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Apple’s new Danish data center will supply heat to nearby homes, fertilizer to farmers

Apple’s commitment to environmental sustainability is well established, but the company is going one step further in its new Danish data center. In addition to powering the center entirely from renewable energy, the company is capturing the waste heat generated and feeding it into a district heating system, to warm local homes …

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Apple’s Tim Cook highlights kid-themed iPhone billboard campaign in Turkey

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to mark Turkey’s National Sovereignty and Children’s Day — which actually takes place Apr. 23 — and to showcase a local billboard campaign, using iPhone photos shot by children.

Santander Bank in U.S. Now Supports Apple Pay With MasterCard Branded Credit and Debit Cards

Santander Bank recently announced that it is launching Apple Pay support to its customers in the United States for the first time, allowing any MasterCard branded credit or debit card distributed by Santander to be added to Apple’s mobile wallet. After…

AppleInsider podcast talks ‘iPhone 8,’ Mac Pro, Thunderbolt GPUs & more

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This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Dan talk about the uncharacteristic rumors moving Touch ID to the back of the “iPhone 8,” Mac Pro hardware rumors, the Mac Gamer, Thunderbolt GPUs and more.

Apple Celebrates Children’s Day in Turkey With New Billboard and Ad Campaign Fueled By ‘Young Talents’

Apple CEO Tim Cook today tweeted out a message as a means of celebrating National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in Turkey, which will take place on April 23. Cook’s tweet includes a picture of a few billboards that are up in Turkey, which showcase photographs taken by “young talents” within the country in order to celebrate the national holiday.

Türkiye’de Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı’nı genç yeteneklerin çektiği müthiş fotoğraflarla kutluyoruz. #23Nisan #iPhoneileçekildi 🇹🇷 pic.twitter.com/VUqrUjH92G

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 21, 2017

Additionally, over the past few days Apple has been uploading a few new videos to its Turkish YouTube channel, all celebrating Children’s Day as well. Using the “Shot on iPhone” campaign, each new ad includes a short video clip that has been taken by kids aged ten to eleven years old.

The newest video, uploaded yesterday, includes a slow-motion shot of seagulls.

The other Children’s Day Apple ads include Shot on iPhone videography with unexpected perspectives, animal close-ups, and more slow-motion shots.

The Shot on iPhone campaign has been running for years now, and Apple frequently uses the strategy to celebrate specific national holidays. Earlier in February, the company created a Carnival-specific video for its Brazilian YouTube channel to showcase “the diversity, variety and freedom of expression of Carnival.” Since the iPhone 7 launched, Apple’s ads have mostly focused on the improved photography capabilities of the smartphone.

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China Mobile, others approached for buying into Singapore telco M1: sources

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Top shareholders in Singapore telecoms company M1 Ltd have approached potential buyers China Mobile and global private equity firms, among others, to sell their combined majority stake in the firm, sources familiar with the matt…

Review: Koogeek Smart Socket adapts your existing bulbs to work with HomeKit & Siri voice control

There are many ways to add HomeKit-connected lights to your home, allowing you to turn them and off from your phone at a tap or with your voice using Siri. You can buy special Philips Hue bulbs, change wall switches with Lutron or Elgato, or plug in lamps to a smart plug socket.

The Koogeek Smart Socket is a different approach to the same problem. It puts an adaptor between your existing light fitting and bulb. All you have to do is screw it in. Keep reading after the jump for my full hands-on …

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iMessage add-on service used by White House staff sued for failing to prevent screenshots/photos

Confide, an app which bills itself as a totally confidential messaging service, is being sued for allegedly failing to live up to its security claims. Used by White House staff, the subscription-based service claims that its disappearing messages are proof against both screenshot and even being photographed …

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iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy S8 Cameras Compared as New Samsung Phones Go on Sale

Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones went on sale today in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Korea, as the company looks to rebound from last year’s Note7 debacle. Samsung will be encouraged by the record one million pre-orders it has already taken in Korea alone, while analysts are predicting global sales to reach at least 45 million units.

The 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch devices cost $725 and $825, respectively, which gets users an OLED screen that takes up 80 percent of the front of the handsets. Online reviews appeared earlier this week praising the phones’ Infinity Display, but several marked them down for the relocation of the fingerprint scanner to the rear of the devices, right alongside the camera lens.


The camera itself has received less coverage, as it’s actually the same 12MP dual pixel sensor as the one that appeared in last year’s Galaxy S7. However, Samsung has tweaked the software powering the f/1.7 lens in an attempt to improve image processing. To compare the results with those of the iPhone 7 Plus, Tom’s Guide posted a selection of side-by-side comparison shots taken with the two rival phones.

Overall, the Galaxy S8 came out on top, but only by a slight margin. Despite lackluster macro performance with the S8, both phones’ bright light results were said to be generally equal, but Samsung’s new device bested the iPhone 7 Plus in well-lit nighttime and low-light shots, offering “generally richer” colors, sharper subjects, and “significantly more detail” in indoor and outdoor tests.


Despite the higher megapixel count of the S8’s front-facing camera (8MP versus 7MP on the iPhone 7), Apple’s phone was deemed to take sharper selfie shots with richer colors, while the two phones were tied in 4K 30fps video tests, although the S8’s audio was said to be slightly cleaner.

Apple is thought to be testing a new dual-lens camera system similar to the iPhone 7 Plus for this year’s upcoming OLED iPhone, which will have a Samsung-made display. Rumors suggest the front-facing camera of the iPhone 8 will use a “revolutionary” 3D-sensing system capable of identifying the depth and location of subjects, which could be used for facial and iris recognition or in future augmented reality features.

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iPhone ASP predicted to rise to $753 in 2018, as Apple readies premium-priced iPhone 8 for the fall

Analysts are expecting the price people will pay for an iPhone to rise significantly heading into next year. Apple analyst Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley released a report (via BusinessInsider) predicting iPhone ASP to rise to $753 in 2018, up from $695 in the holiday quarter just gone.

Much of this increase is attributed to demand for the upcoming flagship iPhone model with an all-new design, OLED display and (almost) bezel-less front face. This ‘iPhone 8’ is rumored to cost significantly more than Apple’s current lineup. Huberty also notes that more people are buying the iPhone 7 Plus than ever before, which starts at $769 and is priced at a $120 premium relative to the 4.7-inch iPhones.

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Overcast Podcast App Gains Standalone Apple Watch Playback Feature

As of today, third-party podcast app Overcast lets users sync downloaded pods to their Apple Watch for standalone playback.

The latest 3.1 update brings the much-requested feature to the popular podcast app, which was designed by Instapaper developer Marco Arment.


To take advantage of the new feature, users should access the Queue Menu (⁺≡) and select the Send to Watch option. Pending transfers should appear in the Downloads screen.

Overcast recently received a design overhaul to bring it up to speed with visual changes introduced in iOS 10. The latest update also includes a new dark app icon option for premium members (a $9.99 in-app purchase).


Overcast 3.1 is available as a free ad-supported app for iPhone and iPad from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Related Roundups: Apple Watch Series 2, watchOS 3
Buyer’s Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)

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WhatsApp Users Can Now Ask Siri to Read Out Their Latest Messages

WhatsApp users on iOS can now ask Siri to read to them their latest messages when they go handsfree, following the latest update to the chat app.

Version 2.17.2 brings the feature to users running at least iOS 10.3 on their devices, along with some…

Google Home Smart Speaker Now Supports Multiple Users

Google Home received a major update to its voice recognition system on Thursday that lets owners set up the smart speaker to recognize multiple account holders.

The software update means that up to six people can connect their Google account to one …

Sony lifts annual profit estimate on lower amortization costs

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Sony Corp raised its operating profit estimate for the year ended March 31 thanks to lower amortization costs for its financial services segment.

Uber extends sexual harassment probe; expects report by end-May

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc said it has extended its internal investigation into sexual harassment claims in its own organization, and a report is expected by the end of May.

Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers in four years: report

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink Corp is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices.

Data suggests tens of millions of iPhone users ready to fuel 2017 ‘supercycle’

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Lending credence to speculation of a coming iPhone “supercycle,” market research firm comScore on Thursday released data showing tens of millions of users who own legacy iPhones are primed to upgrade.

Plastc goes the way of Coin as Apple Pay takes the lead in digital payments

The digital wallet race just lost another contestant, with Plastc Card entering bankruptcy and announcing to investors that it will shut down without ever delivering the digital payment card. Plastc joins Coin–which threw in the t…

Overcast podcast app updated with Apple Watch playback

Popular third-party podcast app Overcast this evening has been updated with Apple Watch support. The update bumps the app to version 3.1 and comes as improved Apple Watch support has been one of the most oft-requested features for the app…

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‘Cut the Rope: Magic’ Available for Free as Apple’s App of the Week

Puzzle game Cut the Rope: Magic has been named Apple’s App of the Week, and as a result, it will be available for free for the next seven days. Normally priced at $0.99, this is the first time Cut the Rope: Magic has been available for free since it was released in December of 2015.

Anyone who has played a game in the Cut the Rope series will be familiar with the gameplay mechanics in Cut the Rope: Magic, which involves solving puzzles and slicing ropes to get treats to Om Nom.


In this version of the game, Om Nom transforms into different magical characters as players progress through the levels, and there are new graphics, sound, and gameplay elements. On Nom can become a bird, baby, fish, mouse, spirit, and dragon, all of which have unique abilities for completing puzzles.

A magical mishap has accidentally teleported Om Nom to a mystical world filled with challenging puzzles for players of all ages. Can you use Om Nom’s new skills to solve an evil wizard’s tricks and traps? The latest installment of this globally popular entertainment franchise puts a fresh spin on Cut the Rope’s iconic physics-puzzle gameplay, introducing more than 160 all-new magic-themed levels across a richly imagined, colorful world.

Cut the Rope: Magic will be available for free until next Thursday, when a new App of the Week will be chosen. It can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Apple Maps Hints at Transit Directions Expanding in United States, Australia, Canada, and Europe

Apple Maps has had a Transit tab since iOS 9, enabling iPhone users to navigate using buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.


At launch, the feature was limited to Baltimore, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Sydney, Toronto, and over 300 cities in China. Since then, Apple has been working to expand support for public transportation to other cities around the world.

Newer additions include Atlanta, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Manchester, Melbourne, Miami, Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Montréal, New Orleans, Portland, Pittsburgh, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C.

Now, there is evidence to suggest that Apple Maps will soon support transit directions in several other cities around the world.

MacRumors reader Bernd Keuning, who keeps close tabs on Apple Maps and has been a reliable tipster, believes that we might soon see transit directions enabled in the following cities and countries, as station outlines visible on the map in each area have increased significantly in the past few weeks:

  • Adelaide, Australia
  • Perth, Australia
  • German states of Hamburg, Bremen, Niedersachsen, and Schleswig-Holstein
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Madrid
  • The Netherlands
  • Paris
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Rome
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan

Keuning also expects Apple Maps to eventually support transit directions in the following cities in the United States and Canada, but it might take longer for the feature to expand to these areas, as only a single or handful of red station outlines have been added over the past few weeks in most of these locations:

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Orlando, FL
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nashville, TN
  • Norfolk, VA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Tucson, AZ

Apple Maps typically adds station outlines to a city shortly before expanding support for transit directions to the area. MacRumors has verified that each city listed above does have at least one station outline in Apple Maps.

Keuning believes that the first areas to support Transit in Apple Maps next could include Adelaide, including at least all services from Adelaide Metro and Great Southern Rail intercity service to Melbourne, and the Netherlands, including international trains to Brussel, Berlin, Frankfurt, and possibly Paris.

Google Maps has offered wider support for transit directions for quite some time, but it’s nice to see Apple Maps catching up with careful consideration.

A complete list of cities that support Transit in Apple Maps is available on the iOS Feature Availability page of Apple’s website.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook touts Didi Chuxing’s data gathering abilities, strong community ties

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Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a profile of Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu as part of the “TIME 100 Most Influential People” special, offering insight into Apple’s investment in the Chinese ride-hailing service.

Apple Music launches ‘Up Next’ monthly feature with Zane Lowe to highlight new artists

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Apple announced on Thursday that a new feature called “Up Next” has been added to Apple Music, a new video documentary series that promises to feature a new artist every month.

Intel Rumored to Debut Basin Falls Platform in May, Launch Coffee Lake Chips in August

Intel plans to move up the launch of its 14-nanometer Coffee Lake processors, introducing them in August of 2017 instead of January 2018. According to DigiTimes, the launch is being moved up because of “increasing competition from AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryz…

Apple promo donates $1 to World Wildlife Fund for each Apple Pay purchase at its stores

Apple on Thursday launched an Earth Day-related charity promotion promising to donate $1 to the World Wildlife Fund for each purchase made at its stores using Apple Pay.

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