Rumours abuzz – Apple to launch iPhone SE2 model

Tech giant Apple is reportedly working on several iPhone models and have registered those model numbers with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), a Russian-language regulatory organisation. A few of these registered model numbers could belong to the highly-anticipated iPhone SE 2.

According to a French website Consomac, a new Russian-language regulatory filing in the EEC database has emerged that gives details of several unreleased iPhones that the tech giant could be launching soon. Notably, the iPhone maker sometimes uses different model numbers for the same type of iPhone. iPhone X carries model numbers A1865, A1901, and A1902, depending on the iPhone's carrier or which country it is being sold in.

Google Maps uses fast-food restaurants as landmarks to direct drivers

Google Maps has now started using businesses as reference points for directions. Drivers using the app have started noticing that instead of being given a street name to turn onto or a direction to head in, they're being instructed to look for a business or building.

In the past month, many people have posted about experiencing this new feature, which often comes off as an advertisement due to the number of fast-food businesses mentioned. The company hasn’t confirmed the new feature, but most likely, it is experimenting with improving navigation and it’s probably testing landmarks as guides for its directions instead of using more formal navigational descriptions.

No more smart glasses by Intel

Intel has confirmed that it plans to shut down the New Devices Group (NDG) and cease development on the Vaunt smart glasses project. The closure will probably result in some layoffs from the team that was reportedly around 200 people. Intel has had a difficult time creating consumer products directly.

The company had partnerships with companies like Oakley and Tag Heuer in the wearables space, but neither found mass-market success. If the company wasn’t able to successfully find a similar partner to handle Vaunt, it’s not exactly a surprise that it chose not to try to bring them to market directly. That’s not Intel’s game – and CEO Brian Krzanich likely has other concerns like the ongoing worries about Spectre and Apple’s rumoured plans to ditch its chips altogether.