet also features a display resolution of 2,048‑by‑1,536 at 264 PPI, an 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel front FaceTime camera, two speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack, Touch ID with Apple Pay, and Bluetooth 4.2.

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LG uses third-party fixes to provide shielding, seems to have resolved interference issue in UltraFine 5K monitors

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Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 05:24
Category: Hardware, News, retail

It looks like the interference issue on the LG UltraFine 5K displays available through Apple have been resolved.

Following continued testing, the new monitors are apparently very slightly sensitive to high-powered RF emissions like from a very close cell tower or military radar like any monitor, the interference problems are rectified, with older monitors retrofitted by authorized third parties even less sensitive to the same emissions.

The new units, which have a slightly different shielding plate than the first run of fixed units. While the vast majority of users won’t see a problem, users within about 50 feet of an active cell tower, or a civil or military radar installation are experiencing the disconnect issues.

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LG UltraFine 5K display available to order again through Apple

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Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, 05:43
Category: Hardware, News

You can now snag the LG UltraFine 5K Display via the Apple Store.

The display, developed in collaboration with Apple and LG, was plagued by both connection and interference issues upon launch. Placing the unit within six feet of a Wi-Fi router caused interference, resulting in continued disconnections and even the MacBook Pro freezing up. LG confirmed that these issues stem from “poor shielding.”

As of early February, Apple pushed back the delivery date for online shipments of the UltraFine 5K from 2-3 weeks to 5-6 weeks. The display is currently on sale for $974 until March 31, when the price will go up to $1299.

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Apple pay currently dominating mobile payments market, could affect retail industry in the long run

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, 05:13
Category: Apple Pay, iPhone, News, retail

Apple Pay might just wind up on top.

A few years ago, when the technology was first introduced, it seemed like a vague idea. Today, according to new survey data released by Boston Retail Partners, Apple Pay is not only booming, it’s the mobile payments standard, surpassing PayPal, which had nearly a decade headstart. This, despite a much smaller market share than Android, and this despite continued ignorance as to the very existence of Apple Pay among consumers.

It may also be good for retailers in the long run.

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Apple delays shipments for LG UltraFine 5K Display units, allows time for shielding repairs to take place

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Date: Friday, February 10th, 2017, 05:09
Category: Hardware, News

While LG works on a fix for the Wi-Fi router/shielding conflict on its UltraFine 5K Display, Apple has delayed shipments for the unit and removed in store pickup options.

New orders for the LG UltraFine 5K Display will now ship out in five to six weeks, ensuring buyers will get a display with updated hardware that fixes the Wi-Fi interference problem.

Before the issue had been made public, the displays were set to ship out in a few weeks’ time. For a time in January, shipping estimates ranged from three to five days.

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LG to offer fixes for UltraFine 5K monitors, will work to remove wireless router proximity issue

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Date: Monday, February 6th, 2017, 05:22
Category: Hardware, News

Following the revelation that LG’s 5K UltraFine monitor, which rolled out in late 2016, experiences proximity problems when placed within 6.5 meters of a Wi-Fi router, the company has stated that it will be adding extra shielding to units manufactured in the future.

The extra shielding will be present in units manufactured after February 2017.

As for existing monitors, it appears those can also be retrofitted against signal interference, as well. The report didn’t mention how existing monitor owners can have their displays repaired if necessary. LG’s 5K monitor comes with a one year warranty that covers labor and parts, so it may be as simple as submitting a repair request on LG’s site.

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LG UltraFine 5K monitors experiencing errors within two meters of wireless routers

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Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2017, 05:49
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, wireless

Well, this is kind of a mess.

LG’s UltraFine 5K monitor, which has become something of a spiritual successor to Apple’s Thunderbolt display and began shipping out from the Apple online store this week, appears to be suffering from a major fault wherein it will begin flickering when places within two meters (6.5 feet) of a wireless router. Once the flickering has begun, the monitor will go black and become unusable.

An LG Electronics support person confirmed the issue, saying it “only happens for the 5K monitors we have, not other LG monitors.”

It’s also been noted that, if plugged into a MacBook Pro, the failure can lead to being forced to reboot the notebook to bring it back. The failure does not occur when the monitor is out of a two meter range of a wireless router.

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Meitu selfie app apparently collecting, transmitting user data back to Chinese source

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2017, 05:11
Category: Android, iOS, iPhone, News, privacy, security, Software

The good news is that the Meitu app adds some cool selfie editing tools, allowing you to pretty much transform your selfie pictures into nifty anime characters.

The bad news is that the app is apparently sending back as much private information as it can to a Chinese source.

The MeituPic app, launched in 2013, soared to the top of the Chinese app charts. It was rebranded as “Meitu” in 2016 and works by taking a selfie, smoothing a person’s skin, adding virtual makeup and a number of other effects.

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