Sticking to the same as the previous giveaway, Apple has partnered with restaurant delivery apps to offer free delivery on meals ordered through Grubhub, Seamless and Eat24. Orders must be made through the website or the apps using promo code ‘HOOPS’ at checkout, and paid using Apple Pay of course. There are some strings attached though …
In an effort to increase Apple Pay use, Apple is offering a promotion that offers users three free song credits in the TouchTunes jukebox app, if they use the payment service.
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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.
Monday, March 5
– Xiaomi plans to enter U.S. market within a year: “We’ve always been considering entering the U.S. market,” Xiaomi Chairman Lei Jun said at the sidelines of China’s annual legislative session in Beijing, according to the WSJ. “We plan to start entering the market by end 2018, or by early 2019.”
Commentary: Xiaomi was the world’s fifth-largest smartphone maker in 2017, with an estimated 92.4 million shipments, according to research firm IDC. To be successful in the United States, where Apple and Samsung reign supreme, the Chinese company will need a sales agreement with a big carrier like AT&T.
– Ritual launches Apple Pay promotion: Today through March 16, any customer who orders with the Ritual app and pays with Apple Pay will have access to exclusive daily deals at 1,300 restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, and Toronto.
Commentary: Ritual is a mobile app for ordering and paying ahead of time at participating restaurants and coffee shops, enabling customers to skip the line and pick up their food instantly upon arrival.
– iPhone X supplier Finisar gives tour of its Texas facility: “We are trying to make this the VCSEL capital of the world,” said Finisar Vice President Curt Barratt, referring to the small town of Sherman, Texas.
Commentary: VCSELs, or vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, are part of the TrueDepth camera system that enables Face ID on the iPhone X. In December, Apple announced it had awarded Finisar $390 million to expand its research and development and production capacity.
– Apple Park: Transcript of 911 calls about injuries from walking into glass: Following reports of some Apple employees walking into glass doors at the company’s new headquarters, The San Francisco Chronicle obtained transcripts of 911 calls about related injuries via a public records request.
Commentary: Many people have accidentally walked into a door or two at some point. Hopefully the employees are okay. Apple is reportedly adding stickers to the glass doors to make them more visible.
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Apple has teamed up with Instacart, granting users free delivery — assuming that they pay with Apple Pay.
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To celebrate the holiday season, and boost Apple Pay adoption, Apple has launched a promotion with select vendors that will award online purchasers that use the payment service a $ 5 App Store and iTunes gift card.
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Apple on Thursday introduced a new weekly feature at the iOS App Store, "This Weekend Only," highlighting discounted goods and services available through iPhone and iPad apps.
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Alibaba is one of the largest platforms in regards to wholesale trading, and it’s known all over the world for the small pricing and the very good quality that it can deliver. In order to try and help small as well as medium-sized companies to grow, the company has launched a promotion called Super September. What Super September does is it focuses on offering small and medium-sized companies with access to the best possible deals on the market. The Super September promotion focuses on specific categories, which include Fashion, Machinery, Home and Garden as well as Consumer Electronics. Adding this…
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The Galaxy Note8 is a ridiculously expensive phone. Most carriers and retailers are charging around $ 1000 for the device, but most people expected discounts would start shortly after the phone’s launch. Sure enough, T-Mobile has now announced its BOGO (Buy One, Get One) program for the Note8.
Starting 9/1, customers who buy a Note8 can get a second Note8, Galaxy S8, or Galaxy S8+ for free. After you pay for both devices, you have to complete a rebate on T-Mobile’s website, and within 6-8 weeks you will receive a prepaid MasterCard with the savings.
If you’re an iPhone-owning T-Mobile customer who’s been eager to get your hands on one of the latest iPhone 7 devices, then today is your lucky day. The Un-carrier on Friday officially kicked off an exclusive, in-store promotion where it’s offering customers up to $ 400 off the purchase price of a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus when they trade-in a qualifying iPhone model in working condition.
What’s the Deal?
The promotion can be broken down into two key components.
- First and foremost, the carrier is offering a flat $ 300 off the purchase price of an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus when customers trade-in a qualifying iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, or iPhone 6s or 6s Plus handset.
- On top of that generous discount, the carrier is stacking its current, ongoing memory upgrade promotion — under the terms of which customers can purchase a top-tier 256 GB iPhone 7/7 Plus model for the price of a 128 GB variant — netting an overall savings of $ 400, or $ 300 trade-in savings + an additional $ 100 in free SSD storage.
For example, customers could trade in their older 16 GB iPhone 6, and receive a brand-new 32 GB iPhone 7 for just $ 349 ($ 649 retail – $ 300 net savings). Alternatively, you could trade in your 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus and purchase a top-of-the-line 256 GB iPhone 7 Plus for just $ 569 ($ 300 trade-in credit + $ 100 memory upgrade credit = $ 400 off the retail price of $ 969).
T-Mobile claims that all storage and color configurations of the iPhone 6/6 Plus and 6s/6s Plus are eligible for trade-in, however the company clearly states that the deal is only being offered in-store, and is not available online.
Of course, as with all promotions, this one too is not without its restrictions. Chiefly, T-Mobile is quick to point out that you won’t be able to combine this limited-time offer with other ongoing offers, such as Carrier Freedom. You’ll also have to purchase your new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus model using T-Mobile’s Monthly Equipment Installment plan.
The Bottom Line
While the deal looks like a total slam-dunk, particularly for owners of the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus who want to get their hands on some newer hardware at a fraction of the price, one also needs to consider the biggest catch of all: being locked into a monthly payment agreement this late in the iPhone 7’s life-cycle. Most of us know by now that there’s brand-new iPhone models looming just over the horizon (essentially less than 10 weeks away, give or take). And while the iPhone 7s Plus and high-end iPhone 8, in particular, are currently pegged to launch a little later than their usual September unveiling, they still might be worth waiting for if you’re the gotta-have-it-when-it’s-hot type.
Still, there’s no doubt it’s an extremely generous deal for the right person, and will ensure you’re getting the most up-to-date hardware for perhaps the lowest price available right now.
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There has recently been an explosion of interest around the application of mobile communication technologies to support health initiatives in developing countries (mHealth). As a result, there is a need to promote and share rigorous research for better informed policy, programming, and investment. There are, however, few platforms for the exchange of information and proven practice between practitioners and researchers.
The subtopic of prevention, well-being, and health promotion within mHealth is particularly ripe for deeper exploration. While many reports tout the potential of mobiles to influence behaviour change for health, there is limited knowledge about what works (and what does not work), and about how to evaluate current and future programs. This is a focused edited volume with contributions from leading researchers and practitioners to identify best practices in using mobile technologies to promote healthy behaviours (and reduce unhealthy ones) in resource-constrained settings with a special focus on developing countries.
This topic is inherently interdisciplinary. Though the opportunities to leverage mobile phones for health are new, the challenges confronting researchers and practitioners are well-established and theoretically complex, with roots in decades of work on mediated behaviour change campaigns and theories.
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