Put that hammer away! Don't smash your poor, inadequate watches just yet
As it turns out, an earlier report that said Apple's iWatch will arrive in September has been updated with a very important caveat: You'll have to wait to buy it
Re/Code, the same website that revealed Apple's wearable device will debut at the company's now confirmed September event, reported on Friday that the so-called iWatch will only be "announced," and not offered for sale at the event.
Citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the situation, Re/Code said the iWatch is “not shipping anytime soon,” with actual retail availability not coming until sometime after the holidays, possibly early 2015. Read more...More about Gadgets, Apple, Wearables, Iwatch, and Wearable Tech
Nokia may be abandoning Android on the hardware side, but the company isn't giving up on Android entirely.
Nokia is partnering with Samsung to bring its Here Maps app to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, the two companies announced in a blog post on Friday.
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The free app includes maps for 200 countries, with support for driving and walking route guidance for 100 of those. When used with a data connection, it also includes real time traffic and transit schedules for dozens of countries
But the app's most impressive feature, and the one most likely to lure Google Maps users, is its robust offline capabilities. As with Here's Windows Phone counterpart, users can download maps for entire countries, or specific regions, for offline use. Read more...More about Android, Samsung, Nokia, Tech, and Android Apps
The future is here, and his name is Chris Dancy
Dancy, who was the subject of a recent Mashable Spotlight article, describes himself as the most connected guy in the world; he uses between 300 and 700 tracking and life logging systems at all times of day and night.
Do you have any questions for the world's most connected man? Share them in the comments below or tweet them using the hashtag #MashTalk, and we'll try to address them during the live Hangout. Read more...More about Technology, Tech, Wearables, Google Hangouts, and Apps Software
Apple meticulously manages every detail when it comes to product roll outs, even down to venue choice. So the selection of the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, raised more than a few eyebrows when the invitations for the Sept. 9 event went out on Thursday
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A historic component is at work here. The Flint Center is a place where Apple might want to launch another groundbreaking device or twoIt could also mean that Apple wants to put on a bigger show with a bigger audience. Read more...More about Iphone, Apple, Iwatch, Tech, and Apps Software
Is it finally time for NFC mobile payments to explode? Maybe if you trust the latest report from Wired, which claims the next version of the iPhone will come with a mobile payment platform based on near field communication.
The report is scarce on the details, besides claiming the payment platform will be one of the new iPhone's most important features
Is it possible? Definitely — rumors about Apple building a mobile payment platform have been around seemingly forever. And Apple already has 800 million iTunes accounts on file, most with registered credit cards, and it offers features like Passbook, which allows users to store coupons and event tickets on their phone. Read more...More about Mobile Payments, Nfc, Iphone 6, Tech, and Mobile
Microsoft is making it easier for mobile users of its OneDrive cloud storage platform to access both business and personal files simultaneously.
The company plans to roll out improvements to its OneDrive app on Android, iOS and Windows Phone on Thursday.
The biggest updates will be to OneDrive's Android app, which will allow users to access files from both personal and work accounts. The app will distinguish which account each file belongs to in order to avoid potential mixups, but users can view and back up files to both accounts. Read more...More about Microsoft, Tech, Android Apps, Ios Apps, and Apps Software
LG will launch a second Android Wear-powered smartwatch at the IFA 2014 tech conference in Berlin, a round device called the LG G Watch R.
The device is one of the products LG is teasing ahead of next week's festivities. Earlier this week, it confirmed the arrival of its including the G3 Stylus smartphone and also posted a video to YouTube for a smartwatch, which we now know as the LG G Watch R.
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The device features a 1.3-inch circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display, which LG says can be easily viewed even in the sun. Under the hood is 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, as well as 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and a 410mAh battery. It can also be dunked in water for up to 30 minutes. Read more...More about Mobile, Lg, Tech, Gadgets, and Smartwatch
By this time next month, the rumors about a new, larger iPhone will be put to rest. By next year, if those rumors hold true, we’ll also have the super-sized 12.9-inch iPad alongside the regular 9.7-inch model and the mini
It’s a product I don’t fully understand, but there are scenarios in which a bigger iPad is truly better.
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It's not the first time we're heard the giant iPad rumor, and it won't be the last, either. If you listen to analysts and supply-chain snoops, Apple is always building a 12- or 13-inch iPad, but have never delivered one. Apple soothsayers tend to hedge their bets by predicting delivery sometime next year. Read more...More about Apple, Tablet, Ipad, Tablets, and Tech
Instagram released a new app this week called Hyperlapse, an app that makes it simple for users to create seamless time-lapse videos on an iPhone or iPad.
One of Hyperlapse's lead engineers, Alex Karpenko, describes how the team could successfully create time-lapses with a smartphone without needing a steadicam mount.
It requires a good deal of video stabilization. Karpenko developed an image stabilization technology called Cinema, which uses the phone's built-in gyroscope to measure camera movement. An algorithm can then be applied to those measurements to reduce shake and create fluidity. Read more...More about Instagram, Tech, Apps Software, Dev Design, and Mobile
In the weeks leading up to the Apple event, reportedly scheduled for Sept. 9, most speculation has revolved around the debut of a new iPhone. But a new report adds to long-standing rumors that we will finally see an iWatch at the event, too.
Re/code claims that Apple will unveil a wearable device alongside two new versions of the iPhone.
With no leaked images of the device (now a common occurrence with new iPhone models), some observers had begun to believe rumors of a delay in the roll out of the device, and that 2014 would see no Apple wearable. Read more...More about Apple, Wearables, Tech, Apps Software, and Dev Design
The cloud wars just got even more serious. Dropbox on Wednesday announced big changes to its Dropbox Pro offering, including more storage space and better sharing options.
The company's new pricing matches similar moves by Google and Microsoft and makes Dropbox Pro one of the cheapest ways to get a terabyte of storage, though still more expensive than Microsoft OneDrive for Business.
Dropbox is simplifying its tiered pricing structure and offering one Dropbox Pro plan for $9.99 a month or $99 a year that includes 1 terabyte (TB) of storage. Previously, Dropbox Pro offered 100GB for that price of $9.99 a month, 200GB for $19.99 a month and 500GB for $49.99 a month. Read more...More about Cloud Storage, Cloud, Dropbox, Tech, and Apps Software
Just in time for the fall TV season, ABC has updated its Watch ABC app to support casting via Chromecast and AirPlay to Apple TV.
Although live content is only available in select markets — and requires a sign-in with a participating cable provider — it's still notable because it enables users to watch network TV over the Internet Read more...More about Media, Tv, Tech, Apps Software, and Gadgets
California just passed a law — the first of its kind — that will require all cellphones sold in the state to have a "kill switch" enabling the owner to wipe and disable his or her phone remotely.
The law has been in the works for a while, passing through the California State Senate in May, and getting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature on Monday. It requires any cellphone made after July 1, 2015 that's sold in the state to have a feature — provided by the manufacturer — that enables remote wiping and disabling, conventionally known as "bricking."
Intended to discourage theft, the new law could make stealing cellphones a thing of the pastOnce the law comes into effect in 2015, it would theoretically render stolen phones unusable, so there would be no material incentive for thieves to target them. The federal government thinks its a good idea, too, and is considering taking the law national. Read more...More about Cellphones, Kill Switch, Tech, Mobile, and Us
Fitness trackers record your sleep patterns and exercise habits with ease, but the makers of a new device aim to bring that same kind of "quantified-self" tracking to another valuable part of your life: your car
The FIXD sensor is a device that connects your car to your smartphone via Bluetooth and delivers updates on everything from when you need an oil change to when you need to replace your air filter
By connecting the FIXD device to your car's OBD-II (On Board Diagnostics-II) port, just underneath the steering wheel and then pairing it with your smartphone, you're immediately given vital diagnostic data that allows you to track your car's wellbeing Read more...More about Apps, Android, Kickstarter, Tech, and Apps Software
With the rumor mill running at full steam about the iPhone 6, the Internet is saturated with purported leaks, reveals and exclusive first-looks, all trying to win the scoop on the next big piece of tech.
Thank the comedy gods that humor exists to parody the frenzy.
Thanks to the Second City Network, we finally get an answer to the important and timely question: Is this hot dog the new iPhone 6?Mobile, Viral Videos, Apple, Humor, and Iphone 6
Rumors have long swirled that Apple is readying its next-generation smartphone, the iPhone 6, for an early September launch, and now a newly-leaked image points to the same predicted date: Tuesday, September 9.
According to the French website Nowhereelse.fr, which as a strong track record of securing legit product images ahead of Apple launches, the launch date is emblazoned on the front of the device's quick start manual, which will come inside the phone's packaging
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The date doesn't come as a huge surprise. Apple typically launches its smartphones in September, and last year, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C reared their heads on the second Tuesday of the month (Sept. 10) Read more...More about Apple, Smartphone, Iphone 6, Tech, and Gadgets
Instagram launched an app called Hyperlapse on Tuesday that speeds up shaky videos and turns them into time-lapses.
Hyperlapse, which is now available for a free download in the Apple App Store, turns footage stored on your smartphone into time-lapse videos, without requiring pricey tracking rigs that can typically cost up to $15,000.
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Time-lapse is a video technique that captures footage at a lower frame-rate than normal. For example, it takes much longer for a flower to bloom or the sun to rise in real time, but it's possible for videographers to speed up captured video to show the progress at a much faster rate. Read more...More about Apps, Instagram, Facebook, Tech, and Apps Software
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will join the Social Good Summit this year via a special video message. Also the founder of The Carter Center, President Carter will speak about the ways social media is helping the eradication of six preventable diseases: guinea worm, river blindness, trachoma, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis and malaria.
Following the video message, two of Carter’s advisory scientists will take to the stage for a one-on-one discussionDr. Donald Hopkins, vice president of health programs at The Carter Center and Dr. Mark Siddall, curator and principal investigator at the American Museum of Natural History, will delve into the possibilities of achieving eradication over the next 15 years and what that will mean for our world by 2030. Read more...More about Events, Health, Social Media, Mobile, and Us World
LG has announced the G3 Stylus, a variant of its flagship G3 smartphone that comes with a stylus pen
The 5.5-inch device has a 13-megapixel camera, a 1.3GHz, quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage memory, a 3,000mAh battery, and it runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Those specs are a far cry from the original G3, but the G3 Stylus differentiates itself with, well, the stylus
This positions it as a Samsung Galaxy Note rival, though the Galaxy Note 3 also sports more powerful specifications. The LG G3 does have an ace up its sleeve: it will likely be cheaper. The exact price hasn't been revealed, but LG's president and CEO Jong-seok Park claims it will be "exceptional." Read more...More about Lg, Ifa, Tech, Mobile, and Ifa Berlin
I haven't owned a point-and-shoot camera in years. Since 2010, my point-and-shoot has been my iPhone. I suspect this is the case for a majority of the population. Flickr tends to agree; the top four most popular cameras are iPhones, and the fifth is a Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR
As I concluded in my Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review, smartphone cameras are so good these days it's practically pointless to invest in a separate point-and-shoot camera. Plus, your smartphone is always on you; a point-and-shoot is an extra device to carry around.
Smartphones may have displaced the low-end and even midrange point-and-shoot categories, but the high end remains a competitive marketNikon's Coolpix A was almost perfect, fitting a DSLR-class image sensor into a pocketable form. If only it didn't cost $1,100. Read more...More about Reviews, Sony, Cameras, Tech, and Gadgets