The “secret” incompatibility Apple did not disclose between the new MacBook Pro and the iPhone 7

The new range of professional notebooks have only normal USB connectivity via Thunderbolt 3 USB-C type, while the popular phone uses standard USB.

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Apple unveiled the new MacBook Pro, its range of portable devices whose main innovations are two: Touch Bar, a touch bar at top of the keyboard, which will be fully customisable; and fingerprint reader Touch ID which users can use to make purchases via Apple Pay.

The company insisted that it is the best ever designed MacBook Pro, the most advanced laptop in Apple’s history. Phrases also heard during the presentation of the iPhone in July, its last terminal. Tim Cook said last September 7: “It is the best phone we’ve ever created.” However, the “two best creations” of Cupertino keep each other incompatible which by the way Apple preferred to ignore during the presentation.

The “problem” is that users can not connect the iPhone 7 to the new MacBook Pro. There is a tiny incompatibility between ports. This is not an overseen by Apple, who have already released two new cables because why not?

The new range of MacBook Pro feature only Thunderbolt connectivity 3 USB-C type whilst the iPhone 7 USB charging connection “normal”, so if you need to connect the terminal to the new laptop to transfer files, for example, will be impossible unless you buy the new cable.

For this reason, Apple has already put up for sale on their website USB adaptor USB-C, priced at £22, or the user can also purchase a Lightning connector cable to USB-C, priced at £35. Another option is the Thunderbolt adaptor 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2, £50 to connect Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices to the NewMacBook Pro.

Apple has decided to phase out this type of ‘old’ port. This has been done in the new Macbook but did not do it on the iPhone 7. The fact is now that Thunderbolt requires users to “readjust” without a previous warn.

The new MacBook Pro introduces Touch Bar, a secondary display with Multi-Touch

The Cupertino giants have presented this Thursday the new range of professional notebooks, much thinner and lighter, with a fingerprint reader Touch ID to make purchases with Apple Pay, and a larger “trackpad”.

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In the end Apple has not surprised. We knew a lot about the new MacBook Pro. Details that these days had been leaking and, in the end, were well under way.

The new laptop debuts with Touch Bar, a keyboard with a faster response, Force Touch and an audio system with twice the dynamic range.

The new MacBook Pro is the thinnest and lightest in the history of the company, which has been very proud of their new creation that incorporates a revolutionary interface in which the traditional row of function keys disappear and gives way to the Touch bar, a bright Multi-Touch Retina with better quality, brighter and a more colourful screen. But not only that: it is the most powerful Apple device, with dual- and quad-core sixth generation, up to 2.3 times more graphical powerful than the previous generation, ultra-fast SSDs and up to four 3-port Thunderbolts.

The Touch Bar offers users more control options and adapts depending on whether you are using the system or applications. For example, it serves to show the tabs and bookmarks in Safari, access to “emoji” in messages, edit images in the blink of an eye or move back and forth on videos and photos.

“This week we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Apple portable and, over the years, each generation has incorporated new innovations and benefits”, said Philip Schiller, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing at Apple. “So nothing better than this year to introduce a new generation of MacBook Pro. With the revolutionary Touch Bar, comfort system Touch ID, the best screen in the history of Mac, spectacular performance, upgraded audio system, ultra-fast storage and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity in a portable Pro also thinner and lighter than never”.

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The new MacBook Pro combines a completely redesigned look with a full metal ‘unibody’ housing structure, which results in an incredibly robust and compact portable, yet thin and light. With a thickness of only 14.9 mm, the MacBook Pro 13-inch is 17% thinner and 23% more compact than the previous generation model. In addition, it weighs only 1.36 kg, 200 grams less.

The 15-inch with a thickness of only 15.5 mm, is 14% thinner and 20% more compact than the previous version, with a total weight of only 1.8 kg, it weighs about 200 grams less.

The Touch ID system was well known, so far by users of iPhone and iPad, but is now integrated into the power button. Once you register your fingerprint Touch ID on your MacBook Pro, you can unlock your Mac, change user account and make secure purchases with Apple Pay online by simply moving a finger.

The MacBook Pro mounts a powerful processor, next-generation graphics, a SSD ultra-fast, high-speed memory and an advanced thermal architecture to deliver professional quality performance.

Intel Core i5 dual-core eDRAM sixth generation, Intel Core i7 dual-core Intel Core i7 eDRAM and quad-core processors deliver power, professional and efficient consumption. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro includes Radeon Pro up to 2.3 times more powerful than the previous generation, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro includes an Intel Iris Graphics system up to twice as fast as before. All models incorporate SSDs with speeds over 3Gbps and connectivity Thunderbolt 3, which combines data transfer, sequential read and up to twice the bandwidth of video on a single port, allowing users to work with a 5K screen and connect their MacBook Pro to the power with a single cable.

Sierra works with macOS, Touch Force has Trackpad, a much larger keyboard and more responsive, more powerful and realistic sound, thanks to speakers with twice the dynamic range and an enhanced bass.

 

Facebook presents Workplace, the social platform for companies.

The company has announced the launch of this new service, independent of the popular social network, which has worked for a year in tests under the name of Facebook at Work.

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Facebook just announced the launch of its social platform for companies, Workplace, which has worked for a year in tests under the name of Facebook at Work and it has already kicked off with thousand customers.

Workplace by Facebook is a kind of professional version of the social network created by Mark Zuckerberg that aims to contact all employees of a company or organisation through the phone sites.

“On Facebook, for many years, we have had an internal version of our ‘app’ to manage our company. We have seen that in the same way Facebook can be connected with friends and family, it can also be connected with your coworkers” the company explained the company in a note circulated.

Of the more than 1,000 organizations worldwide that use Workplace, people have created nearly 100,000 groups and the main countries where it is used are India, United States, Norway, United Kingdom and France, whose reception has been very good.  For this reason, Workplace will be available to any company or organization that wants to use it.

The platform “has the ambition to change the way of working for businesses, to give voice to everyone, to offer all employees, even those who until now did not have an email, the same communication tools are using in their private life”, Facebook explained to Efe.

The service is independent of Facebook, but works similar: features a wall, chat, live broadcasts (Facebook Live), groups, automatic translations or voice and video over IP.

Integrated into the technological system of each company, employees can access the platform via iOS, Android or a browser.

Codorniou said that the service is easy to use, requires no training and improves business productivity by making internal communication easier.

The company has worked for two years in the development of the platform, which aims to “connect via mobile phone to all employees of a company regardless of their position of responsibility, and tested with real customers in the past year, which he worked with under the name of Facebook at Work.

Service prices will be set according to the number of employees of organisations: $3 per month for companies up to a thousand employees, $2 for between 1,001 and 10,000 and $1 per user templates for more than 10,000 professionals. The non-profit organisations and educational institutions may use Workplace for free.

According Codorniou, rates are “reasonable” considering that an email account usually costs $6 or $7 per employee. The management has stated that the monthly bill will depend on the level of use: the company will only pay if the employees use the platform.

About a the organisations that already work with the Workplace by Facebook, include Danone, Booking.com, Starbucks in the US, Oxfam and Save the Children.

In addition, the network has indicated that it has launched a partnership program with partners such as Deloitte Digital, Edelman, Weber Shandwick and Ketchum to promote the implementation of the platform among its customers.

Rumours about the next iPhone already surrounding the internet

The first rumours about the device of the tenth anniversary point to a radical change.

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It hasn’t been a month since Apple released the iPhone  7 and the online community is already attempting to unravel the possible features to be incorporated in the next version. The name points to iPhone 8, although it is not known if iPhone will remain with the S line. It will be released, if tradition holds, in autumn next year. And it is expected that by then a great revolution occurs as it coincides with the anniversary of the first model that appeared in 2007.

Even without official confirmation from the US company experts predict a significant cosmetic change after three years without updating. And one of the most notorious sections could come from the exterior design and the material used for the creation of it. Therefore, we can expect the new iPhone 8 to have a completely different look.

As recorded by the specializing “9to5Mac” echoed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo KGI Securities signature, known in the scene for his constant Apple discussions- there are many possibilities that one version of the next iPhone is manufactured with a layer made glass style like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S which was attended by the company founder Steve Jobs before his death in 2011.

These early rumours suggest that the decision to go for this design is because the model shiny black aluminium (Jet Black) from the current iPhone 7, which have proven to be extremely successful among consumers it is likely to get scratched easily and also this model is more difficult to manufacture in large quantities, making the commitment to solve this problem while trying to maintain the design. Specifically, the analyst says that between 45% and 50% of reserves around the world have opted for the Jet Black model.

The report notes that the effect called “glass 2.5 D”, a type of casing with rounded contours and would be more resistant to crashes and will be used. In this way the Apple analysts could double their bets with two types of versions, one aluminum and other, the brilliant glass design. Other sources, in this case an employee of the company’s headquarters in Israel, pointing in the newspaper “Daily Mail” that the iPhone’s tenth anniversary will have a shell of curved glass made of liquid metal kind of pointing to the style of Samsung Edge Galaxy S7.

Another aspect is also a change in dimensions. According to the same expert, Apple will offer a model ‘phablet’, which would rise from the current 5.5 inches to 5.8 inches but lower edges, while the 4.7 inches from the “normal” version is retained. In any case, the American company needs a shock to return to growing sales of its flagship device after several consecutive quarters of losses in different markets. Not yet been confirmed sales of the early days of the most recent, the iPhone 7 as the company, unlike other seasons, has avoided giving figures for fear that these are lower than expected.

iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 and what Apple might be planning for Sept. 7th

Several rumours strongly point to the presentation of its flagship and most famous product with a new smart watch.

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Apple had a very clear date: September 7, 2016. In their new “keynote” which will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, the company will present its new products.

Cupertino are characterised by a high secrecy. Although this time they have confirmed with more time than the usual the date of their next appointment, as for what they have prepared nothing is known officially. However, there are already several rumours that strongly point to the presentation of the new iPhone, 7 and 7S, along with a new smart watch. However, the new range of MacBook Pro is almost certainly out of the “keynote”.

In short, there are so many rumours and leaks that we will make a summary of what Apple might be planning for next week.

1. iPhone 7
It is virtually certain that Tim Cook takes the stage of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to present the new terminal of the company. In September last year, it was the turn of the iPhone 6 S and 6S Plus. It’s time to renew and is very likely to have the new model, whose characteristics are:

– Two models: iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches.

– Design: there won’t be very big news at first sight so it is likely to again cause the company speculation in terms of basic design, yes they could bring to market two new dark colours the known space Gray and deep blue.

– No headphone jack

– No 16GB model. iPhone 7 lower range would be 32GB followed by 128GB and 256GB (maybe).

– Double camera: no doubt, it would be one of the most remarkable improvements of the new terminal. However, it has been rumoured strongly that only the top model, the 7S, would have the dual camera system.
– Chip A10: The A9 in the iPhone 6S, with 2GB of RAM, was been designed by Apple and is the world’s most advanced chip for now, enabling high performance and speed. We’ll see how the A10 does because it has very high standards.

– Home Button: the new terminal could incorporate system similar to the “trackpad” of the MacBook.

2. Apple Watch 2
– Thinner design: the new smartwatch could incorporate display technology that would help thin the device (currently 10.5 millimeters).

– Battery 334 mAh, which would represent a slight improvement over the previous one.

– With GPS and network connectivity: newest improvements.

– Could be submersible.

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3. MacBook Pro
Four years have passed since the company last renewed their devices. Mark Gurman, an Apple journalist specialist who is almost-never wrong, has secured in “Bloomberg” that it won’t be until October when Apple introduces its new MacBook Pro.

And not only that. Cupertino are also working on a new iPad Pro and MacBook Air USB port Type C.

4. Operating Systems
At WWDC 2016, Apple introduced the new iOS 10. It is expected, therefore, that the new iPhone 7 comes with this new operating system with a new display, an interactive screen, new interface, 3D Touch, more widgets, etc.

Sierra macOS also presented for the expected new Mac; watchOS 3 opened to developers last June, so hopefully the new Apple Watch will be true. With that said the new operating system would be available in autumn.

Pokemon Go has started banishing

The mobile game based on augmented reality that caused furor continues to lose many users

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Pokémon GO is starting to feel the limitations that the massive mobile technology has to offer. All that tends to rise quickly, quickly fades. The mobile game based on augmented reality technology that has caused people to literally go crazy in the last two months has begun to lose thousands of users.

The app recreates this animated universe and encourages users to “hunt” virtual creatures down the street has reduced its impact and just got into a steady slowdown in recent weeks. A situation that was expected and, of course, obvious. Keeping pace of growth registered in the first impact is very difficult and recent data indicated that the game developed by the company Niantic has entered a new state of stability and is facing a less faithful community.

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According to a study by the firm Axiom Capital Management, mobile gaming has gone from 45 million users obtained in July  to 30 million by the end to August. Similar to those offered by SurveyMonkey and Apptopia, confirming that daily use and some downloads show decrease in data, although the game has allowed to publicise massively augmented reality technology even among the least familiar users, something that other companies can use as support to introduce and recreate this type of immersive experiences.

The report states that the recommendation of users has also fallen in recent weeks. Currently, 60% of the application users decide to express their satisfaction. “Given the rapidly increasing use of Pokémon Go since its launch in July, investors have been concerned about whether this new user experience means less time spent on other mobile applications,” says Victor Anthony, an analyst at Axiom Capital Management.

Pokémon Go, despite everything, continues to introduce new light with successive software updates in order to keep a fresh environment between users.

 

Samsung could start selling second-hand phones

Rumours say the South Korean technology firm is seeking new ways to sustain growth

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Samsung plans to change the strategy in order to increase the level of sales. According to Reuters, the phone company intends to include a program that consists of selling used high-end smartphones but with up to date software.

According to company sources, Samsung will launch this new business in order to maintain profit growth following the restructuring of its product line. As the growth in the global market for smartphones has plateaued in general, the South Korean company is showing interest in maximising cost efficiency and maintain operating margins above 10 percent.

The leading manufacturer of smartphones in the world will renew high-end phones that have been returned to the company by users enrolled in the program of annual device update, in markets such as South Korea and the United States.

Samsung, the source said, could re-sell these phones at a lower price, without giving further details. A company spokesman said the company does not comment on any speculation.

Apple, Samsung’s biggest rival, sells models of its iPhone a year after the launch to 69% of their original price, while the Samsung Galaxy model is sold at 51%, according to analysts at BNP Paribas.

The sale of refurbished phones could help manufacturers like Samsung increase its presence in emerging markets such as India, where high-end devices are often beyond the reach of most buyers.

In fact, Apple already sells refurb iPhones in several markets, including the United States, but does not disclose sales figures for this.

 

Apple set to open a research center in China

Tim Cook announced at a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, that the company will increase its investment in the second world economy.

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Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, announced on Monday the opening of a research centre of the US firm in China before the end of this year. Cook gave the news during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Beijing.

At the meeting, it was said that Apple will increase its investment in the second world economy without giving further details, except for the creation of such centre. The space that Apple plans to open will be the first of its kind in Asia and the Pacific.

In a nod to the Chinese Government, the CEO also noted that Apple will participate “actively” in the strategy of the Executive Asian country to use the Internet and other technologies in conventional industries, which Beijing calls “Internet Plus”.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Vice Premier has encouraged other US companies to follow the trail marked by Apple and increase their investment, since, in his opinion, “Cooperation between China and the United States injects dynamism to the economies of both countries and boosts global growth.”

Terry Gou, Foxconn’s CEO, Apple’s main supplier in the country also attended the meeting.

Apple has in China its second largest market behind the United States, and has made investments in different sectors, the last one was no less than 1,000 million dollars to invest in the transport company Didi shared ChuXing, considered the equivalent of Uber in China.

In June, Chinese authorities ordered Apple to stop selling two models of iPhone in Beijing for a case of rape, months after they forced the company to close its services on the iBook Store and iTunes Movies in the country.

The Cybersecurity measures the Islamic State imposes on its members

Jihadists receive a 30-page document with instructions in order to not to be located on the Web. It includes advice on how to navigate through Tor or how they must use Telegram instead of WhatsApp.

A Russian-language terror news and recruitment website. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

The self-proclaimed Islamic State has boasted in recent times to master the world of internet. From the propaganda of the use of social networks to encrypted communications between supporters worldwide. But the reality, according to many analysts, is another. The most obvious example is the mobile phone that was allegedly used by one of the terrorist in the attacks of Paris: not only been located but have extracted a lot of data relevant to the investigation.

Experts and researchers, consulted by the EP agency, reinforce this theory of careless handling of communications by jihadists. In fact, in Europe there have been several operations against suspected terrorists who have resulted in captured fans through online systems.

Forces of the US intelligence follow the line of terrorists Networks. Through this work, the Centre for Counter-terrorism of West Point located a manual in which the organisation lectured to their cells on how to protect their communications and preserve their cyber-security, according to Wired.

The document of 30 pages, offers amazing tricks. In fact it is simple tips that anyone can carry out in order to protect their privacy.

Isis’s great secret lies in the use of the Tor network, a browser that prevents the original IP user is located. In addition, they are betting on Telegram instead of WhatsApp thanks to the privacy it offers. Wickr cryptocat and also for chats; Hushmail and ProtonMail to send emails (although they can also use Gmail with false credentials when navigating with Tor) and Signal RedPhone to make encrypted calls.

They also ask to remove the option of location, an elementary measure for someone who lives in hiding but not for the jihadist who published a selfie in a logistics centre and ended bombed by the United States. General of the US Air Force directly Herbert Carlisle called them “bobo” terrorists.

For this reason-and others evident jihadists have prohibited the use of social networks.

The iPhone 7 could be presented on the 7th of September

Foxconn and Apple, according to the latest leaks, are developing a glass casing in order to boost the demand for the new terminals.

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No day passes in which we don’t get new rumours about the new iPhone that Apple has designed and, as everyone assumes, will be presented in a few weeks. And as we know every September, the Cupertino company present their new products.

According to “Bloomberg” Tim Cook has picked the 7th of September to present the iPhone 7. Although, according to journalist Mark Gurman, they will also be also announcing a new MacBook.

The successor to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus could come to the market with a completely new design, breaking the previous expectations. In fact, Apple lacks when it comes to innovation in design and it clearly has been one of the biggest criticisms that the company has received in recent years.

New online rumours suggest that the new terminal Apple has prepared and will present in a few weeks will surprise everyone. It should be recalled also that it’s the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone and Cook would like to celebrate in some special way.

Apparently, Foxconn and Apple are developing a crystal case for their smartphones in order to boost demand for iPhones and become able to face competition, especially Samsung. Let’s not forget that after 13 years, Apple has ended their streak of economic growth as a result of the decline in iPhone sales. They need to reinvent itself.

However, Mark Gurman has said the opposite in another interview on “Bloomberg”. “Models this year will be similar” although “there will be notable tweaks”. The new iPhones hit the market at 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, as before, and will have a “hardware” and improved photographic capabilities.

“The outstanding features will be in the double chamber,” says Gurman, which also confirms the elimination of the headphone jack port.

The new iPhone could incorporate a type system similar to the trackpad of the new MacBook.

By the way, an Apple expert had called “revolution” to what the company has done to their new computers. It’s been four years since Apple last renewed their MacBook Pro. According to Gurman, the devices will be much thinner, with a slight design change (curved chassis), larger trackpad with USB-C ports, improvements to the specifications like graphics and an OLED panel.