Day: October 30, 2017

Samsung Wants to One-Up Apple's Genius Bar With New WeWork 'Care Centers'

Samsung is teaming up with co-working startup WeWork to create customer “Care Centers” that are similar to Apple’s own in-store Genius Bars, reports Fast Company. Apple’s Genius Bars are designed to allow customers to receive technical support and repairs on a range of Apple products, including Macs and iOS devices. Samsung’s upcoming Care Centers will …

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Instagram Makes Stories Previews More Prominent, Tests Stop-Motion Camera

Instagram today told TechCrunch that it is now featuring Instagram Stories more prominently with a larger preview box located between Instagram posts. The Stories preview box now features a tiled design that’s much more noticeable when scrolling through an Instagram feed. Previously, the mid-feed box looked similar to the smaller Stories bar at the top …

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Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Might Be Over Amid Fight for Control of Combined Company

Sprint parent company SoftBank may call off a planned merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, report Nikkei and Reuters. SoftBank’s board of directors is said to be having doubts about the deal due to a failure to reach an agreement about the ownership of the combined T-Mobile/Sprint entity. SoftBank is worried about “losing control” of the …

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Microsoft Stops Offering New Outlook.com Premium Subscriptions, Rolls Features Into Office 365

Microsoft today announced that its Outlook.com Premium feature, which offered features like an ad-free Outlook experience for $19.95 per month, is closed to new subscribers. Outlook.com Premium features are now being added to Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscriptions. Today, we began rolling out new benefits for Office 365 Home and Office 365 …

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Apple Asks Developers to Start Optimizing Apps for HomePod Using SiriKit in iOS 11.2

iOS 11.2, released this morning, introduces SiriKit support for the HomePod, according to Apple. With SiriKit for HomePod now available, Apple is asking developers to make sure SiriKit-compatible apps are optimized for HomePod ahead of the device’s release. SiriKit is designed to allow iOS and watchOS apps to work with Siri, so users can complete …

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Square Announces New 'Square Register' All-in-One Point-of-Sale Device for Businesses

Square today announced the launch of Square Register, a new point-of-sale device that joins Square Stand and Square Reader, the company’s existing iPad and iPhone-based point-of-sale systems. Unlike Square Stand and Square Reader, Square Register is a fully integrated solution with hardware and software designed by Square. The device features a large display that faces …

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Creator of 'Remotizer' Keyless Entry System Sues Apple for Selling HomeKit-Enabled August Smart Lock

Texas resident Mark Kilbourne has filed a lawsuit against Apple in Southern Texas for selling the HomeKit-enabled August Smart Lock. The complaint claims that the August Smart Lock infringes upon his patented Remotizer keyless entry system for existing deadbolt locks. For selling the product, Apple is somehow being solely targeted here rather than August. Kilbourne …

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iOS 11.2 Beta Fixes Calculator Bug Causing Incorrect Calculations when Numbers Are Rapidly Entered

The new iOS 11.2 beta, released to developers this morning, addresses a Calculator animation issue that’s been present since iOS 11 was released to the public in September and throughout the iOS 11 beta testing process. In all versions of iOS 11 prior to iOS 11.2, a calculator animation causes some symbols to be ignored …

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Apple Releases New Firmware for HomePod Ahead of December Launch

Apple this morning released new firmware for the HomePod ahead of its December launch. The new firmware isn’t available through the Developer portal, but it will be downloadable by testers who have a HomePod and it is listed on third-party iOS software sites, making it available for download by the public. HomePod devices are currently …

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Apple Releases First Beta of iOS 11.2 for Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 11.2 update to developers, just over two weeks after releasing iOS 11.0.3 and while the upcoming iOS 11.1 update is still in beta testing. Registered developers can download the iOS 11.2 beta from Apple’s Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been …

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Apple Maps Transit Directions Now Available in Phoenix and Birmingham, AL Areas

Apple Maps has been updated with comprehensive transit data in the Phoenix, Arizona and Birmingham, Alabama areas, enabling navigation with public transportation options such as buses and trains in those regions. In the Phoenix area, supported vehicles include Valley Metro buses and trains, and the PHX Sky Train at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Routes …

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YouTube TV Announces New Smart TV App With Apple TV Support Coming Soon

YouTube today announced that its live-streaming service, YouTube TV, is now launching as a dedicated app for smart TVs, streaming devices, and gaming systems. The company also confirmed that an Apple TV app for YouTube TV will launch “in the coming weeks.” Today, YouTube TV will be available on Android TV devices and smart TVs, …

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Apple Lets Several YouTubers Get Closer Look at iPhone X Ahead of Friday's Launch

In addition to journalist Steven Levy’s first impressions of the iPhone X, Apple recently invited a number of YouTube channels to try out the highly-anticipated device at a nondescript building in New York City. Brian Farmer and Noah Thomas of lifestyle website Highsnobiety shared a five-minute video in which they demo Animoji, 4K video playback …

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