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Monthly Archives: June 2017

7th Pay Commission: New allowances to benefit 48 lac employees

7th Pay Commission: New allowances to benefit 48 lakh employees. Here's what allowance structure under Seventh Pay Commission Union Cabinet consented to.

iPhone 8 dummy indicates Touch ID embedded in OLED display

A CNC-machined iPhone 8 dummy, allegedly obtained from a Foxconn facility, could indicate that Apple's engineers may have managed to integrate a fingerprint reader into an OLED display after all.

iPhone 8 could boast L-shaped battery and True Tone display, retain Lightning connector

If this iPhone 8 logic board drawing is an indication, iPhone 8 will continue to use Apple's Lightning connector and include an L-shaped battery, a True Tone display and other features.

KGI: iPhone 8 could launch in extremely limited supply in September

Revered analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities expects Apple's iPhone 8 to make its debut in September after all, but the bulk of users may be unable to get their hands on the device “for a while” after the new models are launched.

#CodingWisdom: Don’t Stop. Keep Going.

Whether you’re just starting to learn the

ICO Insanity? $300 Million Gnosis Valuation Sparks Market Reaction

Ethereum prediction market project Gnosis sparked broad debate today following an initial coin offering that didn't exactly go as planned.


New Bitcoin Core Software Makes SegWit Optional for Miners

A new software update –version 0.14.1 –has been released by the Bitcoin Core open-source development community.


Blockchain Could Expand Central Bank Access, Says Bank of Japan

Central banks could allow access around the clock if they used blockchains, a senior Bank of Japan official speculated last week.


Bank of Korea: Costs Could Limit Cryptocurrency Use

Bank of Korea has published a new working paper that speculates on how a cryptocurrency economy would impact central banks.


The UN Wants to Adopt Bitcoin And Ethereum – And Soon

The UN is preparing to kick off an epic ethereum pilot, but the future could also include actually accepting cryptocurrencies.


Why Sweden is Taking a Chance on Blockchain Land Registry

Sweden's land registry authority Lantmäteriet sits down with CoinDesk for an exclusive interview on its blockchain R&D efforts.


Apple Maps expands into Middle East with Traffic for Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

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Apple in a recent update to Maps activated Traffic data for two Middle Eastern countries, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, though it appears only major metropolitan areas are supported at this time.

Apple pushes ‘Carpool Karaoke’ launch back to ‘later this year’

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It appears Apple's first foray into original video content, "Carpool Karaoke," will not make its scheduled April debut, as the company on Monday again postponed a launch party initially slated for March.

Google Photos now streams photos, video to Apple TV via AirPlay

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Google on Monday updated its Google Photos app for iOS with integrated AirPlay support, meaning users can stream photos and video to the big screen with Apple TV.

Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on future products

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Apple has reportedly hired Dr. Jeff Norris, an augmented and virtual reality specialist who founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to be part of a special projects team working to bring augmented reality to the masses.

Sling TV brings cloud DVR recording to Apple TV

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Dish's internet-only TV service, Sling TV, has announced the availability of Cloud DVR support for the Apple TV, letting users record some (but not all) shows for later viewing.

Apple slashes affiliate commission rate on apps from 7 to 2.5%

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Apple on Monday alerted members of its link affiliate program to a sharp reduction in their take from apps and in-app purchases, down from 7 percent to just 2.5.

On its 2nd anniversary, Apple Watch settling into role as fitness & notification wearable...

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Originally pitched as a multitude of things, including an intimate communication tool and new frontier for mobile apps, the Apple Watch has been refined and simplified in the years since its debut, focusing on what Apple has determined to be the fledgling device's core strengths.

Alleged iPhone 8 Schematic Depicts Dual-Lens Vertical Rear Camera, Hints at Wireless Charging

Another alleged iPhone 8 schematic is making the rounds today, shared on Twitter by several "leakers" who often share alleged leaked device images sourced from Weibo and unnamed tipsters. KK Leaks, OnLeaks, and Benjamin Geskin have all tweeted the image, which comes from an unknown source.

Amazon’s New ‘Echo Look’ Camera Has Machine Learning to Help You Make Better Fashion...

Amazon today announced the expansion of its popular Echo line with the $200 Amazon Echo Look, a device that packs in all of the typical Echo functionalities and adds on a hands-free camera with built-in LED lighting that can give users an edge on their wardrobe choices.

Uber to Make Passenger Ratings More Visible on iPhone and iPad

Uber today announced that passenger ratings will be displayed more prominently within its iPhone and iPad app.

Now, a rider's rating will be displayed right under their name in the app's menu that slides out from the left.

Twitter Working on 24/7 Live Streaming Network of TV Shows to Rival Current News...

Twitter is gearing up to launch an always-on, live-streaming video section of its apps and desktop site, which would run 24/7 and is ostensibly referred to as "Twitter TV" (via BuzzFeed News).

Tweetbot for Mac Updated With Ability to Send Photos in Direct Messages, Username Reply...

Tweetbot for Mac has been updated with support for a number of changes that Twitter has introduced in recent months.

The most notable change is that users can now send images within Direct Messages, in line with official Twitter platforms.

China to Get Netflix Originals in Content Deal With Local Streaming Service

Netflix has signed a licensing deal with a Beijing-based video platform in order to avoid regulatory restrictions and get its content into China's huge entertainment market (via The Hollywood Reporter).

The streaming giant announced the news of its content agreement with iQiyi on Tuesday at the APOS industry conference in Bali, Indonesia.

Day One Journal App Now Offers to Print Journals as Bound Books, Starting at...

The company behind Mac and iOS journaling app Day One this week began offering U.S. users the chance to create printed, bound books using the content of their digital journals.

Day One Books can be designed from within the Day One iPad and iPhone app, with options to customize the cover, and include maps, stats, and full-color photos in the content.

Google Maps Now Remembers Where You Parked Your Car

Google yesterday announced a feature to help Google Maps users remember where they're leaving their car once they've arrived at their destination.

The feature is simple enough to activate once you've parked up, and like Apple Maps, if you have your iPhone connected to your car via USB audio or Bluetooth, Google Maps will automatically tag your vehicle's location on the map when you disconnect it.

Verizon Launches New Prepaid Unlimited Data Plan

Verizon today announced the launch of a new unlimited data plan for its prepaid customers, which offers unlimited data, talk, and text across the United States for $80.

The plan includes unlimited text messages to more than 200 countries, along with unlimited talk in Mexico and Canada.

Apple AI Expert Says Computers Should Augment Human Capabilities

Apple product designer and Siri co-founder Tom Gruber gave a TED Talk today, where he covered his vision of the future of computers and artificial intelligence. Both Axios and Business Insider shared details on his talk.

Facebook Tests Related Articles Fact-Checking Update in Ongoing Quest to Combat Fake News

Facebook product manager Sara Su today shared a blog post that highlights a test launching on the company's iOS and Android apps, consisting of an update to the "Related Articles" feature found beneath posts shared by your friends and family.

‘Today at Apple’ Sessions About Art, Music, and Coding Expanding to Every Apple Store...

Apple today announced that it will be expanding its "Today at Apple" educational sessions to all of its 495 retail stores around the world in May.

Dutch Court Rules Apple May Not Use ‘Remanufactured’ iPads for Warranty Replacements

A new ruling by a judge in the Subdistrict Court of Amsterdam has mandated that Apple can not replace a broken iPad unit with a "remanufactured" device, and must supply the plaintiff with an entirely new iPad instead.

Waymo Opens Up Self-Driving Car Program to the Public in Phoenix Following Initial Success

For the last month, Waymo has been testing out a small fleet of self-driving vehicles with a handful of participating residents in Phoenix, Arizona, and this week the company has noted the success of that test by opening up applications to join its autonomous car program to all Phoenix citizens.

Tenor for Mac App Introduces First Touch Bar Support for GIFs Amid Rebranding

GIF creation and sharing company Tenor is today introducing the first app that puts GIFs directly into the Touch Bar of the 2016 MacBook Pro, which is debuting amid a rebranding of the company's Mac app as well.

Questionable Rumor Claims Apple Will Debut Two iPhones This Year, Not Three

A Chinese tech blog bucked the iPhone rumor trend today by claiming it had received insider information from the Apple supply chain that Apple will release two iPhone models this year rather than the expected three.

Google Photos App Update Brings Long-Awaited Apple TV Streaming Feature

Google continued its steady improvement of the Google Photos app this week by adding the ability to wirelessly transmit photos and videos to an Apple TV on the same network.

Coming almost two years since the app's debut on iOS, the feature addition in the version 2.14 update has been a long time coming, but it does mean users can now stream their Google Photo libraries to big-screen televisions regardless of whether they have a Chromecast or an Apple TV.

‘Super Mario Run’ 2.1 Update Adds New Buildings and Game Center Achievements

Super Mario Run received a point one update late on Monday, bringing some additional enticements for newcomers and offering long-time fans new reasons to continue playing the game.

Probably the biggest upgrade to the runner is the addition of several new buildings up for collection.

Apple Maps Gets Traffic Data for Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

Apple has updated its Maps app with traffic data for major metropolitan areas in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

So far, the new coverage extends to the capitals of the two countries and other heavily populated areas, with more limited traffic information on major highways and thoroughfares also available.

Apple Delays Launch of ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Series

Apple has delayed the release of "Carpool Karaoke: The Series," its first original television series, reports Reuters. The series, which will premiere on Apple Music, was supposed to launch in April, but its debut has been delayed.

Twitter planning to air live video 24/7

An always-on Twitter is on its way: according to the company, they're considering plans to eventually air live video 24/7 via both the Twitter website and the mobile app.

Daily Deals: $225 Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones, $100 Moto G4, and more

iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite discounts on tech-related products from around the web.

Hands-on photoshoot: limited-edition Apple Watch NikeLab

Apple Watch NikeLab—a limited-edition Apple Watch Series 2 with a Space Gray aluminum case paired with a Light Bone band—is coming April 27. Ahead of its launch, the device was featured in a Highsnobiety photoshoot.

Amazon new hands-free camera judges your outfit in comparison with others

Amazon's new hands-free camera uses machine learning, depth sensing and Alexa-driven interactions to rate your outfits and give you some much-needed fashion advice.

New iPhone 8 schematic hints at wireless charging, vertically stacked cameras & no rear...

Another day, another iPhone 8 schematic, this one appearing to “confirm” some of the rumored features like wireless charging, vertical camera out the back and no rear Touch ID.

Chinese ride-hailing service Didi to receive $5B in funding for automated driving expansion

The funding could lift Didi’s valuation to $50 billion, beating handset maker Xiaomi to become China's top startup and the most valuable startup in the world after Uber.

These renders conceptualize all-glass iPhone 8 with stainless steel frame

The next iPhone should be sandwiched between two pieces of curved glass, a design that could be more durable than you might assume. Here's an artist's rendition of what an all-glass iPhone might look like.

Just like Apple Maps, Google Maps now remembers where you parked your car

Google Maps for iPhone and iPad has gained a useful parking-reminder feature that Apple Maps implemented back in September 2016. Like with Apple Maps, Google's version “just works” without any action required on your part.

Apple announces that Final Cut Pro X now has two million users

Five and a half years since releasing version 10 of its professional video-editing app, Apple announced at NAB 2017 that Final Cut Pro X now has an incredible two million users.

Instagram passes 700 million users

The Instagram community has grown to more than 700 million Instagrammers, having added a hundred million new users since December 2016. “From all of us at Instagram, thank you,” wrote the Facebook-owned firm in a blog post.

DismissAnywhere lets you tap anywhere outside of an alert to dismiss it

This new free jailbreak tweak lets you tap anywhere outside of an alert message to dismiss it on your iPhone or iPad.

LastTimeUnlocked displays when your iPhone or iPad was last unlocked

This tweak lets you know exactly when your iPhone or iPad was used last. If you suspect someone's using your device when they shouldn't be, it's a great way to catch them in the act.
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