Australia Welcomes the 488 GTB to the Ferrari Stable
The Ferrari 488 GTB has officially made its debut in Sydney, the very first appearance in Australia following the International Motor Show of Geneva in March. Close to 300 passionate VIP guests attended the Australasian Premiere held in an exclusive thoroughbred stables in Sydney.
The Inglis Newmarket stables, established in 1906, is Australia's premier thoroughbred horse stables and home to some of the world's most impressive, exclusive, and expensive horses. Ferrari guests were delighted to see the authentic stables completely transformed into an opulent world of the Prancing Horse as they welcomed the incredibly powerful new thoroughbred, the 488 GTB, into the Ferrari stable.
A live stallion, ‘Eclipse', reared in front of the crowd to recreate the famous Ferrari Cavallino or prancing horse. Guests enjoyed the operatic tones of singer Emily Garth and a percussion set which accompanied the dramatic reveal of the car. Coloured in Grigio Silverstone, the Ferrari 488 GTB, was welcomed into the room by eager guests excited to see the car for the first time.
The Ferrari 488 GTB sets a new benchmark for the sports car sector. Forty years from the launch of Ferrari's iconic first-ever mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta, the 308, the Ferrari 488 GTB opens a new chapter in the history of cars with this particular architecture which delivers optimal weight distribution for sporty, fun driving. A special gallery was created in the exclusive venue for this event, showcasing the great history behind the car, together with a display of the historic 308 GTB, 328 GTB, 348TS, F355, 360F1, F430, and 458 Italia.
After dropping the iPhone from its lineup completely in February, it seems Virgin Mobile USA has had something of a change of heart. Not only is it now offering the latest two iPhone models, it's also slashed $100 off the full retail price.
You can snag a 16GB iPhone 6 from Virgin Mobile's online store for $549.99, a hefty discount on the usual full retail price of $649.99. Likewise, the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus is just $649 (down from $749). For those wanting an even cheaper way to get an iPhone, the 8GB white iPhone 5c is available to buy from Virgin Mobile for $299.
Interestingly, back when the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus originally launched last fall, Sprint's prepaid subsidiary stated it had no specific plans to launch the new devices. With them having been on the market for almost a year, Virgin Mobile's sense of timing is intriguing to say the least. Regardless, with Virgin's competitive price plans, and the $100 discount, you could potentially save a bundle on these devices.
Perhaps the only downsides are that Virgin Mobile doesn't currently seem to be offering more than one storage capacity for each phone. Only 16GB models of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are available, while the iPhone 5c is only available in white with 8GB internal storage. What's more, if you're in an area where Sprint coverage isn't so hot, then you won't need telling that a good price isn't worth it when you can't get reliable cellular reception. If you want other storage options, and an unlocked phone at a discount, there's always Amazon.
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Specific sales of Apple Watch have been a mystery since the device's launch back in April, with several analysts offering up their own respective estimates on numbers. Now, Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. has hinted at sales of the device. ASE, for those unfamiliar, is responsible for putting all of the internal parts of Apple Watch into a case through a process known as system-in-package (via WSJ). The company, however, claims that Apple Watch sales are not as high as expected…
Mark Li, a Bernstein Research analyst, said recently that an ASE subsidiary told investors that the company did not hit its “break-even volume” of two million Apple Watch units per month in the second quarter of 2015. Furthermore, ASE does not expect to reach the two million per month number during the third quarter either, which is unusual seeing that it's the quarter leading up to the popular holiday shopping season.
ASE now expects that it won't hit its target of shipping 18 million units in 2015. Earlier this month during Apple's earnings call, Tim Cook hinted that Apple Watch revenue was higher than $1 billion, which would lead to sales higher than 3 million units for the quarter.
“The shortfall of Apple Watch is a disappointment,” Mr. Li wrote in a note to clients. “We came in with a low expectation but below break-even still surprised us.”
It's interesting to hear Apple and Tim Cook repeatedly claim that Apple Watch was beating expectations during its first full quarter of availability, with ASE claiming that sales have been less than expected. With Apple claiming it doesn't want to report specific sales numbers for competitive reasons, it's unlikely that we'll get any confirmation anytime soon.
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After my first impressions, lengthy update, decision point and one month update, this week is when I have to officially lose the ‘skeptic' prefix to my Apple Watch diary series and relabel myself as a fully-fledged convert.
The trigger for this realization was a fairly small one, but one which clearly demonstrated to me that – little by little – the Apple Watch is transforming itself into a gadget I eventually won't want to be without …
The trigger was the arrival of Apple Pay in the UK – something I'd been impatiently waiting for ever since the U.S. launch. Annoyingly, my own bank – First Direct – for some reason delayed its adoption until Tuesday, so this week represented my first chance to try it.
So, card added to both phone and watch, I set off to my local Starbucks to give it a try. The UK may have been kept waiting for Apple Pay, but we do at least have one advantage: we've had contactless cards and terminals for years, so they are – in London at least – everywhere.
I immediately appreciated what a beautifully convenient way to pay this is. No reaching into my pocket for wallet or phone, just a quick double-press of the side button and hold out my wrist to the terminal. As soon as I'd used it once, I knew that this was going to be my standard way to make all contactless payments.
It's not, in itself, a killer app. But that's not the point. As I said when I was one month in:
[I'm still wearing the Watch every day] not because it's exciting; it isn't. Not because it makes a significant difference to my life; it doesn't. But it does make my life very slightly more convenient, and it does this a dozen or more times a day.
My colleague Jeremy Horwitz said that when beta 3 broke Apple Pay on the Watch, he missed it a lot until beta 4 brought it back.
It's like the first time I used the Watch as a boarding pass. It wasn't a big deal, but it was definitely more convenient than reaching into my pocket for my phone. Apple Pay is the same.
And this, I believe, is how the watch will ultimately prove indispensable. Not by any killer app – the one thing that makes me think ‘Aha, this is why the Watch was created!' But rather by the drip, drip, drip of new features and applications, each of which makes my life just that little bit more convenient.
Eventually, this will reach the point where failing to strap on the Watch in the morning would mean giving up so many of those little conveniences, that I simply won't be willing to do it. It will have transformed itself from a ‘nice to have' gadget into what we might term, ‘first world problems' style, a first world essential.
It hasn't quite reached that point for me yet. If I accidentally forgot to put it on in the morning, I'm not going to be cursing the fact the way I would if I left my iPad behind. But I can see that it's only a matter of time before it does. So say goodbye to Ben the Apple Watch skeptic, and meet Ben the Apple Watch convert.
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Two weeks after releasing the first beta of OS X 10.10.5, Apple today has released beta 2 of the operating system to developers. The second beta build carries the build number 14F19a and is available to testers via the Mac App Store now.
Earlier today, Apple released beta 2 of iOS 8.4.1 to developers to test. Seeing that OS X El Capitan is slated to be released this fall, it seems likely that 10.10.5 is the last update Yosemite will see. Developers currently, of course, are focused on developing for El Capitan and iOS 9, which means these more incremental updates are likely not seeing as much usage. It remains unclear, however, when iOS 8.4.1 and OS X 10.10.5 will rollout to the public.
OS X 10.10.5 beta 2 is available via the Mac App Store now and should be available via the Developer Center soon, with a full changelog, as well.
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