Apple iWatch Release Date Late 2014

Apple reportedly goes on iWatch hiring spree

By on July 15, 2013 at 8:35 AM.

Apple reportedly goes on iWatch hiring spree

Apple is gearing up for a launch of its iWatch in late 2014 by “aggressively” hiring talent to develop it, unnamed sources tell The Financial Times. While it’s not surprising that Apple is looking to add talent for its iWatch launch, the reasons for its hiring spree are: The Financial Times’ sources say that Apple’s current team has been encountering “hard engineering problems that they’ve not been able to solve,” which is why they’re looking for outside help from people with experience in wearable computing. The timing of the hiring suggests that the iWatch won’t be ready for primetime for at least another year, The Financial Times suggests, which potentially puts Apple at risk for getting beaten to market by rival smartwatches from Google, Samsung and Microsoft.

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Wearable Computing Impact Analysis

Wearable computers predicted to kill smartphones

By on June 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM.

Wearable computers predicted to kill smartphones

Since we’re still witnessing the slow death of the traditional PC, it may seem a little premature to already start talking about the deaths of smartphones and tablets. But Frog Design’s chief creative officer Mark Rolston, writing at Technology Review, thinks that it’s only a matter before we start talking about the end of today’s mobile devices and the rise of wearable and embedded computing devices that are even less visible than smartphones. More →

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Foxconn iPhone Compatible Smartwatch

Apple outfoxed: Foxconn first to debut iPhone-compatible smartwatch

By on June 27, 2013 at 12:35 PM.

Apple outfoxed: Foxconn first to debut iPhone-compatible smartwatch

It seems like we’ve been hearing rumors forever about Apple releasing its own “iWatch” that acts as a key accessory to the iPhone. But apparently, longtime Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn got tired of waiting around and decided to take matters into its own hands with its very own iOS-compatible smartwatch. CNET reports that Foxconn executives this week showed off a new watch “that can wirelessly connect to an iPhone to display incoming phone calls and Facebook posts.” The launch of the Foxconn watch comes at a time when the company has started trying to lessen its dependence on Apple by building its own consumer electronics products to boost its overall margins. No release date or pricing has been announced for the new Foxconn smartwatch at this point.

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Apple Lightning Cable Authentication iOS 7

Apple’s hopes of barring knockoff Lightning cables purportedly dealt fatal blow

By on June 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM.

Apple’s hopes of barring knockoff Lightning cables purportedly dealt fatal blow

Apple’s quest to keep cheap knockoff Lightning cables off the market may have just been dealt a fatal blow. MacRumors reports that Chinese firm iPhone5Mod “claims to have cracked Apple’s iOS 7 authentication and is now offering new cables compatible with the upcoming operating system.” What makes this particularly intriguing is that iPhone5Mod’s Cyril Chang tells MacRumors that Apple won’t be able to work around its hardware crack unless it fundamentally changes Lightning cables’ hardware. We first heard about about iPhone5Mod last year when the company released its Flash Lightning Dock that reverse engineered the Lightning cable’s hardware and opened the doors for unauthorized vendors to sell their own cheaper versions of the cables.

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Acer Wearable Gadget Release Date

Acer eyeing wearable tech for 2014

By on June 14, 2013 at 8:05 PM.

Acer eyeing wearable tech for 2014

The verdict is still out on wearable technology and whether or not it will become the next big thing. Acer’s smartphone chief, ST Liew, is optimistic about its future and said his company will release its first wearable device sometime next year. In an interview with Pocket-Lint, the executive noted that wearable technology presents a tremendous opportunity for companies. He believes that the industry hasn’t exploded yet, but when it does it could be a multi-billion dollar market. Liew didn’t give many details about the company’s upcoming gadget, although he hinted at a device with long battery life and features such as inductive charging. A number of companies are said to be exploring wearable technology. Earlier reports have suggested that Google, Apple, Samsung, LG and Microsoft are all planning to release smart watches in 2014.

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Nexus Q sequel

Google may be working on a revamped Nexus Q

By on May 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM.

Google may be working on a revamped Nexus Q

Google appears to be working on a sequel to its ill-fated Nexus Q streaming device. The Nexus Q debuted at last year’s I/O Developers Conference with limited capabilities and a premium price tag that eventually led to Google postponing the project. But a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission has revealed a mysterious Google-built device that “functions as a media player” and could be a revamped Q. Little is known about the device, although it is equipped with support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and was connected to a Dell 24-inch monitor for testing, giving further evidence that it is a potential Nexus Q sucessor. The device is known as the “H840 device” and features the model number H2G2-42, a reference to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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Apple iWatch Display

Apple reportedly testing 1.5-inch OLED ‘iWatch’ displays

By on May 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM.

Apple reportedly testing 1.5-inch OLED ‘iWatch’ displays

With Apple’s “iWatch” likely to release this year, it’s not surprising that we’re starting to hear rumors about components being cobbled together just before the company starts ramping up production of the device. Japanese blog Macotakara points us to a new report from Taiwanese publication Economic Times claiming that Apple is testing out 1.5-inch OLED displays produced by RITEK subsidiary RiTdisplay for its upcoming smartwatch. Macotakara notes that earlier rumors claimed the iWatch would have a 1.8-inch display, so it seems that Apple may be thinking of reducing the device’s size if it’s really giving 1.5-inch panels a long look.

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Google Nexus Q relaunch

Nexus Q won’t see new life at this year’s I/O conference

By on May 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM.

Nexus Q won’t see new life at this year’s I/O conference

Google’s I/O Developers Conference is scheduled to take place later this week and expectations are as high as ever for the annual event. There have been a flurry of reports that have suggested that we could see a variety of new products and services being announced at the event. One device that won’t be making an appearance, however, is the Nexus Q. According to a report from AllThingsD, Google’s ill-fated streaming device that debuted at last year’s event will not be relaunched at this year’s show. The Nexus Q was initially criticized for its $299 price tag and limited capabilities. Google eventually decided to postpone the launch of the device to “work on making it even better,” although we have heard little about it since. Google’s I/O Developers Conference is set to kick off on Wednesday in San Francisco.

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Google Smartwatch UI Rumor

Google smartwatch will reportedly have Glass-like UI

By on May 13, 2013 at 1:20 PM.

Google smartwatch will reportedly have Glass-like UI

Google, like Apple, Samsung and just about every other big tech player today, has been long rumored to be working on its own “smartwatch” that will bring smartphone-like capabilities to the wristwatch form factor. An unnamed source has now told Android Authority that Google’s version of the smartwatch will be manufactured by Motorola and will feature a Google Glass-like user interface that will include a series of digital “cards” that users swipe through to give them updates on times, events and other key information. Android Authority’s source says that Google may not be ready to release its watch at Google I/O this week, however, because it still needs to be tethered to a smartphone and isn’t a standalone device capable of receiving data on its own.

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Survey shows 20% of North American consumers want an 'iWatch'

Survey shows 19% of North American consumers want an ‘iWatch’

By on April 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM.

Survey shows 19% of North American consumers want an ‘iWatch’

One of the big questions surrounding Apple this year is whether there will be any significant market for its so-called “iWatch” that will reportedly act as a wearable computing accessory that can complement its other mobile devices. PCMag points us to a new survey of North American consumers from ChangeWave Research showing that roughly one in five consumers are either “somewhat” or “very” likely to buy an Apple-branded watch when it’s released. ChangeWave director of operations Andy Golub told PCMag that interest in the still-unconfirmed “smartwatch” is a testament to Apple’s enduring brand strength with consumers and noted that “Apple’s track record of delivering ultra-convenient, easy to use products with a perceived ‘cool factor’ is driving pre-release demand.”

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Leap Motion Release Date

Leap’s motion control sensor to launch in May for $80

By on February 27, 2013 at 8:55 PM.

Leap’s motion control sensor to launch in May for $80

San Francisco-based startup Leap Motion has finally announced availability of its small motion control sensor. The company revealed on Wednesday that it will ship its $80 motion tracking device to customers who placed preorders during the week of May 13th, and it will arrive at Best Buy (BBY) stores in the U.S. on May 19th. The Leap controller was supposed to debut ahead of the holidays last year. BGR had a chance to test Leap’s motion control sensor last July and we were impressed. We called the technology “a total game-changer” and said it was “one of the coolest pieces of technology we’ve seen in a while.” The Leap Motion sensor is compatible with desktops and laptops running Windows 7, Windows 8, OS X 10.7 and OS X 10.8.

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Google Nexus 4 Charging Orb

Google starts selling $60 wireless charging orb for Nexus 4

By on February 11, 2013 at 7:19 PM.

Google starts selling $60 wireless charging orb for Nexus 4

Do you love your Nexus 4 but wish that you had a wireless orb to charge it on? Well don’t worry, because Google (GOOG) has you covered after announcing on Monday that it will now sell a nifty new Nexus 4 Wireless Charger on the Google Play store for $60. Google says the new charger features an “angled surface” that “provides easy visibility of your phone while charging.” The new charger was also “designed specifically for your Nexus 4” so you won’t need any “clunky add-ons or accessories” to use it. Google says the new charger will ship in “less than a week” so anyone who orders one now can expect to get it shortly.

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