Apple Guided Tours
Just when you thought you've seen it all, Apple wants to take it deeper and farther than you thought before. So what is a guided tour by Apple? They're like micro-interviews that play from your phone or streaming device to give you an insight on a certain topic, band, location, etc. So imagine going into the Museum of Natural History for example and being able to use your phone to navigate through hours of pre-filmed documentaries or audio books without having to engage in additional device rentals or otherwise.
Where's Apple going with this?
As you might imagine, Apple didn't start out with this idea to help museums (but that is eventually where it will go). In fact, Apple did it to showcase their artists in new exclusive portfolios that will be native to the Apple Music Store and ...
Ever heard of Monument Valley?
Ustwo, the developers behind the hit game Monument Valley today published a detailed infographic that gives a rare inside look at what it takes to develop an ultra popular game and the rewards developers can reap from creating an app that soars to the top of the App Store charts.
For those unfamiliar, Monument Valley is a highly popular indie puzzle game that asks players to lead the main character through a series of mazes spanning 10 separate levels. The game was highly praised for its design, which included a unique and striking art style.
According to Ustwo's infographic, it took Ustwo's eight person team 55 weeks and $852,000 to develop the original version of Monument Valley ahead of its April 2014 launch. The app's Forgotten Shores expansion, released in late November, took an additional 29 weeks ...
The brand new Apple Carplay radio can soon be yours.
At $600, the new AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) is positioned as the lowest-cost CarPlay system from Pioneer and ships with built-in support for CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free to provide on-dash and hands-free navigation, messaging and more. The AppRadio 4 CarPlay demo is only a minute long, but it shows decent responsiveness of the Apple-driven interface on the receiver's touchscreen display.
We've been covering this car stereo for quite some time and our expectations are very high. What can you expect at-a-glance from the Apple Car Play stereo? Bluetooth transmitted music, live streaming and podcasts. Downloadable content and music. Music and phone synchronization, push button speech-to-text functionality and live messaging as well. There's also rumors of a possible face-time function but early conclusions lead us to believe that this feature will not ...
Project Ara is Google's revolutionary new smart phone.
You're looking at Project Ara, a revolutionary new phone concept by Google which should go into production early in 2015. The phone is designed to be almost fully swappable made up completely of different modules. The little chunks above that you're looking at each represent different functions which you can arrange to your liking. One is for a camera, another is additional memory, another features additional battery time. Google's aim is to create fully interchangeable phone parts and build a new ecosystem around phones like this which Google says will take over the future. Check out this video below:
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LEGO Creator Island for Android
It's pretty impressive how quickly LEGO has transitioned from a conventional toy (sorry, versatile interlocking brick system) manufacturer into a media powerhouse, with entries touching every part of pop culture. Their latest game for Android is actually a port of an existing browser game, made using the ubiquitous Unity engine. LEGO Creator Islands lets players log into their LEGO ID account to continue play across the web and Android platforms, or just go it alone on mobile.
The game is a cross between SimCity-style city management and, well, tiny plastic blocks. Each building or vehicle you create for the Minifigs (those little yellow guys with the round heads) earns you more blocks... which you can use to create more buildings and vehicles. You can also "discover" adjacent islands and prepare new building sites with sets like ...
Pebble Drops Regular Watch To $99
The Pebble used to be arguably the best smartwatch in the game, and if your primary concern is battery life or you want a ton of apps to play with right now, then it's still your best bet. But the competition has upped its game, and the black and white display of the Pebble Steel looks like a hard sell next to the colorful, circular one of the Moto 360. So here's Pebble's next move--the company has dropped the price of its watches by $50. This brings the original model down to $99 (€129 / £99). As for the Steel, it's going for $199 (€229 / £179).
This price drop is joined by the release of a pretty big update. Now the Pebble is capable of tracking activity and monitoring sleep in the background. Jawbone, Misfit, and Swim.com ...
Wireless Charging built in on the Apple iWatch
When news couldn't get any better, Apple announced that their iWatch will not only feature a flexible display that you can wear around your wrist but also wireless charging! Wireless charging is the future of cell phones and wearable electronics but it also poses some of the most challenging engineer questions. This is probably the most ambitious project they've ever tackled and it will change the way humans interact with technology forever. More exciting than this news, Apple is also going to have built in technology for their flagship "Health App" due to release with iOS 8 this week and should be unveiled in the upcoming Apple keynote conference. Here's a picture of what you can expect the iWatch to look like:
Notice that the Healthbook icon appearing above as well as functionality for ...
Talk bout micromanagement, it really doesn't' get better than this. Following the release of iOS 8 beta 3, the new software allows Apple's Health app to access the iPhone's M7 motion coprocessor, letting the app natively track movement like steps taken.
Available in newer devices like the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air, and the Retina iPad mini, the M7 "motion coprocessor" functions alongside the A7 chip in those devices, measuring accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass data for enhanced fitness tracking capabilities. As noted by 9to5Mac the Health app's "Steps" section now tallies the number of steps a user has taken as measured by the iPhone 5s. Users accessing the Health app today will be able to access a full week's worth of data on their devices. The M7 has been leveraged by several third-party app developers, such as Nike andStrava, but this is the first time the data has been made available directly via Apple's ...
This is the most anticipated phone succeeding a long line of successful LG phones to break into the market. Featuring the most competitive specs on the market, the LG3 is guaranteed to make a huge splash but what I found most exciting is the specs on this guy. Check out these leaked photos showing the LG3 with 3GB of Memory. I fix computers daily that don't have that much ram built in!