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9. Aug, 2015

Apple will unveil its new generations of iPhone and iPad on September 9, sources have claimed.

The date of the reveal comes as Apple's usually high-fly tech stock struggles with the burden of raised expectations.

Images apparently showing the next iPhone emerged last month and the handset is expected to look almost identical to the current iPhone 6, but have a major overhaul of its internals and a new 'touch force' screen.

Leaked: Pictures of the handset have already revealed it will look almost identical to the current iPhone 6

A schematic obtained by Engadget Japan (pictured) suggest the handset will be 7.1mm thick - slightly thicker than the current 6.9mm thick iPhone 6

Will the iPhone 6s camera quality be even better than the 6?
 

Sources in the know have told Buzzfeed News that Apple is planning an event for the week of September 7, with September 9 being the most likely date for its annual autumn media event.

Last year's event was also held on September 9 and sources said the latest iPads are also likely to be unveiled.

 

Circuitry and chips inside what is reported to be Apple's next phone have previously been laid bare in a series of leaked images and files.

Although the iPhone 6S is likely to keep its base storage at 16GB, it will have a new near-field communication (NFC) processor and have fewer chips.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant has ordered suppliers to manufacture between 85 million and 90 million units combined of two new iPhone models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by December 31.

The images reveal the front facade of the iPhone 6, it is claimed. Experts say the device will look almost identical to the 6 on the exterior

The series of photos shows 'several batches of facades ready to be shipped to the assembly lines of the iPhone 6s', according to French site nowhereelse

 

 

A schematic obtained in Japan suggests the handset will be 7.1mm thick - slightly thicker than the current 6.9mm thick iPhone 6.

The leaked images were analysed by experts at fan site 9to5Mac and tech firm Chipworks. 

They claim the new NFC processor, which is used to make contactless Apple Pay payments, will add a secure element. 

The schematic was obtained by Engadget Japan.  

Every year following a major update to its phone hardware, Apple releases an incrementally upgraded handset that features minor tweaks. 

These tweaks are typically made to boost battery life or performance, while the outside of the phones remain relatively unchanged. 

The iPhone 6S is expected to include the same Force Touch feature as the Apple Watch, allowing users to press the screen harder to access menus. It will also come in a range of colours (pictured) including rose gold

Based on the leaked images and files, the iPhone 6S will be an almost identical, but more powerful version of last year's iPhone 6. 

 

However, rumours do suggest there will be at least two new features designed to attract new users - namely an updated colour range, and Force Touch. 

Force Touch technology was introduced on the latest Macbook and is also available on the Apple Watch. 

In addition to recognising touch, the technology senses force, adding a new dimension to using the screen. 

It uses tiny electrodes around the Retina display on the Watch to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press, and triggers instant access to a range of controls. 

Bad times: The world's most valuable public company saw its stock price drop for a fifth straight day on Tuesday (Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks above at an October 2014 event)

 

The new iPhone is expected to borrow the aluminium and rose gold colours used in Apple's Watch. 

Other predicted features include an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM and an improved 12MP camera. - up from 8MP. 

Apple, the world's most valuable public company, saw its stock price drop for a fifth straight day on Tuesday, falling as much as $5.19 or 4.4 percent, to $113.25.

THE IPHONE 6S AND FORCE TOUCH

Every year following a major update to its phone hardware, Apple releases an incrementally upgraded handset that features minor tweaks. 

These tweaks are typically made to boost battery life or performance, while the outside of the phones remain relatively unchanged. 

Based on recent leaked images and files, the iPhone 6S will be an almost identical, but more powerful version of last year's iPhone 6.

However, rumours do suggest there will be at least two new features designed to attract new users - namely an updated colour range, and Force Touch. 

Force Touch technology was introduced on the latest Macbook and is also available on the Apple Watch. 

In addition to recognising touch, the technology senses force, adding a new dimension to using the screen. 

Apple shares are down 14 percent since closing at a record $133 in February. That puts Apple in a 'correction,' which is Wall Street jargon for price declines of 10 percent or more from a peak.

Apple sold more than 47 million of its signature iPhones in the last quarter, or 35 percent more than a year earlier. That drove the company's profit and earnings above Wall Street estimates. 

But iPhone sales were not quite as good as some analysts predicted, and executives gave a lukewarm forecast for the current period. That has sent the stock into a decline since Apple reported earnings on July 21. 

4. Aug, 2015
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4. Aug, 2015

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered the National Planning Commission to go back to the drawing board and produce the framework for a 2016 national budget that will reduce recurrent expenditure and prioritise developmental projects.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

Shehu said the President gave the order after receiving a briefing from the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Dr. Bassey Akpanyung at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the President told  Akpanyung and Directors of the NPC, that capital projects must now be given the fullest possible priority, because Nigeria couldnot achieve real development without adequate investment in capital and infrastructural projects.

“In carrying out its role in surveillance of the economy, review and appraisal of policies, the Commission should devise a plan for a realignment of the budget so that capital projects can be really prioritised,” the President directed.

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The Executive Secretary of the NPC had informed the President that Nigeria’s planning system was beset by many challenges.

These challenges, he said, included the non-alignment of national plans with the annual budget and inadequate capacity in the departments of Planning, Research and Statistics in the various government ministries.

He later told State House correspondents that he used the opportunity of the meeting with the President to inform him that the commission had on the ground a perspective plan which is the national vision 20:20:20.

He said they were in the process of developing a medium term plan to cover Vision 2016 to 2019 which will address the core elements of the present administration’s priorities.

“Of course, we sought the President’s  support for the articulation and finalisation of that document because his pronouncement on it will assist us in rapidly doing so.

” Planning, like I said will make it effective from 2016 to 2019.
“So, we should be working already very seriously to pick out the elements that will form the document

“The core areas: security, the areas of diversification, the area of restabilising the polity, the micro economic situation that are going to be addressed.

“Of course, we can’t forget the issues of unemployment, agric in the real sectors. These are the areas that will drive and ensure that the employment situation is improved upon and that will impart the poverty level,” he added.

4. Aug, 2015

‘It could be a blessing in disguise. It’s going to be even tougher this year,’ says Chelsea skipper

Chelsea captain John Terry: Chelsea’s loss brings an end to their run of 13 matches unbeaten against Arsenal. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

Mon, Aug 3, 2015, 17:54

 

John Terry said that defeat to Arsenal in Sunday’s Community Shield could serve as “a wake-up call” to his side as they prepare to defend their Premier League title.

The Chelsea captain said: “It was a different atmosphere in the dressing room afterwards. We haven’t lost many at Wembley. With that in mind, it’s maybe the boost we needed and we go again for the season.

“It could be a blessing in disguise for us – a wake-up call. We have experience in the squad, we have the character. It’s going to be even tougher this year.”

The loss brought an end to Chelsea’s run of 13 matches unbeaten against Arsene Wenger’s side, but the 34-year-old defender played down the significance of his side’s run against their rivals.

“It’s disappointing because it hasn’t happened too many times since I have been at the club. Losing is just horrible in all respects.

“Forget the record, there was a trophy on the line. It hurt when you saw them walk up the stairs to lift it. When you see them walk up, no matter if it’s a friendly or a Community Shield, it’s a trophy.

“That’s the mentality I was brought up in, that’s the same as the manager on a daily basis. That’s what he wants and demands from his players as well.”

 

Potential positives

Terry was keen to focus on the potential positives from the match. “I thought we were on top if anything. We got another 90 minutes under our belts – the players are still finding their feet and fitness.

“It’s served a good purpose for that, but obviously we’re disappointed we didn’t win.”

Chelsea’s defeat leaves them without any wins from their four pre-season matches to date, including a 4-2 defeat to New York Red Bulls. Arsenal, in comparison, have won five out of five.

“Yet Terry’s central-defensive partner Gary Cahill was keen to play down the significance of the summer results.

 

Preseason is false

“It’s purely about fitness. When the points are there to be played for from next weekend, that’s when we are at the business end.

“Preseason is false in many ways because you’re changing the team, everyone’s getting minutes, everyone is trying to get fit and you’re training hard. You’re doing double training sessions before you play a game. We still have another week of that before we get down to business.

The Blues faced their former goalkeeper Petr Cech for the first time since his £10 million (€14 million) move to Arsenal, and Terry was unsurprised by a solid display from the Czech.

“It was typical from Pete – great as always. I think we have to get over the fact he’s left now.

“We have enough in our squad to concentrate on ourselves. We have another game on Wednesday [against Fiorentina], which will give a few other players and the late arrivals a chance to get a few more minutes.” Guardian service

4. Aug, 2015

Fossils of Fractofusus, seen in an illustration, were found in clusters containing larger, older individuals, surrounded by younger, smaller ones, suggesting they were in the process of asexual reproduction. (C. G. Kenchington)

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A significant fossil find on the Newfoundland coastline could shed light on what may be the oldest physical evidence of reproduction in a complex organism.

A team led by researchers from England's University of Cambridge found the fossils in the Trinity Bay North area. The new fossils were estimated to be 565 million years old and belonged to Fractofusus, a type of rangeomorph. Rangemorphs, marine organisms that looked a bit like ferns, were some of the earliest complex organisms on Earth. Earlier life forms were mostly single-celled and reproduced simply by dividing.

The Fractofusus fossils are clustered together in a way that suggests there are three generations of organisms in a cluster — larger, older ones surrounded by younger, smaller ones.

 

A close-up view of the Fractofusus fossils, estimated to be 565 million years old, found in the slab of rock in Trinity Bay North. (Submitted)

Jack Matthews of Oxford University has been studying rocks in Newfoundland for about eight years. He was part of the team that found the fossils.

"It [the clustering] suggests that these organisms could reproduce rapidly via what's known as asexual reproduction," said Matthews.

The pattern strongly resembles clustering observed in modern plants such as strawberries, where smaller offspring grow from "runners" sent out by the older generation.

"Many of these fossils are thought to be quite simple in their tissue structures, and the way that they lived and grew in these marine environments," Matthews said. "What we actually see is that they have a very sophisticated system to their biology whereby they can have two methods of reproduction."

The researchers think that besides reproducing using "runners," these organisms sometimes propagate using seed-like "propagules" — which is where the largest "grandparents" in the clusters came from.

The discovery was published in the journal Nature.