Apple AirPods release date delayed because wireless earphones aren't 'ready', company says

The Independent - Tech

The future isn't ready to arrive just yet. Apple has announced that its AirPods – the wireless earphones that the company were set to release this month – aren't "ready". The AirPods were first unveiled along with the iPhone 7 at an event last month. And the two were part of the same pitch – just as Apple had done with dropping the headphone jack, the AirPods were meant to signal that the company was ready for the wireless future. The AirPods built from the ground up for Apple's new vision of listening.


Microsoft Surface Studio: Company launches new touchscreen, iMac-like desktop computer intent on bringing back the PC

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Microsoft has launched a new PC, hoping that it can bring back the dying category. The company's new desktop computer, named the Surface Studio, looks something like the iMac. And like Apple's computer, it is meant as an all-in-one solution for people looking for a PC – a big screen that is attached to all the computing parts. Unlike the iMac, the screen itself is touchscreen despite having a keyboard and a mouse. And that display is also the thinnest desktop monitor ever created, the company said.


Apple MacBook Pro completely redesigned to include new display in its keyboard

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Apple has revealed its completely redesigned MacBook Pro, the computer that it hopes can put an end to worries that about its future. The company unveiled the laptop as part of an event at its California headquarters. It also showed off a new TV app – but didn't update any of its desktop computers, as many had hoped, and showed off no new categories of products. The new computer is thinner, lighter and differently shaped from the old MacBook Pro. But the main change is the new screen that's built into the keyboard.


iPhones are less reliable than Android devices, study finds

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Apple's iPhones and iPads are losing the battle against Android devices. That's according to a new study by mobile diagnostics firms Blancco Technology Group (BTG), which claims that Apple's devices are less reliable and experienced a bigger failure rate than their Android counterpart, driven by bugs in the iOS 10 update. For the purposes of the report the word "failure" refers to any number of problem including instances of apps crashing, connection difficulties and overheating. About 62 per cent of iOS devices suffered performance failures in the third quarter of 2016 compared with 47 per cent of Android devices, the report found. The iPhone 6 was the main culprit with the highest failure rate of 13 per cent.


iOS 10.1 fixes issue that lets Apple iPhones get hacked by just receiving a picture

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Apple just released iOS 10.1, an update that has the headline feature of bringing the all-important Portrait Mode to the iPhone 7 Plus. But it also includes security fixes that stop iPhones from being easily hacked into, and so all Apple users have been urged to update as soon as they can. As well as iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches and other products have received updates that keep them safe from similar attacks. Amy Rimmer, Research Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, demonstrates the car manufacturer's Advanced Highway Assist in a Range Rover, which drives the vehicle, overtakes and can detect vehicles in the blind spot, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire Chris Burbridge, Autonomous Driving Software Engineer for Tata Motors European Technical Centre, demonstrates the car manufacturer's GLOSA V2X functionality, which is connected to the traffic lights and shares information with the driver, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire In its facilities, JAXA develop satellites and analyse their observation data, train astronauts for utilization in the Japanese Experiment Module'Kibo' of the International Space Station (ISS) and develop launch vehicles The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight. Aurora Flight Sciences' technicians work on an Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automantion System (ALIAS) device in the firm's Centaur aircraft at Manassas Airport in Manassas, Va.