Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out.
There are no Apple stores yet in India, and iPhone users have been stranded with third-party service providers, who they say don’t live up to the premium brand’s promise in the rest of the world, according to a BuzzFeed report.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an NPR interview that Apple will "take a look" at Absher, a Saudi government app with a feature letting men control the travel of their wives and daughters.
On the new MacVoices, Bryn Brooker, the Head of Marketing for Nextbase, discuses the new models of their dash cams that will soon be available in the U.S. and the U.K. Reprising an interview that was lost at CES, he walks us through their models, and some of the innovations they are pioneering, including modular expansion, Amazon Alexa and voice control, internet connectivity, and a safety monitoring service.
According to a report from The Last Driver License Holder, Apple’s self-driving car effort has resulted in far more disengagement incidents than any other company testing self-driving vehicles in the state of California. A disengagement is when a driver of an autonomous vehicle re-assumes control of the wheel.
However, letter from Apple, published to the DMV website, says the disengagement rate is high because: “Our approach to disengagements is conservative, because our system is not yet designed to operate in all conditions and situations. To support this approach, our public road testing policies require drivers to proactively take manual control of the vehicle any time the system encounters a scenario beyond our currently proven abilities."
There have been rumors that Apple Pay is coming to the Czech Republic, but there’s more evidence that Apple’s mobile payment service is actually about to launch in the country, perhaps even on Feb. 19 , reports 9to5Mac.