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For regular consumers, wearable tech can prove to be a boon for a multitude of reasons - it could improve our fitness and in some cases, increase our productivity. That being the case, it's no secret that the same could really prove useful when put into action in military situations. This is something the Pentagon has been mulling for some time. As Reuters reports, wearable tech is progressing so rapidly, that it just doesn't make sense for the government to go on its own and develop its own tech. Says Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, "I've been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided... Read more...
It looks as though the earlier reports were correct: Apple will indeed announce its next generation iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus smartphone at an event held in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The company set out invites to the press, with the tagline “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” Given that Siri is a known quantity in the iPhone world, chances are that this is in reference to the long rumored Apple TV, which is also long overdue for a revamp. The word on the street is that the Apple TV will run a modified version of iOS 9, will include its own App Store, come with a touch sensitive... Read more...
It didn't take long for Apple to leave its mark on the wearables market. With the introduction of the Apple Watch starting at $349 and going all the way up to $17,000, Apple gambled that buyers would line up to pay a premium for a smartwatch, and it was right. According to data compiled by International Data Corporation, Apple is the second largest player in the wearables market behind Fitbit and is within "striking distance" of the top spot. Apple shipped 3.6 million Apple Watch devices in the second quarter of 2015, which is just 0.8 million less than Fitbit. That gives Apple a 19.9 percent share... Read more...
When it comes to smartwatches, the Apple Watch is the 800-lb gorilla in the room. Sure, there are excellent smartwatches from competing platforms like the Android Wear-based Motorola Moto 360 and the Tizen-based Samsung Gear S2, but they all eventually get compared to the Apple Watch. It should come as no surprise that the Swiss watch industry feels bit threatened by the smartwatch phenomena, and much of the vitriol has been aimed at the Apple Watch. The latest to take aim at the Apple Watch is Nick Hayek, CEO of the the Swiss watch giant Swatch. In speaking with Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger,... Read more...
The last time we visited an Apple hardware repair program, the company had to fix defective graphics cards on a number of 2011 through 2013 model year MacBook Pros. Today, Apple is admitting to more defects in its hardware and it’s the popular iPhone 6 Plus phablet that is the subject of a new “replacement program.” The problem stems from an issue with the smartphone’s rear iSight camera — in many instances, the camera takes blurry or as some users describe it “wobbly” images and will not focus properly. The problem dates back to at least October 2014, when an affected user posted a thread to the... Read more...
Samsung earlier this year released its highly capable and impeccably crafted Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, which it hoped would be enough to stem its slide in smartphone sales. Unfortunately for Samsung, its move to more premium materials and super aesthetics didn’t translate into meaningful sales momentum. The recently announced Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, which are both priced in the stratosphere, are unlikely to move the needle either. However, Samsung does have one trick up its sleeve; one that it is hoping will help lure a user base that is reluctant to switch sides. That’s right,... Read more...
Siri isn’t yet on Mac OS X, but Cortana is, thanks to PC virtualization software Parallels Desktop 11. Launched today, the new version of the software is expected to be as much as 50 percent faster than previous iterations and features Cortana, Microsoft’s digital, personal assistant. Parallels Desktop lets users run Windows (Windows 10, in this case) apps on their Macs. It’s a handy tool for anyone and must-have for many business users who need the flexibility of being to use either OS. Although Cortana is a Windows 10 feature, Parallels says that customers can use Cortana with Mac applications,... Read more...
We first got a quick glimpse of the upcoming Gear S2 smartwatch at Samsung’s Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ last week. As the days progressed, the round-faced smartwatch showed up again in Lookbook, where it was paraded around by fashion models. Now, were getting perhaps our best look yet at Samsung’s Apple Watch killer in a 30-second teaser video. Gone is the rectangular display that has dominated Samsung’s previous smartwatch efforts; in its place is a fully circular display (flat tires need not apply here). Compared to the last smartwatch that Samsung released — the... Read more...
Who knows when or even if Apple will ever launch its long-planned streaming TV service (the latest buzz is that those plans have been pushed to 2016 due to stalls in negotiations with media companies). In the meantime, the company stays relevant in the streaming space with its Apple TV set-top box, and word on the web is that the next version will sport several upgrades.New hardware is a given. The chassis is likely to look similar to previous versions, though reportedly it will be thinner and a tad wider. Of more interest is the new dedicated remote control that will ship with Apple TV boxes.... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Apple had paid a visit to BMW's Leipzig factory to hold discussions and get a feel for things in the automotive space. That apparently happened last year, so there's been quite a bit of time that's passed since then. According to The Guardian, that time has been well-spent, as Apple is said to be gearing up for in-depth vehicle testing soon. According to the website, Apple's Special Project group met with officials at GoMentum Station, a mammoth 2,100 acre former navel base in San Francisco that is said to be one of the most secure testing grounds in the... Read more...
Apple’s plan to conquer live TV streaming appears to have hit a road bump. In fact, it looks as though the electronics giant will be pushing the launch of the service until sometime in 2016. The cause of Apple’s headaches is likely the TV networks themselves, who have been reportedly giving Apple a tougher time in negotiations than other content providers have in the past. Apple’s plans for its Apple TV set top box would take the service beyond its current form, in which it offers recorded shows. The live TV streaming service would do just what you’d expect: provide live streaming of major TV channels,... Read more...
Apple didn't invent the tablet, but with the introduction of the iPad, it certainly popularized such devices. There were long lines for the original iPad model, and when Android device makers began offering less expensive alternatives, there was this silly talk of a post-PC era (as if!). Well, dedicated PCs are still around, and rather than compare PCs to trucks, as the late Steve Job famously did, Apple is busy trying to figure out how to reinvigorate interest in its suddenly struggling iPad lineup.The focus is on the software side of things. Apple is working with dozens of technology companies,... Read more...
The wait for Windows 10 is finally over, and has been since July 29, the day Microsoft released what it says will be the last version of Windows. So too is the wait for official support from Apple's awesome Boot Camp tool, which allows users to install Windows on compatible Mac desktops and laptops. What's neat about Boot Camp is that it offers native access to Windows via a dedicated partition -- Boot Camp is not virtualization software.Apple's latest Boot Camp build supports 64-bit flavors of Windows 10 on several Macs, including MacBook Air models from mid 2012, MacBoo Pros from mid 2012, MacBook... Read more...
When Apple introduced the iPad mini 3 alongside its iPad Air 2 last year, it seemed like the Cupertino outfit was losing interest in the smaller size tablet. Apple didn't spend a lot of time talking about the iPad mini 3, and the upgrades were pretty ho hum -- Touch ID and support for Apple Pay was added, and not much else. Was Apple going to discontinue the iPad mini line? Probably not. Though it seemed that way at the time, leaked iPad mini 4 renderings suggest that there will be at least one more version. What's more, the fourth generation iPad mini is shown to be even thinner than its predecessor,... Read more...
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