9to5 Mac reports that Apple has apologised for various iCloud plans disappearing last week, as well as emails that were erroneously sent out by Apple to customers telling them that their 50GB or 100GB iCloud plans had been discontinued.
In an email apologising for the incident that was sent to all those involved, Apple said that the emails were sent out in error, and that there have, in fact, been no changes to iCloud storage plans. Apple also reiterated that all plans would stay exactly as they are, meaning that the disappearance of the $0.99 per month 50 GB iCloud plan and the $2.99 per month 200 GB iCloud plan had simply been a glitch.
In the email, Apple said, “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you have any questions, please contact us.”
Apple did not offer any explanation as to how the glitch happened.
Source: Apple acknowledges earlier iCloud subscription errors, says everything has been resolved
AppleInsider says that it has obtained a full copy of Apple’s California Department of Motor Vehicles self-driving car application, the basic details of which were first reported on by Business Insider on Friday.
The complete Autonomous Vehicle Tester (AVT) Program Application for Manufacturer’s Testing Permit, which was initially obtained by macReports, contains some revealing information about Apple’s approach to self-driving vehicle testing.
In particular, it goes into detail about the testing process used to certify the six drivers who will be driving the three modified Lexus RX540h SUVs, including instructions, training goals, and diagrams for several different tests, including low-speed and high-speed driving, tight U-turns, sudden steering input, sudden acceleration, sudden braking, and lane change.
The six Apple employees named in the document as passing the tests include Paul Hebert and Victor Hwang, who are both engineers at Apple’s Special Projects Group, and Jeremy Ma, a software engineer, also working at Apple’s Special Projects Group, and who has particular expertise in 3D object detection and tracking. One driver's name has been redacted from the document as their employment details need to be kept private. Most of the test drivers are robotics experts.
Source: Full copy of Apple's self-driving car permit revealed
According to a report on AppleInsider, the UK’s Guardian newspaper has decided to withdraw from both Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles.
“We have run extensive trials on Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News to assess how they fit with our editorial and commercial objectives,” said The Guardian in a statement issued to Digiday. “Having evaluated these trials, we have decided to stop publishing in those formats on both platforms.”
“Our primary objective is to bring audiences to the trusted environment of the Guardian to support building deeper relationships with our readers, and growing membership and contributions to fund our world-class journalism.”
While it is definitely possible for a newspaper such as The Guardian to earn money from Apple News and Instant Articles, it probably stands to gain more by having its loyal readership use its own app and website, from where it can make more money from ad revenue and also try and encourage readers to subscribe or donate.
The Guardian is still a member of Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages, and in March it announced that 60% of its traffic came from that particular source.
Source: UK site The Guardian drops Apple News in bid to boost ad & subscription revenues
Niantic has announced today that it has launched a special Easter “Eggstravaganza” event. The event is underway now, and will end on April 20, 2017. During this time, a greater variety of Pokémon will be found in 2 km Eggs. You’ll also earn more Candy for each Egg that you hatch.
Also during the event, trainers can level up faster than usual thanks to double XP. So that means, if you combine the double XP bonus with a Lucky Egg, you’ll earn four times the usual XP. And Niantic is even offering 50% off Lucky Eggs that you can buy from the in-game shop for the duration of the event.
Also reporting on the event, Forbes said that the number of Pokémon that can now be hatched from 2km eggs includes a big selection from the 5 km and 10 km lists, including the likes of Larvitar and Lapras. The three Generation 2 starters Cyndaquil, Chikorita, and Totodil, can also all now be found hatching in 5 km Eggs, when they were previously not available in any Eggs.
Sources: The Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza - Pokémon GO
Pokémon GO's Easter Eggstravaganza Event Is Its Weirdest Yet
9to5 Mac reports that Apple has now officially registered with the state of California to enable it to test self-driving cars. Apple’s application for an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit has now been listed on the Department of Motor Vehicles website in California after 2 years of rumours about the company’s self-driving car program, after it was revealed in September 2015 that Apple was holding talks with the California DMV about self-driving car regulations.
This latest news therefore confirms that Apple is definitely involved in testing self-driving cars, even if there is no firm news about whether or not Apple is actually going to develop its own brand of electric vehicle. Tim Bradshaw from the Financial Times tweeted today that “Apple’s autonomous test vehicle, Lexus RX450h, is the same car Google/@waymo has used for a few years (including the one that hit a bus).”
Adding more fuel to the fire recently, one of Apple’s partners, Didi Chuxing, launched a self-driving vehicle lab close to Apple headquarters in California. Apple also recently added its support to a joint letter sent to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking that the department not restrict autonomous vehicle testing.
Back in fall 2016 KGI Securities reported that Apple would be applying its extensive augmented reality research to its autonomous driving program.
Lexus RX450h car picture: @Tim
Source: Report: Apple officially testing self-driving cars in California
AP reports that, just in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs, coaches in the NHL have been given three iPad Pros for each bench, with the officials also receiving an iPad Pro to help them to review coach’s challenges. All 16 of the playoff arenas have received the iPad Pros, as well as Macs, as part of a partnership between the NHL and Apple.
For the first time this season in the NHL, coaches have been allowed to use video monitors on the bench to help them pick the right time to challenge offside and goaltender interference occurrences. The iPad Pros, which were tested by the coaches late in the regular season, enable the coaches to view game videos in real-time to help players asses their own performance.
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