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  1. There have been numerous instances where the Apple Watch was able to save a life, however, this time the Apple Watch was able to detect something entirely different. The smartwatch was able to discover a hole in a man's heart and the man wouldn't have been able to discover it, if it weren't for the Apple Watch. © BCCL The heart rate monitor on the device was able to detect his erratic heartbeat, as it was far too fast while he was asleep. The abnormality caused him to take notice and seek medical attention immediately. "My sleeping heart rate was averaging about 130-140 beats per minute. So that was while I was resting about six hours at night,” Adam Love told the local Australian news website 9News. It was found, that one of his lungs was sending blood into the wrong part of his heart. That meant the blood was sent from the lung to the heart and was being circulated right back — not around to the rest of the body. This was a cause for concern and it was later discovered that this anomaly was happening because of a hole in the heart. © BCCL The 24-year-old man went through surgery and was discharged later but still had weeks of recovery left. Because of this incident, his faith in the Apple Watch increased exponentially and he is now a fan of the smartwatch. "I don't think I'd live without one now. I love it for the convenience but also the fact it just picked up something medically that I had no idea about and it potentially saved my life.” Just back in May, the Apple Watch saved a woman's life in India and countless others in the past few months. In fact, here's a list of people whose lives were saved thanks to the Apple Watch, in the recent past.
  2. Last week, Apple crossed the US$ 1 trillion mark in terms of market capitalization, becoming the first publicly traded American company to reach this milestone. While oil and natural minerals have always been the most-sought commodity since mankind's inception, none of these industries have ever recorded a trade this huge. Apple is immensely popular today, its mobile operating system, iOS, has a market share of almost 19 per cent worldwide. Unlike Google's Android, iOS only runs on iPhones, and Apple releases just a couple of them every year. While it may not be dominating the personal computer and laptop segment in terms of market share, it sure has a majority chunk of the premium sales. MacBooks have been the go-to choice for users around the globe, and just like iOS, officially, only MacBooks runs on MacOS. © Apple Post Apple recently has also taken over the smartwatch market by storm, making a huge dent in the sales of well-established brands like Fitbit and Jawbone. This company has a history of releasing very few products but selling an unimaginable quantity of it. But, did you know Apple was near bankruptcy in 1997? Its computers just weren't selling and had to take an investment from Microsoft to survive. © Reuters In 1997, Steve Jobs was brought back to Apple after the acquisition of Next Computers. Back then, the company had just 90 days of operational funds left and had cut a third of its workforce. Jobs immediately secured a US$ 150 million investment from Microsoft and got an assurance from Bill Gates that Microsoft would support its Office products for the Mac for five years. © Apple / Wikipedia In return, Apple dropped a major lawsuit against Microsoft alleging copy of user interface and experience of the MacOS for Windows. A year later in 1998, Apple launched the iMac G3, which was an all-in-one desktop computer that was designed for domestic consumption. It was a staggering hit, and Apple was back in business. The iMac was a hit because competing products from IBM, HP and others were too bulky and complicated to use. The iMac was just a single unit product, looked well designed and had a first of its kind OS. In the coming few years, Apple invested heavily in the mobile audio industry. The iPod was released in 2001, back then mobile audio players were very bulky, required a cassette or CD and the Walkman was still trending. Apple completely digitized the record industry by launching iTunes in 2003. Since the first generation iPod, the company continued releasing newer and improved variants like the Mini, Nano, Shuffle, and Touch. In 2007, Apple announced it had sold its one-hundred millionth iPod. In the same year, Apple announced the iPhone. Just like the iPod, the iPhone was revolutionary and made for the young audience. While competitors were making the chunky BlackBerry and Nokia, Apple was selling a sleek touch-enabled phone. © Apple Since 2007, iPhone sales have steadily increased worldwide and while competitors like BlackBerry, Nokia, and Motorola are nowhere to be seen today, Apple rules the premium smartphone industry. One thing that has always remained constant in all Apple products is compatibility. User experience and the ease of sync between every product line, has been the core reason why people have bought more and more Apple products. While many consider this to be a drawback, Apple's bubble ultimately provides more value to the user in the longer run. © Apple While Apple has majorly built its empire on B2C (business to consumer) selling, it has made sure that its offering is unmatchable by competition in terms of end value, quality, and experience.
  3. Apple has officially become the world's first trillion-dollar company as a rise in its share price made it all possible. Apple was able to beat its closest rival i.e. Amazon as Apple's share price reached $207.05. (c) Reuters The company sells everything - from the iPhone to services that was co-founded by the late Steve Jobs in 1976. The feat was accomplished a day after Apple published the company's financial results. Apple's share price has grown by 2,000% since Tim Cook replaced Jobs as the chief executive seven years ago. The company has been able to hit $1 trillion in total value 42 years after it was founded. The company managed to rake in profits of $11.5 billion in three months with a record sales of $53.3 billion in revenue. To put things into perspective, Apple generated less than $20 billion in sales before the first iPhone launched in 2006. (c) MensXP Apple could, however, lose its top position to other tech companies like Alphabet (Google) or Amazon if the company is unable to introduce a groundbreaking product or service this year. Companies don't necessarily have the same number of shares over time as they frequently buy back some of its own shares to boost up the stock price. This, in turn, reduces the number of outstanding shares which generally increases the value of each share. For now, Apple is the world's first publicly traded trillion dollar company and we can only wait to see if the company can maintain this momentum or get overtaken by one of its competitors.
  4. Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has surpassed American giant Apple to become the world's second-largest smartphone seller behind the Korean behemoth Samsung in the second quarter. According to figures released by International Data Corporation, Samsung retained the top spot after shipping 71.5 million devices, Huawei took the second position by shipping 54.2 million devices, followed by Apple shipping 41.3 million iPhones. © IDC Huawei is the largest smartphone maker in China and has been rapidly expanding to other markets. In India, the company has been selling devices via Huawei branding as well as a new sub-brand, Honor. In 2018 itself, the company has launched a new device every couple of months and has been giving tough competition to Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo. Honor's share of overall Huawei smartphone shipments increased to 36 percent this quarter. Over 4 million Honor-branded smartphones were shipped outside China. © Bhallanator / Twitter In the last few years, Huawei has been slowly launching its flagship products in Europe as well. In terms of sales, the phones have been doing much better than expected and the company's refreshed focus on innovative phones like the P20 Pro has paid off to establish a trustable brand image. “The continued growth of Huawei is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to move into markets where, until recently, the brand was largely unknown,” said Ryan Reith, programme vice president of IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Tracker. © BCCL While Apple will be able to bounce back a little in the coming quarter thanks to the launch of new iPhones, Huawei has managed to establish itself as a premium player with a long-term outlook. Many reviewers have rated the P20 Pro higher than Samsung's S9, and the tri-camera setup on the rear is one of its kind. Apple, Huawei, and Samsung are the main contenders when it comes to competition for high-end smartphones priced at US$ 700 or more. © Nikkei Asian Review Huawei has been barred from selling devices in the U.S.A after concerns over Chinese government extracting user data via the smartphone maker. While Huawei has strongly denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain that no user data is fetched back to China, the company has been forcefully dragged into the ongoing American - Chinese trade war. Source: IDC
  5. Apple has been performing extremely well in terms of sales and revenues and the company just released the company's third-quarter results. The earnings are indicative of the fact, that Apple has been earning most of its money from services and hardware sales. Apple sold 41.3 million iPhones during the third quarter of the fiscal year. The sales figures were only marginally lower than what was expected by Wall Street, however, Apple made up for it with an increased average selling price. The average selling price of the iPhone stood at $724, thanks to the higher priced iPhone X that retails starting at $999. © MensXP/Naasir Jamaal “We're thrilled to report Apple's best June quarter ever, and our fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth,” said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. “Our Q3 results were driven by continued strong sales of iPhone, Services, and Wearables, and we are very excited about the products and services in our pipeline.” © MensXP “Our strong business performance drove revenue growth in each of our geographic segments, net income of $11.5 billion, and operating cash flow of $14.5 billion,” said Luca Maestri, Apple's CFO. “We returned almost $25 billion to investors through our capital return program during the quarter, including $20 billion in share repurchases.” © Apple In terms of revenue from services, Apple says the company earned $9.54 billion in revenue in the last quarter, a 31 percent year-over-year growth. Apple earns the majority of its revenue in services from the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Care, Apple Pay, Cloud services and other business solutions. Apple recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the App Store and said the company has paid $100 billion to developers. Apple earned $29.9 billion in revenue from iPhone sales, which is a 20 percent increase from the same period last year. Even though the iPhone sales declined considerably, thanks to increased competition in premium smartphone space. Apple is now looking to launch new iPhone models later this year that will have a similar design to the iPhone X.
  6. There have been rumours in the past that future iPhones may come with dual-sim support and it may come as early as this year. The feature is said to come to the larger 'Plus' model while also having dual-SIM support for specific regions. © MensXP This is probably the first time we've seen some form of concrete evidence about the iPhone getting dual-sim support. As usual, please take this with a grain of salt, as we never know what Apple does with the final product that will launch in September later this year. Now that iOS 12 developer Beta 5 is out, 9to5Mac discovered a code that specifically hints towards dual sim support. In the image below, one can clearly notice in the code “simTrayStatus” and “ secondsimTrayStatus” that is clearly marked. This suggests that Apple may be testing a device that has support for two Sim Cards on a single device. What's great is that the code was spotted in the iOS 12 developer beta, so we can at least assume that Apple has thought about implementing the much-wanted feature. © 9to5Mac Dual-Sim services are popular in countries like India and China and other regions such as Nigeria, Brazil, and Egypt. Apple's move to introduce a dual-sim variant would be a strategic and crucial move in order to capture the Asian market in terms of sales and market shares. Dual-Sim smartphones have always been popular in the two biggest markets for smartphone and it seems like Apple may finally launch a device that will be hugely popular in India. © Akshay Bhalla Indian users tend to have more than two SIM cards, thanks to new mobile operators such as Jio, who offer extremely competitive data plans. This will allow users to use two different sim cards with different plans without having to swap out SIM cards. The feature would also be important for travellers, who like to use a local SIM card while visiting. This would be a welcome move, only if Apple actually goes through with it, however, keep in mind that this speculation is not confirmed at the moment. We can only know for sure once Apple announces the new iPhone later this year. Source: 9to5Mac
  7. The Apple Watch Series 3 has been selling like hotcakes and the wearable market only seems to be growing. Companies like Samsung, Fitbit and other smartwatch makers are rapidly expanding their presence in India. However, Apple Watch Series 3 remains to be the most successful. Apple is also rumoured to be working on a new Apple Watch that may have a larger screen and better battery life. Apple has managed to sell 3.5 million Apple Watches in the last quarter (Q2 2018), which is a 30% increase when compared to last year in the same period. According to the report “Apple Watch shipments to Asia (excluding China) surpassed 250,000 units, with the LTE version accounting for about 60%. The cellular-connected Apple Watch Series 3 was the best-shipping smartwatch in Asia.” © Canalys Apple performed well, thanks to network partnerships with operators in India i.e. Airtel and Reliance Jjo. Canalys research analyst Jason Low also pointed out that “Apple's decision to expand internationally with operators has quickly reaped rewards in the Asia Pacific,” said Canalys Senior Analyst Jason Low. Since the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple has formed partnerships with operators in Australia, Japan and Singapore, with Thailand, India and South Korea added in the last quarter. “Operators in these markets are willing to resell connected devices other than smartphones that can help them generate extra revenue from data services. India is a surprising addition to the list of countries. But this is a good strategy by Airtel and Reliance Jio to retain their high-value customers in a bid to minimize churn in a cut-throat market.” © YouTube If one looks at then wearable market as a whole, around 10 million units were shipped in the second quarter of 2018 where companies like Fitbit and Garmin are amongst the few successes. Apple may, however, face intense competition as companies like Samsung and Google are preparing to launch their own smartwatch devices later this year. "Amid further competition from Samsung and Google, rumored to be launching Galaxy and Pixel watches respectively, Apple needs to work out how to drive refreshes in markets such as the US, where its penetration into the existing iPhone installed base has started to level off," Canalys Research Analyst Vincent Thielke said in a statement. Source: Canalys
  8. Apple has the ultra-premium brand image not only in India, but everywhere around the world. The brand is known for its simplistic marketing and has managed to create a fan base like no other. The iPhone makes up 8 out of the 10 best-selling smartphones in Q2 2018 and the company has 38.7 percent share in the US smartphone market. While Apple has been performing positively in the USA, Europe, and other south-east Asian markets, the brand hasn't been able to make a mark in India. According to Counterpoint Research, iPhone's market share in India has come down to just 1 percent in Q2 2018. Keep in mind, India is the world's second largest smartphone market and companies like Samsung, Xiaomi and OnePlus have been posting double-digit growth in the country. Why Is Apple Unable To Perform In India? © Reuters It's the price. India is a very price sensitive market; the budget and the midrange segment account for a majority of the sales. Xiaomi and Samsung have massively expanded their portfolio in the country. Even smaller players like OPPO's Realme and ASUS have been shipping lakhs of units. Anything above Rs 30,000 is considered premium in India. OnePlus has established itself as a pocket-friendly premium vendor. Samsung sits at the top with its flagships and Google's Pixel is trying to make a dent in this segment as well. Apple, on the other hand, sits at the peak of this pyramid. While Samsung's S9 costs Rs 60,000, the iPhone X starts at Rs 89,000. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus try to compete with the S9, Note8 and Pixel 2, but often fail. Even the iPhone 6S (32GB) that was launched way back in 2015 costs Rs 35,000. Will you buy the latest OnePlus 6 for that price or the iPhone 6S? © BCCL A few years ago, it made sense to invest in an older iPhone because of iOS and its long-term stability. But, Android has come a long way now and you are assured that a Rs 30,000+ phone will receive software updates at least for the next two years. Apple had been piggybacking on the iPhone SE for quite some time, but the phone simply cannot take the load now. It's old and far inferior to its Android counterparts. Why Is Apple Not Able To Maintain Competitive Pricing? © Reuters This is where things get interesting. A few years ago, smartphones in India were super expensive when their price was compared to other markets. This international price gap has reduced drastically and now we often see prices in India being cheaper than other markets. Vendors or OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) started taking the country seriously and established local manufacturing plants to avoid import duty. Majority of the smartphones that are now sold in India are assembled locally. Spare parts often get imported, but the duty on spares is still lower than on finished mobile phones. Samsung recently opened the largest manufacturing facility in Noida, Xiaomi has set up three factories and Vivo and OPPO have sourcing units as well. © Twitter/MEAIndia Currently, the government imposes 20 percent import duty on mobile phones. In the last one year, the government has increased the rate from 10 percent to 20 percent and this is killing Apple. Apple via its contractor Wistron is currently assembling the iPhone SE in India while the 6S is being made in smaller batches. All other models are being imported. The company has been trying to expand its facilities and production units in the country, but hardly anything has materialized. © BCCL The company is currently undergoing strategy turnaround and restructuring in the country. Reports have also emerged that Wistron would invest close to Rs 3,000 crore in two phases to set up a greenfield smartphone manufacturing plant in Karnataka. The company is expected to make the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus here, depending on Apple's requirements. There has been no word on sourcing the flagships devices right now.
  9. Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with a six-core Intel Core i9 processor that is blazing fast. The MacBook line-up had been needing a processor update for quite some time now, and this was a welcome move. But according to YouTuber Dave Lee, the performance of Apple's new Core i9 MacBook Pro isn't actually that great and in some cases performs worse than last year's Core i7 MacBook Pro. The i9 variant costs US$ 3,099 while the last year's i7 variant cost US$ 2,800. © Apple The i9 processor has a clock speed of 2.9GHz and supports Turbo Boost (over-clocking) up to 4.8Ghz. But according to testing carried out, the processor can't even maintain the base frequency of 2.9GHz, forget over-clocking. Every processor has a marked TDP (Thermal Design Point) that regulates how much heat can be handled at the base frequency. In the i9's case, the TDP is 45 watts, which is the same as the last year's i7. This means the laptop casing can handle the heat theoretically. But things change when we start considering Turbo Boost. © iFixit Turbo Boost will generate an enormous amount of heat, that is unable to exit the casing, this, in turn, reduces the performance of the processor. A cool processor can perform faster, hence all laptops and computers concentrate equally on heat dissipation. To further prove that heat is the prime reason why the i9 processor is being throttled, Dave put his laptop in the freezer and the video rendering time dropped from 40 minutes to 27 minutes. The conclusion being, the MacBook's chassis, and the cooling system aren't actually able to keep up with the heat being generated by the i9. © iFixit On Apple's website, the specifications page mentions the i9 processor to have a base clock speed of 2.9GHz and a boost of 4.8GHz. This definitely opens up doors for a lot of criticism as the system is practically not able to keep up with that level of performance. There is a possibility that Dave's MacBook Pro could actually be faulty, as there are multiple ways to cool down a portable machine like a laptop. Fans are just one part of the equation, metal casing, location of the processor, thermal paste, heat sinks and heat flow pipes also massively contribute here. Apple hasn't released a statement on the issue yet.
  10. Whether you want to accept it or not, Apple's App Store is more successful than any other digital store that sells applications and games. The platform has managed to outsell its rivals such as the Google Play store and Steam. According to a report by Sensor Tower, Apple's App Store managed to rake in $22.6 billion in worldwide gross app revenue, while the Google Play Store earned $11.8 billion. What's interesting to note is that Apple managed to generate double the revenue with half the number of downloads. © Sensor Tower Apple's iOS store has been consistently generating more revenue than its competition. In fact, when one compares numbers, historically Android users spend less on apps than iOS users. There could be a number of reasons for this, such as other Android app stores like the Samsung Store, the Amazon App Store, and others. It's obvious knowledge that there are significantly more Android smartphones in the world, but Google's Play store still managed to remain behind Apple's offering. However, one should also note that Google's Play Store is not available in China, the world's largest market for smartphones. © BCCL Last year, Apple earned $38.5 billion from the App Store while Google Play could only manage to earn $20.1 billion. Sensor Tower estimates that consumer spending has increased in 2018 by 26.8 percent on iOS, whereas it's up by 29.7 percent on Google Play. This growth in spending may have many reasons, but it can be attributed to players like Tencent Video, Netflix, and other services. App revenues have seen a huge rise thanks to subscription services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. In fact, Netflix was 2017's top non-game app by revenue. © PUBG Game spending is considered to have a huge chunk of the revenue, thanks to popular games such as PUBG, Fortnite, and others. Apple's App Store earned $16.3 billion from games alone, while Google Play earned $10.3 billion in 2017. © Sensor Tower It could be argued that Apple's platform earns more due to its presence in China, however, Sensor Tower reports that even if China is removed from the equation, the App Store would have earned a 30 percent gross revenue than Google's Play store. If you're interested to know more about Apps and its revenues, you can read the original report by Sensor Tower here (https://sensortower.com/blog/app-revenue-and-downloads-1h-2018). Source: Sensor Tower
  11. Smartphone companies have always been battling amongst each other to innovate or create a product that may sway customers towards them. Some companies rely on offering competitive prices while others try to innovate. Innovation as a word is thrown around by presenters and company representatives, however, only a few are able to achieve that. Apple innovated with the introduction of Face ID while other companies simply copied the concept. © BCCL Having said that, there's a new player in town that is making waves more than any other smartphone company in the world. It could be argued whether this company is innovative or not, however, there is one thing for certain — creative. BBK electronics, the holding company behind companies like Oppo, VIVO, and OnePlus have been selling smartphones like hot cakes in India and China. The company shipped 39 million devices in 2016 alone, and is now looking to disrupt the smartphone market with clever features and creativity. How the in-display sensor works on the #vivox21. Been playing with the phone for a week and I'm surprised to see this new technology already in mass production. The phone is the first of its kind and will be available to buy from 29th May #vivox21 #smartphones #gadgets A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on May 29, 2018 at 1:39am PDT BBK electronics has managed to launch an under the display fingerprint sensor on its VIVO branded smartphones while being creative to solve common smartphone problems. In the age of full view displays, smartphones companies have found it very difficult to launch a product that is truly bezel-less. Apple launched the iPhone X with a notch while others simply copied the concept. © BCCL Oppo and Vivo managed to creatively tackle this issue with a creative idea. Smartphones were unable to achieve a truly bezel-less display, simply because companies could not figure out where to stick the selfie camera. Some tried to place it at the bottom while others just adopted the notch. Both Oppo and Vivo managed to hide the selfie camera in a very creative manner. The concept isn't new, but BBK electronics managed to hide the selfie camera by using mechanical moving parts. © YouTube Both companies i.e. VIVO and OPPO have showcased the 'NEX' and 'Find X' where both smartphones were able to achieve a full view display without any bezels. This was possible because of the selfie camera that would pop-out whenever needed. The Vivo NEX and Oppo 'Find X' both have Full View displays, no visible selfie camera, no notch and a near-non-existent top bezel. That's more than what Samsung and Apple can say about their products. What's impressive is that BBK electronics has managed to mass produce these concepts in no time and is already making its way to the Indian smartphone market. Sure it can be argued that Apple's Face ID is nearly perfect and doesn't require a feature like this on iPhones, however, we can confidently say that the competition is being damn creative.
  12. Apple may have launched a few football-themed advertisements but the company has always been reluctant at being an official sponsor of any sporting event. Quartz 9 published a report on how the company has become the “winner of the World Cup” without even paying a single penny to the FIFA or television. Apple follows a strict policy of avoiding sponsorships and advertising in general and it's interesting to see how the Cupertino giant managed to get their products visible. FIFA has been known to rake in up to $1.6 billion from marketing alone and Apple managed to avoid paying huge amounts of money and still managed to get their products in front of the cameras. © Reuters FIFA has been known to prevent players from wearing products by companies that are not official sponsors. FIFA terms it as “ambush marketing” which is partly the reason why players cover up logos of products. Quartz reports that numerous players have been seen wearing the AirPods and Beats headphones during training or during transit. Beats headphones have a very distinct look and an unmissable logo which is covered up by the players. Having said that, both the AirPods and Beats headphones have a unique style, that is easily recognisable. © Reuters Quartz rounded up saying “But both Beats and AirPods have a distinctive look that is difficult to mask, even with the branding obscured. While covered-up Beats were a big marketing win for Apple at the 2014 World Cup, just months after it had acquired the company, AirPods are a more subtle sell this time around.” © Reuters Many players were spotted wearing AirPods that were pictured by Reuter's photographers. In fact, the most popular choice amongst World Cup players was the AirPods. It isn't clear whether Apple distributed the products to the players, however, it would be safe to say the company had a major interest in the sporting event. The company launched a new 'Behind the Mac' campaign and released football themed adverts during the entire course of the World Cup. Source: Quartz
  13. Apple announced a fresh new update the company is bringing to its lineup of MacBook Pro computers and the biggest noticeable change will have Intel's latest eight-generation processors. The two laptops will ship in two sizes i.e. 15-inch and 13-inch and Apple expects to see up to 70 per cent performance boost on the 15-inch model whereas up to 2x performance boost on the 13-inch model. These upgrades are only applicable to laptops with the Touch Bar. Other upgrades include additional memory and storage, the ability to code faster, quieter keyboards and brighter screens. © Apple “The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we've ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a statement. The new MacBook Pros also have new displays with True Tone technology which was first seen in the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X. The display will shift colours automatically according to your environment. Apple has also included a custom chip i.e. the T2 which will provide better security and also the ability to call up Siri by voice. © Reuters MacBook sales have remained steady in the past years where the Cupertino giant sold 19.3 million laptops in 2017 alone. Apple helps 6.9 percent of the PC market in the first quarter of 2018 and trailing companies like HP Inc. Dell and Lenovo. Here are the updated features of the two new laptops: 15-Inch MacBook Pro Specs • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory • Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory in every configuration • Up to 4TB of SSD storage2 • True Tone display technology • Apple T2 Chip • Touch Bar and Touch ID 13-Inch MacBook Pro Specs • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM • Up to 2TB of SSD storage2 • True Tone display technology • Apple T2 Chip • Touch Bar and Touch ID Apple is expected to launch three new iPhones this fall with an update to the iPhone X design, a larger phone based on the iPhone X design and a low-cost model with Face ID. Apple is also expected to launch two upgraded iPad Pros with the Face ID feature and a new Apple Watch with edge-to-edge displays. © Apple The two laptops are priced in India for Rs 1,49,900 and Rs 1,99,900 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar are available in select Apple Authorised Resellers later this month.
  14. The iPhone maker said the 8th-generation Intel processors will make the 15-inch model up to 70 percent faster and the 13-inch model up to two times faster-Photo: FileApple Inc unveiled new features on the MacBook Pro on Thursday, including faster...
  15. An ex-Apple engineer on Monday was charged with stealing secrets from a hush-hush self-driving car technology project days before he quit to go to a Chinese startup. Phto: file SAN FRANCISCO: An ex-Apple engineer on Monday was charged with...
  16. Yesterday, we published a story talking about how Steve Jobs envisioned the App Store almost 25 years before its launch. The App Store has officially turned 10 today and we no longer remember a time where applications did not dominate our lives. The App Store is a crucial delivery system for applications, that in the long run, has made our lives better. The App Store has been responsible for numerous games to keep us entertained, it provides us transport service applications such as Uber and Ola and it even helped people connect with each other all over the world for free. © Pexels The App Store was a game changer for the iPhone and the iPad that was later mimicked by Google and other companies, who are yet to match up to Apple's service and platform. The App Store also gave thousands of developers the opportunity to make money that encourages even more developers to release interesting and unique apps. Today, there is an app for almost everything. © Zomato You can communicate with your loved ones or manage your financial portfolios or simply order food via an app. There are apps that let people track their health and provide exercise routines to lead a healthier life, or let people shop for products on the go without even having to go to the mall. © Pexels In many ways, the App Store changed our lives. The App Store is currently Apple's strongest business and there's no slowing it down. The App Store generated $33 billion in revenue for Apple last year and has paid out more than $100 billion to developers in the past decade. There is no doubt that the Apple Store has penetrated everyone's life in some way and we can expect the platform to grow even more than we can imagine. © PUBG The App Store was also responsible for introducing casual gaming to the world. The App Store currently has 7,83,269 games that can be played by Apple users on the go or in the comfort of their homes. Because of the App Store, people can download games for free anywhere and anytime they want. This not only killed the handheld gaming systems like the PlayStation Portable, it introduced us to a new era of casual gaming. © Evernote But not everything has to do with fun alone in the App store. Today, people work more efficiently thanks to numerous productive apps like Evernote and Slack. Today, I can take notes on the go or scan documents and send it in an email without even leaving my desk. Apple made it easy for people to communicate in a secure manner, thanks to the company's stringent security and privacy policy. The App Store allowed people to find better ways to create and work with efficiency for a decade and in our opinion, the introduction of the App Store was not only revolutionary but a much-needed tool for all of mankind.
  17. Samsung was first rumoured in June to be working on a 3D facial recognition technology for its next-generation Galaxy flagship phone. The same has now been corroborated by a patent filing that was approved in late Q2 2018 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This means, that the Samsung Galaxy S10 is all set to feature a Face ID-type facial recognition technology when it launches next year. According to the filing, the patent was applied in 2014 and covers 3D sensing for facial recognition. The biometric camera integrated into a mobile device will feature iris recognition that will be used to scan a user's iris via the front-facing camera. © Patently Mobile The technology may also support 3D time-of-flight sensor, night-vision camera, proximity sensing, structured light for 3D sensing, eye positioning and gaze tracking camera. Apple released the iPhone X last year that featured an infrared scanner in the notch. This scanner verified the face of the user using thousands of points across the face and acted as a much more secure medium of authentication than a camera-based Face Unlock. © Samsung On the other hand, Samsung has been relying on iris scanning as another method of authentication. Samsung integrated this method first in the Note 7 and since then, all the flagships including Note 8 and S9 have sported the authentication method. OPPO Find X and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition are the two smartphones, apart from iPhone X, that come with 3D face recognition technology. The patent says it includes an extended depth of field (EDOF) lens, a bandpass filter to filter out ambient light, and an imaging sensor to convert an object's optical image into an electronic signal for processing. © 3D Facial Sensing on OPPO Find X / OPPO It still remains unclear as to when Samsung plans to introduce the biometric system to a mobile device. Though rumours suggest we will get a first glimpse of the new feature soon with the S10, that is scheduled to come in next year. Keep in mind, companies secure patents on a regular basis and it does not guarantee that the technology will make it to an end product. Samsung has been filing patents for a foldable smartphone for years and we expect the same to materialize soon. Source: Patently Apple
  18. Stripe is the most popular payment method in Commerce, allowing communities to take payments by card securely with easy setup. While there's no doubt that credit cards are still the most popular methods of making a payment, digital innovations such as Apple Pay and Bitcoin are increasing in popularity. For 4.3 we've deepened our integration to support some of their latest features. Apple Pay & Google Pay Apple Pay allows users to pay quickly with their iPhone, iPad or Mac (with Safari and either a paired iPhone or using the MacBook Pro with Touch ID) using the card details stored on the device, authenticated with Touch ID or Face ID. Apple Pay Google Chrome (on desktop or Android devices) supports a similar feature allowing users to pay with card details stored in their Google account with Google Pay, or stored in Chrome itself. Paying with card details stored in Google Chrome Both of these features are now supported through Stripe in Invision Community 4.3. Setup is simple - for Apple Pay you simply need to verify that you own your domain by uploading a file you obtain from the Stripe dashboard, and nothing special is needed for Google Pay - and then create the payment method in the AdminCP. Stripe does not charge any additional fees for either option. Commerce will automatically hide the option if the user's device does not support either method. Bitcoin Bitcoin support is also now available. If enabled, after the user chooses the Bitcoin option, the amount to pay is automatically converted into BTC and the user is shown an address to send bitcoins to: Bitcoin Payment Screen After the payment is received, the user will automatically receive an email confirmation. 3D Secure Also known as Verified by Visa, Mastercard SecureCode, and other brand names, 3D Secure is a system that is used to verify a customer's identity before purchase is completed and transfers the fraud loss liability from the merchant to the cardholder bank in case of fraudulent disputes. After the user has entered their card details, they are redirected to their bank's website and asked to provide additional verification. Our integration with Stripe in 4.3 now supports this process. A new setting allows you to choose if you want to use 3D Secure just for cards which require it (i.e. cards which would decline the payment if 3D Secure is not completed) or for all cards which optionally support it as well. Amex Express Checkout American Express cardholders can use Amex Express checkout to pay by using their American Express login rather than providing their card information. This is also now supported through Stripe in 4.3. Amex Express Checkout Alipay, Bancontact, Giropay, iDEAL, SOFORT These are popular payment processors internationally (Alipay is popular in China, Bancontact in Belgium, Giropay in Germany, iDEAL in the Netherlands, and SOFORT in several European countries). The checkout experience is similar to PayPal with the user being redirected to the appropriate site, authenticating the payment, and then being redirected back. All of these are also now supported through Stripe in 4.3. Dispute/Chargeback Handling A dispute (also known as a chargeback) occurs when one a cardholder questions your payment with their card issuer, which causes the funds, plus a fee, to immediately be taken from your account until evidence is provided that the transaction was legitimate. Anyone operating an online store knows how frustrating this experience can be. In 4.3, we've made dealing with this situation a little easier. When a dispute is created, Commerce will now mark the transaction as disputed, which will immediately revoke any benefits from the purchase (for example, if it's for a subscription that moves them into a different group, they will be placed back into their original group; if it's a Downloads file, they won't be able to download it any more; if it's for a physical item that hasn't been shipped yet, the shipping order will be placed on hold). Disputed Transaction All transactions with currently open disputes can be accessed quickly from the transaction list. The transaction page will show you the status and reason for the dispute, and links to your Stripe dashboard where you can respond. When the dispute is resolved, the transaction screen will be updated, with either the transaction being marked as refunded if the dispute is lost, or going back to paid if the dispute is won and the funds returned to you. A dispute that was lost A dispute that was won Radar Radar is Stripe's suite of fraud detection tools using machine learning and customisable rules to help detect fraudulent transactions. Stripe will automatically blocks transactions is considers highest risk already. However, for "elevated" risk transactions, while Stripe would alert you of them so you could review them, Commerce would process the transaction normally. In 4.3, Commerce will place any transactions which Radar reports as having an "elevated" risk level on hold for manual review, so you can decide whether to approve or not before the funds have been captured. In addition, the transaction details screen for Stripe transactions now provides some additional information about Stripe's checks on the transaction, including the Radar risk level, if the CVC check passed, and if the billing address provided matches the card's billing address. If a fraudulent transaction does make it through, you will now have the option to indicate this when refunding the transaction to help Stripe's anti-fraud systems learn.
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