Apple’s Week Centered on Tim Cook and Qualcomm

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In a first in quite some time, Apple suffered from a rather troubled week.

Over the past several days, Apple was forced to deal with some problems. The company has been quietly scrubbing the App Store of what has been called “hundreds of thousands” of apps that are delivering little to no value to users. Additionally, the company’s fight with chipmaker Qualcomm intensified this week. And Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, watched his employee approval rating fall. But in a bit of bittersweet news for Apple, the company’s e-book troubles are being put to rest.

Overall, it wasn’t the best of weeks for Apple (AAPL, +0.45%). But even so, there are no signs of business troubles in Cupertino, so it wasn’t all bad.

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Here’s our look at the biggest Apple news from the past week:

This is Fortune’s weekly roundup of the biggest Apple news this week. To see last week’s roundup, click here.

  1. Apple CEO Tim Cook’s employee ranking is down for 2017. In a new study from Glassdoor, Cook took the 53rd slot in a ranking of the world’s top CEOs by employee opinion. Cook earned a 93% approval rating in the study. That’s down from a 96% approval rating last year, when he took the eighth spot in the study. Glassdoor didn’t say why Cook’s approval rating fell year over year, but he’s still far ahead of most chief executives: the average CEO approval rating is 67%.
  2. Apple opened a new front in its battle against Qualcomm this week, saying the chip-maker shouldn’t get a cut on every iPhone it sells. Qualcomm has argued that it should get a license on each iPhone sold, and has been accused by Apple of withholding $1 billion in rebates. The companies are battling the case in a U.S. federal court.
  3. Good news if you have an Apple e-book credit: you can cash it in. Bad news if you have an Apple e-book credit: you have practically no time to do it. Those who are eligible for a credit received emails this week informing them that they would need to cash in their rebates by Saturday at 11:59 p.m. PT. That means you have just hours to get your credit. The credit is the result of Apple’s protracted battle over alleged e-book price-fixing between 2010 and 2012. Apple was ordered last year to pay $400 million in refunds to those affected by its e-book pricing.
  4. If you’re looking to save a few bucks on Apple Music, it’s now possible. Apple has quietly added an annual Apple Music subscription to the service for $99. That’s a $21 savings on the standard $9.99-a-month option. It’s a bit buried, however, so click here to find out how to access the annual Apple Music subscription.
  5. Apple has been quietly removing “hundreds of thousands” of useless apps from its App Store over the past year, according to TechCrunch. Apple has also updated its App Store guidelines to ban apps that use a “commercialized template or app generation service.” The move could reduce the chances of spam or scam apps making their way into the App Store.

One more thing… An unidentified bidder this week bought an original—and working—Apple I computer for $355,500 at a Christie’s New York

[Source”pcworld”]

Do you use mobile payments? [Poll of the Week]

Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 1,800 total votes, 32.3% of our readers said their favorite announcement from CES 2017 was the new ASUS ZenFone AR. 13.3% said they were most excited for Samsung’s Chromebook Plus & Pro, while 11.7% said their favorite announcement was the Faraday Future FF91.

Mobile payments have been around for a pretty long time now, but they didn’t start catching on until the release of Apple Pay and Android Pay a few years ago.

While Google, of course, wants all Android users to use Android Pay, Samsung wants its users to use Samsung Pay, and the same goes for Apple with Apple Pay. And if for some reason you aren’t fully satisfied with those three options, we have access to plenty more mobile payment services to round out the already crowded landscape. Chase Bank and even Walmart have their own proprietary services, for example.

Whichever service you decide to use, though, mobile payments are designed to make your life easier and save you time.

So tell us – do you use mobile payments, or are you still not convinced they save time and effort? Be sure to cast your vote in the poll attached below, and speak up in the comments if you have anything else to add. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

[Source:- Androidauthority]

 

Comics of the week #372

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Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD.

The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers.

These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today.

So for a few moments, take a break from your daily routine, have a laugh and enjoy these funny cartoons.

Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below as well as any related stories of your own…

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[Source:- webdesignerdepot]

 

First Iron Banner of Destiny: Rise of Iron Begins Next Week

First Iron Banner of Destiny: Rise of Iron Begins Next Week

After a long break, Iron Banner returns to Destiny next Tuesday bringing new weapons and armor for players to earn as well as changes to the way the PvP event works.

Destiny: Rise of Iron is practically themed around Iron Banner. Its story focuses on the Iron Lords, its main quest giver is Lord Saladin, and the Rise of Iron record book rewards armor that will adorn players and equip them to become a new Iron Lord themselves. So, it’s no surprise that Iron Banner is returning for the first time since the launch of Destiny‘s new expansion, with some changes in store.

First off, Iron Banner officially commences on Tuesday, October 4th at 10 a.m. Pacific. For the first time, it will feature Rise of Iron’s new Crucible mode, Supremacy. For those who haven’t played it, it is basically Call of Duty‘s Kill Confirmed mode.

Bungie has also put some changes into how fans rank up in Iron Banner, with the hopes of making it more rewarding. Here is the full list of changes:

  • The Tempered mechanic is gone
  • There are now 4 Weekly Bounties
  • Bounty rewards include:
    • An Iron Banner item not featured on the Vendor
    • A chance at an Iron Banner Artifact or Vanity Item
    • 25 Legendary Marks
    • 750 Iron Banner Reputation
  • Victory in a match grants 250 Reputation
  • Iron Medallions grant 150 Reputation each, upon Victor

If Bungie’s design goes to plan, all these changes should allow players to hit rank 5 sooner, with a focus on completing the weekly bounties and continuing to play throughout the week for more post-match rewards.

As far as weapons go, brand new Iron Banner weapons will be up for grabs, adorned with that Viking, Knights of the Round Table theme. The Unbent Tree auto rifle is in the same family as the Doctrine of Passing—insanely high rate of fire and very low impact. The Proud Spire shotgun will also be in the loot pool, which is a pretty middle-of-the-pack shotgun, especially when compared to all the insanely good Matador 64s running around the Crucible. But with the right perk rolls, it could prove itself.

 

[Source:- Gamerant]

 

Comics of the week #352

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Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD.

The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers.

These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today.

So for a few moments, take a break from your daily routine, have a laugh and enjoy these funny cartoons.

Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below as well as any related stories of your own…

 
[Source: Webdesignerdepot]

First look: every week with macOS Sierra

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I’ve been fortunate enough to use the developer beta of macOS Sierra 10.12 built-in view that quickly after it was added at WWDC 2016. because it is nevertheless built-in improvement now not each feature works just yet, but what i’ve seen shows Sierra is built-in precise shape for an OS with the builtintegrated be made to be had as a public beta built-in July, for full creation built-in Fall.
My first impressions

Apple’s OS isn’t simply one built-inintegrated device, however numerous: Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple television and the Watch, all of these are built on the equal primary OS, and Apple’s made sure that all of its linked gadgets paintings properly alongside every different.

An superintegrated builtintegrated of ways Apple works to make complementary linked answers that work well collectively is the brand new AutoUnlock function, which shall we Apple Watch customers open their Macs once they are close to their laptop.

iCloud desktop and files, Siri, and thbuiltintegrated optimized garage all replicate the notion that built-ing you want and every task you work on need to be to be had to access and use from any Apple tool.

In reality, at Apple, the built-iny of the OS is Contbuilt-inuity anywhere — and no other producer comes close built-inintegrated built-inintegrated one of these related platform. widely wide-spread Clipboard is but every other built-instanceintegrated of ways built-inmatters can work collectively, logically, with Sierra.
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Flagship macOS Sierra upgrades that paintings well now builtintegrated: Siri, large photos upgrades, iCloud computbuiltintegrated/documents, tabs support integrated apps builtintegrated the built-ineintegrated’s new optimized garage competencies. photographbuilt-inimage mode and a far simpler to navigate Apple song integratedterface also characteristic.

built-inmatters that don’t paintings but encompassintegrated the brand new AutoUnlock characteristic with Apple Watch, Apple Pay on the web and Messages (which does paintings among Macs built-ing Sierra and iOS gadgets strollbuiltintegrated the state-of-the-art public beta).

I’ve taken a observe as most of the lively upgrades as i will (bar song), and for motives of space I’m skippintegratedg the lazy however integrated a few quarters compulsoryhowever XXX did XXX first comparisons,” as they are a waste of a while.
howdy Siri

Accessed built-in the new Siri icon to the proper of the Fintegratedder built-inintegrated Dock, the Siri icon integrated Menu or built-inthe use of the Fn-area shortcut, Siri on Sierra does the whole lotintegrated you can do on an iPhone, and provides a load of builtintegrated you’ll use on a Mac (just ask Siri what you can ask).

ship messages, open gadget Settbuilt-ings, make dintegratedner reservations, check the climate and sports rankbuiltintegrated, seek the built-internet, anythbuiltintegrated you want. not handiest are you able to ask it to “show my pics from the day gone by,” but you may ask “How a great deal unfastened area do i have on my Mac,” or “raiseintegrated quantity,” or launch apps and more. Siri is contextually clever, too, so that you can refintegratede search effects with built-in addition requests.
builtintegrated its iOS begintegratednbuilt-ings, Siri is now a Mac software, which means that you can drag-&-drop search effects from the search wintegrateddow integratedto documents and any seek can be pintegratedned to the Notification center. The latter means you can upload built-in you have requested Sirit to get, like sports ratbuiltintegrated to stock expenses in one click on. It’s neat.

Siri additionally helps masses of search phrases around the Fbuilt-inder and will manipulate the 7fd5144c552f19a3546408d3b9cfb251 assistive capabilities baked built-inintegrated Mac. Apple works very, very hard on assistive technology — that’s why it’s new Union rectangular save built-inintegrated US has wheelchair get right of entry to to an built-inbuiltintegrated courtyard even though it isn’t strictly required, evidencintegratedg the way it actively thintegratedks approximately and built-invests integrated such diversity. every other accessibility improvement integrated Sierra, dwell control, help for hardware that makes use of a headband or eye moves to track integrated from users with built-ined mobility.
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The massive trouble i’ve with Siri is that it listens.

you spot, i have built-instancesintegrated once I want to speak to my iPad, others once I want to apply my phone and now, with Sierra, i have moments after I want to speak to my Mac. All of my gadgets are set to pay attention, however when i have numerous around and ask Siri to do built-in all of them soar enthusiastically integratedto action, merrily askbuilt-ing if I need their assist. you can permit/disable hello Siri on all of the gadgets on an advert hoc foundation, however that’s cumbersome. Given they all connect virtually it must be viable to apply Siri to assign listenintegratedg reputation to simply one tool, and for the built-ineintegrated to routbuiltintegrated replace the repute once the items pass relative to every other (as soon as I leave domestic with my iPhone, as an builtintegrated).
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My opintegratedion? I’m no longer positive Siri on the Mac will be as widely used at paintings as it’s far at home. I supposeintegrated we built-in to shield privacy withbuiltintegrated built-iness and we’re not used but to speakmeintegrated to our displays. I do but integrated Siri on the Mac will evolve to become a large fulfillment built-in some conditions. I additionally built-in attitudes built-in the direction of spoken word computintegratedg will built-in shift as built-ingsintegrated get used to it. built-in the beta, i discovered Siri to be well built-inintegrated, particularly correct and its voice reputation didn’t let me down once.

additionally studyintegrated: WWDC 2016: Apple’s eight key built-in memories
iCloud computer/files

I confess this labored like magic. All I needed to do built-intointegrated allow it and built-in a very quick time (much less than a mintegratedute, built-in my case) every object I stored to my Mac’s documents or laptop folder have become to be had across all my other Macs and gadgets (integrated iCloud power).

The caveat emptor right here is that as you add Macs builtintegrated account you’d higher built-inintegrated you pop all your built-ing deviceintegrated files right into a folder (off the computer) while you place the system up:

whilst you turn on iCloud built-in and files on a second Mac, you’ll have the equal files built-in your desktop and builtintegrated documents folder as you do for your first Mac,” Apple factorsintegrated out.

Microsoft internally testing Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.218, arriving this week?

Microsoft is currently testing a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile (and we assume desktop too) that packs more bug fixes and performance improvements. Last week, the company had build 10586.212 in testing but sources now say build 10586.218 has been promoted to the company-wide ring, meaning Insiders are next in line to receive the bits.

WinBeta can confirm that this new cumulative update fixes a bug on Mobile that involved the apps list not dimming the background when opening and closing apps, making it difficult to read text sometimes. There are likely more bug fixes included in this cumulative patch, so when it arrives keep an eye out on any other fixes.

This new cumulative update may arrive this week if history is anything to go by, as Microsoft is rather fond of releasing new updates on Patch Tuesday (which is tomorrow). Fingers crossed, but in the meantime stay tuned at WinBeta for more news regarding Windows 10 updates, features and more.

 

[Source:- Winbeta]

Trending This Week: Ivy Park (Oh Bey, Bey), the Pavlof Volcano, Microsoft Build

Trending This Week: Ivy Park (Oh Bey, Bey), the Pavlof Volcano, Microsoft Build | Social Media Today

No April fools here. Oh, no. Instead we’ll just recall some of the most poignant social conversations from the past week. Additionally, as a small favor, we’ll omit any political discussions that I believe we’re all getting real tired of hearing about constantly.

PAVLOF ERUPTS

The Alaskan volcano known as Pavlof erupted over the weekend spewing ash thousands and thousands of feet into the air – much to the chagrin of some travelers. The eruption is said to be the largest since 2009, and social media only mimicked the volcano itself.

The volcano registered nearly 22,000 mentions, with the conversation peaking Monday (over 7,100 mentions) as global news organizations reported on the story.

Sentiment was extremely close to 50/50 within sentiment-categorized mentions, but the conversation turned slightly positive at 53% of mentions. Positive mentions consisted of people enamored with the science behind the eruption.

That’s right. Nothing like a volcanic eruption to get the science conversation flowing. The hashtag #Science appeared organically in this conversation and garnered over 500,000 impressions.

As the week has progressed, Pavlof has settled and so has its corresponding discussion.

SOCIAL’S FAVORITE MICROSOFT BUILD PRODUCTS

This week marked Microsoft’s turn to take to the stage and showcase their latest product launches and updates at their annual Microsoft Build event, and it gained over 163,000 online mentions.

Among the most discussed products and integrations, HoloLens and Windows 10 claimed the two most talked about products with over 11,600 and 9,600 mentions respectively. Other products received:

  • Bash – nearly 9,000 mentions
  • Cortana – over 4,600 mentions
  • Xbox One – over 3,700 mentions.

 

You can see each product had its moment in the spotlight during the keynote presentation, but HoloLens had the largest mention spike in the entire Microsoft Build conversation. In one minute, HoloLens’ mentions peaked at nearly 300 mentions.

Every product was discussed positively within sentiment-categorized mentions, but the least positive conversation belonged to Bash with only 77.3% of categorized mentions being positive.

Cortana had the most positive conversation with 96.8% of categorized mentions being positive. Besides Bash, every product had a positive sentiment well over 90%.

It will be interesting to see how each product’s conversation changes over time as the public gets to use them.

Social Likes Drake’s Controlla more than These Days

Apparently not all Views From The 6 are the same as social media has weighed in on the two tracks Drake dropped Tuesday. Social has “Controlla” as the prefered track over “These Days” with the former beating the latter in both mention volume and sentiment.

“Controlla” has been mentioned over 24,600 times, while “These Days” has only been mentioned nearly 18,000 times.

“Controlla” is also being talked about more positively as 64.9% of sentiment-categorized mentions are positive. “These Days” is still being talked about positively, but only at a 57.7% rate within categorized mentions.

Regardless, the internet starts talking whenever Drake is involved. What more would you expect from the Canadian poet who gave us YOLO?

ONE BRAND TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THE RETURN OF ARCHER’S 7TH SEASON

The seventh season premiere of the FX series, Archer, ran on Thursday night, and with nearly 19,000 mentions the cult-like audience was buzzing. Archer fans showed their love with the conversation being 88.9% positive, but the real story is how one brand found their own in the discussion.

With 71% of all unique authors being male, frozen pizza-roll pusher Totinos thought this conversation would be a good place to spend some of their ad budget, and to a successful end.

Totinos had the second most mentioned Twitter handle in the entire Archer conversation, second to only the show’s handle itself.

The beloved pizza roll brand also boasted the conversation’s top tweet. The tweet below was retweeted nearly 800 times for over 500,000 impressions.

 

And that wasn’t the only tweet. Totinos published another tweet in the same fashion that resulted in an additional near 200 retweets for around 250,000 impressions.

These tweets outperformed some of the tweets from the show’s cast members.

BEYHIVE PROPELS IVY PARK’S SOCIAL CONVERSATION

If you haven’t heard the loud scream on social around Beyonce’s athletic apparel label called “Ivy Park” – get ready. Just the day after the brand’s official Twitter handle sent its first tweet, Ivy Park has already been mentioned nearly 100,000 times online, and that figure is growing.

With 73.2% of all sentiment-categorized mentions being positive, Ivy Park is having a successful, social launch.

The conversation is being largely driven by women with 69% of all unique authors being female.

Apart from Ivy Park itself, Beyonce is – unsurprisingly – the other star of this conversation. Her fandom, identified using the hashtag #BeyHive, have found their way into this conversation’s most used.

#BeyHive accumulated nearly 10 million impressions.

It’s easy to see that this new line is being talked about globally, but that’s the power of Bey.

[Source:- Socialmediatoday]

 

Metal Gear Solid Online will get a new Survival mode next week

Metal Gear Solid Online is getting a new patch next week, and it’ll introduce a game mode you might recognise from previous iterations of Metal Gear (assuming you owned a console, back then). Dubbed ‘Survival Mode’, it doesn’t involve chopping down trees, picking berries or anything like that: it’s a six player free-for-all with the objective of getting a win-streak of five or more matches.

Unless you own the Cloaked in Silence expansion, you’ll only get to play Survival mode ten times a week. For owners of that DLC pack access is unlimited. While those who haven’t forked out for that DLC will be able to “try out” the new maps in it, it’s clear that Konami wants you to buy the bloody DLC, okay?

The update is expected to hit on April 5. If you fancy having a read of some CQC stat mumbo-jumbo, click through to the official MGS website.

 

[Source:- PCgamer]