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Google on Thursday rolled out its Expeditions app with a new solo mode for all users.

“Using this mode, they can explore over 600 different tours on their own. All that users need to do is download the Expeditions app (available on both Android and iOS), drop their phone into Google Cardboard and get ready for an adventure!” the company said in a statement.

For the past two years, the app was available only for teachers as a tool to extend learning inside the classroom, helping students to gain exposure to new career paths and learn about various social impact initiatives happening around the globe.

With the new update, users can either take these tours as an explorer or a guide.

As an ‘Explorer’, users can experience the tour on their own, where they can view more detailed information on various points of interest within the experience.

The ‘Guide Mode’ lets teachers preview a tour before embarking with their students on a virtual journey.

Expeditions also works on Daydream View VR headset-ready phones for more immersive and engaging experience.

 

 

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The US government has sought to intervene in Apple’s appeal against an EU order to pay back up to EUR 13 billion ($14.3 billion or roughly Rs. 95,910 crores) in Irish taxes, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

iPhone maker Apple took its case to the Luxembourg-based General Court, Europe’s second-highest, in December after the European Commission issued the record tax demand saying the US company won sweetheart tax deals from the Irish government which amounted to illegal subsidies.

The decision was criticised by the Obama administration which said the European Union was helping itself to cash that should have ended up in the United States.

The Trump administration, which has tentatively proposed a tax break on $2.6 trillion in corporate profits being held offshore as part of its tax reform, has not said anything in public about the case.

“I can confirm the United States filed an application with the European Union General Court to intervene in the case involving the retroactive application of state aid rules to Apple,” said the source, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The General Court is expected to hear the case in late 2018, another source with knowledge of the matter said.

Apple has said it was a convenient target for the EU and that the EU competition enforcer used an “absurd theory” to come up with a punitive figure.

Amazon and McDonald’s are also in the EU crosshairs over their tax deals with Luxembourg.

Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Starbucks, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and several other companies that were also ordered to pay back taxes to other EU countries have similarly challenged their EU rulings.

 

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After years toiling away in secret on its car project, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has for the first time laid out exactly what the company is up to in the automotive market: It’s concentrating on self-driving technology.

“We’re focusing on autonomous systems,” Cook said in an interview on Bloomberg Television on June 5. “It’s a core technology that we view as very important.”

“We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects,” Cook said in his most detailed comments to date on Apple’s plans in the car space. “It’s probably one of the most difficult A.I. projects actually to work on.”

The prospect of self-driving cars has seen a slew of technology companies push into the auto industry, which is estimated to be worth $6.7 trillion (roughly Rs. 431,29,903 crores) by 2030, according to McKinsey & Co. Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit has signed partnerships with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Lyft Inc. to develop the technology. And carmakers from BMW AG to General Motors Co. have opened sizable Silicon Valley offices and dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire autonomous vehicle startups.

Apple had initially been seeking to build its own car, before recalibrating those ambitions last year to prioritise the underlying technology for autonomous driving, Bloomberg News reported. The iPhone maker had hired more than 1,000 engineers to work on Project Titan, as the car team is known internally, after it started in 2014.

Ballooning costs and headcount led to Apple veteran Bob Mansfield being given the reins of the team in 2016. Cook has never before openly outlined Apple’s plans, though public filings have surfaced in recent months that provided snapshots of Apple’s efforts.

The iPhone maker secured a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles in April to test three self-driving sports-utility vehicles, photos of which emerged several weeks later. A half-dozen vehicles had been surreptitiously testing the autonomous technology on public roads in and around the San Francisco Bay area for at least a year, according to someone familiar with Project Titan. Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr declined to comment on how long the company has been conducting road tests.

 

In December, Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity, penned a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealing the company’s interest in automotive technology. It became public when it was published on a federal website. In the letter, Kenner wrote about the company’s excitement surrounding the potential for automated systems in fields like transportation.

“There is a major disruption looming there,” Cook said on Bloomberg Television, citing self-driving technology, electric vehicles and ride-hailing. “You’ve got kind of three vectors of change happening generally in the same time frame.”

Cook was also bullish about the prospects for electric vehicles, a market which last week helped Tesla Inc. become the world’s fourth-biggest carmaker by market capitalisation, even as it ranks well outside the top 10 by unit sales.

“It’s a marvelous experience not to stop at the filling station or the gas station,” Cook said.

Apple invested $1 billion last year in Didi Chuxing, the biggest Chinese ride-hailing service. The announcement came soon after Mansfield took over Project Titan and set about cutting hundreds of engineers. Whereas Apple had initially been building its own car, Mansfield scrapped those plans in favor of building an autonomous driving system. The company will make a decision on whether to proceed with the push later this year, the people said at the time.

In the interview on Bloomberg Television, Cook was hesitant to disclose whether Apple will ultimately manufacture its own car. “We’ll see where it takes us,” Cook said. “We’re not really saying from a product point of view what we will do.”

 

 

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Chip manufacturer Qualcomm has asked a US court to force Apple to pay up royalties for phone patents owned by Qualcomm.

Apple has stopped paying royalties to contract manufacturers for phone patents owned by Qualcomm over an “unresolved issue” – a move that will hit the US-chip maker’s financial results.

In a court filing, Qualcomm asked for a preliminary injunction against four of Apple’s suppliers – Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal – all of which it began suing for breach of contract earlier this month, The Verge reported on Thursday.

According to Qualcomm, Apple had instructed these companies in April not to pay royalties for devices they made using Qualcomm technology.

“Apple could litigate against Qualcomm indefinitely; it has virtually unlimited resources (more than $256 billion in cash reserves) and already has filed multiple cases against Qualcomm not just in this court, but around the world. And when those cases end, Apple can file more cases,” Qualcomm wrote in the court filing.

Qualcomm also alleged that Apple was trying to force a settlement by throwing its weight around.
“It goes on to say that Apple ‘has chosen commercial ransom over judicial process’ and that it’s trying to get an unfair deal on Qualcomm’s technology ‘through coercion enabled by its enormous market power,'” the report added.

Because of the missing payments, Qualcomm would suffer a loss of $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,222 crores) in revenue this quarter alone.

Earlier in April, the US chip manufacturer lambasted Apple for breaching deals between the two companies and urged that the lawsuit filed in January against it by the iPhone maker should be rejected.

Qualcomm also accused Apple of harming its business and sought unspecified damages.

Apple sued Qualcomm in January for nearly one billion dollars over royalties, with the Cupertino-based tech giant alleging the wireless chipmaker did not give fair licensing terms for its processor technology.

But Qualcomm refuted the allegations, saying that Apple had intentionally mischaracterised the agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology they had invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers “through our licensing programme”.

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After much negative feedback from users over the removal of the old Status feature, WhatsApp has decided to bring it back. The old WhatsApp Text Status feature was first seen in the ‘About’ section on Android beta, and now WhatsApp has officially confirmed its arrival.

The Facebook-owned IM app told TechCrunch that the old Status feature will be revived. In fact, all WhatsApp users on Android will get the feature over the next week and iPhone users will get it soon as well.

“We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we’ve integrated this feature into the ‘About’ section in profile settings. Now, the update will appear next to profile names anytime you view contacts, such as when creating a new chat or looking at Group info. At the same time, we’re continuing to build on the new Status feature that gives people fun and engaging ways to share photos, videos and GIFs with their friends and family throughout their day,” the company issued a statement to the publication.
This WhatsApp Text Status feature will work just in the same way as it was seen on Android beta version 2.17.95. Users will be able to set a text WhatsApp Status in the ‘About’ section which will change only when you want it to. Your contact list will be able to see the Status message by opening your contact, when starting a new chat thread, or viewing group info.

In any case, the new WhatsApp Status stories feature isn’t going anywhere and will remain a constant in a separate tab. You can add photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours, just like Snapchat. The tab also lists all the new updates from your contacts in the same format as you see on Snapchat. Unfortunately, there’s no way (yet) to disable this WhatsApp feature completely.

Facebook also introduced a similar feature on its Messenger service, named ‘Messenger Day’. This feature also lets you post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours, but it’s a little more invasive than WhatsApp as it changes a lot of the interface behaviour jarring people’s habitual patterns.

 

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Alongside the iOS 10.3 beta 1, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1 has also been released for Mac developers. This arrives a day after the commercial release of macOS Sierra 10.2.3 that bought along mainly bug fixes and improvements.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1 introduces the much needed ‘Night Shift’ feature to encourage users to snooze a bit more. This feature works just like f.lux, and automatically shifts your display colour to the warmer end of the spectrum as night falls. This is done to put less strain on the eyes, and encourages shut-eye time. The yellow tinge in Night Shift mode is essentially light that’s devoid of the blue wavelengths that tend to keep people surfing the Web more, cause strain on the eyes, and prevent sleep. The Night Shift mode makes the screen warm-orangey automatically, putting less strain on the eye, and reminding the user to take some time off from the screen.

Furthermore, just like the iOS 10.3 beta, it also brings Siri support for checking cricket scores, schedules, and player rosters from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the International Cricket Council (ICC). The digital assistant will give you real-time ball-by-ball update of IPL and ICC cricket games, a handy feature for all cricket fans in the country and across the world. iOS 10.3 beta version also brings support for AirPods in Find My iPhone, improved Spotlight search, transition to the new APFS file system, new API to give the developers the ability to ask reviews from customers, and a revamped Settings app.

 
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Apple Inc on Wednesday indicated to the government that it is ready with a blueprint to begin manufacturing iPhones in India, but wants fiscal concessions, including Customs duty waiver on import of components.

Apple executives made a detailed presentation on its road map for setting up a manufacturing unit in India to an inter-ministerial group headed by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Secretary Ramesh Abhishek, sources privy to the development said.

The presentation was made by senior executives of the company, including Global Vice-President (iPhone operations) Priya Balasubramanian. It cited the country’s business friendly ecosystem for keenness to start local manufacturing.

With sales tapering in the US and China, Apple is eyeing India – the fastest growing smartphone market in the world – and looking to set up a local manufacturing unit to cut costs.

It, however, does not manufacture devices on its own and rather does it through contract manufacturers.

Besides exemption from the Customs duty on imports of components and equipment for 15 years, Apple wants relaxation in the mandated 30 percent local sourcing of components.

When contacted, Apple spokesperson told PTI: “We have been working hard to develop our operations in India and are proud to deliver the best products and services in the world to our customers here.”

The spokesperson added: “We appreciate the constructive and open dialogue we have had with the government about further expanding our local operations.”

On the duty and tax-related concessions being sought by the company, the sources said most of them are within the policy domain and decisions will be taken by the respective departments.

“They are seeking certain duty exemptions and other concessions. Respective departments will look at those demands,” they added.

The official also said the company has indicated that it would gradually make India a major manufacturing hub for its products.

“The company setting up its manufacturing unit in India is going to be a reality. They have full-fledged plans. There is no policy impediment. They would also bring their supply chains,” the sources divulged.

The company executives on Tuesday called on Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

In a communication to the government, the Cupertino-based technology major has asked for several tax and other incentives, including long-term duty exemptions, to enter the manufacturing sector in India.

Currently, the government provides support by way of benefits under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS) to boost electronic manufacturing.

The company sells its products through Apple-owned retail stores in countries like China, Germany, the US, the UK and France, among others. It has no wholly-owned store in India and sells its products through distributors such as Redington and Ingram Micro.

 
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Alongside iOS 10.2, Apple has released watchOS 3.1.1 and tvOS 10.1 updates as well. The watchOS update also brings the new Unicode 9.0 emojis just like iOS 10.2, while tvOS 10.1 update introduces Apple’s new TV app which brings various video services on one platform.

Beginning with watchOS 3.1.1, the update is compatible with all Apple Watches out there. This update arrives three months after the big watchOS 3 update. watchOS 3.1.1 comes more than 100 new emojis including shrug, facepalm, and fingers crossed. More diverse characters, new professions, and new emojis representing sports, food, and animals have been added. New professions include scientist, teacher, pilot and firefighter. watchOS 3.1.1 also introduces the ability to change skin tones when picking specific emoji characters.

Refer to Apple’s website for detailed instructions on how to update your Apple Watch to the latest OS. In September, watchOS 3 introduced noticeable speed improvements to a platform that many had termed slow, and introduces an all-new dock with “instant access” to apps. The update also brought new watch faces, new workouts, wheelchair use, breathe mode, and more.

Apple has also released tvOS 10.1 for the fourth generation Apple TV. The big addition is the introduction of the new TV app that lets you subscribe for premium content from various video services and stream online. The update also brings Apple’s much wanted single sign-on feature which will allow Apple TV customers to authenticate all the video channels from their pay-TV providers by simply signing in once to watch all of their network-TV apps. The option is available in Settings app > Accounts for compatible select service providers. Apple looks to broaden the reach of this feature by adding more service providers over time. Read how to update the software on your Apple TV here.

 
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The latest OS sales data figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals that iOS adoption has seen a boost in three months ending October, all thanks to the sales of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Japan currently holds the top spot where iOS holds the greatest share at 51.7 percent of smartphone sales, followed by 44 percent in Great Britain, and 40.5 percent in the US.

In the US, iOS share saw a 7 percent year-on-year increase, with the share being at 33.5 percent last year in the three months ending October. Calling Apple the ‘most desirable brand in the world’, the report says that this is the strongest rate of growth for the OS in more than two years, as well as the highest share seen since the three months ending January 2015 (42.8 percent).

Even though Android still holds the dominant share of sales at 57.9 percent in the US, the report says the quarter saw the fifth consecutive year-on-year decline in Android share. This strong growth rate of iOS is attributed to the popularity of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the US market. “The lack of the headphone jack has proved to be a non-issue for US iPhone consumers, as iPhone 7 was the top selling device in the three months ending October 2016, achieving 10.6 percent of smartphone sales, despite not being available for the full three month period. iPhone 7 Plus was the 4th best-selling device at 5.3 percent, behind the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7,” said Lauren Guenveur, Consumer Insight Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

The iPhone also did well in other parts of the world. In Europe – France, Italy, Spain, and the UK saw in increase in iOS share, while Germany saw a decline in iOS share. In Great Britain, the iPhone 7 was the top selling device. iPhone 7 was the second best-selling phone in Urban China in the three months ending October 2016, capturing 3.8 percent of smartphone sales.

 

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A number of users have reported graphics card issues in their new MacBook Pro 2016 laptops, with some even reporting unrecoverable crashes. Now, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi has reportedly replied to a grievance mail claiming that the issue has been resolved in the latest beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.2.

Developer and public beta program members are currently testing macOS Sierra 10.12.2, and the beta cycle for the particular is expected to end soon. According to the alleged email by Federighi, the commercial release of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 will mean the end of the graphics card issue and all those visual glitches.

MacRumors got hold of the alleged response email, and it reads, “Thanks for the note! We believe we have addressed all of these graphics issues in the latest [beta] of Sierra 10.12.2 (available at beta.apple.com). I hope that you enjoy your new MacBook Pro – it’s a fantastic machine!”

Many users claim that the graphics card starts showing problems when using Adobe Media Encoder, and the computer eventually crashes, while others claim issues with the Photos app. One user’s MacBook Pro allegedly started ‘flashing violently with red/ green hues and a sort of chequerboard pattern.’

Most users are convinced that the dedicated GPU in the 15-inch MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar is causing this issue, however many 13-inch MacBook Pro 2016 users (with Function Keys and with Touch Bar) have also made the same complaint. While MacRumors claims that the mail cannot be verified, there’s little reason for it to be fake. In any case, all shall be known once macOS Sierra 10.12.2 is released. Recently, many MacBook Pro users also reported battery life issues claiming that their fully charged laptops are dying in just three hours of normal usage.

Are you experiencing any glitches on your new MacBook Pro 2016? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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