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Apple promotes Apple Watch fitness with new ‘Close Your Rings’ page

Apple has launched a new Close Your Rings page, promoting the fitness features of the Apple Watch while also providing basic guidance on how the three activity rings work and some quick tips for staying active and closing them each day. The page provides practical suggestions for each goal, such as “playing chase with your kids” to close the Move ring, using fitness apps to close the Exercise ring, and getting up to visit a co-worker or get some water to close the Stand ring, while also explaining how each ring works and the health benefits related to them. Additional tips are also provided, such as how to add the Activity rings to a watch face, how to change a Move goal, and how monthly challenges, achievements, and sharing all work. [via 9to5Mac]

Nokia rethinking its Digital Health business

Nokia has announced that it is undertaking a “review of strategic options” regarding its Digital Health business, a market that the company entered two years ago when it acquired Withings. The rather brief post highlights the suite of products in the company’s Digital Health portfolio — hybrid smart watches, scales, and digital health devices that effectively all came from the Withings brand — and notes that the review “may or may not result in any transaction and other licensing changes” and that it will make another announcements “if and when appropriate.” While the vague blog post is relatively unclear, the review suggests that Nokia may be considering divesting itself from the health business altogether, after recent reports suggesting that it had overestimated the value of Withings’ assets in the first place, and struggles with regulatory issues that resulted in some features being removed from its products earlier this year. [via The Verge]

iDevices releases ‘Instant Switch’ wireless remote wall switch

iDevices has released Instant Switch, a new accessory designed to provide an easily-mountable wall switch for controlling other accessories within the iDevices ecosystem (HomeKit support does not appear to be included at this time). The battery-powered Instant Switch can be placed anywhere, and pairs with other iDevices products over Bluetooth to provide convenient control of lights and outlets. Instant Switch can be paired with any of iDevices’ wall outlet accessories to switch attached appliances on or off, or even with iDevices’ Wall Switch to easily and inexpensively create a three- or four-way switching solution with no additional wiring required. Instant Switch mounts to a wall using a standard peel-and-stick adhesive, and is also designed to be compatible with any standard rocker faceplate. A pre-installed battery that promises a two-year lifespan is also included. iDevices’ Instant Switch is available now directly from iDevices’ web site for $34.95.

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Apple to require all new iOS apps to support iPhone X starting in April

Apple has announced that all new apps submitted to the App Store after April 2018 will be required to support the iPhone X. In an e-mail sent to registered developers, the company heralded the new features that iOS 11 has brought to the iOS platform, adding that “Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK, included in Xcode 9 or later. All new apps for iPhone, including universal apps, must support the Super Retina display of iPhone X.” Apple’s page on Submitting iOS apps to the App Store also adds that developers should make sure their App Store product page showcases updates for the Super Retina display of the iPhone X, and provides additional tips for developers on how to make sure that their apps look great on the iPhone X and how to submit proper screenshots for their App Store pages.

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New iOS 11 bug crashing iPhones when a special character is received

A bug in iOS 11.2.5 has been discovered that’s will crash the iPhone when a specific Indian-language character is received in a text message or e-mail, The Verge reports. Originally discovered by Italian blog Mobile World, the bug affects iPhones running iOS 11.2.5 as well as Messages and Safari on macOS, and has been confirmed as affecting not only the built-in Messages and Mail apps, but also third-party apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook, and Gmail. The crash is triggered when the device receives the Indian language Telugu character, which will cause the iOS Springboard to crash and prevent the affected app such as Messages to open as a result of trying and failing to load the character, at least until the point at which another message is received.

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Twelve South adds iPhone X version of its SurfacePad case in exclusive colors

Twelve South has released an iPhone X version of its popular SurfacePad case. Like other SurfacePad cases, this one sticks to the back of the device using the company’s SurfaceGrip adhesive and provides a thin layer of protection around the front and back of the device. The case includes automatic sleep/wake functionality when the case is open and closed. Like previous SurfacePad cases it folds into a stand to watch videos and includes slots to hold credit cards. The $50 case comes in the standard black and also cognac and teal colors specific to the iPhone X.

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Apple considering placing orders for Chinese-made memory chips

Apple is considering buying some of the flash memory chips destined for use in the iPhone from Chinese manfacturer Yangtze Memory Technologies, according to Nikkei Asian Review. The little-known chipmaker is set to begin producing NAND flash memory chips this year, but sources close to the discussions with Apple said it will likely be 2020 or later before Yangtze can produce enough parts to meet Apple’s standards. The sources said the chips would be used only in iPhones destined for use in China, where Apple has been facing increasing pressure from the government on multiple fronts. Apple has shown a willingness to work with the Indian government to produce and assemble more of its products locally in exchange for more access to the country’s smartphone market, but it’s unclear if the Yangtze deal is part of any intervention on behalf of the Chinese government. Apple currently buys its NAND flash memory chips from Toshiba, Western Digital, SK Hynix and Samsung Electronics, and the company’s iPhone orders account for 15 percent of all such shipments worldwide.





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