iDrop https://www.idropnews.com Apple News, Rumors, How To, Forums Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:26:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 https://cdn.idropnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/27140754/cropped-iDrop-fav1-80x80.png iDrop https://www.idropnews.com 32 32 Security Experts Are Freaking out over Snapchat’s ‘Snap Map’ Feature https://www.idropnews.com/news/fast-tech/security-experts-freaking-snapchats-snap-map/43683/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/fast-tech/security-experts-freaking-snapchats-snap-map/43683/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:22:47 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43683 Snapchat has introduced a new feature this week called Snap Maps. The feature lets you see your friends and fellow Snapchat users on a map, and vice versa — and since its announcement, it has raised some serious privacy concerns. “We’ve built a whole new way to explore the world! See what’s happening, find your […]

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Snapchat has introduced a new feature this week called Snap Maps. The feature lets you see your friends and fellow Snapchat users on a map, and vice versa — and since its announcement, it has raised some serious privacy concerns.

“We’ve built a whole new way to explore the world! See what’s happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure!” Snap, Inc. wrote in a blog post. But not everyone is so enthusiastic about the feature. Some concerned citizens have taken to Twitter to call the feature “dangerous,” since it allows Snapchat users to see “the exact location of people … like literal addresses.”

Indeed, the feature does plot your — and other users’ — location on a map. From there, you can tap on their avatar to view their story, or message them directly to make plans or meet up. Snap Maps also allows you to see “hot spots of activity,” where lots of Snaps are uploaded at once. Seemingly, however, you can only view the location of people who are your friends on the platform and only those who have opted-in to location-sharing. Despite that, some groups are still concerned about the possibility of stalking and harassment, especially for younger users

“Given how specific this new feature is on Snapchat — giving your location to a precise pinpoint on a map — we would encourage users not to share their location, especially with people they don’t know in person,” Childnet International wrote in a blog post. Larry Magid, CEO of ConnectSafely.org, also advocated for being selective with whom they share their location with, particularly in the case of children or teenagers. To be fair, the assertion that the location-sharing feature is automatically enabled or shares your exact location with strangers is patently false though there still could be issues. “Users should be aware of the feature and review it periodically — if a friend becomes an ex-friend, for example,” Magid told The Guardian.

Luckily, for the truly privacy-minded, Snap Maps does include a “Ghost Mode” which hides your location from everyone but you. In fact, before activating the feature in the first place, you have to specifically choose to not enable Ghost Mode — the other two options are to share your location with all of your friends, or to choose select friends from a list.

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Google Announces It Will Stop Reading Your Emails (for Ad Tailoring) https://www.idropnews.com/news/fast-tech/google-announces-will-stop-reading-emails-ad-tailoring/43668/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/fast-tech/google-announces-will-stop-reading-emails-ad-tailoring/43668/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:33:38 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43668 Google will stop scanning your Gmail content and emails for ad tailoring and personalization purposes, the company announced in a blog post published Friday. The tech giant already refrains from scanning and using content associated with accounts on its G Suite business and enterprise platform — a service that’s currently and will continue to be […]

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Google will stop scanning your Gmail content and emails for ad tailoring and personalization purposes, the company announced in a blog post published Friday.

The tech giant already refrains from scanning and using content associated with accounts on its G Suite business and enterprise platform — a service that’s currently and will continue to be free of ads entirely. But now, Google will stop doing so with its personal, free Gmail service. The company was vague as far as a timeline but announced that the changes would take place later this year. “G Suite customers and free consumer Gmail users can remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount as we continue to innovate,” the company wrote in the post.

The change doesn’t mean that you will stop seeing ads — and it doesn’t mean that those ads won’t continue to be personalized. Now, however, ad tailoring will be based entirely on user settings. That’s notable because Gmail users can change their settings at will, including having the ability to disable ad personalization altogether. It’s a small switch, but one that may have a profound impact simply because of its scope. Gmail, of course, being the world’s largest consumer-level email service, with about 1.2 billion users worldwide.

An important caveat for hardcore privacy advocates: Google will continue to scan your emails, just not for ad purposes. The company’s Smart Reply feature, found in various Google apps like Inbox and Allo, requires an AI platform to read email content so it can tailor its replies. Additionally, in today’s blog post, the company also elaborated on an upcoming feature that would allow “payments and invoicing directly within Gmail” — which would also require content-scanning.

Of course, that’s probably not too much of an extra cause for concern. If you’re a regular Google user with a Google account, the Mountain View company already has a ton of information on you.

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‘Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers’ Confirmed for iPhone 8 https://www.idropnews.com/news/vertical-cavity-surface-emitting-lasers-confirmed-iphone-8/43644/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/vertical-cavity-surface-emitting-lasers-confirmed-iphone-8/43644/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:55:58 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43644 iPhone 8 component production has been a relatively hot-button topic the past few weeks, as report after report has suggested that Apple is going all out this year to secure components for what’s expected to be one of its best-selling iPhones on record. Just recently, a supply chain report cited that Apple was hogging up […]

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iPhone 8 component production has been a relatively hot-button topic the past few weeks, as report after report has suggested that Apple is going all out this year to secure components for what’s expected to be one of its best-selling iPhones on record.

Just recently, a supply chain report cited that Apple was hogging up the majority of Far East component supply chains; while others have suggested that particular components, such as NAND flash storage, are particularly facing shortages as Apple has essentially dominated those supply chains. Likewise, in a recent research note by BlueFin Research Partners, it was suggested that iPhone 8 component production will include “two or three” entities who will exclusively create modules and components that will facilitate AR-capable, 3D sensing technologies on Apple’s high-end iPhone 8. Specifically, the report, which was obtained and published by Barron’s, goes on to cite Finisar and Lumentum as two companies who will create 3D sensing modules for the iPhone 8 — and Broadcom, who will be the sole supplier of wireless charging components.

According to LoupVentures, component supplier Finisar, in its recent quarterly earnings report, made suggestions that it will be among “one of two or three suppliers” who will provide Apple with ‘vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers’ (VCSEL) destined for the iPhone 8. When implemented in Apple’s upcoming flagship, Finisar’s technology would be incorporated into the iPhone 8’s oft-rumored, advanced 3D camera hardware, and would inherently “enrich the augmented reality experience” on the device. Finisar’s comments come amid a similar report last week from Apple’s Taiwan-based supplier, Largan Precision, whose CEO outed the firm’s role in supplying Apple with 3D facial recognition sensors for the iPhone 8.

Similarly, without identifying Apple by name, component supplier Lumentum recently announced that it expects “volume shipments” of its own VCSEL modules to begin in the second-half of 2017, which would be historically in line with annual iPhone component production schedules.

“On last nights earnings call, Finisar management did not mention Apple by name, but they highlighted they expect to see volume VCSEL orders in their second fiscal quarter, which is the October quarter end of this calendar year,” BlueFin analysts said in the report, while adding that “The company anticipates shipping ‘millions’ of units during the quarter, but management also went on to say they anticipate unit shipments to be in the ‘10s of millions’ in future quarters, which gives us further confidence 3D sensing and AR applications will be one of the focus features in the next generation of iPhones.”

LoupVentures went on to suggest that Apple’s top-tier iPhone 8, which could cost upwards of $1,000 or more, will actually feature two VCSEL lasers: one, lower-end VCSEL laser in the device’s front-facing selfie/FaceTime camera, and another, higher-end VCSEL laser in the dual-lens camera module around back. Their presence on both the front and back of the device entails that AR applications will be able to take advantage of both camera systems to promote a more immersive AR experience.

Meanwhile, BlueFin’s research note goes on to suggest that Broadcom will have a bigger place in Apple’s supply chain this year, as the chip-maker will reportedly be providing Cupertino with wireless charging components for the iPhone 8 — a feature that should also be coming to the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, according to another recent report from Apple supplier, Wistron.

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Tesla Wants to Create Its Own Music Streaming Service https://www.idropnews.com/news/tesla-wants-create-music-streaming-service/43656/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/tesla-wants-create-music-streaming-service/43656/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:32:35 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43656 You probably don’t associate Tesla Motors with music streaming — and for good reason. But the electric car maker is apparently holding discussions with the music industry about creating its own streaming service, according to a new report. The Palo Alto-based, Elon Musk-headed company has reportedly been talking with basically every major label. The topic […]

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You probably don’t associate Tesla Motors with music streaming — and for good reason. But the electric car maker is apparently holding discussions with the music industry about creating its own streaming service, according to a new report.

The Palo Alto-based, Elon Musk-headed company has reportedly been talking with basically every major label. The topic of those discussions seems to be gaining the licensing rights to create a proprietary streaming platform that would come bundled with its electric cars, industry sources told Recode. This suggests that Tesla is hoping to bypass integrating with existing streaming platforms — or, at the very least, offer a viable alternative.

Recode’s record label sources aren’t entirely clear about how ambitious Tesla’s streaming plans are, but they said that the automaker is likely to offer multiple tiers of service. A base-level offering would be similar to a web radio platform, akin to Pandora. And on a practical level, a proprietary streaming service could make sense, as every Tesla vehicle comes equipped with an integrated touchscreen device. Premium tiers of such a service could also serve as an extra source of income for Tesla, particularly since its customer base is growing. As of January, the automaker has delivered about 100,000 cars and has about 400,000 preorders for its upcoming Model 3, Recode reported.

Despite those considerations, offering its own streaming option in lieu of partnering with already established services doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It makes less sense when one considers that Tesla already has an established partnership with Spotify for electric cars sold abroad. Tesla, for its part, has been rather quiet on the issue, too — only a statement that’s vague on details. “We believe it’s important to have an exceptional in-car experience so our customers can listen to the music they want from whatever source they choose,” Tesla said. “Our goal is to simply achieve maximum happiness for our customers.”

Tesla’s streaming service stands to face some stiff competition from the dominant giants, however. Spotify is close to having about 50 million paying subscribers, and Cupertino announced at WWDC that Apple Music has reached 27 million subscribers — up from 20 million in December 2016.

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Chicago’s New Apple Store Has a Giant MacBook for a Roof https://www.idropnews.com/news/chicagos-new-apple-store-giant-macbook-roof/43636/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/chicagos-new-apple-store-giant-macbook-roof/43636/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:03:31 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43636 Apple’s new Chicago River retail outlet is coming together. But a clever detail about the Apple Store’s design was briefly revealed Thursday, seemingly with just one small addition. For about an hour or so on Thursday afternoon, the thin, silvery roof of the Chicago area Apple Store was adorned with an Apple logo — giving […]

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Apple’s new Chicago River retail outlet is coming together. But a clever detail about the Apple Store’s design was briefly revealed Thursday, seemingly with just one small addition.

For about an hour or so on Thursday afternoon, the thin, silvery roof of the Chicago area Apple Store was adorned with an Apple logo — giving the entire roof an almost unmistakable resemblance to Apple’s line of MacBook notebook computers. The logo was only in place temporarily, as crews rolled up the decal and took it away later on, according to local publication DNAInfo. You can see video of that process below.

Interestingly, the building’s original plans and renderings — drafted in 2015 — showed no indication that an Apple logo would be emblazoned on the store’s roof. However, the addition might have been a part of the plans all along, as the Chicago Tribune reported in March that an Apple logo was part of the construction plans. The roof itself, which is made from a lightweight material used in yachts, was only put up a few weeks ago. The store is estimated to cost about $27 million.

Apple is planning on moving its 679 N. Michigan Ave. store to the new location, situated on one end of the North Michigan Avenue shopping area alongside the Chicago River. The new store, designed by Foster+Partners, will be a 20,000-square-foot, two-story retail outlet made largely of glass and steel, and will replace an abandoned food court. “Our store on North Michigan Avenue has welcomed more than 23 million customers since it opened in 2003,” Apple’s Nick Leahy said in 2015. “We’re now creating something even more remarkable for Chicago.”

There’s currently no word on when the new Apple Store location will open, as the company has kept relatively quiet about it. But sources familiar with the matter have pegged a timeline around October, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Mid-2017 iMac with AMD Radeon Pro GPU Blows Away Older Models https://www.idropnews.com/news/mid-2017-imac-amd-radeon-pro-gpu-blows-away-older-models/43564/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/mid-2017-imac-amd-radeon-pro-gpu-blows-away-older-models/43564/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:50:36 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43564 Apple’s mid-2017 iMac models, which were unveiled at the company’s WWDC event earlier this month, have already generated record-smashing performance stats over on Geekbench — with early tests indicating the refreshed, 27-inch iMacs boast “up to 15% faster” multi-core CPU performance in comparison to the company’s previous-generation iMac models. While this performance boost has been […]

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Apple’s mid-2017 iMac models, which were unveiled at the company’s WWDC event earlier this month, have already generated record-smashing performance stats over on Geekbench — with early tests indicating the refreshed, 27-inch iMacs boast “up to 15% faster” multi-core CPU performance in comparison to the company’s previous-generation iMac models. While this performance boost has been achieved in part thanks to Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake CPU, raw CPU performance isn’t the only area where Apple’s latest-and-greatest iMacs shine.

The chart below outlines Geekbench’s performance ratings between Apple’s professional-grade, late-2013 Mac Pro, the mid-2017 iMac in a variety of configurations, as well as older 27-inch iMacs such as late-2014 and late-2015 models. Most notably, the graph reveals that Apple’s base-model, late-2015 iMac (complete with a Quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU clocked at 3.2 GHz) scored 12,035 in Geekbench’s multi-core performance tests; while, in comparison Apple’s mid-2017 base-model iMac featuring Intel’s Kaby Lake CPU (clocked at 3.4 GHZ) scored 13,674 — reflecting a multi-core CPU boost of approximately 15%.

Meanwhile, mid-2017 iMac models are outfitted with AMDs latest and most powerful ‘Radeon Pro’ Graphic Processing Units (GPUs), which have already proven to be quite the beasts in Apple’s more portable line of MacBook Pro offerings. When it comes to carrying out essential computing tasks like image processing, for example, Geekbench’s creators over at Primate Labs indicated that they found Apple’s 27-inch, mid-2017 iMacs to push up to 80% improved graphics performance over the company’s previous-generation iMac models.

To determine this remarkable feat, Geekbench employed its all-new GPU Compute Benchmark, which was designed to measure the performance of GPUs when carrying out essential compute tasks such as image processing, physics simulations, and computer vision.

The chart below outlines iMac and Mac Pro performance scores using Geekbench’s OpenCL framework. Notably, Apple’s highest-tier, made-to-order iMac, boasting AMDs premium Radeon Pro 580 GPU, scored an impressive 116989 (or 36% higher performance) over Apple’s late-2015 iMac featuring the AMD Radeon R9 (M395X), which scored 86632.

While Apple’s fastest Mac offering (in terms of multi-core CPU scores) remains the cylindrical, mid-2013 Mac Pro, Geekbench’s John Poole noted that the company’s build-to-order, mid-2017 iMac, boasting Intel’s 4.2 GHz Core i7 CPU, is actually the “fastest Mac ever” in terms of single-core performance.

Of course, while Apple’s refreshed, mid-2017 iMac models provide some of the best performance you can get for the money right now, that all stands to change substantially when the beastly new iMac Pro launches later on this December. A true powerhouse to be reckoned with, the iMac Pro will boast class-leading specifications such as an 18-core Intel Xeon CPU, AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics, up to 4 TB of SSD storage, and up to 128 GB of ECC RAM.

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5 Success Stories of Regular People Who Built Their Own Apps https://www.idropnews.com/news/5-success-stories-regular-people-built-apps/43615/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/5-success-stories-regular-people-built-apps/43615/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:34:33 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43615 The app ecosystem has continued to grow across the world, fueled by determined people with big ideas, a plethora of easily accessible online coding classes, and ultimately the desire to succeed. Here are five stories of regular people who learned how to code and built successful apps. 5. Sworkit Sworkit is a mobile app that […]

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The app ecosystem has continued to grow across the world, fueled by determined people with big ideas, a plethora of easily accessible online coding classes, and ultimately the desire to succeed. Here are five stories of regular people who learned how to code and built successful apps.

5. Sworkit

Sworkit is a mobile app that provides fitness plans and circuit training routines that users can do anywhere, including the office. Built by Army officer Ryan Hanna, who taught himself to code online, Sworkit simplifies the process of building a workout regimen based on your goals and fitness level. The app, which was featured on an episode of Shark Tank, has been used by millions.

4. Clipped

Tanay Tandon was a high school sophomore and competitive debater when he built Clipped. The app that uses an algorithm to cull key bits of information from articles and papers, and distills them into readable bullet points. Tandon originally came up with the idea because he needed a quicker way to research and prepare for debate competitions, and developed the algorithm over the course of the school year.

3. SimpleTax

Though Jonathan Suter followed the traditional path from school to a full time job, he always knew he wanted to build his own product. A self-described “nerd at heart”, the Vancouver native left his job in 2011 and taught himself to code online through Codeacademy. The result of his efforts is SimpleTax, a fast and easy way to file taxes for Canadians that’s earned rave reviews.

2. For Me

On the other end of the age spectrum and globe, four British teenagers have invented a mental health app that helps their peers discreetly and directly access counseling and guidance through their phones. What began as a school project has developed into a national service. The app, called ‘For Me’, was launched across the UK earlier this year by a leading children’s charity. The inventive teens plan to follow up their success by building an adult version of the app for people over the age of 19.

1. Hinadan

Meet Masako Wakamiya, a vivacious, talented, and determined Japanese woman who programmed her first iOS app at the age of 81. This consummate DIYer, who had built her first computer by the age of 60, was inspired by the shortage of mobile games suited for senior citizens and decided to take matters into her own hands. The resulting app is Hinadan, a game based on Japan’s traditional Hinamatsuri festival during which dolls representing the imperial court are dressed in traditional garb. In Hinadan, players have to dress and properly arrange dolls in preparation for Hinamatsuri. Wakamiya has given a widely viewed TED talk on life as an elderly woman in the digital age, teaches computer classes, and blogs regularly. She also says she’s bursting with ideas for new apps.

Learning to program can be a fun, stimulating, and empowering hobby, though it requires dedication and time. The upside is that you will learn to create an endless number of things on your own, and possibly make money in the process.

How Can I Learn to Code?

A 2016 survey of 50,000 developers from 178 countries found that 69 percent were at least partially self-taught, so if you have an idea for the next great app (or just want to teach yourself a new skill), check out some of the best online coding courses below to get yourself started.

iOS 10 Complete App Builder Course Bundle $59.99

Learn to Build Android Apps Course Bundle – $39

tvOS App and Game Coding Course Bundle – $29

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5 Reasons Why Dash Cams Are Actually Great Investments https://www.idropnews.com/news/fast-tech/dash-cams-actually-great-investments/43553/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/fast-tech/dash-cams-actually-great-investments/43553/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:34 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43553 Dashboard cameras have undoubtedly spiked in popularity over the last few years, and while they may still seem like a bit of a novelty, they actually have many legitimate uses. Most dash cams are incredibly easy to use and don’t cost much to maintain, making them a practical choice anyway — especially when you consider the […]

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Dashboard cameras have undoubtedly spiked in popularity over the last few years, and while they may still seem like a bit of a novelty, they actually have many legitimate uses. Most dash cams are incredibly easy to use and don’t cost much to maintain, making them a practical choice anyway — especially when you consider the benefits that they’ll bring to your commute, road trip, or everyday driving scenarios. Here are just five of the reasons why dash cams are a great investment.

5. Fraud Protection

While insurance fraud may be much more widespread in Russia than in the U.S., it’s useful to cover all of your bases. It may not happen often, but that it could happen should be reason enough to protect yourself. Insurance fraud works largely because the victims have no way of proving that they are, in fact, innocent. Whether it’s a pedestrian willfully throwing themselves in front of a vehicle, or a driver performing a similar stunt, insurance fraud can obviously lead to some unpleasant situations. And like with traffic accidents, it’s a lot better to have more evidence than less.

4. Keep an Eye on Children and Seniors

Dash cams also come in handy if you want to keep an eye on inexperienced drivers, senior drivers, or people who shouldn’t be driving in the first place. If your teenager wants to start driving on their own, for example, you can use dash cam footage to monitor whether they’re being safe on the road. The same can be said for monitoring elderly drivers. And if your dash cam is set to automatically turn on with your car, you can easily spot if someone is driving your vehicle when they shouldn’t be.

3. Document Your Road Trip or Driving Skills

Beyond the obvious safety reasons, of course, there are some pretty cool benefits of having a dash cam including the ability to make an awesome video of a road trip, or just to show off your driving skills. Even if you never plan on showing off or uploading a road trip video to social media, recording a vehicular adventure is an easy way to create a nostalgic “home movie” that you can revisit with friends and family later. Even if you don’t want to head out onto the open road, you can use a dash cam to create stunning videos of your trip — especially if you time-lapse the recording.

2. Proof of Accidents

One of the best reasons to install a dash cam in your car — and perhaps one of the most popular — is to record evidence of accidents and crashes. Dash cams can be incredibly useful when trying to prove who is at fault for an accident. Sure, not all insurance companies will accept dash cam recordings as conclusive evidence. But if an insurance claim becomes a dispute, the more evidence you have, the better. Similarly, dash cams can be great for catching parking accidents, too. Set one (or a few) up to record your car when you’re away from it, and you’ll be able to spot and possibly identify a hit-and-run driver if they sideswipe your vehicle.

1. Capture the Unexpected

If you use a dash cam pretty consistently, there’s no denying that much of the footage will be rather mundane. Despite that, there’s always the chance that something awesome will happen — and you’ll able to capture it. Take, for example, several Russian dash cam videos that have recorded some crazy events. Whether it’s a tank rolling across the highway, a fighter jet flyby, or a giant meteor blazing across the sky, there is always the opportunity to record and capture once-in-a-lifetime situations. And can they happen anywhere — the only reason so many of these videos originate in Russia is that dash cams are incredibly popular in the country.

Which Dash Cam Should I Choose?

If you’ve decided to purchase a dash cam, the next step is actually narrowing down which one to get. Of course, there are a ton of options on the market that vary vastly as far as price and features. To help get you started, here are three great choices that we’ve handpicked.

1. GoSafe 760 Front & Rear Dash Camera Set – $199.99

The GoSafe 760 is a great option, and it has a key advantage over many other dash cams: it can record video of the front and rear of your vehicle simultaneously. Its dual-cam and split screen capability allows you to view both front- and rear-facing videos at the same time. It also comes with high-temperature battery protection, adjustable lenses, and a G-sensor that will automatically save video files in the event of a collision, among other handy features. You can get it here for $199.99.

2. GoSafe 520 DashCam – $129.99

If you’re in the market for a dash cam that can record stunning, high-quality video for your road trip or commute, then the GoSafe 520 might be the dash cam for you. It’s the first dash cam to feature 2K Ultra WHD recording for IMAX-quality resolution. It also features HDR for optimized night vision, emergency recording abilities, and pre-installed driver safety features. It can also be set to turn on automatically with your car’s engine, and it works both in high and low temperatures. You can get it here for $129.99.

3. GEKO Full-HD 1080P Dash Cam – $59.99

For a more budget-friendly but no less useful option, the sleek GEKO Full-HD Dash Cam is a great choice. The GEKO also has G-sensor emergency recording, which means it’ll start taping when it detects an impact, drastic braking or sharp turning. For driving after dark, the GEKO also has a night vision feature, and its discreet design will allow it to go unnoticed until you need it. You can get it here for $59.99.

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17 Hidden Safari Tricks for iPhone and iPad https://www.idropnews.com/how-to/23-essential-safari-tips-tricks-iphone-ipad/43193/ https://www.idropnews.com/how-to/23-essential-safari-tips-tricks-iphone-ipad/43193/#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:07:45 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43193 Taking on its closest competitor, Google Chrome, Safari offers comparable features that allow you to browse the web with ease. However, Safari contains many hidden features that you may not know about, but you should. Here are 17 tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of Safari in iOS. 17. Hold […]

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17 Hidden Safari Tricks for iPhone and iPad

Taking on its closest competitor, Google Chrome, Safari offers comparable features that allow you to browse the web with ease. However, Safari contains many hidden features that you may not know about, but you should. Here are 17 tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of Safari in iOS.

17. Hold Refresh to Request Desktop Site

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Most websites, including iDrop News,  are built to be ‘responsive’ so that they look good on mobile devices. Sometimes, the mobile version may not work properly which is why Safari provides an option to request the desktop version of a site. Simply tap and hold on the refresh icon and select Request Desktop Site from the menu that opens.

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Apple Trashes ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ of Apps in Aggressive Cleaning Spree https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-trashes-hundreds-thousands-apps-aggressive-cleaning-spree/43522/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-trashes-hundreds-thousands-apps-aggressive-cleaning-spree/43522/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:55:45 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43522 Since the App Store will be adopting a whole new UI design as part of the upcoming iOS 11 software update, Apple has gone to great lengths in order to “clean house” ahead of the impending refresh; and according to a report published this week by TechCrunch, Cupertino has so far removed a boat load of outdated, […]

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Since the App Store will be adopting a whole new UI design as part of the upcoming iOS 11 software update, Apple has gone to great lengths in order to “clean house” ahead of the impending refresh; and according to a report published this week by TechCrunch, Cupertino has so far removed a boat load of outdated, incompatible, or otherwise spammy apps from the App Store.

But Apple isn’t stopping there, according to the report, which goes on to cite the company’s renewed focus on detecting and clearing out so-called “clone and spam applications” (or those “carbon copy” apps created primarily using one-click app generators, which have become increasingly popular tools in recent years). According to Apple’s updated App Store Review Guidelines, any “apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected,” as the company seeks to crackdown on the influx of spammy, duplicate apps that have metastasized the app store.

For instance, some amateur developers have taken popular titles like Flappy Bird, for instance, and by utilizing one of these so-called “one-click app generators,” have been able to produce eerily similar apps that have essentially “taken over” the app store. There are currently “thousands” of Flappy Bird-styled games available, for example, with nearly all having been created using a 1-click template.

TechCrunch notes that this issue stretches much farther than games, though, and some nefarious developers have resorted to creating inherently illegal apps for things like music streaming — most, if not all, of which have been found to draw upon pirated content as their main source of revenue generation.

“There are hundreds of copies of music-streaming apps that shill pirated content to make it harder to track them down one by one and allow for single-shot bursts of revenue capture before they’re found out or retired,” TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino said.

Apple’s move to intensify cracking down on these clone apps is constituent with its recently announced plans to cleanup the app store in general. Thus far, the report alleges that Apple has cleared “hundreds of thousands” of apps, including clones, spam apps, apps that haven’t been downloaded “in years,” as well as any remaining 32-bit apps whose developers have no plan or intention to provide an update for iOS 11’s compatibility with 64-bit apps only.

“It’s my understanding that this cleanup has resulted in hundreds of thousands (yes, multiple hundreds of thousands) of apps being removed from the store over the past year,” Panzarino said. “That includes clones, but also things like apps that aren’t 64-bit compatible, apps that are unused (haven’t been downloaded in years) and other scammy boat trash.”

Apple’s plans to begin cleaning up “problematic and abandoned” apps were first announced last October, and the company erased upwards of 50,000 apps as part of that effort; however, with a brand-new app store experience looming in iOS 11, Apple’s cleanup efforts have become increasingly aggressive, its app submission rules more strict, and its apparent desire to create a top-notch app store stronger than ever before.

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Apple Confirms Pride Band Sales Support LGBTQ Advocacy https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-confirms-pride-band-sales-support-lgbtq-advocacy/43529/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-confirms-pride-band-sales-support-lgbtq-advocacy/43529/#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:29:50 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43529 Apple confirmed this week that a portion of the profits from its Pride Edition Woven Nylon Apple Watch band will go toward supporting LGBTQ advocacy organizations across the globe. The Pride Edition band originally went up on Apple’s website early in June, though for the first few weeks Apple made no mention that the band […]

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Apple confirmed this week that a portion of the profits from its Pride Edition Woven Nylon Apple Watch band will go toward supporting LGBTQ advocacy organizations across the globe.

The Pride Edition band originally went up on Apple’s website early in June, though for the first few weeks Apple made no mention that the band would support LGBTQ organizations. The change was apparently made yesterday and was first spotted by a Reddit user Wednesday, who noted that the Overview section of the Product Information had been updated. “Apple is proud to support LGBTQ advocacy organizations working to bring about positive change,” the new section reads. “A portion of the proceeds from Pride Edition band sales will benefit their important efforts.”

Some of those organizations include U.S.-based advocacy groups such as the Human Rights Campaign, GLSEN, PFLAG and the Trevor Project. Internationally, the proceeds will also support ILGA — a federation of more than 1,200 organizations from 132 countries. The company hasn’t elaborated on how donations to these organizations will be divided up, however.

Thus far, the only other donation-based campaign that Apple has run is its long-standing partnership with (PRODUCT)RED, an organization that raises awareness for and fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Earlier this year, Apple released its first (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7, marking the first time the company has donated proceeds from one of its flagship smartphones.

Apple has long been an ardent supporter of LGBTQ and human rights. In March, the company lent its support to a transgender student’s fight against his own school district. And earlier this year, the company spoke out against a Trump Administration decision to rescind protections for transgender students. And in 2015, CEO Tim Cook wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post, vocalizing his opposition to laws that would allow discrimination against LGBTQ individuals on the basis of “religious freedom.”

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Subtle iOS 11 Tweaks Hint at Major Design Changes for iPhone 8 https://www.idropnews.com/rumors/subtle-ios-11-tweaks-hint-major-design-changes-iphone-8/43503/ https://www.idropnews.com/rumors/subtle-ios-11-tweaks-hint-major-design-changes-iphone-8/43503/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:02:06 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43503 The iOS 11 developer beta has been in circulation for weeks now, and those who’ve had a chance to explore the software’s new features and UI enhancements have so far revealed a ton of exciting info about what’s baked into Apple’s next major update for iPhone and iPad. Better still, as Cupertino continues to tweak […]

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The iOS 11 developer beta has been in circulation for weeks now, and those who’ve had a chance to explore the software’s new features and UI enhancements have so far revealed a ton of exciting info about what’s baked into Apple’s next major update for iPhone and iPad. Better still, as Cupertino continues to tweak and refine iOS 11, even more enhancements are sure to be discovered, which showcase subtle UI changes that hint at a major iPhone 8 redesign. Here we examine two such changes and their potential implications.

Siri ‘Home Button’

Noticed in the iOS 11 beta by AppleInsider, is an all-new (and mysteriously foretelling) software-based Siri ‘button’. This perfectly circular soft button could effectively replace the clicky Home button that Apple has been rumored to be doing away with on the iPhone 8. The new Siri icon might replace the groovy wave UI element from iOS 10, and currently rests at the bottom of the display when Siri isn’t actively listening.

Though there’s no imprint or Touch ID ring surrounding this virtual Siri button, it’s worth noting that its size and dimensions line up almost perfectly with Apple’s traditional Home button. In theory, it appears as if the Siri button will in some way interface with the glass-embedded Touch ID sensor that Apple is all but certain to implement on this year’s iPhone 8.

While some reports have claimed the $1,000, high-end device may not ship until a later date due to manufacturing issues, Apple’s iPhone 8 will likely be the first (or second) device to market featuring this new display-embedded fingerprint sensing technology — and a Siri button that’s shaped and positioned like the one discovered here could be a tell-tale sign that Apple has officially axed the Home button on iPhone 8, as expected.

Condensed Signal Bar

As iDrop News pointed out when we took an exclusive ‘Look Into the Future of iPhone X Running iOS 11’, Apple has redesigned the signal bar in iOS 11. While iOS 10 displays the device’s signal strength via a series of dots positioned side-by-side, iOS 11 has brought the signal strength indicator back to its roots with the classic, smaller, vertical bars that were seen in pre-iOS 7 devices.

By taking other factors, such as the unique nature of iPhone 8’s edge-to-edge OLED display, into consideration, it would appear that Apple has condensed the signal bar in an effort to make room for the new sensor bar, which has surfaced in a myriad of iPhone 8 renders thus far. The sensor bar will likely house the device’s earpiece, sensor array, and dual-lens 3D camera system, and leaves only a small area on the left and right sides for Apple to display onscreen status indicators. We believe this move was intentional, and that Apple has implemented the narrow, old-school bar icon to save as much space at the top of the display as possible.

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Foxconn Readying $10 Billion Investment in U.S. Manufacturing https://www.idropnews.com/news/foxconn-readying-10-billion-investment-u-s-manufacturing/43512/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/foxconn-readying-10-billion-investment-u-s-manufacturing/43512/#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:05:52 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43512 Foxconn is increasing its foothold in the United States. The massive electronics maker and major Apple assembly partner is reportedly readying a $10 billion or more investment across several U.S. states, although some decisions still have to be made. Those decisions include which specific U.S. states the company will invest in, as well as where to […]

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Foxconn is increasing its foothold in the United States. The massive electronics maker and major Apple assembly partner is reportedly readying a $10 billion or more investment across several U.S. states, although some decisions still have to be made.

Those decisions include which specific U.S. states the company will invest in, as well as where to put the company’s planned $7 billion display manufacturing plant. Foxconn is apparently considering Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina as possible locations for the plant, Reuters reported. “Our investment in the U.S. will focus on these states because they are the heart of the country’s manufacturing sector,” Foxconn’s billionaire CEO Terry Gou told investors during a Thursday shareholders meeting, adding that the location for the $7 billion plant will be decided in July.

Gou went on to add that he was currently discussing the plans with the White House as well as various state officials. Although Gou didn’t elaborate on an exact timeline for the investment, he said that Foxconn could create “tens of thousands” of American jobs. Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. has been a major element of President Donald Trump’s agenda, and the construction of a cutting-edge plant in the U.S. could mark a victory for the administration. The U.S. currently has no panel manufacturing industry to speak of, but the country is the world’s second largest market for TVs, according to Reuters.

Foxconn is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and assembles products and components for companies ranging from Amazon to Microsoft — although Apple is undoubtedly its most important customer, accounting for about half of its revenue. Foxconn employs at least a million people across it vast factories in China — but the company has largely refrained from investing heavily in the U.S., until now. “This time we go to America, it’s not just to build a factory, but to move our entire supply chain there,” Gou told shareholders during Thursday’s call.

While Foxconn’s plan to build a display plant in the U.S. — dubbed “Flying Eagle” by the company — would undoubtedly create jobs, Gou did admit that it would not employ as many people as its China plants, citing the higher cost of labor and the fact that the display plant would lean heavily on automated manufacturing. Even in China, Gou is positioning his company for the future — in recent years, the company has been replacing human employees with machines to deal with China’s own rising labor costs.

Foxconn is already operating in the U.S., although a four-year-old agreement to invest in Pennsylvania was still pending. Also pending is its acquisition of Toshiba’s semiconductor business — a bid priced at $27 billion that would allow Foxconn to enter the chipset industry. During Thursday’s call, Gou vowed to press on with the deal, Bloomberg reported.

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‘SEGA Forever’ Brings Classic Console Games to iOS for Free https://www.idropnews.com/news/sega-forever-brings-console-games-ios-free/43454/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/sega-forever-brings-console-games-ios-free/43454/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:32:08 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43454 Riding on the wings of uber-successful releases like Pokémon GO and Super Mario Run, Japanese gaming-giant Nintendo is one of the hottest names in the video game space right now. And while this is in large part due to the company’s efforts to bring characters from signature titles from classic Nintendo consoles to modern day […]

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Riding on the wings of uber-successful releases like Pokémon GO and Super Mario Run, Japanese gaming-giant Nintendo is one of the hottest names in the video game space right now. And while this is in large part due to the company’s efforts to bring characters from signature titles from classic Nintendo consoles to modern day mobile gamers on iOS and Android, Nintendo isn’t the only Japanese-based game-maker wanting to cash in on the mobile gaming trend.

Enter the SEGA Forever: a brand-new (yet nostalgically familiar) front in the resurrection of classic console games for mobile devices. Brought to us by Sonic The Hedgehog creators, SEGA, the Forever Collection brings some of our most beloved classic SEGA titles (from consoles like the Master System to Dreamcast) to iOS and Android devices.

The first five titles of the Forever collection have already hit the iOS and Google Play app stores.

  1. Sonic The Hedgehog
  2. Phantasy Star II
  3. Kid Chameleon
  4. Altered Beast
  5. Comix Zone

What’s more, SEGA promises that the Forever collection will grow from here on out by one new title per month. New titles will be announced after the previous title launches, and according to SEGA’s official website, the 6th, upcoming title in the Forever Collection will be a classic Tennis game. (NOTE: you can also stay up-to-date on new titles by periodically checking back at SEGA’s website — or contact the company directly to request your personal favorites.)

All games are, and will continue to be, free to download and free to play, and each will be available as its own individual title, so you can easily choose which games you want to play and which you don’t. Since SEGA is obviously hoping to profit in some way by bringing these titles back to life, each game will come standard with minimal ads, which will appear in both the start menu and on save screens. Speaking of saving: players will be able to save their progress in each game with SEGA’s online servers, compete against other players around the globe, play using wireless, Bluetooth-connected controllers, and even play offline with no data connection.

And if you want to get rid of ads, altogether, while also enabling local saving on your iOS device (as opposed to on SEGA’s servers), you’ll be able to do so for just $1.99 per game.

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How to Get Apple AirPods Without Waiting 6 Weeks https://www.idropnews.com/how-to/get-apple-airpods-without-waiting-6-weeks/43453/ https://www.idropnews.com/how-to/get-apple-airpods-without-waiting-6-weeks/43453/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:09:25 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43453 AirPods have proven to be extremely popular since their debut, and have enjoyed a high consumer satisfaction rating. While that’s ultimately great for Apple, it also has the adverse effect of making it rather hard to get your hands on a pair. Sure, they’re listed as “available” on Apple’s website for $159, but notice the […]

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AirPods have proven to be extremely popular since their debut, and have enjoyed a high consumer satisfaction rating. While that’s ultimately great for Apple, it also has the adverse effect of making it rather hard to get your hands on a pair.

Sure, they’re listed as “available” on Apple’s website for $159, but notice the shipping time. Currently, according to the AirPods sales page, the earliest shipping time listed is six weeks from now. If you’d rather pick them up in-store, you’ll have to wait quite a while, too. AirPods won’t be available again from brick-and-mortar Apple Stores until August 10, according to the company’s availability estimates. It doesn’t seem to matter where you are, either — every store we checked showed the same availability.

Of course, if you’re dying to get your hands on a pair of Apple’s Bluetooth headset — and you want them as soon as possible — there are some other options you can resort to, such as ordering them from third-party retailers. While there are probably other places you can find AirPods, two retailers in particular seem especially promising: Best Buy and Amazon.

Best Buy


First, Best Buy. As of press time, the tech retailer currently has AirPods available for just a dollar more than Apple’s own website (this fact will be important later). As noted on its website, they’re only available for shipping — meaning that you won’t be able to pick them up from a physical store. Luckily, shipping is free.

Still, it’s important to note that you won’t get your AirPods very soon when you order from Best Buy. Orders of the Bluetooth earphones are expected to ship by July 11, according to the retailer’s website. While that’s a lot sooner than Apple’s shipping estimates, it’s still a few weeks off. There’s also no way to know how much stock Best Buy has or will have, and when July 11 does roll around, they’re likely to sell out pretty quickly.

Amazon

The second and much faster option is Amazon — but there’s a catch. Currently, AirPods are available from the retail giant for $223.50, a pretty steep markup from Apple’s and Best Buy’s price tags. But while you’ll pay more ordering through the website, Amazon does have the advantage when it comes to shipping and stock.

The platform aggregates products from a variety of third-party sellers, even if it fulfills the order itself via its shipping service. This largely means that stock isn’t as likely to sell out as quickly as through Best Buy or Apple. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to see how much stock is available from a particular third-party retailer, though the AirPods stock seems pretty chaotic currently. Throughout the writing of this article, it fluctuated from one pair left in stock to 12, and then to six. Fortunately, there are 106 options available from different sellers, so take that for what you will.

Of course, if you want your AirPods now and you’re willing to pay a bit more, Amazon still might be the best option. If you’re a Prime subscriber, and the particular seller’s orders are fulfilled by Amazon, you can get AirPods delivered in two days with free shipping. If you want a pair sooner than that, Amazon has a one-day shipping option — though that will, of course, cost a bit more.

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Apple Officially Releases iOS 11 Beta 2 to Registered Developers https://www.idropnews.com/ios-11/apple-officially-releases-ios-11-beta-2-developers/43444/ https://www.idropnews.com/ios-11/apple-officially-releases-ios-11-beta-2-developers/43444/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:28:02 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43444 Apple seeded the second version of its iOS 11 beta to registered developers Wednesday afternoon, just about two weeks after the operating system was first debuted at the company’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 11 beta 2 contains much needed bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements as the first beta is undeniably buggy. Important Bug Fixes in […]

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Apple seeded the second version of its iOS 11 beta to registered developers Wednesday afternoon, just about two weeks after the operating system was first debuted at the company’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 11 beta 2 contains much needed bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements as the first beta is undeniably buggy.

Important Bug Fixes in iOS 11 Developer Beta 2

  • Using 3D Touch with data detectors (phone numbers, addresses, and so on) now works correctly.
  • Kindle books now sync as expected.
  • Facebook Messenger now launches when the Facebook app is not installed.
  • The video playback controls in Amazon Video should now work correctly.
  • Navigation bars should now look correct.
  • Tencent Video should no longer crash on launch.
  • Third-party keyboards should now work if not allowed full access.
  • The audio should no longer drop during Skype calls.
  • Migrating from your Android phone now works correctly.
  • Connection issues for Bluetooth accessories using Wireless iAP protocol are now more reliable.
  • The expanded Wi-Fi UI in Control Center now updates the network name when transitioning between networks.
  • The Bluetooth button behavior in Control Center now mirrors that of the Wi-Fi control.
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving is enabled starting with beta 2.
  • Elapsed time is now updated when touching play or pause, or when seeking during video content playback.
  • Song metadata now syncs correctly with iTunes. This includes play counts, skip counts, and associated timestamps. Smart Playlists that use these criteria, such as Recently Played, do not update. This does not affect Star Ratings or Love/Dislike.
  • In Podcasts, selecting a station with multiple episodes may navigate to a blank screen.
  • Phone app should no longer crash when a voicemail message is deleted.
  • Thumbnails in the Photos import view and Image Capture app should now appear correctly.
  • RAW+JPG photos imported using the camera connection kit are now imported in the correct format.
  • Creating a new Photos or Kaleidoscope Watch Face from the Create Watch face share option in Photos no longer exits unexpectedly.
  • AirDrop sharing of Live Photos no longer results in an error when importing to Photos.
  • Photos captured on iOS 11 now show the correct orientation on versions of macOS earlier than 10.13.
  • The Offload App feature now works for apps that are shipped with the OS.
  • Personal hotspot data usage is now included in the cellular data usage UI when the device acts as the host on T-Mobile US devices.
  • Storage graph and size information in Settings now updates correctly.
  • Siri results for Weather, Stocks, and Movies queries are now legible.
  • Switching Siri’s voice from the Settings screen no longer plays a different voice from the default voice.
  • The Lists & Notes domain implementation for non-English languages should now work in the same way as US English.

iOS 11 itself is a major update. It features a completely redesigned Control Center, a new Lock Screen, peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments via Messages, a new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature, several significant improvements for Siri, Camera and Photos, and a wide range of other features. iOS 11 also marks the debut of Apple’s ARKit, a development toolkit that will allow for a wide range of augmented reality apps to be created.

Beyond these features, the new operating system is also the largest update ever to iOS on the iPad. Significant changes include a new Dock inspired by macOS, a system-wide drag and drop feature, a better App Switcher, improved Apple Pencil capabilities, and a new Files app for managing media and files on the iPad. Notably, all of the features improve the iPad lineup’s multitasking abilities — and they edge the platform even closer to becoming a viable replacement for a notebook.

iOS 11 beta 2 is currently available to registered Apple developers, either via the developer’s portal or as an over-the-air download provided the proper configuration profile is installed. Going by Apple’s previous beta timelines, a public beta version can be expected later this month.

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iPhone-Powered ‘Modular MacBook’ Envisioned in New Video https://www.idropnews.com/rumors/iphone-powered-modular-macbook-envisioned-new-video/43424/ https://www.idropnews.com/rumors/iphone-powered-modular-macbook-envisioned-new-video/43424/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:39:17 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43424 Back in March, we reported on a newly published Apple patent the company had initially filed with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) years prior outlining an “Electronic Accessory Device.” In essence, the device embodied in the patent was a hollowed-out, MacBook-style keyboard accessory complete with a built-in touchscreen display and aluminum, unibody enclosure […]

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Back in March, we reported on a newly published Apple patent the company had initially filed with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) years prior outlining an “Electronic Accessory Device.” In essence, the device embodied in the patent was a hollowed-out, MacBook-style keyboard accessory complete with a built-in touchscreen display and aluminum, unibody enclosure that would be powered by an iPhone when the handset is docked into a built-in terminal on the unit.

Shown in the USPTO concept renderings below, the iPhone, while also serving as the accessory’s primary CPU, RAM, operating system and component array, would also act as an interactive, touch-based control unit, which would be used to navigate the device’s built-in touchscreen display just like traditional trackpads on a laptop.

It was and still is a fascinating concept: one that’s actually been tested numerous times over the years, most notably in Motorola’s failed Atrix 4G lap dock device. However, tech enthusiast and entrepreneur, Avi Barel, in a recent post published to Medium, shared an equally fascinating concept video examining the hardware/software challenges currently standing in Apple’s way of achieving this so-called “modular MacBook vision.”

As Barel notes, Apple’s main challenge is leveraging integration between operating systems with variable factors such as chip architecture, touch-based peripherals, and user interface. In other words, the key issue is creating a framework that would allow certain iOS and macOS apps to operate dichotomously — similar, in a sense, to how Windows did with the introduction of Windows 10 for Mobile and Windows 10 for PC.

“iOS is designed for iPhones and iPads only,” Barel notes, while adding that “macOS is designed for Macs only” … “I hope Apple will do something about it ASAP,” he added.

As it pertains to Apple’s “Electronic Accessory Device” patent, Barel is adamant that Cupertino is uniquely well positioned to create a successful rendition of the “modular MacBook” — and particularly one that would shine where others, such as the ASUS PadFone, Google Project ARA, and various devices from Modu, have previously failed.

Another issue standing in Apple’s way, however, would be the company’s ability to create an enhanced UI for the iOS platform, which would exclusively kick in when the iPhone is docked into the accessory’s terminal. Creating a seamless experience for users would be key, but also worth noting is that while the device would physically look and function like a MacBook — complete with a full keyboard and aluminum, unibody design — it likely wouldn’t be considered a Pro-grade device like the MacBook Pro. Rather, it would be geared towards the “average user” — someone who utilizes iOS apps and wouldn’t mind taking advantage of their optimization and enhanced features built exclusively with the larger touchscreen display in mind.

It’s up in the air as to whether Apple will ultimately create a device like this, especially since the company has been adamant about not ‘blending products’ like the Mac and iOS devices. Nevertheless, it’s still an interesting concept that the company has at least been flirting with. See the video below.

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iPhone Was Created Because Steve Jobs ‘Hated This Guy’ Says Former Apple SVP https://www.idropnews.com/news/iphone-created-steve-jobs-hated-guy-says-former-apple-svp/43417/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/iphone-created-steve-jobs-hated-guy-says-former-apple-svp/43417/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:10:56 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43417 Scott Forstall, a former senior vice president at Apple who was a pivotal part of the company’s efforts to create iOS, just broke his silence — giving a rare interview during an event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. In fact, the interview marks the first time that Forstall has spoken publicly […]

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Scott Forstall, a former senior vice president at Apple who was a pivotal part of the company’s efforts to create iOS, just broke his silence — giving a rare interview during an event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

In fact, the interview marks the first time that Forstall has spoken publicly about Apple since he left Cupertino on fairly bad terms in 2012, following the release of iOS 6 and the botched rollout of Apple Maps. Forstall spoke to journalist John Markoff following an hour-long interview with several engineers who also worked on the original iPhone (which is also worth a view). While the interview is largely devoid of any major revelations about Apple, it’s entertaining and chock full of humorous anecdotes concerning the development of the first iPhone and Forstall’s friendship with Steve Jobs. See the full interview below.

For example, Forstall recounted how the iPhone — now Apple’s most popular device by far — was first developed. “It began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft. That is the actual origin,” Forstall said, adding that it wasn’t Bill Gates. After hearing about the stylus and tablet development at Microsoft, Steve originally wanted a multitouch-enabled tablet device. “Steve came in on a Monday, there was a set of expletives and then he said, ‘Let’s show them how it’s really done’” Forstall said. Of course, the iPhone isn’t a tablet — and Forstall went on that the concept of the device was born one day during lunch when he and Steve noticed everyone else around them using phones.

It was apparently a revelation and prompted Steve to rework the tablet idea into a device that could fit into a pocket. 
Inevitably, the concept of skeuomorphism was also brought up — a now out-of-style design philosophy that Forstall pioneered in iOS. Surprisingly, he said he has never heard of the “unnatural” term, and simply wanted the design of iOS to be approachable and friendly, something one could use “without a manual.” It’s worth noting that iOS 7 — released after Forstall’s departure — almost completely did away with the skeuomorphic design. Forstall recalls other events, too, like demonstrating a prototype of the first iPhone to Cingular Wireless executives shortly before its announcement.

Once, Forstall remembers, he was stricken with a severe stomach virus which landed him in the hospital for several months. Jobs, a long-time advocate for alternative medicine, arranged for an acupuncture treatment for Forstall. After two sessions, he was released from the hospital and made a full recovery. He also told an amusing story about how Jobs used a mischievous scheme to scam the Apple cafeteria. Jobs insisted on buying lunch for himself and Forstall, even though the payments were deducted from employees’ paychecks — and Jobs only got paid $1 a year. “He was a multi-billionaire scamming Apple,” Forstall said.

The former Apple SVP is rather charismatic in his storytelling, and though the interview is around an hour, it’s well worth a watch if you’re at all interested in Apple’s history.

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56 New Emoji Are Coming to iOS and macOS https://www.idropnews.com/news/56-new-emoji-coming-ios-macos/43412/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/56-new-emoji-coming-ios-macos/43412/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:54:23 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43412 The Unicode Consortium updated its standard to version 10.0.0 this week. The change will bring a slew of new emoji to iOS — 56 in all — ranging from a ‘crazy’ face to an emoji with a monocle. Emojipedia has already released images featuring all of the new emoji – some of the more interesting […]

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The Unicode Consortium updated its standard to version 10.0.0 this week. The change will bring a slew of new emoji to iOS — 56 in all — ranging from a ‘crazy’ face to an emoji with a monocle.

Emojipedia has already released images featuring all of the new emoji – some of the more interesting ones include an exploding head emoji, starstruck face, a male and female meditation emoji, a male and female rock climber emoji, a bitcoin symbol, and a raised eyebrow emoji that’s, amusingly, also known as the “Colbert” face, according to the Emoji cataloging site. There’s also some additional clothing emoji, including winter-themed options like a scarf, gloves, coat and Christmas stockings.

Unicode Standard 10.0.0 also adds several mythical creatures, including male and female vampire, zombie, mage and fairy emoji, as well as a t-rex, brontosaurus, zebra, giraffe and hedgehog. There’s also a shushing face, a love you gesture, and a vomiting face. As far as food products go, there’s now a steak, pretzel, pie, chopsticks, broccoli, Chinese takeout, fortune cookie and coconut emoji. The update also adds a wider range of child and adult emojis with various gender and skin tone modifiers. In fact, while there are technically 56 new emoji — those gender and skin flags actually brings the total amount of options to around 239.

Apple, of course, uses the Unicode Standard for its operating systems — but it usually takes a while for Cupertino to add support for the latest version to its iOS and macOS platforms. As an example, Unicode 9 was rolled out in June 2016 but finally reached iOS 10.2 in October. So while the new emoji will eventually hit iOS and macOS devices, it’ll take a few months because Apple’s operating systems use their own original design variations. Going by timelines in the past, you can probably expect a rollout of the new emoji this fall.

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5 Crazy Apple Patents We Want to Become Reality https://www.idropnews.com/rumors/5-crazy-apple-patents-want-become-reality/43408/ https://www.idropnews.com/rumors/5-crazy-apple-patents-want-become-reality/43408/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:26:20 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=43408 It’s a well-known fact that Apple files a lot of patents. But while not all of Apple’s patents actually come to fruition, some of the tech described in them is incredibly innovative — and perhaps a bit crazy. More than anything else, Apple’s far-fetched patents might hint at the company’s commitment to the future. Sure, […]

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It’s a well-known fact that Apple files a lot of patents. But while not all of Apple’s patents actually come to fruition, some of the tech described in them is incredibly innovative — and perhaps a bit crazy. More than anything else, Apple’s far-fetched patents might hint at the company’s commitment to the future.

Sure, some of these patents may not ever be used in a mass-market device, but despite that, it’s certainly cool to take a look at Apple’s ideas and imagine them being used in upcoming products. Here are five such patents that we hope Apple uses sometime in the near future.

5. Offline Phone Tracking

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Anyone who has lost their phone knows how miserable and nerve-wracking it can be, particularly since Find My iPhone can only located devices that are on. If a device’s battery is dead, or someone intentionally turns it off, then all hope is lost. That’s why a little-known patent granted in 2016 is so revolutionary. The patent describes a system that would allow an iPhone to “periodically exit an unpowered state and transmit location data” even if the iPhone is powered off or the SIM card is removed. It could even work if Find My iPhone has yet to be configured, or was if the tracking feature has been turned off. Suffice to say, if Apple does use this patent, then lost or stolen iPhones might be a thing of the past.

4. Virtual Keyboards

Apple Patent Application Hints at Virtual MacBook Keyboard

Last month, Apple applied for a patent titled “Housing as a I/O device” that describes a method of creating a surface that be changed into a virtual keyboard, trackpad or other input / output device depending on context. While we hope Apple doesn’t switch all of its keyboards to virtual ones, the possibilities of this patent are certainly intriguing. One can imagine a external iPad Pro cover that be shift from a virtual keyboard to an extra drawing surface on the fly. In a Mac context, it could be used to create an external I/O device that can be anything from a context-based “smart keyboard” to a drawing tablet for artists — a mix between the Touch Bar and a Wacom tablet.

3. Innovative Phone Charging

This year’s flagship iPhone X is largely expected to feature wireless charging — a first for any Apple handset. But Cupertino is looking beyond simple wireless charging, as seen in one fairly recent patent that would be nothing short of revolutionary if actually applied. In April, Apple was granted a patent for a way to charge a smartphone or other device over a standard Wi-Fi network, using the same frequencies used for wireless communications to transfer power. If that wasn’t innovative enough, an older patent granted to Cupertino in 2015 describes a method of using solar cells embedded underneath a touchscreen to charge an iPhone via ambient light.

2. Dedicated AR/VR device

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Apple certainly has its sights on the augmented and virtual reality realm, and the next logical step would be a dedicated VR/AR headset or similar wearable device. Apple knows this, if the wealth of patents describing similar tech is any indication. In addition to a pair of patents describing a wearable AR device (perhaps a pair of glasses) and a method for displaying information through such a device, the company was also granted a patent for an iPhone-powered headset akin to Google’s Cardboard. Taken with the recent announcement of ARKit, the patents suggest that such a device might not be so far in the future.

1. Bendable, Stretchable Displays

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Rumors surrounding bendable and foldable phones certainly have had their heyday in recent years, and Apple managed to file a handful of patents that describe similar methods and technology. One of those quirky patents, however, stands out among the rest. The patent in question describes a method of creating “stretchable displays” by way of affixing OLED or LCD panels onto a mesh substrate. Of course, this technology could be used in applications far beyond bendable phone displays — it could lead to display and I/O tech being integrated into furniture, windows or building elements, or even onto clothing, bags and other fabrics and wearables.

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