Recode reports today that according to a source familiar with Apple’s plans, the company has recently been in talks with payments industry partners about setting up its own version of money-transfer system Venmo. The service would enable iPhone owners to send money digitally to other iPhone users.

The source said that it expects Apple to launch the service later in the year, with another source adding that the date of the announcement and of the launch had not yet been decided.

Apple actually held similar talks back in 2015, but nothing appeared to come of it at that time.

Recode says that Apple has also been in talks with Visa recently about its own pre-paid Visa debit cards that would also tie in with the new money-transfer service. You would be able to use the cards to access money sent to you via the money-transfer service without waiting for it to clear into your bank account.

Source: Apple is in talks to launch its own Venmo

According to a report on AppleInsider today, Apple is “currently finalizing” designs for its rival to Amazon’s Echo, which is set to include support for Siri and Apple AirPlay, as well as featuring Beats technology and running on a version of iOS.

The news comes via noted Apple leaker Sonny Dickson, who tweeted that the new device is “expected to be marketed as a Siri/AirPlay device.” If Dickson knows anything more than that about the new product then he’s still keeping his cards close to his chest, as so far these are all the details that he’s released so far.

As far as the story’s credibility is concerned, Dickson has a great track record when it comes to Apple scoops, such as the revamped iOS 10 lockscreen, to name but one.

However, should it turn out to be accurate, this news comes as somewhat of a surprise off the back of a report back in February that said that according to an anonymous Apple executive, Apple had “no apparent interest” in developing a rival device to Amazon’s Echo.

Source: Apple 'finalizing' design of Amazon Echo rival based on Siri
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Recode reports today that both Instagram and Twitter have just reported very successful quarters as far as attracting millions of new users is concerned.

Facebook-owned Instagram now has 700 million monthly active users, after adding 100 million accounts in just 4 months, eclipsing the 6 months that it took to rise from 500 million to 600 million users, and the 9 months that it took to rise from 400 million to 500 million users.

And Twitter is reporting similar good news, at least as far as new users is concerned, having added nine million new users in the last quarter, which is the highest number of new users since the beginning of 2015. And while Twitter did report a business decline of approximately 8%, representing the company’s first ever year-over-year decline, as Recode points out, this is still a lot better than the business decline of around 14% that Wall Street was predicting.

Sources: Instagram is growing faster than ever and now has 700 million users

Twitter added nine million new users last quarter, the most since early 2015

If you’re one of those people that frequently forget where you left your car when you’ve parked in a big parking garage or supermarket parking lot, for example, Google has today updated its Maps app with a very handy new feature, whereby it will remember where you’ve parked your car.

All you have to do to use the new feature is to tap the blue dot, then tap “Set as parking location” and this will add your parking spot to the map. Tap the parking label on the map to open your parking card, from where you can share your parking location with friends and also see pictures of where you’re parked.

Also, if your car is connected to your iOS device via USB audio or Bluetooth, automatic parking detection will already be enabled, meaning that your parking location will be automatically added to the map when you disengage your device and leave your vehicle.

Source: Remember where you parked with Google Maps

9to5 Mac reports today on the ruling from a Dutch court that says that Apple cannot offer remanufactured units as warranty replacements, and must instead supply nothing but brand new models to the customer. This follows on from a previous ruling by the Dutch court that said that Apple could not offer refurbished products as warranty replacements.

After the previous ruling, Apple started offering what it referred to as “remanufactured” units to replace faulty iPads, as it said that they had the same manufacturing and inspection standards as brand new iPads, and therefore could not be considered to be the same as refurbished products.

However, a woman in Holland who was offered a remanufactured iPad as a warranty replacement did not think this was good enough, and decided to take Apple to court. Now, the Dutch judge has ruled in her favour, saying that she is entitled to a brand new iPad as a replacement. Apple will be fined €100 for each day that it does not give the woman a brand new iPad.

Source: Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be affected by unspecified Samsung OLED problems

Phone Arena writes that in celebration of Chuck Norris’s 77th birthday, developer Sproing and producer flaregames have launched an iOS game all about the legendary martial artist, actor, and screenwriter, entitled Nonstop Chuck Norris.

The free-to-play game, which doesn’t require an Internet connection to play, has been authorised by Chuck Norris himself. Just like one of his movies, it features non-stop action where Chuck uses pretty much anything that he can get his hands on as a weapon to batter his foes as he attempts to save the multiverse.

During the game you’ll also get to collect Chuck Norris facts and develop signature abilities such as roundhouse kicks and push-up slams, as well as unlocking meme-inspired pet sidekicks for Chuck.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by fans’ reactions since I announced the game,” said Chuck Norris, speaking from his home in Texas. “Now that the game is live across the world, I hope they enjoy having the power of Chuck Norris on their phones!”

Click here to download for free: Nonstop Chuck Norris on the App Store

Sources: flaregames, The Chuck Norris mobile game is out on Android and iOS

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