Review: A former Apple engineer showed me the future of wearables
Fitness trackers and smartwatches are nice, but the future of wearable computing is so much brighter than you think
Wearable devices comprise the next exciting frontier for consumer electronics. Or so we’ve been told. The sad truth is that wearables have been around for years already and we have yet to see anything truly exciting hit the market. Tech giants like Sony, Samsung and soon Apple are aggressively moving into wearables now that growth in the smartphone and tablet markets is slowing, but the pitch for these new devices — you won’t have to take your phone out of your pocket as often — isn’t exactly resonating with the general public quite yet.
But I have seen the future of wearable technology and it’s much more exciting than you might think. More →
Another day, another batch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are now free downloads for a limited time. Tuesday brought a batch of six solid apps worth nearly $50 combined (some of them are still free), and now we have seven more paid apps worth $37 altogether that are all completely free right now — but only if you hurry! More →
Whether it’s running on Android or Windows Phone software, the HTC One (M8) is one of the best smartphones currently on the market. It’s sleek, it’s powerful and it looks great, but it has one major issue: the camera just isn’t up to snuff. It might look the part, but the UltraPixel camera doesn’t stack up against most flagship devices. That’s where the One (M8 Eye) comes in. More →
Apple has had one headache after another over the past few weeks, spanning from the media circus that is “Bendgate” to a buggy iOS 8.0.1 update that bricked about 40,000 new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. Among all of these issues lies a fairly serious bug in iOS 8 that has been causing major headaches for users — but luckily, there’s a simple way to avoid the issue altogether. More →
Talk about first world problems… each and every time Apple comes out with a redesigned iPhone, buyers need to go out and find a whole new set of accessories to go with it. Beautiful new cases and other add-ons are always difficult to come by because there are so many options out there. Simple Google searches can lead to hours of digging, and you know you won’t find the best available options by going down to your local big-box retailer.
Luckily, BGR is once again happy to do the heavy lifting for you. More →
Do you love working long hours, spending a lot of time away from your family, and dealing with insanely demanding bosses? If so then there’s a little company in Cupertino that just might be the perfect place for you to set up shop. Via 9to5Mac, two former Apple managers recently published a podcast where they talked about their experiences working for the company and what becomes very clear very quickly is that working at Apple probably isn’t for everyone. More →
Apple has mentioned more than once in the past few weeks its commitment to offering iOS 8 device users, including iPhone 6 buyers, better security and privacy. In the process, Apple also explained that it doesn’t hold the keys to iOS 8 data encryption — which is protected by the user’s PIN code — and therefore it can’t offer access to that encrypted data to law enforcement agencies. It turns out that Apple’s encryption is so good that law enforcement agencies are already criticizing it, and thus indirectly advertising this particular iOS strength. More →
Apple is preparing a special October press media event focused on iPad and Mac, according to many reports, where it’s expected to unveil a new 9.7-inch iPad model (unofficially referred to as iPad Air 2), which will share some design features with Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 6. The recently released iOS 8.1 beta 1 version has already revealed that Apple’s next iPad will have a Touch ID fingerprint Home button like its latest iPhones, and Bloomberg reports the device will also feature one extra color option. More →
When unveiling the Apple Watch during the iPhone 6 event, Apple showed a longer than usual 10 minutes video, narrated by its design guru Jony Ive, in which the company talked about various Apple Watch features, from hardware to software. That presentation video was later uploaded on the company’s YouTube channel, just like most of its videos, but Apple on Tuesday pulled the clip, replacing it with an edited version. As 9to5Mac reports, the first video featured an Apple Watch with a display that’s slightly bigger than the Apple Watch’s actual display. More →
One of the most important products Apple unveiled during its iPhone 6 event is Apple Pay, the company’s official foray into mobile payments. Apple secured deals with the most important card issuers and banking institutions in the U.S. ahead of the keynote, but surprisingly left out one payments company that was rumored in the days preceding the announcement to be working together with the iPhone maker. Bank Innovation, which provided many details about Apple Pay long before its official name was revealed, has found out more details about Apple’s negotiations with PayPal, and why it kicked it out of the Apple Pay business. More →
With the release of Forza Horizon 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS this week, this holiday gaming season is finally upon us. Although big releases are primed to steal the spotlight, Sony is bringing something new to the table — a $99.99 console that will play hundreds of games from the PlayStation library. More →