Advertising

As you can see on the right-hand side or the bottom of the sidebar, I’ve added a display ads from Google Adsense for additional revenue, of course.

There will only be one (sticky) 250 x 250 ad spot for maximum exposure and not to distract readers. If you or your company wants to advertise your services or products, you can enroll in Google’s Adwords program by going to https://adwords.google.com/, targeting kabayantech.com.

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Here’s a Look at the First Wave of Augmented Reality ARKit Apps Hitting the iOS App Store Today

Mitchel Broussard, writing for MacRumors;

With the launch of iOS 11 today, Apple has turned hundreds of millions of iPhones into augmented reality-capable devices thanks to the support of a new developer framework called ARKit. With this technology, iOS developers can more easily craft AR experiences for users on compatible iPhones and iPads, using each device’s built-in cameras, processors, and motion sensors.

As of now, the first wave of these apps are available for you to download and test on the iOS 11 App Store. The first apps range from game updates to practical everyday tools and even apps that encourage a healthier lifestyle, with more refined experiences likely coming in the future once developers get a grasp on what users enjoy with the first wave of apps.

These apps are great specially if you showed it to kids.

I installed Edmunds and not included in the list; World Brush and Stack AR.

Vivo launches V7+ in the Philippines

Chinese smartphone manufacturer has officially announce their newest flagship smartphone in the Philippines, the V7+. As expected, the V7+ sports a bezel-less screen, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, a 16MP OV16880 f2.0 rear camera w/ LED flash and a very large 24MP front camera with Moonlight Glow.

Vivo V7+ will retail at Php 17,990 and will be in stores by the end of the month. You also pre-order the phone at Vivo’s Lazada store and from Vivo stores/kiosks and authorized dealer starting tomorrow today September 21 until September 29.

Google to buy part of HTC smartphone team – namely the Pixel team — for US$1.1B

Yon Heong Tung, writing for e27;

Google has announced it will spend US$1.1 billion to acquire part of HTC’s smartphone division. This will include many employees who are currently developing Google’s Pixel line of smartphones.

As part of the agreement, Google will get a non-exclusive license to HTC’s intellectual property.

Unlike with the Motorola deal, where Google is more interested in Motorola’s patent portfolio, this appears to more of an “acqui-hire”, for the search giant to get designers and hardware engineers for their own smartphones.

It’s a step closer for Google to be more like Apple, where they control both the hardware and software of their smartphones.

Gogoro

Gogoro is a Taiwanese-based venture-backed company that develops and sells electric scooters and battery swapping infrastructure.

Gogoro was founded in 2011 by Horace Luke and Matt Taylor. Gogoro is putting energy into things that matter. With a mission to deliver consumer innovations that will improve how the world’s most populated cities distribute and utilize energy, the company is enabling the transformation of megacities into smart cities

Leveraging the power of big data and the unrelenting demand for smarter technologies, Gogoro is helping to create a more intelligent and adaptive system for today’s most dynamic cities. They’re working toward a better future by putting power in the hands of everyone, so all of us can move forward, faster.

Source e27, wikipedia

Taiwan e-scooter maker Gogoro raises US$300M to grow its battery swapping network

Kevin McSpadden, writing for e27;

Gogoro, a Taiwanese electric scooter company with a global footprint, announced today it has raised a US$300 million Series C from notable investors like Temasek, Generation Investment Management, Sumitomo Corporation and ENGIE.

With a mission to tackle the globe’s current environmental problem, the company has built a network of battery swap stations to make riding an e-scooter more convenient. For example, in Taiwan, the company has 415 stations and estimates over 20,000 swaps per day.

That battery swap service could be something that electric car manufacturer could implement. So rather than wait for hours before a battery (installed in the car) to charge up, why not just swap a fully charge battery to the depleted one. Faster right?

ASUS to terminate their ZenCircle photo sharing app on Oct.16

Zen Estacio, reporting for Yugatech;

ASUS announced through the ZenCircle website that the photo-sharing app is closing its doors on October 16, 2017.

Here’s the full text of ASUS’ announcement.

Dear ZenCirclers,

We are very thankful for your love and support through the years. Your continuous support and encouragement has shaped ZenCircle into what it is today and formed an amazing community. However, all good things must come to an end: we regret to inform you that ZenCircle will be terminated on October 16, 2017.

It has been a great journey with every one of you, exploring the world together through the photos you’ve shared. As part of the ZenUI family, we are committed to bringing you the best ZenUI user experience, and we’ll be back with more exciting features in the future. A million thanks to all of you!

Sincerely,
The ZenCircle Team

Uber Faces Widespread Asia Bribery Allegations Amid U.S. Criminal Probe

Eric Newcomer, reporting for Bloomberg;

Uber Technologies Inc., facing a federal probe into whether it broke laws against overseas bribery, has embarked on a review of its Asia operations and notified U.S. officials about payments made by staff in Indonesia, people with knowledge of the matter said.

As the Justice Department looks into a possible criminal case, Uber is working with law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP to examine records of foreign payments and interview employees, raising questions about why some potentially problematic business dealings weren’t disclosed sooner, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are private.

Philippines?!

I’m not sure but I’ll just link these here;

iOS 11 is available tomorrow

Apple;

Starting Tuesday, iPhone and iPad customers around the world will be able to update their devices to iOS 11, a major update to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system and the biggest software release ever for iPad. iOS 11 brings augmented reality to hundreds of millions of iOS devices and new professional capabilities improve images in Photos and Camera. Siri is more natural and useful and a redesigned App Store makes it easier to discover apps and games.

Depending on where you are in the world, iOS 11 may already be available for your device. However, before you go and download iOS 11, there are things that you need to do, I cannot stress enough how important item number 2.

Google debuts Tez, a mobile payments app for India

Ingrid Lunden, writing for TechCrunch;

After several weeks of speculation and leaked details, today Google officially unveiled its first big foray into mobile payments in Asia. The Android and search giant has launched Tez, a new mobile wallet in India that will let users link up their phones to their bank accounts to pay for goods securely in physical stores and online, and for person-to-person money transfers.

Google has trademarked the name Tez in the Philippines as well, so it appears that the search giant will launch the service in the Philippine later this year or early 2018.

Tez is now available on Google Play Store and App Store.

Poundit

Formerly known as YouPoundit, Poundit is an ecommerce site for electronics and accessories that has built partnerhips with about 50 tech brands and authorized distributors including Sony, GoPro, ASUS, JBL, Harman Kardon, and Otterbox.

ASUS teams up with Fenox VC to launch US$50M fund, aiming for technologically strong startups

Anisa Menur A. Maulani, writing for e27;

Taiwanese computer hardware and mobile phone giant ASUS today announced a partnership with Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Fenox Venture Capital (Fenox VC) to launch a US$50 million fund for tech companies.

The partnership will serve as a gateway for ASUS to access startups through the VC’s network. In turn, ASUS will collaborate with the startups and provide them with access to the greater Asian and global markets.

The fund will focus on startups in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), internet-of-things (IoT), big data, cloud, and AR/VR.

Internet video calling apps to be unblocked next week in Saudi Arabia

Arab News;

Internet voice and video calling apps such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp will be unblocked in Saudi Arabia from next week.

Coordination between the Communications and Information Technology Commission and telecommunications service providers is under way to enable everyone to benefit from applications that provide voice and video communications over the Internet, said Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawahah, the minister of Communications and Information Technology.

VoIP apps like Skype, Viber and WhatsApp have been blocked in the Kingdom for more than 4 years now.

UTRUST

UTRUST is the world’s first cryptocurrency payments platform to implement consumer protections on a mass scale. The company is building a global PayPal–like payments platform with extensive cryptocurrency support.

UTRUST’s end goal is to provide all the benefits of fast, secure, convenient, and inexpensive cryptocurrency transactions, in tandem with the world’s first cryptocurrency payment protections, which consumers need to fully embrace blockchain technology en masse.

UTRUST has currently raised $3.5 Million through private investors and the sold out pre ICO, with the public ICO commencing on 20th September 2017.

UTRUST Poised to Take the Blockchain Payments Industry in Asia

Press release regarding UTRUST and its first round of public ICO.

UTRUST Poised to Take the Blockchain Payments Industry in Asia

Blockchain payment platform UTRUST is going where no other of its kind has gone before. Leveraging a team of experts from various consumer and corporate business, financial, legal, and technical fields, it is building a groundbreaking service that promises to change the way the world uses cryptocurrency. By adopting a familiar experience combined with safety features that render payment fraud obsolete, UTRUST is building the payments platform of the future.

Many have hailed crypto coins as the currency of the next generation. One of their main selling points is their decentralized and secure blockchain-based origins. This solves many of the problems inherent in today’s fiat currencies and bank-based payment structures. However, cryptocurrency is still relatively unheard of in the Philippines and most of Asia, owing to the complications arising in their use.

UTRUST seeks to change this. The service is the ideal entry-point to increase the adoption of cryptocurrencies in emerging markets, by serving as a bridge between crypto and fiat users. Buyers will able to purchase any product using their favorite coin, without the extra hassle of converting to fiat first. The platform automatically does this, and delivers the payment in fiat money to the seller. This simple process makes UTRUST the PayPal of digital currencies.

However, the service really shines in its cutting-edge security features. Imagine being able to shop online with complete peace of mind, knowing you cannot be defrauded. Users can use UTRUST to pay for their purchases — the payment is kept safe in the service’s centralized escrow system, and is only delivered to the merchant upon receipt of the goods. In the unlikely case that a dispute arises, UTRUST’s dedicated resolution team takes action and resolves it within a fixed timeframe. No more waiting for weeks to get your funds back!

Home-based entrepreneurs will also benefit by adopting the system. Aside from lower selling fees and faster approval speeds, merchants no longer need to fear the threat of chargebacks. By tapping into the fiat financial system, utilizing an intuitive interface, and building trust between buyers and sellers, UTRUST makes transitioning into cryptocurrencies a breeze.

Nuno Correia, CEO, said: “UTRUST sees the potential of cryptocurrencies and digital technology to transform financial services provision in both developed and developing markets. The potential gains are particularly exciting in emerging markets where mobile phone penetration could recreate the role physical banking infrastructure plays in developed markets.”

The service helps its users break away from the clunky banking infrastructure completely by using their mobile phones as financial hubs. Imagine being able to pay anything through your phone, without a bank account — purchases, mortgages, loans, and more. In a country whose mobile phones far outnumber its own population, UTRUST can change the way Filipinos think of finance.

UTRUST will launch its first round of public ICO on September 20th (2PM GMT). There will be a total of 7 rounds, aimed at bringing UTRUST to $50M in funding. The funds will be used to develop features and establish partnerships, as well as to create the UTRUST Token — an Ethereum based coin whose value is directly linked to the platform’s projected growth.

To learn more about UTRUST’s ICO, visit: https://utrust.io/ico

LTFRB wants taxi fares at par with Uber rates

Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez, reporting for GMA News;

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has “unanimously agreed” to increase taxi fares, making it “at par” with the rates of transport network company Uber, Chairman Martin Delgra III said Wednedsay.

It appears that LTFRB totally miss the point as to why commuters are favoring Uber and TNVS (transport network vehicle services), taxi in Metro Manila obviously lower than the rate of Uber but people still prefer Uber over taxis, heck I prefer Uber over taxis.

It more about the overall service that TNVS provides to its riders, the friendly drivers, convenience in booking and most of all they don’t refuse any commuters/riders.

Chairman Martin Delgra III added, an increase in taxi fares would hopefully solve the problem of “underutilization” of cabs.

Good luck with that!

Apple TV 4K

Apple;

Apple today introduced the new Apple TV 4K designed to deliver a stunning cinematic experience at home. With support for both 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR), Apple TV 4K features unbelievably sharp, crisp images, richer, more true-to-life colors, and far greater detail in both dark and bright scenes. With Apple TV 4K, viewers can enjoy a growing selection of 4K HDR movies on iTunes. iTunes users will get automatic upgrades of HD titles in their existing iTunes library to 4K HDR versions when they become available. Apple TV 4K will also offer 4K HDR content from popular video services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coming soon.

Apple TV 4K pricing;

  • Apple TV 4K 32 GB: $179 (US)
  • Apple TV 4K 64 GB: $199 (US)
  • Apple TV (4th generation) 32GB: $149 (US)

Apple Watch Series 3

Apple;

Apple today introduced Apple Watch Series 3, adding built-in cellular to the world’s number one watch. Whether users are out for a run, at the pool or just trying to be more active throughout their day, Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular allows them to stay connected, make calls, receive texts and more, even without iPhone nearby. The third-generation Apple Watch is an amazing health and fitness companion with intelligent coaching features, water resistance 50 meters1 and a new barometric altimeter that measures relative elevation. Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two models, one with GPS and cellular, and one with GPS, both featuring a 70 percent faster dual-core processor and new wireless chip.

I have the original Apple Watch and to me it feels like that Apple Watch Series 3 is the Apple Watch that Apple intended to release two years ago.

This will now be the new pricing of both the old and new Apple Watch;

  • Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular): $399 (US)
  • Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS only): $329 (US)
  • Apple Watch Series 1 : $249 (US)

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple;

Apple today announced a new generation of iPhone: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The new iPhone features a new glass and aluminum design in three beautiful colors made out of the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, Retina HD displays and A11 Bionic chip, and is designed for the ultimate augmented reality experience. The world’s most popular camera gets even better with single and dual cameras featuring Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus, and wireless charging brings a powerful new capability to iPhone. Both devices will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 15 in more than 25 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, September 22.

The design still looks the same but most of the changes are made under the hood.

  • Glass and aluminum materials
  • Retina HD displays
  • A11 Bionic chip
  • iPhone 8 improved 12-megapixel camera
  • iPhone 8 Plus features dual 12-megapixel cameras
  • Wireless charging
  • Augmented Reality

iPhone X

Apple;

Apple today announced iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, in a gorgeous all-glass design with a beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization. iPhone X delivers an innovative and secure new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using Face ID, enabled by the new TrueDepth camera. iPhone X will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, October 27 in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, November 3.

That $999 price tag will surely turn off potential buyers, though it’s just $69 higher than the Note 8.

Dates to remember regarding Apples’ latest products

Here’s a quick-list on the dates that you need to remember regarding the new Apple products.

iPhone X

  • Pre-order starts on Friday, October 27 in more than 55 countries
  • Will be in stores Friday, November 3

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

  • Pre-order begins this Friday, September 15 in more than 25 countries
  • It will be in stores beginning Friday, September 22

Apple Watch Series 3 – It will be available in stores on the 22nd of September, Friday

Apple TV 4K

  • Pre-order starts this Friday, September 15, 2017
  • It will be in stores beginning Friday, September 22

iOS 11 now available for beta testers and developers

While watching the Apple September iPhone event, I got a notification that the iOS 11 is now available and it looks like the iOS 11 update will only be available to beta testers and developers as well, since the full iOS 11 version will be available on the 19th of September.

Here’s the release notes of iOS 11;

App Store

  • All-new App Store designed for discovering great apps and games everyday
  • New Today tab helps you discover new apps and games with stories, how-to guides, and more
  • New Games tab to find new games and see what’s most popular with top game charts
  • Dedicated Apps tab with top picks, dedicated app charts, and app categories
  • App pages include more video previews, Editors’ Choice badges, easier access to user ratings, and information about in-app purchases

Siri

  • New Siri voice is more natural and expressive
  • Translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish (beta)
  • Siri suggestions based on your usage of Safari, News, Mail, and Messages
  • Works with notes apps to create to-do lists, notes and reminders
  • Works with banking apps for account transfer and balances
  • Works with apps that display QR codes
  • Hindi and Shanghainese dictation

Camera

  • Portrait mode now supports optical image stabilization, HDR and True Tone flash
  • Photos and videos will take up half the space with the new HEIF and HEVC image and video formats
  • Redesigned set of nine filters optimized for natural skin tones
  • Automatically identify and scan QR codes

Photos

  • Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure Live Photo effects
  • Mute, trim, or choose a new key photo for Live Photos
  • Memory Movies automatically adapt content for portrait and landscape orientation
  • More than a dozen new memory types including pets, babies, weddings, and sporting events
  • People album is more accurate and stays up to date across devices with iCloud Photo Library
  • Animated GIF support

Maps

  • Indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers
  • Lane guidance and speed limit information with Turn-by-turn directions
  • One-handed zoom with double tap and swipe
  • Interact with Flyover by moving your device

Do Not Disturb while Driving

  • Automatically silences notifications while driving and keeps iPhone silent and display off
  • Optional iMessage auto reply to alert selected contacts that you’re driving

New features designed for iPad

  • An all new Dock provides quick access to your favorite and recently used apps and can even be shown on top of active apps
    • Dock resizes so you can add all of your favorite apps
    • Recently used and Continuity apps are available on the right
  • Enhanced Slide Over and Split View
    • Apps can be easily started in Slide Over and Split View from the Dock
    • Slide Over and background apps now run simultaneously
    • Apps in Slide Over and Split View can now be placed on the left side of the screen
  • Drag and drop
    • Move text, images, and files between apps on iPad
    • Multi-Touch to move multiple items at the same time
    • Spring-loading to move content between apps
  • Markup
    • Markup works across documents, PDFs, webpages, photos and more
    • Instant markup anything in iOS – just place Apple Pencil on what you want to mark
    • Create a PDF and markup anything that can be printed
  • Notes
    • Instantly create a new note by tapping on Lock Screen with Apple Pencil
    • Inline drawing available by simply placing Apple Pencil in body of a note
    • Search handwritten text
    • Document scanner autocorrects for skewing and uses image filters to remove shadows
    • Table support to organize and display information
    • Pin important notes to the top of the list
  • Files
    • All-new Files app to browse, search and organize files
    • Works with iCloud Drive and 3rd party cloud file providers
    • Recents view for quick access to recently used files across all apps and cloud services
    • Create folders and sort files by name, date, size and tags

QuickType

  • Flick down on letter keys to enter numbers, symbols and punctuation marks on iPad
  • One-handed keyboard support on iPhon
  • New keyboards for Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Irish, Kannada, Malayalam, Maori, Odia, Swahili, and Welsh
  • English input on the 10-key Pinyin keyboard
  • English input on the Japanese Romaji keyboard

HomeKit

  • New accessory types including AirPlay 2 speakers, sprinklers and faucets
  • Expanded occupancy, time and accessory based triggers
  • QR code and tap to pair accessory setup support

Augmented Reality

  • Augmented reality technologies that apps from the App Store can use to deliver content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more

Machine Learning

  • Core machine learning technologies that apps from the App Store can use to deliver intelligent features with machine learning data processed on device for high performance and user privacy

Other features and improvements

  • Control Center redesign brings all controls on one page
  • Control Center custom controls including accessibility, guided access, magnifier, text size, screen recording and Wallet
  • Apple Music now helps you discover music with friends. Create a profile so friends can listen to playlists you’ve shared and see the music you listen to most
  • Apple News now includes Top Stories picked just for you, recommendations from Siri, the best videos of the day in Today View, and great stories selected by our editors in the new Spotlight tab
  • Automatic Setup signs you in to iCloud, Keychain, iTunes, App Store, iMessage, and FaceTime with your Apple ID
  • Automatic Setup restores device settings including language, region, network, keyboard preferences, places you frequently visit, how you talk to Siri, home and health data
  • Easily share access to your Wi-Fi networks
  • Storage optimization notifications and free up space in Settings for apps like Photos, Messages, and more
  • Emergency SOS calls emergency services based on your current location and automatically notifies emergency contacts, shares your location, and displays your Medical ID
  • FaceTime lets you capture Live Photos from the other person’s Mac or iPhone camera
    Easily check Flight status in Spotlight and Safari
  • Definitions, conversions and math support in Safari
  • Russian and English bilingual dictionary
  • Portuguese and English bilingual dictionary
  • Arabic system font support

Accessibility

  • VoiceOver descriptions support for images
  • VoiceOver tables and lists support in PDFs
  • Type to Siri support for basic search queries
  • Spoken and braille caption support for videos
  • Dynamic Type increases text and app UI to larger sizes
  • Redesigned Invert Colors make media content easier to view
  • Highlight Colors improvements in Speak Selection and Speak Screen
  • Switch Control typing can scan and type whole words at a time

iOS 11 is performance optimized for 64-bit apps. 32-bit apps will need to be updated by the app developer to work with this version of iOS.
Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas, for more information visit: https://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability and https://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222