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It looks as though Google is starting to get serious [again] about its Wear OS and the smartwatches that use the operating system. The Fossil Group announced today that Google is purchasing $40 million worth of intellectual property that pertains to its [in-development] smartwatch technology. Fossil is one the most prominent manufacturers of Wear OS smartwatches, and sells a number of different styles ranging in price from $250 to around $350.  In addition to its IP, Fossil says that Google has also acquired a portion of its R&D team. However, Fossil still has over 200 R&D... Read more...
A new AT&T device has been seen passing through the FCC that isn't a phone or a smart wearable. Instead, it is a very slick charger aiming directly at Apple device users that can charge the iPhone and Apple Watch on the go, at the same time. The gadget is called the Power Drum Wireless Charger & Apple Watch Power Bank, and it was spied at both the FCC and in documentation from the Qi Wireless Power Consortium. The Power Drum has a flat section around the perimeter of the device that is meant to wirelessly charge the Apple Watch. The iPhone would be placed flat on top of the Power Drum to... Read more...
When Apple first announced the Apple Watch Series 4 back in September, it hailed the device as a big upgrade over its predecessor with larger displays across the board (with slimmer bezels), much faster S4 processor and integrated fall detection. In addition, despite the slight redesign to the smartwatch's exterior to accommodate the larger displays, the old 38mm and 42mm bands still work. But perhaps the most important feature announced with the Apple Watch Series 4 was its built-in electrocardiogram (ECG) for monitoring your heart rhythms and atrial fibrillation. Apple hyped this... Read more...
For some people that purchases an Apple Watch Series 4, upgrading to watchOS 5.1 was simply a nightmare. WatchOS 5.1 was supposed to be simple maintenance release when it was made available to customers last week alongside iOS 12.1 and macOS Mojave. However, some Apple Watch Series 4 owners quickly found that the update rendered their fancy new smartwatches inoperable. For some undisclosed reason, applying the update would force the Apple Watch to become stuck at the boot screen, which displays the Apple logo. No amount of resetting or shouted profanity was enough for the end-user... Read more...
One of the most peculiar tech stories that we have reported on in recent memory had to deal with a helium leak involving a newly installed MRI machine at a medical facility. Helium leaked in significant enough volumes to cause iPhones, iPads and even Apple Watches to fail throughout the building. At the time, it was suspected that all of the Apple devices were using a similar microelectromechanical system (MEMS) oscillator, which was made even more apparent given that Android devices within the building were completely unaffected. We first reported on the incident in mid-October, and... Read more...
If you have an Apple Watch Series 4 and successfully updated your device to watchOS 5.1, consider yourself lucky. Apple released iOS 12.1, mac OS Mojave 10.14.1, and watchOS 5.1 yesterday alongside the launches of the MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro. However, many people updating to watchOS 5.1 found that instead of enabling new features and security update, the software instead bricked their smartwatches. A Reddit thread is littered with people that tried performing the update, only to have their Apple Watch Series 4 become bricked during the process.... Read more...
Apple is working hard to position the new Apple Watch Series 4 wearable as a state of the art health monitoring device. Moving beyond the gadget and Apple fan crowd into the medical device and health monitoring market could certainly expand the reach of the wearable. Apple's latest watch has FDA approved EKG monitoring inside along with fall detection. The fall detection feature can dial out in an emergency for the elderly; that feature was recently tested by a stunt woman and found to function as promised. Apple has announced that it has teamed up with medical device maker Zimmer Biomet on a new... Read more...
Doctors and researchers have used MRI machines for over forty years to create detailed images of internal organs and tissues. But do MRI machines play well with other modern inventions? One Reddit user recently reported that an MRI machine zapped every iOS and watchOS device in his facility. Redditor u/harritco remarked that he had experienced the “most bizarre issue I've had in my career in IT”. A medical facility had installed a new MRI machine and by the end of the day every iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch had been disabled. More than forty people were affected by the issue, but... Read more...
Earlier this month, the biggest update in the Apple Watch's relatively short lifespan was released in the form of the Series 4. The smartwatch officially went on sale this past Friday and as you might expect, teardown analysis of the device wasn't far behind. The folks at iFixit have put the Apple Watch Series 4 under the knife -- in this case, the larger 44mm version. While the Series 4 looks similar to the outgoing Series 3, it features a larger display with much smaller bezels resulting in over 30 percent more screen real estate. There's also a 64-bit, dual-core S4 processor inside the machine,... Read more...
Apple announced the AirPower wireless charting mat in 2017 when it introduced the iPhone X. At the time, the company touted its ability to simultaneously charge an iPhone, the Apple Watch and AirPods. While compatible with the Qi wireless standard, it also had some of Apple’s own proprietary secret sauce added to optimize performance with its products. However, as we strolled further into 2018, there was still no official word from Apple on AirPower or when it would be released. During its iPhone/Apple Watch event held last week at the Spaceship campus, Apple made nary... Read more...
The wearables markets is heating up, and both Samsung and Apple have just fired off a fresh salvo to satiate the buying public. Samsung announced its Galaxy Watch at its Unpacked event alongside the Galaxy Note 9 in early August, and it's a fantastic piece of hardware (read the HotHardware review here). Likewise, the Apple Watch Series 4 was announced earlier this week and went up for pre-order Friday morning. Which smartwatch is best for you will likely depend on your operating system of choice: iOS or Android. But while the Apple Watch will only work with iPhones,... Read more...
Apple has announced the Apple Watch Series 4, and the company says that "everything about it has been redesigned and reengineered". The displays on both the 40mm and 44mm Apple Watches are over 30 percent larger than the previous generation. The larger displays mean that there're more room to present information including more customizable complications (up to 8).  The digital crown now features haptic feedback, while the speaker is now 50 percent louder (which is great for Siri feedback). The microphone has been moved to the opposite side of the device to keep it away from the speaker (to... Read more...
Apple is a creature of habit, and those old habits have pretty much spoiled the launch of the upcoming next-generation iPhone and Apple Watch. Thanks to some rather amateurish mistakes on Apple’s part, product names, specifications, and colors for the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr and Apple Watch Series 4 were pulled from a product sitemap XML file. Starting off with the next-generation iPhones, we now know that the 6.1-inch LCD model is called the iPhone Xr. The aluminum-bodied iPhone Xr shares the same design aesthetic as last year’s iPhone X and will in effect replace... Read more...
Tomorrow will mark Apple's biggest launch of the year; the time when it will announce new iPhones alongside a fourth-generation Apple Watch and new iPad Pros (and perhaps a few extras). There's an added bonus with this year's event though; Apple will stream it for the first time via Twitter. Apple has traditionally limited viewing to iOS and macOS devices running Safari, but eventually opened it up to desktop PC users running Windows 10 with Microsoft Edge. More recently, Apple extended live-streaming to those using Chrome and Firefox at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).... Read more...
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