Eailer of this week, Reuters reports that Apple has filing a countersuit against Qualcomm and claiming that the supplier's Snapdragon chips, which used in many Android devices -- infringe on the Cupertino company's patents. Soon enough Qualcomm responded, they filed three new patent infringement claims against Apple.

Qualcomm accusing the Cupertino company of violating a total of 16 Qualcomm patents with its most recent iPhones, including the iPhone X. Most of the patents in question cover technologies like carrier aggregation, memory designs, and power management features that are designed help to reduce battery usage.

Especially in one claim, Qualcomm says Apple is using a depth-based image enhancement technique for Portrait mode that violates a Qualcomm patent. While the chip maker's latest request to the U.S. International Trade Commission seeks an import ban on iPhone 8 and iPhone X variants that use modems from Intel on AT&T and T-Mobile.

Qualcomm seeking damages in an amount to be proven at trial, a permanent injunction against Apple, and attorneys fees. Qualcomm's latest filing follows a countersuit from Apple that was filed earlier this week. Apple claims that Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips infringe on "at least" eight battery life patents owned by Apple.

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm kicked off in January this year, it continues to escalate and there’s no sign of an end in sight. Both Qualcomm’s CEO and Apple’s Tim Cook have expressed a desire to settle the various cases, but hope of that has seemingly gone out the window. Apple is looking to drop using Qualcomm chips completely.

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According to Nikkei Asian Review, Apple is apparently well underway in developing its own in-house power management chips for its iPhone models. Today, the integrated circuitry for power management is designed by Dialog, a UK company. In the next two years, new iPhone models could use the power management chips.

Apple's new in-house power management chip would be the most advanced in the industry, according to the sources, and could have processing capabilities that allow it to better monitor and control power consumption among various components. That means iPhone users could expect devices capable of delivering better performance on lower power consumption.

Apple planning to replace about half of the main power management chips that go into iPhones with its own as early as 2018, but the transition could be delayed until 2019, according to a sources cited in the report. The Nikkei report says that Apple’s power management chip "would be the most advanced in the industry".

The main power management chip controls an iPhone's battery, including charging capabilities as well energy consumption. By using its own power management chip, The Cupertino may be able to eke out extra hours of battery life for iPhones by handling tasks more efficiently. It could also pave the way for future iPhone models to have a better performance-to-battery life balance.

Back to earlier this year, Bankhaus Lampe analyst Karsten Iltgen, said that Apple will at least partially cut back on Dialog Semiconductor's supply of power management chips for future iPhones. Iltgen said Apple already has engineers working on the chips in California and Germany. Today's report seems to corroborate the prediction.

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Apple today announced it has launched a ResearchKit-based Apple Heart Study app, The study was first announced back in September and kicks off today. It uses the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation.

As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythms were found, the participant will receive notifications from Apple Watch and iPhone, a free consultations with a study doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring.

In order to calculate heart rate and rhythm, the Apple Watch's sensor uses green LED lights flashing hundreds of times per second and light-sensitive photodiodes so it can detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist. Apple is partnering with Stanford University's School of Medicine to perform the research.

"Through the Apple Heart Study, Stanford Medicine faculty will explore how technology like Apple Watch's heart rate sensor can help usher in a new era of proactive health care central to our Precision Health approach," said Lloyd Minor, Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine. "We're excited to work with Apple on this breakthrough heart study."

The health study is open to anyone in the United States with an Apple Watch Series 1 or later (the original iWatch is not compatible) who is at least 22 years old. Simply download the Apple Heart Study from the App Store to get started. The app itself requires an iPhone running iOS 11 or later.

Apple Watch also saw the first FDA-approved accessory with an EKG reader. The accessory edical-grade Kardia Band for Apple Watch, which can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation, in the United States.

Via MacRumors And 9to5Mac

Pixelmator Team launches its newest Mac app - Pixelmator Pro, Pixelmator's advanced version, is also designed for Mac. This software features a true single-window design with GPU-powered nondestructive image editing effects, color adjustments, and much more.

Pixelmator Pro includes a new workflow, which makes more intuitive and simple to edit photos. It also features a single-window interface and intelligent image editing based on machine learning. By using the Core ML framework, Pixelmator Pro integrates seamlessly with macOS High Sierra.

The software is based on Swift 4 and integrates with Metal 2, Core Image and OpenGL. The new graphics engine can accelerate the graphics-intensive tasks. Pixelmator Pro also features Dynamic 2 graphics-based hybrid technology. Metal 2, for example, is used to render drawing tools and double-texture brushes.

Replaced Pixelmator's Floating Tools panel with an improved single-window interface, Pixelmator Pro wants to focus on the image at hand, not in its toolset. The Pixelmator team also simplified the GUI to match the look and feel of macOS so that they could present a perfect product that closely resembles Apple's product in style and functionality.

The main features of Pixelmator Pro include non-destructive image editing, as well as new tools so it can change the position of the layers. The New color adjustment tools and RAW support allow users to quickly adjust the photo. Get the Pixelmator Pro from the Mac App Store for $60, learn more about it at the Pixelmator Pro website.

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According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that shipments of Apple's AirPods will rise around 100 percent to 26-28 million units in 2018. He also observed the trend of AirPods wireless headphone, Kuo pointed out in his report that AirPods, is the most important peripheral product in Apple's wireless ecosystem.

The analyst also predicts that Chinese company Luxshare-ICT and Taiwanese firm HLJ will play key role in AirPods supply chain. In the assembly, the AirPods in the past has been exclusively assembled by Inventec, but since the join of Luxshare and the improvement of the assembly process, AirPods shipping time now reduced to 1 to 3 days.

We believe demand for AirPods has been strong, and note that the shipping time of the product on Apple’s official shopping website has shortened to 1-3 days, mainly thanks to an improved assembly process and increased capacity from Luxshare-ICT as the new assembler (the previous sole supplier being Inventec (2356 TT, NT$22.65, OP)).

We expect AirPods to remain one of the most popular Apple accessories in 2018, with shipments likely to rise 100% YoY to 26-28mn units next year

Previously, AirPods' assembly efficiency was very low due to the integration of the W1 chip, two accelerators, dual optical sensor, one antenna and the Dual beam-forming microphones in small space, and they finally solved the problem. In addition, Luxshare may also enter the HomePod supply chain in the near future.

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Apple today released a security fix for the macOS High Sierra users. This security update quickly fixed a vulnerability that an attacker may be able to log into an admin account using the username "root" with no password, including a blank one. 

The security update is rolling out on the Mac App Store now, it should be installed by all users running macOS High Sierra as soon as possible. Regardless, starting later today, the update will be automatically installed on all Macs running macOS High Sierra 10.13.1.

While the security vulnerability was a rather serious one, Apple has promptly responded with a fix less than 24 hours after it became public. The issue did not affect older versions of macOS, although there doesn’t appear to be a fix available for macOS 10.13.2 beta yet. The company has since apologized for the vulnerability in a statement.

Security is a top priority for every Apple product, and regrettably we stumbled with this release of macOS.

When our security engineers became aware of the issue Tuesday afternoon, we immediately began working on an update that closes the security hole. This morning, as of 8 a.m., the update is available for download, and starting later today it will be automatically installed on all systems running the latest version (10.13.1) of macOS High Sierra.

We greatly regret this error and we apologize to all Mac users, both for releasing with this vulnerability and for the concern it has caused. Our customers deserve better. We are auditing our development processes to help prevent this from happening again.

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Huawei has a history of trying to beat Apple at its own game, and that's truer than ever now since the iPhone X is in town. At the end of a presentation for the Honor V10, the Chinese smartphone maker have teased a depth-sensing camera system clearly meant to take on Apple's TrueDepth face detection technology.

The camera system uses a combination of infrared and a projector to create a 3D map of your face, but it can capture 300,000 points -- that is 10 times as many as the iPhone X captures, more of impressively, the Huawei's version currently takes 10 seconds to rebuild this more precise 3D model.

Huawei's new system is secure enough to be used for mobile payments, and the company's fingerprint sensor, can be recognize your fingerprint in 400 milliseconds. In addition, Huawei also demonstrated a similar Animoji features, not only to tracking facial expressions, but it can also determine if the user is in time to stick out their tongue.

Just keep in mind that this was only a spec announcement: Huawei didn't specify when this technology could be ready for prime time. It was also unclear whether the system might make its debut in Huawei’s upcoming P11 flagship, expected later this year, or at some point in the future.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming- Chi predicted it might take Android vendors at least 18 months to copy Apple’s technology so this is an interesting turn of events. Huawei is one of Apple’s biggest rivals in China, they notably announced their own “Force Touch” phone just days before the iPhone 6s launch.

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially announced a series of new patents today, including a patent from Apple Inc. for using hand gestures to control a Mac. The inventors are named Micha Galor, Jonathan Pokrass. and Amir Hoffnung, all from PrimeSense, the startup that developed Microsoft’s Kinect sensor, and which Apple acquired back in 2013.

PrimeSense was also involved in developing some of the technology behind Face ID, so the patent here appears to rely on a similar TrueDepth camera in a Mac. The patent specifically addresses the issue of how gesture mode might be activated, describing the use of a ‘focus’ gesture.

The new Apple patent covers inventions related to the computer system's user interface, especially the 3D-based user interface. More specifically, this patent relates to a method of executing a non-tactile 3D user interface through a computer, with a set of gestures containing multiple 3D coordinates.

A method, including receiving, by a computer executing a non-tactile three dimensional (3D) user interface, a set of multiple 3D coordinates representing a gesture by a hand positioned within a field of view of a sensing device coupled to the computer, the gesture including a first motion in a first direction along a selected axis in space, followed by a second motion in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, along the selected axis. Upon detecting completion of the gesture, the non-tactile 3D user interface is transitioned from a first state to a second state.

This patent describes converting a non-haptic 3D user interface from a locked state to an unlocked state using one gesture, which includes ascending movement on a vertical axis of space. Once in use, users will be able to control Macs with additional gestures. The gesture shown in the drawing is pushing, waving and lifting a hand.

As with any patents, the technology in question might not make it to an product in near future, if at all, but it is an interesting glimpse into what Apple might be planning to do with PrimeSense's technology down the line.

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There is a serious bug discovered in macOS High Sierra that someone with physical access to a macOS machine can access and change personal files on the system without needing any admin credentials. The bug, found by developer Lemi Ergin, lets anyone log into an admin account using the username "root" with no password. 

This security vulnerability works when attempting to access an administrator's account on an unlocked Mac, and it also provides access at the login screen of a locked Mac. Which means Users who haven’t disabled guest user account access or changed their root passwords (likely most) are currently open to this vulnerability.

The first step to fixed the bug is disabling guest account access. This can make it more difficult for an attacker to jump in and change system settings. After you disabled guest access, the next step is to changing the system’s root password. This can put a stop to the vulnerability altogether. Here’s how!
  1. Go to System Preferences, then click Users & Groups (or Accounts).
  2. Click the lock icon, then enter an administrator name and password.
  3. Then Click Login Options.
  4. Click Join (or Edit).
  5. Click Open Directory Utility.
  6. Click the lock icon in the Directory Utility window, then enter an administrator name and password
  7. Choose Edit > Enable Root User, then enter the password that you want to use for the root user.

It appears that this bug is present in the current version of macOS High Sierra, 10.13.1, and the macOS 10.13.2 beta that is in testing at the moment. It's not clear how such a significant bug got past Apple, but it's likely this is something that the company will immediately address.


“We are working on a software update to address this issue. In the meantime, setting a root password prevents unauthorized access to your Mac. To enable the Root User and set a password, please follow the instructions here. If a Root User is already enabled, to ensure a blank password is not set, please follow the instructions from the ‘Change the root password’ section.”

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Apple just released the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 11.2 update to developers, a week after releasing the fourth iOS 11.2 beta. Beta testers required to sign up from Apple Dev Center to download the beta profile, in order to update your device to iOS 11.2, navigate to Settings - Software Update.

The update has introduced Apple Pay Cash, Apple's new P2P payments service. The service works through the iMessage app and is designed to allow for quick person-to-person money transfers. iOS 11.2 also fixes an animation bug in the Calculator app that it caused some numbers and symbols to be ignored when user entered in rapid succession.

On the iPhone X, iOS 11.2 adds a small bar underneath the icons located at the upper right side of the device on the Lock screen, which is to make the location of the Control Center gesture more clear. In Control Center for all devices, two new informational pop-ups will displayed when using the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth toggles.

In this update, Apple adds support for faster 7.5W wireless charging for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, as well as 8 Plus. The faster charging speeds will be available when using third-party wireless chargers that supports 7.5W charging. The company also redesigned camera emoji, includes new Now Playing option for controlling content on the Apple TV in CC.

In addition to the above feature, the Cupertino firm introduces a new loading animation for Live Photos effects, new Live wallpapers for the iPhone X, plus it adds a feature that lets developers offer new customers discounted introductory pricing for auto-renewable subscriptions on the App Store.

The fifth tvOS 11.2 beta is now available for developers, it's downloadable through the Software Update mechanism on an Apple TV with an appropriate configuration profile installed. Apple in tvOS 11.2 enables automatic frame rate and dynamic range switching on Apple TV 4K. However, the version re-introduces the Unwatched category in Home Sharing for Movies and TV Shows.

Apple also releases macOS 10.13.2 beta 5 to developers, no major feature discovered in this update other than bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren't addressed in macOS High Sierra 10.13.1.

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Earlier this month, a video from cybersecurity firm Bkav made the rounds for successfully being able to “trick” Face ID using a carefully constructed mask that mimicked a real person’s face. Now, Bkav shared a second video with a new mask and a clearer look at how the mask used to spoof Face ID.

The research firm explains that the new mask is made of stone powder with 2D infrared images of eyes taped over the mask. Thus, to Face ID, the mask mimics a real face with eyes, the cost to make the mask was $200.

First of all, the demonstrator sets up Face ID normally with his face and then shows that “Require Attention for Face ID” is enabled in Settings. This means that Face ID must be detect that the user is looking at the camera in order for the iPhone X to be unlocked.

Bkav claims the materials and tools used to create the mask are "casual for anyone" and that Face ID is "not secure enough to be used in business transactions.” You will need a high quality image of the person whose phone you’re trying to access, as well as access to a 3D printer, as we as various other materials, not to mention direct access to the person’s phone.

What Bkav believes Face ID is less secure than Touch ID because it's easier to capture photographs from afar than it is to obtain a fingerprint, but this is still a very complex replication process that the average user does not need to be concerned with. Just keep in mind that this is a first-gen technology.

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In February of this year, Bloomberg reported that Apple was seeking cooperation with BOE, China's largest display maker, to developing OLED screens. At that time, BOE didn't have significant OLED manufacturing capacity, but now according Korean ET News said BOE's OLED panel yield may be changing.

The Report says that BOE is gearing up creating Apple-exclusive foldable OLED displays production line, hoping to provide flexible, folding OLED panel. According to sources, which said BOE isn't only committed to the production of flexible OLED screen, but also to foldable OLED display, and plans in the future improving these two panels ratio to 50:50.

As right now, Samsung provide the OLED displays found in the iPhone X, which it can be classed as foldable given how they curve into the back of the phone. However, the firm could be disrupted if Apple either diversifies its OLED supply chain or abandons arch-rival Samsung altogether.

Speaking to foldable iPhone, according to Patently Apple, Apple has applied a patent for a foldable phone. By using advanced carbon nanotube structures to prevent corrosion in the foldable section of the display. We have reported that Apple may release foldable iPhone by 2020, the patent might prove the rumor.

USPTO published the patent on last Thursday, it pending invention covers an electronic device having a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. The flexible display may have a bending region that allows the display to bend along a bend axis when the device is folded.

Interestingly it's the first patent by Apple that lists micro-LED as one of the main display types for a foldable iPhone. But given that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is still remains unknown at this point .

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According to MacRumors, there are at least a few hundred iPhone users have complained about the word "it" autocorrecting to "I.T" on iOS 11 version. Affected users said when they type the word "it" into a text field, the keyboard to shows "I.T" as a QuickType suggestion. After tapped the space key, the word "it" automatically changes to "I.T."

A growing number of iPhone users have voiced their frustrations about the issue on some of discussion platforms on the web shortly after iOS 11 was released in late September. Majority users claim that the apparent autocorrect bug persists even after rebooting the device or perform other basic troubleshooting.

A temporary workaround is to tap Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and enter "it" as both the phrase and shortcut, but still some users insist this solution does not solve the problem. Another method is to toggle off auto-correction and/or predictive suggestions completely in Settings > General > Keyboard.

Recently, Apple fixed a similar bug which caused the letter "i" to autocorrect to "A[?]" with iOS 11.1.1 update. It's worth to notes that the company doesn't appear to be fix the "it" to "I.T" issue in iOS 11.1.1 and later. We are expecting that a future software update will be required to address the problem. As of now, the Cupertino firm did not respond to multiple requests for comment about this particular issue.

It’s reported that Apple plans to invest $1 billion in 2018 to purchase and produce original content, one billion dollars in our eyes, of course, is huge amount of money, but to view from the original content market is far from enough (HBO, which made numbers of high profile episodes last year, spent as much as $ 2 billion for original programming).

However, according to a projection from Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster, Apple will ramp its original content spend to $4.2 billion by 2022 as part of an effort to expand the rebranded Apple Music. The longtime Apple watcher also sees the increase as an effort to compete with incumbent subscription VOD giants.

While Variety commented, saying that even if Apple's investment reached $4.2 billion, but this figure still won’t catch up the other two video giants. By 2022, Amazon's investment will be likely to exceed Netflix’s $6.8 billion, reaching $8.3 billion, or about twice of the amount invested by Apple.

We think that will change over the next 5 years as Apple ramps its original content investment from about $500m in 2017 to our estimate of $4.2B in 2022. It’s worth noting this will still lag our 2022 estimates for original content spend (excludes catalog spend) by Amazon at $8.3B which will likely surpass Netflix at $6.8B.

The analyst envisions Apple rebranding Apple Music in the next 2-3 years to reflect a scope larger than just songs. “Apple should be able to quickly expand their sub base given they have a running start with just over 30 million Apple Music subs that will have access to the video offering for the same $10 per month,” he wrote in a Nov. 21 research note.

We have also seen that Apple is willing to make some changes in the original contents. The company announced in early November they are making a new TV show for its streaming service starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. They also hired Morgan Wandell, former Amazon Studio executive and Matt Cherniss, former President and General Manager of WGN America, to join the team.

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If you’re on a Mac with recent macOS release such as Sierra or El Capitan, then Apple is defaulting to try and automatically downloading the 5GB installer for macOS High Sierra in the background to your computer. When the download completes, the Mac then sends you a notification suggesting that High Sierra is ready to install.

The notification only having two options; “Install” and “Details”. Some users may find this convenient to automatically download a major software update and casually suggest to be install it onto a Mac, but other may be less than excited about this behavior, particularly if you’re not yet ready to install macOS High Sierra on a Mac. Here's how to prevent from it.
  1. Go to the  Apple menu and choose “System Preferences”
  2. Go to the “App Store” panel
  3. Uncheck the box next to “Download newly available updates in the background”
  4. You can also uncheck the “Install macOS updates” box if you want to continue to download updates but not install them right away.

By doing this, it should prevent macOS Sierra or Mac OS X El Capitan from downloading “Install macOS High Sierra” file onto your Mac into the Applications folder, and prevent from sending the notification that it’s ready to install. Whichever way you go with macOS updates, user still can easily change the settings in System Preferences if you change your mind later on.

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According to KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, he's out with a new investor note this morning touching on iPhone X demand and supply. As Kuo explains in his note that while some believe the iPhone X’s quickly improving supply is due to low demand, he attributes it to production improvements with demand remaining strong.

According to the analyst, who frequently shares accurate information from Apple's supply chain, says iPhone X production issues "have been well addressed" in recent weeks, with Foxconn's production now at 450,000-550,000 units per day compared to just 50K-150K units a month or two ago as Apple geared up to launch the device.

The report pointed out that the two major bottlenecks that have caused the iPhone X supply have been largely resolved. First, Career quickly made up for the lost time after Murata was unable to deliver the LTE antenna components as originally planned. Second, LG and Sharp also improved the yield of dot projector modules in TrueDepth cameras.

(1) Hon Hai’s daily shipments of iPhone X have climbed to 450-550k units, up from 50-150k units 1-2 months ago; (2) shipments of Career’s LCP LTE antenna will likely grow 100% MoM in both November and December; and (3) production yield of Dot projection module, made by LG Innotek (KR) and Sharp (JP), has moved quickly above 80-90% or higher from below 60% 1-2 months ago

Due to improved production, Kuo believes that fourth quarter of iPhone X shipments may be 10% to 20% higher than his previous estimate, some of which are expected to be delivered by the end of the quarter. He predicts that this acceleration means that iPhone X shipments in the first quarter of 2018 will be flat or slightly lower than in the Q4.

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Razer, a Singaporean gaming hardware company that is huge in the PC gaming world. Recently, they launched a smartphone and simply named the Razer Phone - is made for gaming. The Razer Phone comes at a time when smartphone manufacturing has matured, and the device is unusually polish for a first-time device from a company venturing into uncharted waters.

Forbes' Ben Sin says the Razer Phone stands out in two ways over other smartphones on the market. Due to these improvements that made the device ensure better in gaming performance, and they also make everyday smartphone use more enjoyable. So, compared with Apple's flagship - iPhone X, will Razer Phone in gaming to occupy its own advantages?

Firstly. let's take a look at the screen. In recent years, smartphone manufacturers have been focusing on creating screens with higher definition and smoothness. iPhone X is Apple's first smartphone with an OLED screen, and its screen performance is excellent.

However, Razer Phone's screen resolution is only 2K, but refresh rate has reached 120Hz! to know that almost all of the smartphones screen refresh rate only has 60Hz. If you've never used a 120Hz display, 60Hz is more than sufficient. But once you've seen a 120Hz display in action -- scrolling and touch input feels instantaneous -- going back to the 60Hz results will have you noticing the relatively lack of fluidity.

It's worth mentioning that although the iPhone X has 120Hz touch sample rate, means it can react to your touch faster, but it doesn't improve scrolling and pinching and general animation the way the Razer's always-on 120Hz rate does. The 120Hz refresh rate is to cater to gamers, to whom even a fraction of a second of input lag can mean the difference between life and death.

The smartphone also equipped the best speakers in a mobile phone ever, because Razer Phone's bezels house large dual stereo speakers, each one independently amplified, and fine-tuned by Dolby Atmos. These speakers might explain why the Razer Phone lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Of course, for a company that has just been involved in the smartphone market, their products on the overall point of view, certainly can not compete with the iPhone X, but overall, Razer Phone is still an impressive product, for gamers, perhaps they will also have a strong interest in this mobile phone that specifically made for the gaming.

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Global Aiptek is a renowned mobile projection company and a technology innovator for developing digital imaging, wireless video, and audio products. The startup recently has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds and support for the definitive mobile projector for sharing and enhancing digital content like never before.

The ultimate mobile projector called OrbitBeam will bring the iPhone screens around the world to life like never before. It’s designed specifically for iPhone 6 or 6 plus as well as subsequent generations. In addition, it supports several connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth, Wireless LAN, Miracast, HDMI, Airplay, Aux and much more.

The OrbitBeam even has built-in speakers to give you a complete multimedia experience. The powerful TI DLP LED projector brings all of your content to life with stunningly bright colors and rich blacks. Incredibly, it produces a screen up to 120 inches and it supports full 1080p HD.

In addition to all of this, the OrbitBeam also provides you with a battery case that you can easily top up with the built-in 3000mAh battery. Designed for the iPhone 6/6 Plus and later, the OrbitBeam case uses a pogo pin connection to connect to the projector. From there, you can easily rotate the smartphone any direction you need.

So far, the powerful projector is raising funds on Kickstarter, and already raised up to $18,280, they pledged $30,000 goal. The early bird price set for $229, it includes a battery case and a projector for iPhone 6/6S/7/8. It's expected to start shipping by July of 2018.

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ModMyi repository is one of the best Cydia Sources to download a lot themes, apps, tweaks and games on your jailbroken iDevices, unfortunately, the developer of the Cydia host - ModMy today announces it has been archived. Another major Cydia Host ZodTTD/MacCiti also shut down last week, meaning two out of three of Cydia's major default repositories are no longer active as of this month.

ModMy recommends developers in the jailbreaking community use the BigBoss repository, one of the last major Cydia sources that still remains functional. The closure of two major Cydia repositories is arguably the result of a declining interest in jailbreaking. With many of those features now available out of the box, the allure of jailbreaking is considerably less for many people.

Back when the iPhone and iPod touch were first released in 2007, jailbreak quickly grew in popularity for both fun and practical reasons. Before Apple introduced the App Store in 2008, it allowed users to install apps and games. Jailbreaking was even more useful for something as simple as setting a wallpaper, not possible on early iOS versions.

Because of jailbreaking as it created number of popular tweaks, makes Apple eventually implemented into iOS, such as system toggles, lock screen widgets, quick reply for text messages, screen recording, multitasking, picture-in-picture mode on iPad, and keyboard trackpad mode. If there's no jailbreaking, Apple's iOS couldn't do better than now.

Although jailbreaking is not illegal in the United States, due to an exemption in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, jailbreaking technically voids your device's warranty coverage. But Apple once said jailbreaking can "severely degrade the experience" of an iPhone, makes it unstable and not work reliably.

At the POC2017 event in Seoul, South Korea, iOS hacker Liang Chen has demonstrated the first-known jailbreak to date on Apple’s flagship iPhone X handset. But most jailbreak developers are selling these exploits to Apple, so no Mac or PC tool like Pangu has been released for the public to download and jailbreak their own devices with.

"When you get fewer people bothering to jailbreak, you get fewer developers targeting interesting things, which means there's less reasons for people to jailbreak," said Jay Freeman, the father of Cydia. "Which means there's fewer people jailbreaking, which causes there to be less developers bothering to target it. And then you slowly die."

Apple has indicated on its website that iPhone X will launch in Colombia starting December 1, Chile on December 7, and Brazil on December 8. As usual, The device will be available from select carriers and authorized resellers in each country. The company hasn't provided iPhone X pricing information for Chile or Colombia, but they do list price info for Brazil.

In Brazil, the iPhone X will be available purchase from the country's two Apple Stores at VillageMall in Rio de Janeiro and the Morumbi shopping center in São Paulo. Inventory will likely be extremely limited. The iPhone X will start at 6,999 Brazilian reals in Brazil, the equivalent of slightly more than $2,150 USD based on current exchange rates.

When asking why Apple's prices in Brazil being significantly higher than in the United States, partly the result of the country's 60 percent duty on imported products valued up to $3,000, and likely other factors such as stricter labor laws. In the US, the iPhone X only cost $999 for 64GB.

Shipping estimates for the iPhone X have improved to 1 to 2 weeks in the United States, Canada, Asia, And Europe. Majority regional online Apple stores now quoting delivery within the first eight days of December. The improvements suggest Apple's efforts to ramp up production have successfully resulted in greater supply.

In earlier of the month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said they were working to ramp up iPhone X production week by week, with the aim of getting the new smartphone out to customers "as soon as possible." Although several rumors suggested the device would be heavily constrained and in short supply until well into 2018.

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According to a South Korean publication report, Apple's first Apple Store in South Korea will soon arrive because the construction of the store will be officially completed next month. The two-story Apple Store will be located on a 1,300 square-meter site in Sinsa-dong, a fashionable district in southern Seoul.

The sleek new building will feature, among other things, an exterior glass wall. A local construction agency official told Seoul's daily newspaper publisher Chosun Ilbo that "The construction work that started in August is expected to be completed by Dec. 23," though hinting that the store could possibly slip into early in January, 2018.

The report further noted that Apple's first flagship store opening was delayed for about two months after Apple reportedly changed the building design at the last minute. And previously, they had planned to build a five-story building. The 5-storey design has only appeared at the Tokyo Ginza store (due to limited space).

Majority of local Korean Apple fans fully expect that the new Apple store will improve overall quality of after-sales service. They're hoping the new store will mean having Apple send new iPhone models to Korea quicker than in the past. With Seoul's population closing in on ten million, I am sure that Apple will be eyeing other locations for future growth. 

Apple is set to release the iPhone X in the South Korean market on November 24, following the release earlier this month of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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Did you know that you can add your iCloud account to the Alexa app on iOS devices and access your iCloud Calendar content through Amazon's Echo, Dot, Tap, and Show. Alexa also supports connection to G Suite, Gmail, Office 365, and Outlook. So, if you don't use iCloud, you can still connect calendar app if it's one of these major services.

Once you've enabled two-factor authentication with your iCloud account, you can connect your iCloud Calendar to Amazon's Alexa assistant. Once linked, just say, “Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?” or “Alexa, add lunch with Sarah at noon to my calendar.” And here's how to add your iCloud Calendar to Amazon Alexa devices.

1. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone or iPad
2. Tap the Menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen. It looks like three stacked lines (☰).
3. Tap Settings from the menu list.
4. Next up, you have to scroll down and tap on Calendar. Then, tap on Apple.
5. Tap on Continue. (Assuming you have enabled Two-Factor Authentication for your Apple ID)

6. Generate app-specific passwords for Alexa, if you haven't done it as yet. Then after, you have to tap on Continue.
7. Type in your Apple ID and the app-specific password you have generated for Alexa.
8. Finally, you have to choose iCloud calendars

Since HomePod isn't available until next year, it missing the critical holiday shopping season. While Amazon’s Echo lineups offers solid integration with Apple products. There’s also an Echo product for pretty much every spectrum of the market in terms of price.

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In a note to investors that was sent out yesterday, well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI said that 2018 iPhones will feature upgraded LCP (liquid crystal polymer) antenna module, which will contribute faster LTE transmission speed. 

The new iPhone model will use at least two LCP LTE antenna modules, just like the iPhone X, while with improvements in support of the 4x4 MIMO standard. 4x4 MIMO, or Multiple-Input Multiple-Output has the potential to significantly improve LTE transmission speeds by increasing the number of data paths between a cellular tower and an iOS device to four.

Antenna design upgrade a key factor in anticipated boost to LTE transmission speed in new 2H18F iPhone models. As a LTE antenna FPCB material, LCP is superior to PI in properties related to high-frequency, thermal performance and moisture resistance. We predict 2H18 new iPhones will be equipped with two LCP LTE antenna modules same as iPhone X or more, but with higher specs to support 4x4 MIMO standards.

Last week, Kuo expects Apple to use the Intel XMM 7560 and Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 modems for its next-generation iOS devices, resulting in faster LTE speeds. Both chips support the 4x4 MIMO technology which mentioned earlier, while the current iPhone models support 2x2 MIMO.

In his previous report, He said that Apple is working on three new iPhone models for 2018, including a 5.8-inch OLED model similar to the current iPhone X, a 6.5-inch OLED models, considered "iPhone X Plus", and a new 6.1-inch LCD models, designed to be sold at a lower price. They will include edge-to-edge iPhone X-style displays and Face ID support.

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When iMac Pro was first announced and detailed at the top of Apple's WWDC 2017, many of Mac's loyal fans were delighted by the performance monsters. Last weekend, several developers discovered data in Apple's BridgeOS code that suggests the upcoming iMac Pro will feature an A10 Fusion chip with 512 MB of RAM, now more tidbits seems to be found.

According to Pike's Universum, a site known for digging deeper into Mac firmware files, that claims to have found data relating to some form of mobile connectivity in the upcoming iMac Pro that could be used for "advanced theft protection," somewhat similar to Apple's "Find My iPhone" service.

Even the cheapest iMac Pro costs $4999 and is thus far more expensive than any other iMac model that is now available, let alone the top of the line one with a price tag north of $15K, and it is so easy to walk away with a 27-inch computer, and that may be why Apple is going to introduce a new kind of “Find my iMac Pro” type of theft protection. One that phones home to report the exact GPS location. And there’s no way of switching it off…

The post goes on to suggest that the data could alternatively relate to a new feature in the iMac Pro that uses a SIM card to make phone calls. "Or perhaps the data that I found has to be a leftover from iOS for the iPhone," ends the post, qualifying the claims as speculation at this point.

If Apple really introduced such feature for iMac Pro, there's nothing wrong with it. Because even the cheapest version costs $4,999, much more expensive than any other iMac model on the market today, The highest-end iMac Pro, though Apple didn't announce the exact figure, but some media estimates it priced at least $15,000 or more,

In addition to above two suspected new content found in the iMac Pro firmware code, there's currently no further iMac Pro related information. HomePod, which was originally expected to be released with iMac Pro, was confirmed it will be available next year, and from Apple's official website, it appears that iMac Pro will still be available in December.

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Latest drone video shared today by drone pilot Matthew Roberts it appears that work on Apple Park is nearing completion, and the video shows off recent progress and finishing touches that are being put in place on buildings and outdoor areas. 

The new video features the now-completed Apple Park Visitor's Center, located across the street from the main ring-shaped building. The Visitor's Center, which boasts a huge carbon fiber roof and is made from the same materials that were used for the main building, it publicly opened to visitors last Friday

Inside of the building features an indoor area with a replica of Apple Park that comes to life by using an augmented reality app, a rooftop viewing deck that gives some obscured views of the main campus, a cafe that serves coffee, tea, and snacks, and an Apple Store that sells standard Apple products and other exclusive Apple Park gears.

The aerial footage also highlights more completed landscaping and a newly filled fountain pond within the giant ring. You can see that pogress has been made on the landscaping, with lush grass now planted outside of the cafeteria's enormous glass double doors. Although there’s still few additional landscaping work to be done, especially around the fitness center.

Outdoor food stations are also nearing completion, and the solar panels on the roof of the ring-shaped building have all been installed. Apple Park will run entirely on renewable energy provided by the solar panels on the roof. While much of the campus is complete, there's still some work to be done, and most employees are already moving into Apple Park.

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Yesterday, there's Chinese reported that Apple is developing a new generation of iPhone SE. The new generation of iPhone SE is expected to be officially unveiled as early as the first half of next year, it will become Apple's main force to conquer the Indian market.

And now, designer Dávid Holczhauer shared a concept phone called the iPhone S on Behance website and said it was smartphone that would soon replace the iPhone SE, the long-awaited compact phone. It not only retains the small size, but the design similar to the latest iMac.

Thie iPhone S packed with a 4.7-inch full HD OLED screen, the phone is only 6.5mm thick. equipped with an 8-core processor and featured with 20 megapixel main camera and 800 megapixel front camera. This is actually very strange, Apple usually don't adopts such hardware parameters.

Overall, the so-called iPhone S is reminiscent of a wide range of iMacs, unlike the existing iPhone SE design language, it featured somewhat a curved designs on the back. And from the front to view, it's not too much like an iPhone, but rather more like a ZenFone phone.

As for the price, iPhone S pricing may not be too expensive, it should be priced about $300, While the yesterday's report said that the new generation of iPhone SE will continue to use the 4-inch display, but the processor will be upgraded to A10, the other parameters are basically the same with the 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

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Currently, iPhone SE is the only 4-inch iPhone being sold at Apple.com. For those who love small-sized smartphones, the iPhone SE will absolutely be a great choices, The question is whether Apple will continue to update this model? Well, it it looks like the company has plans for a mid-cycle upgrade sometime in the first half of 2018.

According to a new report from China Mobile News. though they're planning to implement iPhone X-style look for its 2018 models, the iPhone coming early next year will follow the old-school design. If you haven't guessed already, there's going to be an iPhone SE upgrade in the first half of 2018.

The next generation of iPhone SE will derive the same 4-inch display concept, following the success of the iPhone SE in many regions. In terms of specifications, the iPhone SE 2 will get basic upgrades such as Apple's A10 and a upgraded camera, otherwise it will be same as 4.7-inch iPhone 7, most crucially, the new iPhone SE continues to use Touch ID.

Worth of praise, the iPhone SE 2 is going to be its mid-range pricing. If the rumours are to be believed, Apple will price the new model on the same lines as the original one, at around $450. This will serve as a good alternative to the bezel-less designs Apple is so keen to bring onboard for all of its iPhones.

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According to Digitimes, Apple is collaborating with TSMC working on the microLED display technology which is expected to supersede OLED within the next few years. It seems that microLED screens take some of the key benefits of OLED over LCD yet further, offering even greater brightness, color saturation and power efficiency.

It's believed that once micro-LED displays can be mass produced both reliably and affordably, these panels could be used in future Apple devices. The company's use of micro-LED would likely begin in 2019 at the earliest, possibly starting with the Apple Watch, and it should choose to proceed with the technology after trial production.

Apple is reportedly collaborating with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to develop applications based on silicon-based backplanes (silicon wafers) aiming to sidestep the bottleneck that entails with the mass transfer of LED chips, indicated the sources.

The report claims Apple has downsized its micro-LED research and development team at its laboratory in northern Taiwan, and the company is struggling with some of the practical manufacturing aspects of the technology. The company was earlier this year reported to be moving into trial production.

However, the downsizing doesn't mean that Apple has delayed or given up development of the next-generation display technology. In addition to its work with TSMC, it's possible that the further R&D work being carried out in the United States.

However, the downsizing was not meant that Apple has delayed or gave up the development of related Micro LED technology, said the sources, adding that it could mean that Apple has shifted the R&D focus back the US as the initial phase of the research project being carried out at LuxVue has been completed.

Apple has been looking ahead for some time to microLED technology, acquiring LuxVue – a company specialising in the field – back in 2014. Some of its employees may be even part of Apple's micro-LED research team, in addition to former employees of AU Optronics and Qualcomm subsidiary SolLink.

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Apple’s most expensive iPhone ever made - iPhone X today has been placed at the #2 spot on TIME's "Top 10 Gadgets of 2017" list. According to the magazine, the new smartphone placed so highly because many of its features - including Face ID and edge-to-edge display -- "will undoubtedly set a new standard for phones to come."

Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, you’ll probably have a hard time getting your hands on one. And yes, Android did it first. But the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge screen and facial recognition system will undoubtedly set a new standard for phones to come. For one, Apple’s Face ID system, even despite the security concerns, is already being used in more creative ways than Samsung’s facial identification tech. Third-party apps like Snapchat and Warby Parker are taking advantage of the iPhone X’s face-mapping technology to project realistic masks over your eyes or select glasses that suit your face’s shape. That, combined with a sharp camera, long battery life, and large screen packed into a more palatable size, make Apple’s iPhone X a top pick.

Another Apple product to list on the Time’s Top 10 Gadgets of 2017 is the Apple Watch Series 3, which earned the #9 ranks. Time said that the advantages introduced in the new version of the Apple Watch, like a faster processor and barometric altimeter, were great additions. But the magazine said the truly notable addition was LTE, that allow you to leave your phone at home when running.

The freedom to leave your phone at home when you step out to walk the dog or go on a run may be just enough to persuade smartwatch skeptics that the Apple Watch is worth considering, especially for athletic types.

In addition to iPhone X and App Watch Series 3, the following gadgets round out the top five spots: Nintendo Switch (#1), Microsoft Surface Laptop (#3), DJI Spark (#4), as well as Samsung Galaxy S8 (#5). When asking why Nintendo Switch received the top spot, the magazine explains is a "true knockout" thanks to its games library and ability to transform from portable gaming to playing on a TV at home.

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Apple’s most powerful Mac ever made - iMac Pro is set to launch by the end of this year, although it seems the company has revealed most of the device’s spec details, but it appears more features are inside of the handset. This evening, a couple of tidbits regarding the iMac Pro have emerged thanks to some digging by developers Johnathan Levin, Steve Troughton-Smith, and Guilherme Rambo.

According to information available via the BridgeOS 2.0 software package from Apple, it appears that the iMac Pro will feature an ARM coprocessor in the form of an A10 Fusion chip. This would mark the first time that a Mac has used an A-series chip designed by Apple. Developer Troughton-Smith said on Twitter that the chip would let “Apple experiment with tighter control” of macOS, without frustrating developers and users.

Furthermore, he explains that the A10 Fusion chip (512MB) in the iMac Pro could powers always-on “Hey, Siri,” a feature that’s currently missing from the macOS version of Siri. In fact, Smith says it appears that the chip even runs when the iMac Pro is completely shut off. It also appears that the chip to handle the macOS boot & security process.

As we reported earlier in this year, the iMac Pro would feature an ARM coprocessor. Bloomberg also reported at the beginning of the year that Apple was developing a new ARM-based chip destined for the MacBook Pro. This chip is said to responsible for handling low-power tasks which currently rely on Intel’s processor.

As of now, Apple ships a custom ARM chip what they called T1 in its latest MacBook Pro models. The Cupertino firm still didn’t provide an official release date for the iMac Pro, but they promised that it will be here before the end of the year.

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Apple has upgraded Siri with iOS 11.2 that it is able to recognize certain commands even when offline. As discovered by EverythingApplePro, Siri on iOS 11.2 beta which seems smart enough to be able to recognize commands such as “play”, “pause” etc, even when your iPhone is not connected to the internet.

Siri processes voice commands through Apple’s servers that means it requires access to active internet connection, but it looks like the Cupertino firm has tweaked the voice assistant makes it recognize some basic commands when offline in iOS 11.2.

Google Assistant has had offline voice commands support for over a year now. For now, as discovered by Reddit users, only a few of basic commands like “play”, “pause”, “next song”, “previous song”, “repeat song” work. Due to the feature still in early development, so any change in command like “play music” or “play songs from Taylor Swift” will trip Siri and requires access to the internet.

Since all the commands that work offline are related to music playback, it is likely that Apple in the future to add support for Siri to allow AirPods users to easily control music playback without having to take out their phone from their pocket.

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