Quick Takes: Jurassic World Gets New Game, UnitedHealthcare Offers Apple Watch to Members, 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 7

    - Apple Watch soon available through UnitedHealthcare Motion: Apple Watch will be integrated into the wellness program, which provides participants with an eligible plan access to activity trackers that can enable them to earn up to $1,000 in incentives per year by meeting certain daily walking goals.

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    Select program participants will have access to an Apple Watch starting in July, with full availability later this year. The cost of shipping and taxes on the Apple Watch is due upfront, and then participants can apply their earnings towards paying off the cost of the device in as little as six months.
    Commentary: UnitedHealthcare should benefit from offering this program in the long-run by encouraging its customers to live more active lifestyles, ideally resulting in fewer health insurance claims being filed. Similar programs are offered by life and health insurance providers John Hancock and Vitality.

    - Universal announces Jurassic World Alive: The augmented reality game enables players to collect a variety of dinosaurs while exploring their own neighborhoods and cities around the world. Players discover dinosaurs by locating them on a map and deploying an in-game drone to collect DNA samples.


    Commentary: Jurassic World Alive sounds a whole lot like Pokémon GO. The game is intended to promote the film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which debuts in theaters across North America on June 22. Pre-register here.

    - Ireland chooses Bank of New York Mellon to manage Apple's escrow fund: The European Commission ruled in August 2016 that Apple received illegal state aid from Ireland, and ordered the country to collect 13 billion euros (currently $16 billion) in back taxes from the iPhone maker.

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    Commentary: The Bank of New York Mellon will hold the funds while Apple and Ireland both appeal the decision before the European General Court. Apple expects the amount will be reported as restricted cash on its balance sheet.

    - Macintosh Portrait Display released on this day in 1989: The 15-inch display was released for $1,099 alongside the Macintosh IIcx. The grayscale monitor featured a vertical orientation designed to show full pages on a single screen, making it useful for desktop publishing.

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    Commentary: Apple discontinued the Macintosh Portrait Display in late 1992, but tech specs are still available on its website for those who want to take a trip down memory lane. Nowadays, we wait for Apple to deliver on its promise of a new pro display to succeed the nearly seven year old Thunderbolt Display.

    For more Apple news and rumors coverage, visit our Front Page, Mac Blog, and iOS Blog. Also visit our forums to join in the discussion.

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    I like that more and more companies are offering devices like the Apple Watch to help and encourage people to get physically fit. Good for all invovled.
     
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    We could have an (Apple) portrait display today, if OS X were able to extend its desktop to the iPad Pro decently...

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    I have two portrait oriented displays attached to my iMac right now.
     
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    "Bank of New York Mellon" is an interesting name for a bank. For anyone else curious, it was formed by the merger of "Bank of New York" and "Mellon Financial Corporation", which was founded by Thomas Mellon.
     
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    All I think of is Carnegie-Mellon and the now-closed Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, which as Wikipedia tells me, all relates to the Mellon family.
     
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    Ah memories.... I had a Macintosh IIcx, it was quite an upgrade from my "Fat Mac" 512k. But I had the regular Apple Color Monitor. That was quite a pricey setup in its day!
     
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    Hope the new Apple monitor is a portrait display.
     
  11. ignatius345 macrumors 65816

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    Portrait orientation is underrated. It's really useful for writing to be able to see a couple pages at once, since most software still doesn't support side-by-side page layout very well.
     
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    Interesting, curious, funny, in the same vein as a name like John Gotti?
     
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    I think it speaks milestones that companies are promoting physical activity within their company standards and using the Apple Watch as leverage as motivation. I think it also clearly shows how appreciated Apple Watch is.
     
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    I was at an Aerospace company that was 100% Mac in 1989-1995. Some had this model but most had the regular all-in-one Macs. After that the "pizza box" models with separate displays started coming out. I did a lot of heavy dBase work that involved setting up algorithms to crunch data that took the whole night. 10 years later (circa 2005) I was using the same App/Data and what took 12 hours was improved to just minutes to a half hour. It was amazing from 1985 to 2005 how CPU/Storage/Display improved almost yearly. Computer technology was on a wild ride up in performance in those days. And here we are 13 years after that with CPU rates that haven't changed much in the last decade and storage that has gone up at a much slower pace. The revolution has been in Apps and GUIs and portable electronics...great strides there.
     
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    I’m totally looking into that Apple Watch program!
     
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    I am very pleased with the Healtcare aspects (Health App) of the Apple Watch and for those who carry their iPhone in pocket, records your steps without the watch. Now I just need my Healthcare provider to follow UnitedHealthcare. Nice little award spinning icons or Cash Rewards. Give me the Cash!:D Apple how about some cash for rewards!....or free stuff!;)
     
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    I smile thinking about the days when a gray scale monitor was $1000 AND cool. Before my first Mac I had a Commodore 64 and the option was green or orange monochrome monitor. Don't get me started on laser printers in the early 90s. Good times.
     
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    Lame. Don’t think I qualify. But good for those who do.
     
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    What's a computer?
     
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    I loved my Commodore 64, and my C128, and my Amiga 500 - Ah, the 80's!
     
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    Considering that Apple made monitors for professionals in 1989, and that Apple recently decided to kill off Apple’s standalone monitor department, it shows that Tim Cook is even more clueless than John Sculley.
     
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    My old work rig was a IIci connected to a Radius Pivot Color.

    One of the best machines Apple has ever made. Could be entirely disassembled with a single screwdriver.
     
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    Me too but I upgraded from Mac SE.
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    I do translations from Russian to English so I put the Russian text on one portrait monitor and use the other for the English translation with Microsoft Word. I use a 2015 MacBook Pro to drive two Samsung 24" 2160x3840 UHD monitors in pixel doubled mode (looks like 1080x1920). I just wish more high resolution 16:10 format monitors were available.
     
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    Holy molly! The monitor weighs 35 pounds and is heavier than my 09 iMac 27"!
     

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