Supported device list pruned as part of YouTube Data API changes
Google is preparing to cut support for its YouTube apps on a number of aging devices. An announcement on the YouTube support pages notes that select devices manufactured before or during 2012 will lose support for the video app, with the list including smart TVs and Blu-ray players, older Google TV devices, earlier models of the Apple TV, and some iOS devices.
Support for HDCP 2.2 appears in most of the new Sony home cinema audio devices
Sony has revealed a collection of four new sound bars and two A/V receivers to its home cinema audio range. The HT-ST9, HT-NT3, HT-CT780, and HT-CT380 sound bars and STR-DN860 and STR-DN1060 receivers will be going on sale in the United States starting in May, with all but the CT380 being HDCP 2.2 compliant, supporting playback of copyright-protected 4K content.
Fortunate minority expected to receive devices on or before original April 24 debut
Some of the estimated 2.3 million who were able to order an Apple Watch on the first day of availability before the global inventory sold out in mere hours may soon be getting their order. Reader reports of cards being charged and emails that report the Apple Watch order as "preparing for shipment" went out on Monday for some customers, while many who ordered just minutes into the process are still being told their orders should ship within four to six weeks.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 20, 2015
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Keeping track of what's on, and what it's costing
Neurio Home Intelligence is a piece of hardware that, when integrated into a home's breaker box, monitors electricity usage and allows the homeowner to see at a glance if they left the oven on, and what their electric bill might be. While the installation seems simple enough, we recommend having a qualified, professional electrician install it; using it after that is as easy as pie. While the performance of the Neurio Home Intelligence wasn't as magical as some of the documentation made it out to be, we really like this thing, and found it very useful -- check our review to see why we liked it so much.
Upcoming Android Wear update lets smartwatches be used away from smartphones
The next update to Android Wear will extend the capabilities of wearable devices using the operating system, making them more useful as standalone devices. Just as previously rumored, the update will allow smartwatches with Wi-Fi connectivity to work over a local wireless network connection when outside of Bluetooth range, but it will require the user's smartphone to have some form of Internet connection in order to remotely access apps and notifications.
Unannounced folding UK charger shown by athlete and Ive friend Will Carling
As reported previously, a few Apple executives and designer were in Milan this weekend to show off the Apple Watch, including Sir Jonathan Ive and designer Marc Newson, as well as SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. Photos from the event, and a post from a friend of Ive's, confirm that a number of unannounced Sport Band colors were on display at the Salone del Mobile design event. A number of notable VIPs also received Apple Watches as gifts.
Security feature in Wink Hub software causes downtime
Owners of the Wink Hub smart home device have endured a major service outage yesterday, following a software update. The outage, which lasted from 12:40pm eastern until 11pm, prevented the hubs from being able to perform general smart home functions, and though many hubs were able to recover from the incident, a number are having to be returned to the manufacturer and replaced.
Stores to offer workshop on Apple Watch starting April 24, despite shortages
Although the unexpected sellout of the Apple Watch will put a crimp of unavailability in the works, Apple is going ahead with new "Apple Watch Basics" workshops at some of its retail stores beginning April 24. The lucky relative few who will receive their pre-orders on or near launch day, along with those who are still waiting, are likely to be the chief participants in the workshops, which will run through May 8 in the US only. The classes will run approximately 60 minutes in order to cover all of the many key features of the new device.
MacNN and Electronista daily deals for April 17, 2015
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Up4 fitness tracker with NFC can perform American Express payments
Jawbone has launched two new fitness wearables, with one hinted at by a report yesterday. The Up2 is the successor to the Up24, taking the form of a more modest fitness tracker compared to the delayed Up3, while the Up4 is a more advanced device that will be able to make payments in retail stores via a partnership with American Express and an NFC chip.
Company expands video tutorials on Apple Watch features in run-up to launch day
Yesterday, Apple posted four new videos to its site and YouTube channel showcasing additional tent-pole features of the Apple Watch, including handling phone calls, interacting with Siri, music playback, and Maps usage. Last week the company had posted a general overview tutorial video, along with shorter ones focusing on Digital Touch, messaging, and customizing the watch face. The videos reveal minor details of the various operations previously not publicized.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 16, 2015
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Report claims Jawbone wearable will perform American Express payments in future
Yet another wearable device will be offering alternative payments in the future, according to a report. According to the Wall Street Journal, American Express and Jawbone are planning to announce a new system that will allow AmEx card owners to use the manufacturer's fitness bands to make payments at a number of retailers in the United States.
New device to make rare non-Apple appearance at Milan exhibition
While nobody who sees it will be able to get one before next month at the absolute earliest, the Apple Watch will be exhibited in a rare non-Apple appearance at the furniture-oriented Salone del Mobile fair in Milan, Italy, in a special event celebrating design and art on April 17. The event has a history of spotlighting outstanding design, and attracts designers from around the world. Sir Jonathan Ive, the leader of the team that designed the Apple Watch, will be in attendance.
Wi-Fi connection with second camera allows Panasonic HX-A1 to combine videos together
Panasonic has introduced its own action camera that is designed to be worn for point-of-view videos. The HX-A1 is a cylindrical HD camera that weighs a light 45 grams (1.5 ounces) and is capable of surviving a few knocks and elemental challenges without an extra housing case, including being shockproof from drops at a height of 5 feet, waterproof to a similar depth, dustproof, and able to work at temperatures as low as 14F (-10C).
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 14, 2015
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Powerful set of tools enables researchers to attract volunteers, study larger pool of data
One of the most critically-lauded -- particularly by the public -- aspects of Apple's "Spring Forward" event last March wasn't the sleek new MacBook or even the remarkable miniaturization that enabled the Apple Watch; it was the section devoted to ResearchKit, a new SDK aimed at leveraging the sensors found in many mobile devices to help medical professionals develop apps that could further medical research into any number of diseases, conditions, or illnesses. On Tuesday, Apple released it to all developers and open-sourced it.
New Cyber-shots boast 30x optical zoom, flip-up rear display
Sony has unveiled a new collection of Cyber-shot digital cameras, with slimline bodies and a few Alpha-level functions. The HX90, HX90V, and WX500 are extremely similar compact cameras, using an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with a Bionz X image processor, with the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens providing a 30x optical zoom, a 35mm equivalent of 25mm to 750mm, and a digital zoom of up to 60x.
Healthcare companies announcing plethora of new apps for Apple Watch platform
A number of healthcare companies, many of whom are just now working deeply with the HealthKit APIs from Apple to create health-oriented applications, are already pivoting to create complementary apps for the new Apple Watch platform as well, which creates new opportunities for handling certain kinds of results and notifications. More than a dozen applications have been announced in just the last week, ranging from a medication reminder for patients to a glucose monitor system for the Watch.
Apple Watch hands-on reports, a look at Photos, new videos, more
Following a longer-than-expected submission process to Apple, we're pleased to report that episode 10 of The MacNN Podcast, along with all previous episodes, has finally arrived on iTunes. Listeners can now search for, subscribe to, and generally wallow in our backlog of tech news, app picks, and bad jokes. The latest episode has a couple of remote reports from Australia and the UK about the Apple Watch concierge try-on experience, the arrival of Photos with OS X 10.10.3, our new videos, and more.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 13, 2015
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Onboard sensor data can be added to Virb X, Virb XE videos
Garmin has added another two imaging devices to its Virb camera range. The Virb X and Virb XE are action cameras that are not only capable of shooting high-definition video in rugged environments, but can also monitor what is happening in the environment around it, overlaying various gauges and other extra information on top of the recorded video.
Prosumer 3D Robotics Solo can manage drone flight while pilot controls camera
A new drone from 3D Robotics aims to steal the thunder of DJI's recent launch, with a simple-to-fly aircraft that adds something new to the in-flight videography market. The Solo is a prosumer drone that offers a number of functions that other high-end drones provide, but it is claimed to be the first to have complete control over the settings of mountable GoPro cameras.
Supplies expected to be scarce, particularly for rose gold variant, on launch
As we reported earlier today, the super-expensive 18kt gold Edition version of the Apple Watch will be very constrained on launch, with the online store showing that shipments are already -- hours before pre-orders even begin -- pushed back until next month, with no specific window for those ordering online beyond "May." Buyers in stores will have similar issues actually going home with one, as only a total of 53 Apple Stores worldwide will be selling the high-end model, at least for now.
Quality issues prompt reduction in Jawbone Up3 water resistance claims
Jawbone is finally going to be releasing its Up3 fitness tracker, four months later than initially planned. Expected for release at the end of last year, the tracker was delayed due to waterproofing issues, a problem that not only forced the late release of the fitness wearable, but has also prompted the company to admit it will not be as water resistant as it had hoped.
Android Wear companion app for iOS allegedly close to completion
Google may be preparing to fight the Apple Watch on its home turf, by working on getting Android Wear devices to work with iOS devices. A companion app for iOS is reportedly close to being completed by Google, which in theory would allow smartwatches running Android Wear to receive notifications and interact with other apps on Apple's mobile operating system.
Reviews generally positive, with caveats on some teething issues
Reviews are starting to come in on the Apple Watch, but the overall consensus is what might have been predicted: that it is, by far, the best smartwatch in the world; that it redefines the bar for smartwatches in the same way that the iPhone did for mobile smartphones in 2007; that it makes nearly all other smartwatches look like toys. However -- much like the initial iPad reviews -- there is a lingering question of how much need there is for it.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 9, 2015
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Amazon Echo adds support for Hue, WeMo home automation systems
The Amazon Echo has been updated to include support for other connected devices. The voice-controlled device is able to make changes to the WeMo Switch, Insight Switch, and Light Switch, reports TechCrunch, with the Hue A19, Lux, BR30, Bloom, and LightStrip also supported, allowing users to verbally alter the lighting or control other devices.
Phantom 3 Professional can record 4K footage, stream live feed to YouTube
DJI's latest drone launch is a flying machine capable of recording 4K-resolution while in the air. The Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced are drones equipped with stabilized cameras, allowing it to be used for various aerial filming situations, with each able to travel at a range of up to 1.2 miles from the user over DJI Lightbridge, while also maintaining a live HD video feed for the pilot.
Venue 10 7000 aimed at business, uses Android for Work
Dell has launched a new larger version of its Venue 8 7000 Android tablet from September. The Venue 10 7000 is a premium tablet meant for business, with the slate using a 10.5-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2560x1600, though unlike its smaller stablemate, Dell is providing the option of turning it into a notebook, by using a detachable keyboard dock.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 8, 2015
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High-resolution 4K-capable Canon cameras aimed at professional market
Canon has unveiled a pair of video cameras capable of capturing 4K footage, but are located on two different ends of the market. The XC10 is a high-end video camera that will cost $2,500 when it goes on sale, while the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera is aimed at cinematographers, and is estimated by Canon to carry a hefty price tag of around $20,000 when it ships later this year.
CBS All Access streaming service heads to Roku
Broadcaster CBS has expanded the reach of its video on demand and live streaming service to Roku devices. Already available on mobile devices, CBS All Access costs $6 per month and offers live streams of local affiliates in 14 major markets, though users in other areas will still be able to watch the on demand items, including new episodes of popular shows the day after they are broadcast.
Phone calls, taptic reminders focus of model-athlete's latest blog entry
Continuing her blog series documenting her use of the Apple Watch while training for the London Marathon, model and activist Christie Turlington Burns went outside of her training routine to discuss the role of the Apple Watch in her business and social life, up to and including taking some phone calls on the device, Dick Tracy-style. She also mentioned the "hey Siri" active listening function for quick messaging, and the devices' ability to be used as an airline boarding pass.
Apple adds another 39 banks, credit unions to Apple Pay support list
With the addition of another 39 banks and credit unions, Apple now has over 180 institutions supporting its Apple Pay mobile payments system, which is currently exclusive to the iPhone 6 in retail stores, but can also be used online. The iPhone 5s, 5c, and 5 will gain Apple Pay ability at retail when used in conjunction with an Apple Watch, which goes on sale April 24. Nearly all major US banks and CUs now support Apple Pay, though there are some exceptions for some specialized debit and credit cards.
Kobo takes on premium Amazon e-book reader with cheaper alternative
Kobo is directly taking on the Amazon Kindle Voyage, by updating an earlier e-book reader with a high-resolution display. The Kobo Glo HD's 6-inch touch-enabled e-paper display has a pixel density of 300ppi, equalling Amazon's e-reader equivalent in terms of resolution, with Kobo severely undercutting the Voyage's price by pricing the Glo HD at $120.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 7, 2015
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Indoor Flir FX security camera can be reused as sports camera
Flir, the producer of the Flir One thermal camera, has launched a multi-purpose network-enabled camera. The Flir FX is primarily a security camera that is similar to Dropcam, including remote storage of footage on its cloud service, but Flir has added a number of extra features that makes it useful for other video functions, such as a dashcam for a car or as an action camera.
CEO offers employees a half-off discount on sport, steel editions
Following a suggestion from a retail employee during a meeting in Germany, Apple CEO Tim Cook has met the suggestion half way: he has decided to offer all Apple employees, including retail workers, a 50 percent discount off the cost of either aluminum "sport" version or the stainless steel version of the Apple Watch, or $550 off the cost of the 18kt gold Edition versions. The discount is only available for 90 days, starting April 10.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 6, 2015
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Android developer uncovers mystery device with 320x320 display
Motorola may be working on another Android Wear device, according to a rumor. A device claimed to have the codename "Smelt" has allegedly been spotted by an app developer, located close to Motorola's main headquarters in Chicago, with initial suggestions being that it could be a follow-up to the manufacturer's Moto 360 smartwatch, released last year.
Roku 2 hardware performance now equal to Roku 3
Roku has made some updates to its streaming set-top boxes, giving the Roku 3 and Roku 2 some small improvements. Chief among the changes is the addition of voice search to the Roku 3, allowing users to find content by pressing a dedicated button and speaking into the remote control, bringing it in line with other streamers offering the function, including the Amazon Fire TV and some Google TV devices.
Introductory, Digital Touch, Messages, Faces videos up now, more coming soon
On Friday, Apple added to the Apple Watch section of its website with a Guided Tours page that features short videos showing off some of the features of the new device, which will start appearing stores and become available for pre-order on April 10, followed by a full retail debut on April 24. A general introductory video is followed by tutorials on Faces, Digital Touch, and Messages.
Apple sets official launch time for pre-orders for 12:01AM PT
The online Apple Store updated their Apple Watch page on Friday to post the official start time for pre-orders for the device: 12:01AM PT on April 10. While not unexpected, given traditional pre-order times for iPhone and other devices, Apple had not made it official until now. Despite some initial skepticism, industry observers now believe the Apple Watch will sell well during its launch weekend, and should prove to be a modest hit, though not on the scale of devices like the iPad or iPhone.
MacNN and Electronista deals for April 2, 2015
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MacNN and Electronista deals for April 1, 2015
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Single button ordering system offered to small number of Amazon Prime subscribers at no charge
Amazon is testing out a way to simplify the ordering process for consumable and perishable consumer goods, by providing customers with single-purpose buttons. A follow up to the Amazon Dash ordering device from last year, the Amazon Dash Button is a compact unit with a single button, which can be pressed to request an order for a variety of household goods, such as washing powder, coffee, or batteries.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 31, 2015
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