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Tim Cook continues European tour, stops by Apple office and sustainable packaging partner — Apple CEO Tim Cook continues his tour of Europe, making a brief stop at Apple’s offices in Sweden, and continuing to discuss the importance of ARKit to Apple with a local publication.
Apple’s $1 billion Athenry, Ireland data centre has been approved after legal challenges squashed, and Apple, Google and others say Chinese investment regulations infringe on intellectual property rights.

macOS High Sierra: The Good Things in Life Are Free — Robert LeVitus takes a peek at some new features macOS High Sierra has that are interesting and cool, and he doesn’t believe any app has more interesting new features than the overhauled Photos app. Another post tells how to view Live Photos on Hight Sierra.

Revamped ‘Movies Anywhere’ service adds four studios, makes cross-platform viewing easy — Disney on Wednesday launched Movies Anywhere, an all-in-one movie viewing service that lets users watch purchased content from five major Hollywood studios on a variety of platforms, from iTunes to Google Play.
Movies Anywhere acts as a multi-platform content locker for movies from Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Oculus reveals US$199 standalone ‘Go’ VR headset, drops Rift price to US$399 — Presenting at an event in San Jose on Wednesday, Facebook’s Oculus introduced the Go, a new headset capable of operating without a connected phone, Mac, or Windows PC.

GN28K Aluminum UBS-C Hub adds expandability options for new MacBook Pros — China-based QacQoc’s newest product, the GN28K Aluminum UBS-C Hub, is designed for 2016 and 2017MacBook Pros running macOS Sierra and High Sierra. It can simultaneously transfer data and charge devices — to a point. It works with devices based on USB Power Delivery Specification (USB PD protocol), but it’s incompatible with devices based on the QC (Quick Charge 2.0/3.0) charging protocol. also, it covers two USB-C ports, although it offers more, of course.
But the GN28K is reasonably priced (just US$89.99 + shipping), and it comes with a 12-month warranty.


iPhone 8 ‘panic’, iPhone AR, Microsoft app describes reality, Oculus cheaper, Omnigraffle for iOS

Microsoft has created an app that describes the world to the visually impaired using neural networks

Enough already with this ‘iPhone 8 panic’ nonsense! A source (unnamed, of course) told Fast Company that June was a tense month for the engineers and designers on Apple’s iPhone team with “a sense of panic in the air,” The article says the group is working around the clock to fix software problems related to wireless charging and 3D sensing. But Apple hasn’t announced a September (or October or November, for that matter) special event to debut new iPhones, and actually, no one has any idea what might be in the new iPhones despite protestations otherwise, so  Dennis Sellers wisely calls ‘rubbish!‘.

Facebook’s Oculus to fight Apple’s AR and VR push with new US$200 standalone headset in 2018 — Facebook’s Oculus is apparently in the early stages of developing a standalone mobile headset, with use cases like watching a movie on a plane, without needing a connected computer or smartphone.

Apple’s unified iPhone user base could help kickstart augmented reality industry — Apple’s hegemony over its hardware and software platforms could boost not just the company’s own augmented reality efforts, but the AR industry in general – in a way that hasn’t been managed by Google so far. [Wasn’t Pokémon Go supposed to have done that? But then see the Microsoft item, below.]

New Microsoft artificial intelligence app for iPhone describes world for visually impaired — Microsoft has released Seeing AI, an iPhone app that attempts to analyse its surroundings and describe them audibly for people with impaired vision. [Great idea! Nice one, Microsoft.]
Using neural network technology, the app can not only translate text but recognize people and currency, scan product barcodes, and offer a simplified description of an entire scene or imported image. In cases like barcodes and text recognition, audio cues guide users towards getting a solid lock. Some basic functions will work without an internet connection.
Seeing AI is a free download, and requires at least an iPhone 5c running iOS 10 or later, and iPad. While it’s currently available in the US, Canada, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Singapore, the only language supported so far is English.

OmniGraffle 3 for iPhone, iPad Includes Mac Features and Free Trial — OmniGraffle 3 for the iPhone and iPad rolled out on Wednesday bringing it inline with the feature set in OmniGraffle 7 for the Mac, and it adds in a free trial mode, too. OmniGraffle is a diagram design app that you can also use to create drawings and vector graphics and includes a free trial mode. OmniGraffle Standard 3 and OmniGraffle Pro 3 adopts the sidebar interface introduced in OmniGraffle 7 for the Mac. [This is excellent on Mac, if expensive. I have created football formation diagrams and more on it for years.]