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The 'iPhone 9' Could Launch on April 5

· Charlotte Henry · News

Accessories for the “iPhone 9” have reportedly started appearing in shops with instructions for them not to be made available until April 5.

Russia Postponing Introduction of Rules Forcing iPhones to Have State-Approved Apps

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TMO's Dramatic Reenactment of a Typical Russian Hacker

Russia has postponed the introduction of new legislation that required devices, including iPhones, to have state-approved apps pre-installed. AppleInsider reported that this is likely due to the current coronavirus outbreak. The legislation is now slated to come into force on January 31, 2021.

“When we buy complex electronic devices, they already have individual applications, mostly Western ones, pre-installed on them,” co-author of Russia’s legislation, Oleg Nikolayev said at the time. “Naturally, when a person sees them, they might think that there are no domestic alternatives available. And if, alongside pre-installed applications, we will also offer the Russian ones to users, then they will have a right to choose.”

Key Apple Supplier Raising $200 Million From Unknown 'Customer'

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A key Apple supplier, Japan Display, has raised $200 million from a “customer”, Reuters reported.  There is speculation that the unknown source of cash was, in fact, Apple itself.

The $200 [sic] fund will come in the form of the customer purchasing equipment at Japan Display’s main smartphone screen factory in central Japan, the company said in a statement. As Japan Display owed Apple more than $800 million as of last year for the $1.5 billion cost of building the plant, the fund to be raised would be used for repayment, the sources have said.

12.9" iPad Pro 2020 Gets The Teardown Treatment

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the iFixit teardown of the 12.9″ iPad Pro 2020. Not even the Coronavirus lockdown in California would stop the guys from getting into the device! In particular, this video shows us exactly what a LiDAR scan looks like.

Apple TV+ British Comedy 'Trying' Arriving May 1

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The trailer for Apple TV+ show Trying has arrived. It tells the tale of a British couple who look to adopt a child after they are unable to conceive. They need to grow up themselves though before they can look after a child. It’s a rather dark comedy and does actually seem pretty good – not that I’m biased, give it’s the first UK show! All episodes will arrive on May 1.

Perhaps Apple Shouldn't Release an iPhone in 2020

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iPhone 11 reveal

People have been speculating for a while about what the coronavirus outbreak means for global supply chains, not least Apple’s. It is all based on the assumption there has to be an iPhone in 2020. Over on iMore Bryan M. Wolfe says there doesn’t. It’s a view I’m increasingly sympathetic with – the world is in turmoil, does Apple really want to be waving shiny new devices around right now?

There’s nothing wrong with the iPhone 11. More importantly, with unemployment rising, now is not the best time for the company to release a new device intended for the masses. Instead, the company should use its first online WWDC conference to announce splashy updates for iOS, iPadOS, and other systems. Then, when this crisis (finally) ebbs, Apple should launch the iPhone 12 in 2021. I understand Apple just released a new iPad Pro. However, the line hadn’t been updated in nearly two years, so a refresh was justified. Same too for the 2020 MacBook Air, which includes the company’s well-received new Backlit Magic Keyboard.

HQ Trivia is Back and Broadcast a Live Show

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New screen inHQ TrIvia showing game will air

HQ Trivia, the live quiz app which for a short, time took the world by storm, is back in the App Store and broadcast a live show.

Niantic’s Diana Hu Talks Engineering, AR, And ‘Lightbulb Moments

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iMore has another fascinating interview as part of its ‘Celebrating Women in Tech’ series. This time it is with Niantic’s Director of Engineering and Head of AR Platform, Diana Hu.

The exciting thing here, with building things for AR, is that this is really new technology that hasn’t been created yet. I get to work with a lot of super-smart people and very caring people. And pushing the technology forward is exciting. For some of the innovations that we get to realize, I am one of the first people to see it before anyone else. It’s very exciting when that light bulb moment comes on and it is like, “Oh, we can connect these ideas from the past to what’s happening in the present to invent the future.” An example of this happened about two years ago.

Google Restarting Chrome Updates

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Google announced Thursday that it will resume its Chrome and Chrome OS update program, ZDNet reported. It paused the updates to avoid disruptions web developers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company said that starting next week, the current Chrome 80 release will start receiving security updates once againt. Chrome v81, initially scheduled to be released on March 17, was rescheduled for April 7, at which time, web developers and system administrators would have had the time to adapt to their new working conditions. The Chrome 82 release was canceled altogether, with features being reshuffled into Chrome 83 and other versions. Per the new adjusted schedule, Chrome 83 is now expected to be released somewhere in mid-May.

Face ID Could be Coming to Macs

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A new patent outlines the ways that Apple could bring Face ID to future models of both the MacBook and the iMac.

Nintendo Fixes 'Animal Crossing' Infinite Items Glitch

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

A lot of people have been getting into the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game since it launched last week. But there was a glitch that allowed players to get infinite items, something many were happily taking advantage of. However, Kotaku reports that the game’s makers managed to fix it with the first update… sorry if you’ve been enjoying the freebies!

If you weren’t aware, the item involved two players. While one of them rotated an item, the other would pick it up at the same moment, suggesting to the game that two different versions of that item existed – one which had been rotated, and the other which had been placed in the other player’s pocket. This would generate an awful lot of items in a short space of time, which could then be sold back to Timmy and then used to pay off your Nook Loans.

Google Podcasts Arrives on iOS

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Google Podcasts web interface

Google Podcasts is now available on iOS and it has also had a design refresh, which is currently rolling out to Android users.

The New iPad Pro Still Bends

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

We’re starting to get the first wave of reviews for the new iPad Pro. Given it is meant to be a device you can take anywhere, people want to know about durability. Well, according to YouTuber EverythingApplePro, it still bends. And cracks. In lots of different places. I personally don’t think these kinds of tests, that basically have the intention of breaking a device in not very realistic circumstances, give a totally fair picture. They prove you need a case, obviously, and show some weak spots, but I’m not sure much beyond that. It is though interesting to see some of the new parts within the iPad Pro.

Tracking COVID-19 Symptoms Across The UK

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

A new app is seeking to track the spread of COVID-19 symptoms across the UK, in order to highlight those most at risk and monitor how the disease is spreading, has been released. It was built by the developer Zoe Global in partnership with various UK medical research institutions, including the NHS National Institute for Health Research. It asks users to update their symptoms once a day, whether they feel well or not. Doings only takes a minute or two. The app is available through the iOS App Store.

Tracking COVID-19 Symptoms Across The UK