Apple Reportedly in Talks to Buy Sensors for Self-Driving Cars - TheStreet

Apple Reportedly in Talks to Buy Sensors for Self-Driving Cars - TheStreet


Apple Reportedly in Talks to Buy Sensors for Self-Driving Cars - TheStreet

Posted: 19 Feb 2021 09:43 AM PST

Apple  (AAPL) - Get Report is negotiating with several sellers of self-driving-car sensors about purchasing their wares, a media report says.

Knowledgeable sources told Bloomberg of the talks. The Cupertino, Calif., tech titan for some years has been working on an autonomous-vehicle project, the news service reported. 

Apple had discussions with Hyundai Motor and its Kia Motors subsidiary about manufacturing electric cars, but those talks have broken off, according to media reports this month.

The sensors Apple is looking at enable a car's computer to see its surroundings, the Bloomberg sources said. 

It has "developed on its own most of the necessary software, underlying processors and artificial intelligence algorithms needed for such a sophisticated system," according to Bloomberg. 

The news service said that a finished sensor product likely won't be ready for a few years.

Sensor-maker shares advanced on the Apple news. Velodyne Lidar VLDR recently traded at $21.57, up 3.2%, and Luminar Technologies  (LAZR) - Get Report was at $34.15, up 4%.

Apple stock recently traded at $129.97, 0.2% higher. 

Earlier Friday, Bloomberg reported that Apple was working on a magnetically attached battery pack for the newest iPhones that would wirelessly charge the handsets.

Morningstar analyst Abhinav Davuluri has mixed views on Apple, putting fair value at $98. 

"We are raising our fair-value estimate for narrow-moat Apple to $98 per share from $85, as we incorporate a stronger near-term outlook due to the current 5G iPhone cycle and ongoing work- and learning-from-home dynamics bolstering Mac and iPad segments," he wrote in a commentary last month.

"Nonetheless, we think [the] shares are currently overvalued, as we think recent growth trends could be unsustainable past 2021."

Plex begins beta testing integration with Apple’s TV app [U] - 9to5Mac

Posted: 19 Feb 2021 07:40 AM PST

The popular media hosting and streaming platform Plex has started testing Apple TV app integration. Once it's fully developed, this feature will allow users to find Plex content through the TV application on their iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

Update: A Plex employee on Reddit has explained more about what this means:

"This feature will only work with our free on demand movies and TV shows. We'd love to integrate personal media as well but that's not technically possible for a couple reasons. To make this work we provide Apple with a list of content we have available for streaming. As detailed in our privacy policy, we don't know what content our users have in their personal media libraries."

The TV app serves multiple purposes, and one of those purposes is to serve as a hub for content from other streaming applications. The Apple TV app can surface content from apps such as Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, making it easy to track what you're watching in a single app, then jump out to individual apps to actually watch the content.

Plex's testing of TV app integration was first spotted by friend of the site Will Sigmon, who shared it on Twitter yesterday. The TV app integration has surfaced in the latest TestFlight beta of the Plex app.

What this means is that content that you have in Plex will now appear in the TV app and in places like your Up Next queue. When you connect Plex with the Apple TV app, you'll see the following explanation:

Start watching by connecting Plex.

This participating app will share what you watch with Apple.

Your playback, searches, purchases, and device trust score are used to personalize your experience, improve that of others, send you notifications, and prevent fraud.

The integration does not appear to be fully rolled out just yet. Sigmon reports that content he has stored on his Plex server doesn't consistently show up to play through with the TV application.

One possibility here is that Plex is only planning on integrating content that it offers through its streaming service with the TV app, not content that users store on their servers. Plex debuted its own streaming service in 2019, offering users a variety of free TV shows and movies, and it could be that it is only planning on making that content available through the TV app, not user-hosted content from individual servers.

Unfortunately, the TestFlight beta for Plex is at capacity and no additional users can be added. It's unclear what Plex's timeline is for a release to the general public, but it should be available when version 7.14 is released to the App Store.

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Nomad brings MagSafe to case lineup: Bests Apple leather case with 10-foot drop protection - ZDNet

Posted: 19 Feb 2021 08:30 AM PST

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After testing a sleek Apple MagSafe wallet and charging accessories, it's hard not to make MagSafe a requirement for any iPhone 12 case. Thankfully, the folks at Nomad now have MagSafe-compatible case options for all four Apple iPhone 12 models.

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is my daily driver and has been living in an Apple leather case for a few weeks. Thanks to Nomad's move to provide MagSafe cases, it looks like the Rugged Case may join me on my daily adventures.

Also: iPhone 12 Pro Max: Apple's best phone gets better the more you use it

The first question most people will ask is, "For the same price, should I buy the Nomad Rugged Case or Apple Leather case?" Since I've now used both options, I think the choice mainly comes down to whether you want 10-foot drop protection or better buttons on your case. The Nomad Rugged Case is clearly most protective, but the well-defined buttons on the Apple case are tough to beat.

Rugged Case

The new Rugged Case, is available for $59.95, in Black, Natural, and Rustic Brown. I spent a few days with the Black color case so it hasn't yet had time to age and develop character. The Horween leather of the Nomad cases smells wonderful while Apple's Leather case has no leather smell, if that is something you are looking for in a case.

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The internal bumper system on the Rugged Case is designed to help your phone withstand a 10-foot drop, which offers some relief for those drops out of your hand in daily usage. The body of the case is polycarbonate with a Horween leather back panel that wraps up around the bottom of the four sides and transitions into the TPU edges.

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The interior of the Nomad Active Rugged case is lined with soft gray microfiber material, with the Nomad branding on the inside and a clear MagSafe circle centered in the middle. The iPhone 12 Pro Max snaps securely into the polycarbonate core frame and ensures the case will not fall off the iPhone. There are ample openings for the rear cameras, flash, ringer switch, Lightning port, speaker, and mics.

Two lanyard attachment points are integrated into the bottom openings. The rigid material ensures that your lanyard will not fall out of the case and the case securely holds your iPhone so lanyard use is completely safe.

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The right side button and volume buttons have subtle raised areas for activation. The right side button has some texture to help make it easier to find it with your fingers. This is the one design area I would like to see improved a bit as the volume buttons are a bit too flush for my needs.

The frame wraps around all four sides and protrudes just a bit above the display so that your screen is protected when you set your phone down on a table. The inside of the TPU frame has a gray liner that has notches present, likely designed to dissipate shock loads when you drop your iPhone.

MagSafe functionality is now a part of the case design and it works as well as any Apple case with the leather wallet holding securely in place and charging adapter fully engaged. Wireless charging and Apple Wallet wireless technology works with the iPhone in the case too.

Also: Apple iPhone 12 review: 5G, improved reception, and iOS 14 widgets challenge Android phones

Rugged Folio Case

While you can use your iPhone for Apple Pay, there is still a need to carry an ID, access card keys, and other cards. The Apple Leather Wallet is nice for a couple of cards when you can travel as a minimalist, but sometimes you need more capacity than that.

The new iPhone 12 Pro Max Rugged Folio is available in Black and Rustic Brown colors for $79.95. There are three card slots and a cash slot on the inside flap of this case with a rated capacity for six cards. I was able to carry a credit card, my ORCA transit card, my office access key, my driver's license, and a $20 bill with ease.

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Dark gray microfiber material covers the inside of the case and the wallet flap. Horween leather is present along the back and extends to cover the entire front flap of the case with stitched edges. The leather looks, and smells, wonderful.

The front flap is a bit smaller than the back so that the front rests right on the edge of the TPU side bumpers of the back piece as display protection is provided. This case also offers 10-foot drop protection thanks to the an internal shock absorption bumper.

The buttons, openings, and lanyard attachment points are the same as the Rugged Case. I would love to see the ability to use this case as a media kickstand with some kind of hinge that supports various viewing angles.

The Nomad Rugged Folio is the best full wallet case I've seen for the iPhone 12 series and with MagSafe support it may be the ultimate case for people who want to leave their wallet at home.

Season two of Apple TV+ comedy ‘Mythic Quest’ debuts on May 7 - 9to5Mac

Posted: 19 Feb 2021 11:24 AM PST

As part of its Television Critics Association presentation today, Apple announced that one of its popular comedy series Mythic Quest will return for a second season. The new instalment of Mythic Quest will premiere on May 7.

The first season of Mythic Quest centered around a video game company developing a new expansion for their hit massively-multiplayer game. The show was well received by critics and viewers. The second season follows the team as they set to work on their next expansion.

Apple renewed Mythic Quest ahead of its season one release last year. Like most of Hollywood, production on Mythic Quest season two was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The show managed to resume filming in fall of 2020, and is now almost ready to air.

Also today, Apple showed first glimpses at upcoming dramas 'Physical', 'The Mosquito Coast' and 'Lisey's Story'. Physical and Lisey's Story will debut on the streaming service in the summer; seven-part thriller The Mosquito Coast starring Justin Theroux arrives on April 30.

Keep up to date on everything new with Apple TV+ in our feature guide:

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9 games coming soon to Apple Arcade - CNET

Posted: 19 Feb 2021 09:45 AM PST

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Apple Arcade has a game for almost everyone. 

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Almost every week, Apple's impressive $5-a-month mobile gaming service, Apple Arcade, releases and announces new games and updates older titles. Gamers can play almost 150 games across the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV

Even though there's always something new to check out on the service, we're still waiting on a handful of games teased at launch, including Fantasian, a game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, or Proxi, from Sims creator Will Wright.  

Here's every game we're still waiting to arrive on Apple Arcade.

The Artful Escape 

Developer: Annapurna Interactive

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The Artful Escape tells the story of teenage guitar prodigy Francis Vendetti. On the night of his first performance, Francis finds himself on a psychedelic quest of self-discovery. Along the way, he battles dead folk legends and, at times, his own imagination. 

The Artful Escape was first announced at E3 2017 and was listed in the Apple Arcade lineup last year. The X019 trailer promises a colorful, neon, musical side-scroller.

Cozy Grove

Developer: Spry Fox

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Cozy Grove is an Animal Crossing-style life simulation game where you take on the role of a Spirit Scout on a haunted island. Explore the island's forest and try to help sad forest ghosts. The more you help, the more the island heals -- the environment becomes colorized, flowers grow and more. Along the way, you'll meet more spirits with their own unique stories. To restore Cozy Grove you'll need to collect items, craft and fish. 

Enter the Construct

Developer: Directive Games

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Details have been thin on the ground about Enter the Construct, except that it was expected to be available at Apple Arcade's launch. At that time, the images and videos showed the game as a first-person sci-fi shooter. Since then, there has been little to no information about Enter the Construct, so it's possible it's taken on a new name or has been canceled. Directive Games didn't respond to a request for comment, but we'll update if we hear anything. 

Fantasian

Developer: Mistwalker

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Fantasian's creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, a mastermind behind multiple RPGs including Final Fantasy, posts updates about the upcoming JRPG game fairly regularly on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you're excited about Fantasian, you can scroll through Sakaguchi's social media and get a look at the game's concept art and its handcrafted dioramas as they're being built. Developer Mistwalker has posted designs of New Town En, Magitech Factory in Machine City, Secret Base and the Water City of Vence from the game.

Sakaguchi recently tweeted new screenshots saying that the game will be out soon. Game site Kotaku speculates that this means we could see the game this year. 

HitchHiker

Developers: Mad About Pandas

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HitchHiker/Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

HitchHiker is a mystery puzzle game where you play as the hitchhiker who doesn't remember anything about their identity, their past or their destination. You'll travel with five different drivers and make choices in the conversations that can help you remember your dark secrets. Solve environmental puzzles, keep an eye out for clues everywhere and make alliances -- but remember that nothing is what it seems. 

Proxi

Developers: Will Wright and Gallium Artists

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Proxi is an AI simulation game from The Sims creator Will Wright. The game is built out of the player's memories, using them as building blocks in the 3D world. Instead of creating a city or a house, as the player would do in The Sims, Proxi models the brain. You can store memories and millions of interconnected concepts, according to the website. 

Sp!ng

Developer: SMG Studio 

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From the studio that brought you No Way Home, another Apple Arcade favorite, Sp!ng is a physics-based game where you must guide a cosmic ball to collect gems -- just avoid hitting the walls. Using one-touch controls, maneuver the ball across more than 150 levels with daily challenges and over 50 characters to unlock. 

Ultimate Rivals: The Court

Developer: Bit Fry

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Bit Fry/Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

This is a basketball-based follow-up to last year's Ultimate Rivals: The Rink, which was a hyped-up three-on-three ice hockey game where you played as real stars from all kinds of sports -- with added superpowers. Future iterations of the game could bring football, baseball or soccer to Apple Arcade.

Wonderbox

Developer: Aquiris

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When Wonderbox, formerly Box Project, was announced for Apple Arcade, there weren't many details available aside from a photo of a cardboard box. Now, the action-adventure game is due out soon, has an official name, and looks like fun for the whole family. 


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