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.

Source: APNewsBreak: NHL adding iPads on benches for playoffs

Tech Crunch reports that according to App Store analytics firm App Annie, Apple’s new social video editing Clips app had between 500,000 and 1 million downloads in its first four days.

Despite that, though, it has not yet managed to break into the Top 20 apps in the U.S. App Store’s Top Charts, having only reached as high as number 28 so far. Compare this with the much less well publicized Music Memos app from Apple, which was just behind Clips at number 29 on the same day.

However, both Sensor Tower and App Annie say that Clips has already surpassed Music Memos as far as downloads are concerned.

App Annie also compared the performance of Clips with that of Instagram’s Layout in the Photo & Video category on the App Store. In its first four days of release, Clips was ranking around number 5 or 6 in that particular chart, while Instagram’s Layout was ranking between 17 and 35, and sometimes as low as 80 in the same timeframe.

As far as Clips worldwide popularity is concerned, the U.S. market currently has the largest share with 25%, China comes in second with 16%, and Japan, Russia, and Hong Kong make up the rest of the top five.
Source: Apple Clips scored up to 1 million downloads in its first 4 days

Facebook continues to add features to Messenger, with 9to5 Mac reporting that the company has just announced an update that will enable group payments between users. The new feature is designed to help those who want to split bills in restaurants or to send money to friends via group messages in the Messenger app.

The feature will be rolling out first on desktop and Android in the US, and then eventually to iOS.

“It’s free, simple, fast, and secure. Whether you’re splitting a restaurant bill or chipping in for a group gift, all you need to do is go to a new or existing Messenger group conversation to get started…Simply tap on the plus sign in the bottom-left-hand corner of a group conversation to find more features, and tap the payments icon ($).”

The new feature enables you to send or request money from any individual within the group conversation, or to the entire group. You can also enter a total and have it divided between the group in order to pay a bill.

Just as with the current person-to-person payment feature, the group feature will only provide support for Visa or Mastercard debit cards.

Source: Facebook announces group payments feature for Messenger

9to5 Mac reports today that according to Bankhaus Lampe analyst Karsten Iltgen, Apple is planning to replace a PMIC component for iPhone and iPad that it currently gets from Dialog with its own in-house custom silicon chip by 2019.

Iltgen says that Apple has been hiring engineers from Dialog to work on Apple-branded power management chips, which are used to manage voltage and charging of device components. It could be that this is Apple finally attempting to tackle battery longevity issues by taking them in-house.

In the original report, Reuters said that a source had confirmed that Apple was recruiting Dialog engineers in Munich, saying, “They are poaching like crazy.”

At this news, Dialog’s share price dropped by around 20% in early stock market trading. However, Dialog might be reassured by a report from Barclays Research that says that Apple is not likely to completely sever its relationship with the company, citing the fact that Dialog has over 1,300 employees and Apple only has around 80 engineers, as well as noting that Dialog also has necessary intellectual property that Apple cannot get around.

Source: Analyst believes Apple developing its own custom battery power management chips for iPhone


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