Month: August 2017

Apple Seeds Ninth Beta of Upcoming tvOS 11 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the ninth beta of an upcoming tvOS 11 update designed for the fourth-generation TV, just a few days after seeding the eighth beta and more than two months after releasing the first beta during the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. Registered developers can download the tvOS 11 update by connecting the Apple TV …

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Apple Invites Media to September 12 Event at Apple Park: 'Let's Meet at Our Place'

Apple today sent out media invites for its annual iPhone-centric event that will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Steve Jobs Theater at the company’s new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. The media invites offer a first look at the theme of the event and feature the tagline: “Let’s …

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Apple Urges FCC Not to Roll Back Ban on Internet 'Fast Lanes' in Push for Net Neutrality

In a letter submitted during the Restoring Internet Freedom comment period, Apple has urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission not to roll back regulations that prevent “paid fast lanes” on the internet. Image via Change.org. Apple logo added by MacRumors.Broadband providers should not create paid fast lanes on the internet. Lifting the current ban on …

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New 'Weather Atlas' App Has Been Designed for Apple's Upcoming iPhone 8

Contrast and Agile Tortoise, the developers behind popular apps Launch Center Pro and Drafts, respectively, have teamed up to introduce a new weather app called Weather Atlas. Weather Atlas has been developed from the ground up with the unreleased “iPhone 8” in mind, and it is meant to take advantage of the device’s taller display. …

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Pixie Tracker Uses Apple's ARKit to Guide You Towards Lost Items in Augmented Reality

A collection of ARKit demos have steadily released over the summer following the announcement of the developer platform at WWDC this past June, and now we’re merely weeks away from ARKit’s debut alongside iOS 11 sometime in September. Today, item tracking company Pixie Technology announced the newest iteration of its “Pixie Point” tracker, which will …

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Nearly Half of All Smartwatches Shipped Last Quarter Were Apple Watches

Apple Watch was the world’s most popular smartwatch by a significant margin last quarter, with an estimated 49.6 percent market share in the April-June period, according to data shared with MacRumors by research firm IDC. In other words, the Apple Watch accounted for just under half of all smartwatches shipped in the June quarter. IDC …

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Garmin Announces Three New Wearable Devices Alongside Contactless Payment Solution 'Garmin Pay'

Garmin today announced three new wearable devices that it will debut at IFA 2017, including the vívomove HR, vívosport, and vívoactive 3. The Garmin vívoactive 3 closely resembles Apple Watch in terms of features, with Garmin’s device tracking heart rate, packing in 15 indoor and outdoor activity apps, and supporting a new “Garmin Pay” contactless …

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Apple May Launch Galaxy Note 8-Sized iPhone With 6.4-Inch OLED Display Next Year

While a few weeks remain until Apple is expected to unveil the so-called iPhone 8, widely rumored to be its first smartphone with an OLED display, the rumor mill has already turned its attention to next year. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 next to iPhone mockup by Benjamin Geskin South Korea’s ETNews, citing unnamed industry sources, …

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Sony Announces New Smart Home Speaker With Built-In Google Assistant and Gesture Controls

Sony today announced a collection of new products that it plans to showcase during the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany this upcoming weekend. One of the biggest additions to the company’s line-up is a new smart home speaker, called the LF-S50G wireless speaker, which looks similar to Apple’s upcoming HomePod, has a built-in …

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Logitech's CRAFT Keyboard for Mac and PC Features a 'Smart Dial' for Creatives

Logitech today announced CRAFT, the company’s latest $200 “advanced keyboard” for Mac and PC that features a creative input dial for more easily accessing context-specific controls while working. Called the Crown, the “smart aluminum dial” sits on the top-left of the new full-size keyboard and is touch sensitive, enabling creative users to tap or turn …

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Alexa and Apple AirPlay 2 Support Coming to Libratone Zipp Wireless Speakers This Fall

Bluetooth speaker maker Libratone has announced that beginning this fall, Zipp and Zipp Mini speaker owners will be able to use their devices to invoke Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant as well as tap in to Apple’s forthcoming AirPlay 2 protocol. The company said it will make a free firmware download available in the coming months …

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Philips Hue Announces New Light Fixtures and Expanded Starter Kits

Philips today announced an expansion of its Hue smart lighting range, bringing two new fixtures and two additional starter kits to its Apple HomeKit-compatible family of products. The Philips Hue White Ambiance Cher Suspension is the largest new fixture – a hanging pendant light made for a kitchen island or dining table. The fixture outputs …

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Qardio Debuts New QardioBase 2 Smart Scale and Body Analyzer

Qardio today announced the second-generation version of its QardioBase Smart Scale and Body Analyzer, introducing design upgrades and new features. QardioBase 2 has been designed with a wider base for more stability on any floor surface, a welcome change as the unstable base was one of the main features we disliked when we reviewed the …

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