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Apple Orchard Road in Singapore Officially Opens to the Public

Apple today officially opened up its first retail location in Southeast Asia, Apple Orchard Road in Singapore, to the public at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store marks the newest addition to Apple’s next-generation retail rollout, following similar design principles and community-focused values seen at Apple Union Square in New York and Apple Dubai Mall.






As the first Apple retail store in Southeast Asia, Apple Orchard Road has received a lot of attention over the past few weeks leading up to its grand opening. Reports began to ramp up in early May when Apple put up a mural in front of the store that displayed large “Apple Loves Singapore” artwork in various places. Upon closer inspection, the details of the artwork represented different “Creative Pros” who will now help run Apple Orchard Road’s “Today at Apple” programs.






After the opening date was announced, Apple removed the barricades from the storefront, unveiling the design of the inside of the store for the first time. Earlier this week, the Cupertino company then allowed members of the press to visit the store and take pictures of its next-generation design, which included a curved staircase inspired by Apple Park and an upstairs “town hall” gathering space for Today at Apple sessions.



Apple Orchard Road is the newest step in the company’s plan to eschew more traditional retail establishment principals where the only purpose is to visit the store to buy something, and encourage customers to be inspired by the products through Today at Apple. When the company announced the new sessions would begin expanding worldwide in May, Apple senior vice president of retail, Angela Ahrendts, said that Today at Apple was catalyzed by Apple’s “desire to educate and inspire the communities we serve.”






Ultimately, Ahrendts hopes that the next generation refers to Apple as a meeting spot similar to the communal nature of a place like Starbucks. “Starbucks figured it out, you know? Being a gathering place for – right? ‘Meet me at Starbucks,'” Ahrendts said. “And you know, I’ve told the teams, ‘I’ll know we’ve done a really, really great job if the next generation, if Gen Z says, “Meet me at Apple. Did you see what’s going on at Apple today?”‘”


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Open-air BAC Mono roadster joins Isle of Man police force

The Isle of Man Constabulary gets a new set of wheels

Lotus and Lamborghini police cars aren’t exactly patrolling every city block, but such sports cars have become regular enough among police fleets that they don’t shock us anymore. But the latest police supercar has come as a bit of a surprise. The world’s first Mono police car puts a single officer inside BAC’s open-air, track-focused roadster. So if you happen to see what looks like a brightly dressed go-cart in your rear-view, you might want to slow up a bit and be sure your speedometer lines up with street signs.

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macOS 10.13 Wishlist: Features MacRumors Readers Hope to See in the Next Version of macOS

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is set to kick off on June 5, and along with a new version of iOS, Apple is expected to introduce the next-generation version of macOS, macOS 10.13. We’ve heard no rumors on what to expect in macOS 10.13, so whatever Apple introduces will come as a total surprise.



With iOS 11 expected to get a major design overhaul, we can perhaps count on some similar design tweaks in macOS, but beyond that, there’s no word on what’s coming. As with iOS 11, our forum members have created a couple of macOS wishlists, outlining some of the features they’re hoping to see, and while macOS isn’t quite as popular as iOS, there are still some solid ideas.






Redesigned iTunes/Apple Music – Some MacRumors readers would like to see Apple overhaul iTunes in a big way, splitting out Apple Music and turning it into its own distinct app that’s not combined with the App Store and iTunes Store.



HomeKit – Connected home products can be controlled through Siri or a dedicated Home app on iOS devices, but on the Mac, there’s no built-in way to interface with a HomeKit setup. A Home app for the Mac would be a welcome addition, and perhaps the Mac could even serve as a HomeKit hub like the Apple TV and the iPad.



Expanded Dark ModemacOS Sierra included a Dark Mode that darkens the dock and the drop down menus across the operating system, but several MacRumors readers would like to see an expanded Dark Mode that darkens all interface elements like Finder and Notification Center.



Multiple docks – When using multiple displays, it would be nice to have access to separate docks for each display.



iPad/Apple TV second screen – This is unlikely to happen, but one reader wants to use an iPad or an Apple TV as a second screen for a Mac. This suggestion overlaps with the iOS 11 wishlist, where readers said they would like to be able to use their iPads as a secondary Mac display and as a drawing tablet.



Combined Siri/Spotlight – Several MacRumors readers would like to see Siri and Spotlight combined on the Mac, allowing for a unified search/Siri experience. With Siri integrated into Spotlight, Mac users would be able to type Siri requests and get the same search result with voice or text. Users also want to see Siri improvements, which could happen as Apple is rumored to be working on new Siri features.



Better full screen options – For users who like to take advantage of full screen apps, better management options would be welcome. An option to open a new window in Split View from the dock or an iPad-style drag-to-close feature would improve Split View.



Improved window management – Windows 10-style window snapping is a request that pops up multiple times across the wishlist threads. As one reader points out, window management apps like Magnet are some of the most popular in the Mac App Store, suggesting this is something a lot of Mac users would like to see added to the operating system.



FaceTime Picture-in-picture – macOS Sierra brought picture-in-picture support to the Mac for videos, but it doesn’t extend to FaceTime. That’s a problem that prevents FaceTime from being used with a full screen app because the FaceTime video window doesn’t stay on top.



Messages – In macOS, there’s no support for stickers or other Messages features. Adding support in the next version of macOS would bring macOS in line with iOS.



Apple News – The Apple News app is limited to iOS devices, but it could easily be brought over to the Mac as a native app.



What features are you hoping Apple will introduce in macOS 10.13? Join in on the discussion about the update on the MacRumors forums. Make sure to check out our iOS 11 wishlist roundup too.

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Device gives your camera an AI boost

The Arsenal is compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Fuji cameras

The number of settings on a high-end DSLR or mirrorless camera can be truly overwhelming, even for experienced photographers. That’s why Montana-based software developer Ryan Stout created the Arsenal. It’s an electronic module that gets plugged into your camera, where it uses artificial intelligence to create the “perfect” shot.

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First look at the HP Spectre x2 (2017): Your perfect alternative to the new Surface Pro

Does the new Surface Pro not float your boat? Check out HP’s new Spectre x2 and prepared to be wowed in our first-look!

Earlier this week, before Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Pro, HP also had a few announcements including their revamped Spectre x2 for 2017. Going back to 2015, the Spectre x2 is HP’s proper take on the popular 2-in-1 category, and like Microsoft, they make significant strides in between releases.

Last week, Windows Central got to see the Spectre x2 in person, and it’s a beautiful device. Moreover, if the new Microsoft Surface Pro’s price is not in your budget, or that missing USB Type-C port is bugging you, the Spectre x2 may be your cure.

Apple Developing ‘Apple Neural Engine’ Chip to Power AI in iOS Devices

Apple is developing a dedicated processor that will be used to handle AI-related tasks like facial and speech recognition in its products, reports Bloomberg. Citing a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans, the site says the chip is known internally as the “Apple Neural Engine.”



Apple plans to use the chip, which would work alongside the standard processor and the graphics chip, to add more advanced artificial intelligence capabilities into its devices and to offload demanding AI processing tasks that can impact battery life.

An AI-enabled processor would help Cupertino, California-based Apple integrate more advanced capabilities into devices, particularly cars that drive themselves and gadgets that run augmented reality, the technology that superimposes graphics and other information onto a person’s view of the world.

The chip could potentially handle tasks like facial recognition in the photos application, parts of speech recognition, and power the predictive keyboard in the iPhone and iPad. Apple may also allow developers to access the chip to power AI-related features in third-party apps.



An AI chip would not be the first chip that handles dedicated tasks in the iPhone. Starting with the iPhone 5s in 2013, Apple devices have included a motion coprocessor used to collect and store sensor data. The motion coprocessor allows the iPhone and iPad to continually track movement and other sensor data without using significant battery. It also powers features like the always-on “Hey Siri” capability built into modern iPhones.



Apple has already tested prototypes of future iPhones with the AI chip, but it is unclear if such a chip is ready for a debut in the iPhone 8. Going forward, should development on the chip continue, Apple is said to be planning to integrate it into many of its devices.


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BMW Concept Link envisions the future of urban mobility

BMW Motorrad's Concept Link is the fifth model under the Vision Next 100 banner

BMW Motorrad created the Vision Next 100 series of concept machines to demonstrate its take on the next century of personal mobility. The Concept Link joins its ranks, showcasing technologies that are likely to dominate future city streets, like electric powertrains and extended connectivity.

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How to stream PC games to your living room TV with NVIDIA Shield TV

If you’re playing on an NVIDIA-powered gaming PC, using a Shield TV box you can also play those games from the comfort of your couch.

The NVIDIA Shield TV is an Android-based product, but it should be of interest to PC gamers thanks to the tight integration NVIDIA implemented between the box and your rig. By using GameStream, you’re able to play your PC games in your living room through the Shield TV.

It’s a powerful set-top box on its own, but the Shield TV at $199 is also a pretty handy gaming machine. Here’s what you need to know.