Russia Debuts Postal Drone, Which Immediately Crashes Into Wall

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Someday, in the future, our skies will be full of whirring machines delivering anything we could ever want or need, from medical supplies to pizzas to the latest item from our Amazon overlords.

That day is not today.

On Monday, Russia’s postal service tested a delivery drone in the city of Ulan-Ude, Siberia. Instead, though, the drone crashed violently into a wall of nearby building, turning the UAV into a mess of jumbled parts.

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Russia had announced its plans to start delivering mail via drone. It seems like a smart idea, especially in such a huge country where severe weather often interrupts mail delivery.

Here was the original plan for Monday’s test. The $ 20,000 drone was supposed to pick up a small package and deliver it to a nearby village, Reuters reports. Instead the device failed spectacularly, only making it a short distance before crashing into a three-story building. The small crowd gathered to watch the test can be heard uttering expletives, according to Reuters.

No one was injured in the crash, and it didn’t do any damage, except to Russia’s pride.

“We won’t stop with this, we will keep trying,” Alexei Tsydenov, the head of the region who was present at the test, told Reuters. “Those who don’t risk don’t get a result.”

And risk they shall. The organizers aren’t quite sure what went wrong, but they suspect the 100 or so nearby wifi spots could have had something to do with it.

Russia might have succeeded in meddling in our elections, but, hey, at least our drones work.

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Apple debuts macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with Business Chat and eGPU support

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Apple today updated macOS to version 10.13.4, bringing new features like Business Chat in Messages and support for external GPU (eGPU) enclosures to Mac users.
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Apple Pay Debuts New Promo Offering 20% Off Orders $25 or More on Fanatics

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In Apple’s latest promo for Apple Pay, sports fans can save 20 percent on gear when paying with Apple Pay in the Fanatics app or on Fanatics.com.

To see the discount, make a purchase worth $25 or more on Fanatics, then enter the coupon code APPLEPAY20 during checkout to redeem the 20 percent off savings. The promo runs from today, March 29, through April 4 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


Fanatics’ website has a complete collection of brands and merchandise offered under the promotion, as well as a detailed list of exclusions at the bottom of this page.

Apple’s new promotion also highlights sporting goods stores like Champs Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Foot Locker, as well as sporting event apps like MLB Ballpark, StubHub, and Gametime.

Apple has launched a consistent series of promos for Apple Pay over the past few months, most recently including food deliveries from Grubhub, Seamless, and Eat24. Each new promotion also reminds users that they can pay friends back for a variety of things using Apple Pay Cash.

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Apple Debuts iPhone, iPad, Watch Accessories in New Spring Colors

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Apple has quietly debuted a range of new accessories this week, many of them sporting fresh spring colors. They include iPhone cases, iPad cases, and a range of new Apple Watch bands in seasonal colors. Though, they’re not all currently available for purchase from Apple’s online website just yet. Here’s the lowdown on the new […]
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On Tuesday, the same day it held its education-focused event in Chicago, Apple quietly unveiled new iPhone and iPad case accessories with seasonal colors for spring that match the previously announced Apple Watch bands.
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Apple debuts new iPad with Apple Pencil support

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Confirming regulatory leaks from last month, Apple today officially debuted a new entry-level 9.7-inch iPad during an education-focused event at Chicago’s Lane Tech College Prep High School. The new iPad replaces a similar model released last year but features upgraded specs, including support for the Apple Pencil writing and drawing accessor…Read More
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As Apple Plans to Launch New Low-Cost iPad, Google Debuts First Chrome OS Tablet

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On the eve of Apple’s education-focused event where the company is expected to debut new low-cost iPads, Google and Acer have debuted the first Chrome OS tablet.

The new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is the first tablet to run Chrome OS, which has previously been available on laptops, desktops, and tablet/PC hybrids.


According to Google, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is designed to give schools the “easy management and shareability of Chromebook laptops” in a lightweight device that offers touch and stylus functionality along with Google Expeditions AR integration.

It features a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 display in a 9 inch by 6.6 inch body that weighs just over 1.2 pounds. Like other Chrome OS devices, it supports Google Play, giving students and teachers access to millions of Android apps, and it can be managed by IT professionals right alongside other Chromebook devices a school might already have in use.


There’s a built-in 2-megapixel HD webcam at the front of the tablet, along with two speakers and a microphone. A 5-megapixel rear camera is designed to allow children to capture photos and videos, and it features a 9-hour battery for all-day usage.

Inside, the Chromebook Tab 10 is powered by a 6-core 3399 RockChip processor and it includes 4GB of RAM and 32GB integrated memory. It charges via an included USB-C port that can also power other devices.

Each Chromebook tablet comes equipped with a low-cost Chromebook Wacom EMR stylus that doesn’t require charging or pairing. It uses advanced machine learning to “predict student writing for a natural writing experience” with zero-latency digital input for drawing, taking notes, and more.

Chromebooks are popular, easy-to-use low-cost options that many schools have already adopted, which is what Apple has to compete with through its rumored low-cost iPad. Acer plans to sell the Chromebook Tab 10 for $329 starting in April, and that’s a price point Apple may be planning to beat.

Rumors have suggested Apple’s new low-cost iPad will have a price tag as low as $259, and to match some of the features available with Chrome OS devices, Apple may be planning to include support for the Apple Pencil.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said last week that Apple Pencil support is “likely” for the new low-cost iPad. It’s not clear if Apple will introduce a lower-cost Apple Pencil to go along with the tablet, though, as the Apple Pencil is currently priced at $99.

Aside from Apple Pencil support and a possible price tag, we don’t know much about the tablet that Apple plans to introduce tomorrow, but we don’t have long to wait to find out details. Apple won’t be live streaming its event, but we’ll have coverage here at MacRumors.com and on our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

For more on what we might see at tomorrow’s event, make sure to check out our what to expect post.

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Best Buy Debuts New Apple Sale: Get Up to $300 Off MacBook Air & $100 Off iPad mini 4

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Best Buy today launched a new Apple sale that will last for the rest of the week, this time focusing on the latest 2017 MacBook Air models and the 2015 iPad mini 4. In the sale, select MacBook Air configurations have been discounted by $150-$250 (with an additional $50 off if you’re a college student or parent of a K–12 or college student), while the Wi-Fi iPad mini 4 is discounted by $100 across the board and cellular options are marked down by up to $200 with a contract on select carriers.


Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

The MacBook Air models on sale include both of the basic configurations sold on Apple.com, coming in $50-$100 below rival third-party retailers with some of the cheapest prices currently available online for the 2017 notebooks. The third model on sale is a higher-end configuration with boosted processor speeds and hard drive capacity. If you’re a student or parent of a student you can save an extra $50 on all models.

Apple is said to be preparing a new entry-level notebook, but the latest rumors indicate it isn’t ready to debut at this week’s event, so if you’re in the market for a MacBook Air now, this is a good opportunity to buy.

For the iPad mini 4, Best Buy’s prices are now $50-$100 cheaper than other retailers. The last update to the iPad mini came in the form of a price drop for the 128GB storage tier in March 2017 — now the only storage capacity available to purchase in new condition. One year later, there are still no signs of a more substantial update for the iPad mini, so if Apple plans to discontinue the 7.9-inch tablet completely at some point, the iPad mini 4 is your best option if you like the size.

Check out all of the products on sale at Best Buy this week in the list below:

13-inch MacBook Air

128GB iPad mini 4 (Wi-Fi)

  • Silver – $299.99, down from $399.99
  • Space Gray – $299.99, down from $399.99
  • Gold – $299.99, down from $399.99

128GB iPad mini 4 (cellular)

  • Verizon, all colors – $17.91/mo. for 24 months, down from $22.08/mo.; or $329.99 with 2-year contract, down from $529.99
  • Sprint, all colors – $17.92/mo. for 24 months, down from $22.08

Other ongoing Apple deals at Best Buy:

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Those interested can head to Best Buy to make their purchases before the MacBook Air and iPad mini sale expires this Saturday, March 31. For more of the latest discounts and sales happening this spring, be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup.

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LG K9 debuts, is just a rebranded K8 (2018) for Russia

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Earlier this month LG showed the K8 (2018) at the MWC in Barcelona and now, it’s launching it in Russia under the name LG K9. Outside of the name nothing appears to have changed. The LG K9 has a 5-inch IPS LCD of the conventional 16:9 aspect and 720x1280px resolution, a 2,500mAh battery, 8MP main cam and a 5MP selfie one. The phone is still powered by Android 7.1 and offers LTE connectivity. Pushing the price down is the use of a Snapdragon 210 chip and 2GB of RAM. However the built-in 16GB of storage is expandable and there is a fingerprint reader on the back. Here’s a quick…

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Quick Takes: Apple Music Debuts K-Pop Ad, iPhone SE 2 Concept, and More

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In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest Apple news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

Wednesday, March 21

1. Apple Music ad released with Korean girl group TWICE: The 15-second video features their 2017 single Heart Shakers and is accompanied by a link to an Apple Music playlist with their other k-pop songs.


2. Apple is an exception to nearly every rule: Dutch entrepreneur Haje Jan Kamps explains how using Apple as a template for how to build a startup is not a great idea due to its unparalleled hardware design, logistics, and even packaging.

Commentary: As the world’s most valuable company, Apple has tremendous leverage over its supply chain and logistical partners like Foxconn and UPS respectively. Given how valuable a contract with Apple can be, these companies will bend over backwards to accommodate the iPhone maker in any way.

3. 3D designer Martin Hajek shares iPhone SE 2 renders: The concept imagines the iPhone SE with a glass back for wireless charging, in the same color as the gold iPhone 8. Overall, the device looks like a refined version of the current iPhone SE, which is likely what we can expect if it does receive a refresh.


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