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
Apple isn’t ready to sell you a brand new Apple Watch just yet, but the company is certainly interested in making you want to buy one. In addition to showing the device in Paris in celebration of Fashion Week, Apple also allowed fashion magazine Vogue to write an ample Jony Ive profile, providing the publication access to its top designer. Most importantly, Apple offered the magazine access to the unannounced device weeks ahead of the actual iPhone 6 event where the Watch was unveiled, although Vogue only published its interview on Wednesday, almost a month after the Watch was first introduced to the world. More →
Did you know that if Apple and Google encrypt the data on your smartphone, then pedophiles, bank robbers and terrorists will be able to wreak havoc upon America without any kinds of reservations? That’s the message that the United States federal government and law enforcement agencies are trying to send to both major tech companies and to the public at large about the dangers of smartphone encryption. More →
Big providers like Comcast and Time Warner Cable may want to cling to the past but it looks like smaller cable providers seem to know that cord cutting is actually the future. The Wall Street Journal reports that smaller cable providers are increasingly placing more emphasis on their broadband offerings and less on TV packages as consumers have shown that they would much rather have a faster Internet service than hundreds of channels they never watch. More →
Whenever mobile malware comes up, the usual reports detail new malicious apps that are found to affect Android, while iOS remains largely unaffected by such programs. However, The New York Times now says that security researchers have discovered a sophisticated malware attack that’s currently spreading in Hong Kong between Occupy Central protesters, and which is able to infect and then spy upon both Android and iOS devices. More →
We absolutely love the new time lapse video feature that Apple has added to its iPhone cameras if for no other reason than it’s enabling iPhone users around the world to take some incredible videos and share them with everyone. One such video was uploaded onto Vimeo recently and it shows what a gorgeous afternoon in London looks like when it’s speeding by in the span of 21 seconds. More →
It’s pretty much accepted that when a Christopher Nolan film comes out, it’s an event. Leading up to that event, Nolan just teases moviegoers to the point that viewers don’t know what the movie is about. This new Interstellar trailer gives us a whole bunch of footage that we haven’t had the chance to drink in with our eyes yet, and it’s epic.
Over the weekend, AT&T announced a data plan promotion which would allow customers to sign up for double the data at the same price as their current plans. Not to be outdone, both Verizon and Sprint announced their own promotions on Wednesday for customers on MORE Everything plans and Family Share Pack plans, respectively. More →
Buying a smartphone in 2014 is an expensive endeavor. Even on a two-year contract, you’re still going to spend around $200 for a flagship device from Apple, Samsung or any of the other major vendors, but there’s one easy way to counteract the bite out of your bank account: trade-ins. A week before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus officially launched, we published an article about the best trade-in deals in order to help Apple fans get their new phones as cheaply as possible.
Now that September is over, let’s look at how the launch of the iPhone 6 affected the trade-in market. More →
Verizon Wireless on Wednesday announced that it is cancelling plans to throttle subscribers with grandfathered unlimited data plans. Back in July, the nation’s top carrier had said it would being slowing data speeds for the top 5% of data users in congested areas, and the new policy was set to go into effect on October 1st. According to a statement released on Wednesday afternoon — the same day throttling was set to begin — Verizon will no longer take any measures to limit data speeds. More →
No one expected the latest version of iOS to be flawless, but the amount of bugs users are finding seem to just keep piling up. We’ve already seen an iCloud Drive bug crop up this that which could result in the deletion of all your iWork files and now some MacRumors forum-goers are reporting that their iOS 8 devices are no longer pairing with their Bluetooth car audio systems. More →
Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled Windows 10 — not Windows 9, as users were expecting — and revealed various Windows 10 features, although not all of them. Microsoft focused on assuring existing Windows users that it understood their main concerns with Windows 8, and showed off various user interface changes that are supposed to offer both future desktop and tablet Windows 10 users a much better experience than Windows 8. More →
Microsoft on Tuesday gave the world a heartfelt apology for Windows 8 by unveiling Windows 10, which backs away from the “modern” interface users almost universally hated and moves toward an experience more akin to Windows 7. The new cross-device platform won’t ship until sometime next year so there’s still plenty we don’t know about it, and that includes details concerning exactly how it will work on Windows Phone devices and on Microsoft’s Xbox consoles.