Month: August 2017

Apple Maps Transit Directions Expand to Brisbane, Perth, and Surrounding Areas in Australia

Apple Maps has been updated with transit data in Queensland and Western Australia, enabling iPhone users to navigate with public transportation directions in large cities such as Brisbane and Perth, and surrounding areas. In Brisbane, supported vehicles include TransLink buses and Queensland Rail trains, with routes extending to, from, and within the Gold Coast and …

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Leaked Foxconn Images Show Off Internals of iPhone 8, Including Wireless Charging Coil

A Foxconn employee has allegedly taken new images of the iPhone 8’s internals and posted them to the Chinese social networking site Weibo over the weekend, providing a look at the inside of Apple’s OLED iPhone that’s expected to be announced next month. The images lack a layered glimpse into the iPhone’s internal components, so …

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France and Germany Prepare Crackdown on Tax Loopholes With Tech Companies Like Apple in Sights

France and Germany are looking to stop tech companies like Apple from exploiting tax loopholes in their respective countries. The loopholes are said to have allowed Apple to “minimize taxes and grab market share” at the expense of Europe-based companies. France will draft and propose a list of “simpler rules” that will be aimed at …

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Apple Joins Instagram to Share 'Shot on iPhone' Photos From Users Around the World

Apple has officially joined Instagram. The company opened the followable account @Apple today that will exclusively feature curated photos and videos from iPhone users around the world, according to Mashable. The report said Apple won’t share any ads or marketing on the account, which has already quickly amassed thousands of followers. Apple’s presence on Instagram …

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Verizon Introduces New 'Up' Rewards Program With Perks Including Free Months of Apple Music

Verizon today introduced a new Verizon Up rewards program that offers customers perks for paying their monthly bills. For every $300 spent towards Verizon products and services, including a phone bill, customers will receive one credit, which can be exchanged for one reward. Every month, there are six new customized rewards to choose from, with …

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Indian Movie Company Eros Group Reportedly in Talks With Apple and Others to Sell Media Library

Eros Group, a movie production company based in India, is said to be looking at potentially selling its entire media library to Apple, further boosting the Cupertino company’s foothold in the Indian smartphone and entertainment markets. The $1 billion deal is said to also include interest from companies like Amazon and Netflix as potential competitors …

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Sylvania HomeKit-Equipped Multicolor Bluetooth Smart Bulb Now Available for Pre-Order

LEDVANCE’s HomeKit-compatible Sylvania Smart A19 Full Color LED Bulb is now available for pre-order, with deliveries expected to start in September. First introduced late last year, Sylvania’s new bulb connects to a HomeKit setup over Bluetooth, so no hub or WiFi connection is necessary. It’s a multicolored bulb, so it can be set to several …

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HomePod Firmware Suggests iPhone 8 Will Be Able to Scan Your Face Even While Device is Lying Flat

The newest discovery found within the HomePod firmware has shed some light on the iPhone 8’s facial recognition software, and how it could potentially scan a user’s face even when the smartphone is lying flat on a table. Uncovered by iHelp BR, code within the firmware related to “Pearl,” which is Apple’s internal name for …

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HomePod Firmware Possibly Reveals Apple Watch With LTE and 4K Apple TV With HDR10 and Dolby Vision

iOS developer Guilherme Rambo has discovered a reference to a 4K HDR display mode in the HomePod’s firmware, lending credence to rumors that Apple is testing a fifth-generation Apple TV capable of streaming 4K resolution video. HomePod doesn’t have a display, and iOS devices lack the resolution for native 4K playback, so the discovery likely …

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