An Android Wear Commercial Appears Ahead of Apple Event
Just hours before Apple’s “Spring Forward” event where the company is expected to unveil details on the Apple Watch, Google went ahead and released its latest commercial for Android Wear. Because…
In Florida, officials ban term 'climate change'
State environmental officials ordered not to use the terms “climate change” or “global warming” in any government communications, emails, or reports.
Like Mike: College hooper slams eerily accurate Air Jordan impression
Wait, what's Michael Jordan doing back in college? This is downright cosmic, man.
Telecom’s Next Goal: Defining 5G
BARCELONA—Telecommunications and networking firms are placing a bet on fifth-generation wireless networks to fend off an assault by Internet companies that threaten their core business of connecting the masses.
UK May Levy 25% 'Google Tax' On Tech Giants' Profits
Ahead of the national election in the UK this May, Chancellor George Osborne has proposed a ‘Google Tax’, a 25 percent tax on tech companies’ profits earned from their UK operations, reports The Sunday Times .
Cult of Mac | Breaking news for Apple fans
Frankly, it’s amazing that nothing short of amazing that Mann is able to create such entire songs, complete with music videos, so quickly after an Apple keynote is off the air, but somehow he does. Choosing a smooth jazz-synth sound and the vaguely-inappropriate title “It’s Not Just With You, It’s In You… I Mean On You,” Mann lovingly lampoons Apple’s “most personal device” with an earworm that, all things being equal, should tide you over until WWDC.
Apple Makes Case for Smartwatch at Event
Apple Inc. made its case for consumers to buy its forthcoming smartwatch, positioning the device as a quick way to handle the brief interactions that fill their days, from meeting reminders to short messages to calling for a car.
Our Apple Watch Liveblog Starts Right Here Today at 10AM PT / 1PM ET
It's about time, right? Time to see what Apple literally has up its sleeves. Time to hear all about the new Apple Watch and other assorted surprises. Are you ready? We'll be covering it all live for you, right here, on March 9th at 10AM PT / 1PM ET.
Apple Event Numbers: Big iPhone Sales With Over 700 Million Sold
On iPhones, he said the company has now sold over 700 million iPhones since the product’s launch in June 2007. The device has a 99 percent customer satisfaction rate, and it was the number-one-selling smartphone globally last quarter.
Apple Just Canceled The Right Click
Years ago, when Steve Jobs decided that mice needed only one button, Apple had a problem. While Mac users were busy clicking on things all over the screen, PCs added a second button, the right click, in order add a second layer of interaction, a feature that eventually forced Cupertino’s hand and created the control-click. Even as mice added button after button and trackpads still featured right clicks, Apple kept on keeping on with a single, monolithic trackpad. Until today. Today, it seems, is the day that Jobs’ one-button vision is being finally realized.
The 10 best cars at the Geneva Motor Show will make you wish you were Swiss
Digital Trends just returned from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show — one of the most significant auto shows in the world. While we were there, we glimpsed all of the latest and greatest automotive offerings. Of all the shiny bits of metal unveiled in Switzerland, though, 10 grabbed our attention. So we decided we ought to compile the best into one list. In alphabetical order, here they are.
Apple Updates Existing MacBook Air And MacBook Pro
We are not there yet. That’s why Apple needs to keep its existing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro for now. These new Air and Pro models start shipping today and should be available on Apple’s website after the keynote.
New Xbox One bundle comes with Halo: The Master Chief Collection - CNET
Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched in November to much fanfare. The game includes remastered versions of Halo 1, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4. As soon as the game launched, however, it was criticized by gamers who fell victim to a range of bugs and technical problems. The biggest issues affected the game's multiplayer mode, which at times prevented gamers from finding online matches.
WhatsAppCallEnabler: Jailbreak tweak enables WhatsApp calls on iPhone
WhatsApp is yet to officially announce the launch of its VOIP calling service a.k.a WhatsApp Calls, but it has already been rolling out the feature in stages to Android users. iPhone users have not been so lucky with an update to the client last month only adding a call button for the upcoming feature, but not enabling it.
Apple debuts all-new 12" MacBook with ultra-thin chassis, new Retina screen, Force Touch
I can’t believe they killed off the glowing Apple logo! this is awful! Im happy to see macbook come back. but that glowing logo was a big deal to me. I missed it. I feel like the air needs to be killed off now. the new macbook is thinner and far better than the Air. The Air is junk beside the new Macbook. I was hoping to see updates to Apple TV, a 21″ retina iMac, new Retina Thunderbolt Displays, and a mouse and trackpad with haptic feedback.. Perhaps its in the works.
iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch support coming today
Apple is releasing iOS 8.2 with support for the Apple Watch today. The update is a minor one, but it's something that anyone planning on buying an Apple Watch will want to download soon: the watch requires connection with an iPhone, and the iPhone must be running iOS 8.2 for it to work.
Apple's HBO Now Deal Has Been in the Works for a Year
But Plepler said he wouldn’t wait on buy-in from the cable companies to launch the service. “You’ve got gold in the hills. We’re turbocharged for you to grow your business. Why wouldn’t you join us?” he said he has told pay-TV executives. “Now — if you think we’re going to get stuck at the door and not be able to have maximum flexibility in growing our brand — that, I’m afraid, is not a tenable proposition either.”
Apple Watch pricing predictions: Stainless Steel model could start at $749; 42 mm models could cost more
But if the starting price for the steel Apple Watch is $500, I don’t see why Apple Watch Sport exists at $350. $150 difference does not justify the difference. If they were that close in price, there’d only be one of them. Sport and steel only make sense as separate collections if the steel collection is significantly higher in price, even at the entry level with the rubber Sport band. People are looking at this as a $100-200 upsell, like going from 16 to 64 to 128 GB iPhones and iPads. Technically that’s possible, but it doesn’t make any sense to me strategically or in terms of operational efficiency. With storage tiers in iOS devices, the only difference is the capacity of the flash memory chip. That’s it. All the other components, and the machining and tooling required to produce them, are the same. With Sport and steel Apple Watches, everything you can see or touch is different. Different metal (aluminum vs. steel), different finishes (matte vs. highly-polished), different displays (glass vs. sapphire), different case backs (plastic vs. ceramic and sapphire). If the marketing argument doesn’t persuade you, the operations angle should.
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Apple's radical 12-inch MacBook is the slimmest, lightest MacBook ever
The MacBook also introduces a new “Force Touch trackpad.” It’s covered in glass like Apple’s previous models, but also sports four force sensors under the hood to create a uniform tapping feel. Together with the introduction of a “Taptic engine,” similar to watch you'd find in the Apple Watch, the 12-inch MacBook introduces the idea of light and "force"clicks—the laptop registers a new class of deep clicks that it uses to automatically open certain programs depending on where you click. Force clicking on a word in Safari, for instance, opens a Wikipedia entry for it, while force clicking a date opens a calendar entry.
Senator on Internet Policy Subcommittee Has "Never Sent an Email"
Well, Senator, in addition to making you less technologically adept than the nation's legion of chain letter-loving racist grandfathers, it also makes you wildly unqualified to be deciding on anything related to internet policy. But then again, what else is new . [ Huffington Post ]
Google Officially Announces Android 5.1, Rollout Starts Today - Dual SIM Support, HD Voice, And Device Protection
Android 5.1 is finally here, at least according to Google (they'd know, right?). The company just posted on the official Android blog that the 5.1 Lollipop update begins rolling out today, though they didn't quite specify which devices will be getting it. Granted, if it's a Nexus or GPE phone and it already has Android 5.0, you can probably count yourself in for the 5.1 party - this release is mostly bug fixes with a few features rolled in (see our feature spotlights for 5.1 here for some of them).
Apple's new MacBook has a completely redesigned trackpad
Not surprisingly, the main attraction of today's Apple event is the company's new smartwatch. But there's more, a lot more leading up to that announcement. As part of its new MacBook unveiling, Apple has revealed a newly designed trackpad, dubbed Force Touch. The redesigned trackpad comes with what Apple is calling a Taptic Engine, which produces tactile feedback that lets you "feel" what's happening on the screen, rather than just see it. It's "not a diving board," Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said on stage about the trackpad, which is now pressure-sensitive and no longer hinged (as was the case on previous MacBooks).
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Apple's Jony Ive: If iPhones had longer battery life, you wouldn't like them as much | ZDNet
If you've ever cursed your iPhone for its inability to go longer than a day without having its battery topped up, don't go looking to Jony Ive for sympathy. Apple's design chief thinks the iPhone's juice-hungry nature is a sign that the company's made a device you just can't bear to leave alone.
Twitter Has Acquired Live-Video Startup Periscope
The Periscope acquisition will likely offer a different use case. While Twitter video or the company’s six-second video platform Vine are good for sharing video stored or captured on the phone, they aren’t helpful for sharing anything live.
Apple Watch won't receive notifications when it's not on your wrist, takes two hours to charge
According to the individuals sourced in the piece, the Watch has one really interesting feature when it comes to notifications, and that’s that they won’t always be piling onto your wearable. The Watch is meant to give you access to something immediately, and let you miss things when you want. For example, and probably the most interesting new piece of information, is that when the Watch is not on your wrist and locked in place, it won’t receive notifications.
Weekly Roundup: 18 new and noteworthy tweaks (March 8)
The newly released tweaks range from bringing life to your notifications in the Lock screen to ensuring that you wake up on time in the morning. Find out more about these tweaks below.
Apple Watch and Watch Sport -- What are the differences between Sapphire and Ion-X Glass displays?
The Watch Sport will ship with an aluminum casing that shaves up to 30 percent off the weight of the device and an Ion-X glass display that is lighter than sapphire and contributes less to the overall weight of the device. The Ion-X material is an aluminosilicate glass that is “fortified at the molecular level through ion exchange, with smaller ions being replaced by larger ones to create a surface layer far tougher than ordinary glass.” This process creates a material that is resistant to both scratches and impact, which is a major advantage over sapphire glass.
Apple "Spring Forward" media event
Apple is holding a press event in San Francisco, most likely to share more information about the Apple Watch.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world have an iPhone in their pocket. Each one is equipped with powerful processors and advanced sensors that can track movement, take measurements, and record information — functions that are perfect for medical studies. The sheer number of them being used across the globe opens up new possibilities for researchers. With ResearchKit, researchers can easily create apps that take advantage of iPhone features to gather new types of data on a scale never available before.
What Facebook, Instagram, Twitter And WeChat Look Like On The Apple Watch
Former Adobe exec, now Apple’s VP of Technology, Kevin Lynch, took the stage this morning at the Apple Watch event in Cupertino to demonstrate several of the forthcoming Watch applications that will be available for the device at launch. Among those shown this morning were a number of social applications, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WeChat, for example.
The Apple Watch vs. its main competition
In the six months since, a slew of new flagship smartwatches have hit the scene. Below, you'll find how the Apple Watch stacks up against the LG G Watch R, Pebble Time and Samsung Gear S.
The Clinton Foundation Makes Women Vanish From Ads And Magazine Covers
Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, underlining the thinking behind the "Not There" positioning, said in a statement: "We are taking a collective stand that full participation for women and girls anywhere and everywhere remains the unfinished business of the 21st century. By knowing the facts and what has worked and hasn't worked to advance gender equality, we can accelerate the pace of change for women and girls—both at home and around the world."
What you can do with the new MacBook's Force Touch trackpad - CNET
Current trackpads use what Apple called a "diving board" design, where the top edge of the trackpad near the keyboard is fixed in place, allowing the rest of its surface to be clicked. The Force Touch trackpad features four sensors that let the trackpad be clicked anywhere, including along its top edge. When editing photos, for example, I sometimes lose track of where I am on the trackpad and have a click denied when attempting to click a spot too close to the top edge. With Force Touch, no longer will I feel the frustration of a denied click.
Watch a Mesmerizing Animation of NASA Satellites | WIRED
NASA’s Earth-observing satellites get the dubious honor of staring at us all day. Now, this video of the fleet zipping around the planet is just mesmerizing enough to make us want to do the same. Can’t really stop watching, can you? Roughly 400 miles overhead in low-Earth orbit, these 18 spacecraft are constantly taking pictures and collecting data about Earth, from its climate and oceans to its deserts and forests. They circle the planet once every hour and a half, totaling about eight orbits in the 12 hours elapsed in the animation.
MacBook Pro and MacBook Air get shiny upgrades, faster processors
The MacBook Pro with Retina display now also comes with the brand-new Force Touch trackpad, intended to be more balanced and sensitive than Apple's previous laptop trackpad. It also comes with a flash drive that's two times faster, and a longer battery life at 10 hours.
Web browsers are also to blame for Lenovo's Superfish fiasco
In Chrome 41, the company name is dark green in a light green rectangle. You again need to click on the company name, then on the word "Connection". It is not immediately clear in the window that pops up that there are two tabs, one for Permissions, one for Connections. For whatever reason, the visual design of these tabs is totally different than the browser tabs right above it. In the Connection tab, the CA name is in the first sentence, after "has been verified by".
HBO Now launches on the web and iOS in April
HBO TO LAUNCH STANDALONE PREMIUM STREAMING SERVICE IN APRIL
APPLE TO OFFER HBO SUBSCRIPTION FOR FIRST TIME THROUGH HBO NOW
SAN FRANCISCO, March 9, 2015 – Home Box Office announced today the name of its standalone premium streaming service – HBO NOW – and that the service will launch this April, bringing the highly anticipated new product to audiences in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones. HBO and Apple also announced that for the first time an HBO subscription will be made available directly to Apple customers through HBO NOW.
HBO NOW provides instant access to HBO's acclaimed programming. Watch every episode of every season of the bestseries programming, more of the biggest and latest Hollywood hit movies, original HBO Films, groundbreaking documentaries, sports and comedy and music specials. To subscribe to the streaming service HBO NOW, consumers only need the internet.
Apple will give viewers the ability to enjoy HBO programming via HBO NOW. Upon launch, customers can subscribe using the HBO NOW app on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or directly on Apple TV for instant access.
NYTimes Bits on Twitter
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Apple launched iOS 8.2 to the public on today, delivering Apple Watch support and a number of new Health app-related updates, including a privacy-minded incognito mode that pauses the Health app, improved support for third-party workout apps, and a number of bug fixes (largely involving the Health app’s unit measurements), plus stability and accuracy improvements.
Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Color-changing flowers, stick-on cams and more
Like taking selfies, but don’t want to be that idiot who actually purchases and uses a selfie stick? Check out Podo. This tiny device, which takes 8-megapixel images and 720p video, can be stuck onto almost any flat surface (ceilings included!) and used to send images to iOS and Android mobile devices via Bluetooth. Its dedicated smartphone app lets you see what Podo sees, so you can get in exactly the right spot before you tap the shutter button. Not enough light? Podo’s built-in ring flash will see to that, so long as you’re not too far away from it. Once you’ve got the shot, sharing it on popular social media sites takes just a few quick taps. A cool design feature of Podo is its microsuction pad, which lets you attach it to an array of surfaces. “We like to compare it to gecko feet, or else having thousands of microscopic suction cups,” the team says on its Kickstarter site.
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You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
11 Innovative Startups to Remember from MWC 2015
ForceManager is a multi-platform CRM — which is way more interesting and innovative than it sounds. In practical terms, it helps salespeople easily log data about their prospects and clients, which can then be managed from any device. This includes computers and tablets, but also smartwatches. In a live demo at Spain’s MWC pavillion, CEO Oscar Macia showed us how quickly he could check into a meeting from his Moto 360 watch and use Google’s voice recognition system to dictate short notes, which appeared in an instant in his computer’s dashboard.
Germany pushes for widespread end-to-end email encryption
The biggest webmail providers in Germany will soon encourage their customers to use full-blown end-to-end email encryption. The providers, including Deutsche Telekom and United Internet, will next month roll out a browser plugin that’s supposed to make traditionally laborious PGP technology easier to use – and in the process, they’re addressing a key concern about the existing “De-Mail” system.
Join us for The Verge Live: Apple Watch and MacBook
Apple has wrapped up its Spring Forward event — Apple Watch! A new MacBook! HBO Now on Apple TV!. Join Chris Ziegler (with new glasses), Casey Newton (via San Francisco), and Ross Miller (hi!) as we break down all the news of the day, and later on, discussing the finer points of arm hair grooming.
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On Eve Of Apple Watch Launch, History On Apple’s Side
Apple has a wee announcement tomorrow . Perhaps you’ve heard. It’s called The Apple Watch, and tomorrow’s the big day. Naturally in the days before the launch, as with past device debuts, we are hearing a range of predictions about how it will flop, be wildly successful and everything in between.
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Get Your First Look at Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 2 - IGN
This episode builds on the events we've seen so far, with the discovery of the Gortys Project forcing you to find out what the Atlas Corporation has been up to. You'll have to hold everything together while Vault Hunters, Bounty Hunters, Vasquez and more all try to stop you.
Why Pebble Time, not Android Wear, is Apple Watch's biggest competition
Of course, Pebble’s $10 million Kickstarter haul is about as much money as Apple made while you read this article, but it’s impressive nonetheless. Pebble is making a clear statement with Time: If you want Force Touch, haptic feedback and fancy navigation, buy an Apple Watch. But if you want an everyday smartwatch that pairs with your iPhone and handles notifications, give Pebble a shot. Pebble is the Casio to Apple’s Tag Heuer—it won’t turn many heads, but it could very well steal a few fence-sitters whose just can’t justify an Apple Watch purchase.
Hands-on with a (working) Apple Watch
There are basically two main ways of using the Watch: pressing the Digital Crown to go to the home screen and picking an app, or swiping up from the bottom on a watch face to access the Glances, which are basically quick views into all the apps you've got loaded. Apple had several apps loaded onto the demo unit I played with: Uber, the SPG hotels app, Shazam, and a few others. What's interesting is that Glances clearly aren't the apps themselves — when you click on a button in a Glance, you get kicked out to a loading screen and then into that screen in the app. So clicking "unlock door" in the SPG Glance actually opened the SPG app, and showed me the button again. And then I wasn't on the Glances screen anymore. It's not a major thing, but it took me a few seconds to understand what was going on.
The "Harvard Sentences" Secretly Shaped the Development of Audio Tech
During World War II, the boiler room under Harvard's Memorial Hall was turned into a secretive wartime research lab. Here, volunteers were subjected to hours of noise as scientists tested military communications systems. Out of this came the Harvard sentences , a set of standardized phrases still widely used to test everything from cellphones to VoIP.