Pebble Firmware version 2.5 adds iOS 8 support, emoji
A firmware update for the Pebble smartwatch range adds iOS 8 support to the device, among other new additions. Version 2.5 of the firmware also activates its compass features using its magnetometer, allowing developers access to the component, as well as reintroducing the Domo watch face and adding the ability to display emoji within notifications and messages.
SmartEyeglass adds hologram optics to Google Glass concept
The Project Morpheus virtual reality headset is not the only head-mounted device under development by Sony. The manufacturer has revealed a prototype of a headset similar to Google Glass called SmartEyeglass, though while Google's effort relies on a small screen off to the side, Sony is opting for something more ambitious, and less discrete in terms of design.
Tylt to launch iPhone 6 family of battery cases, screen protectors in glass, plastic
Ahead of the retail release of the new family of iPhone 6 smartphones, Tylt has announced that it is coming out with three new products by the end of the year for the devices. Two different screen protectors are rolling out, including a new version of the Alin screen protector. While the standard plastic version will be available for around $20, Tylt is offering a glass version for the first time for $35. Both come with an alignment tool to ensure the correct fit.
Promo video used as evidence
The Apple Watch's S1 processor appears to be paired with a Broadcom BCM4334 Wi-Fi module, says research firm Chipworks. The claim is based on an analysis of Apple's promotional video, during which viewers can briefly see the circuitboard the watch uses. Contacts near the top of the board are believed to match a BCM4334 flip-bonded directly.
MyGlass iOS update automatically synchronizes photos between Google Glass, iPhone
An update to MyGlass, the iOS Google Glass companion app, has been updated to allow users faster access to images shot using the headwear. The Next Web writes that photographs will now appear on an iPhone or iPad for editing when Photo Sync is enabled, viewable both via the app and a separate MyGlass album. The Android version of the app reportedly already has the function built in.
Company is a 'very different place,' but changing market suits Cook's management style
A hit-and-miss profile on Apple CEO Tim Cook has brought some new details to light about changes made at Apple since Cook took over in late 2011. It also confirms that the Apple Watch project was started after former CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs died, that the consolidation of hardware and software teams that led to Scott Forstall's ouster was a deliberate move by Cook, and that those who work with him have no doubts about the ability of the company to continue innovating.
New product lineup adds Dolby Atmos to HDX Fire, new Fire OS
Amazon has completely refreshed its Fire tablet line, and added two new Kindles as well. Leading the pack is a refreshed Fire HD 8.9, with HDX display with a more powerful processor, exclusive Dolby Atmos and the latest Dolby Audio, and all-new Fire OS 4 "Sangria" features and services. Also added are the Fire HD for less than $100, the Fire HD Kids Edition with a two-year replacement guarantee. The Kindle line has been buttressed by the seventh generation Kindle Voyage, and a new $79 price point Kindle with faster processor and twice the storage.
Life N Soul launches KiiTag Bluetooth item finder for iOS
Life N Soul has announced the launch of its new Bluetooth item finder, the KiiTag. Utilizing Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Technology, the KiiTag can track and locate up to 10 items within a 200-foot range. If users travel more than 200 feet away from one of their valuables, an "out of range" alert will appear on their phone. In combination with in-app purchases, the KiiTag can perform additional tasks, including sending automatic messages of the user's location in an emergency ($5), a remote camera shutter ($4), and a two-way phone finding function ($1). Available in three colors, the KiitTag item finder is priced at $20.
New printer features free content from Autodesk, 100 micron resolution
Today, Dremel introduces the Dremel 3D Idea Builder, what the company calls "the most user-friendly 3D printing experience on the market." Through a strategic partnership with Autodesk, Dremel will provide free print-ready 3D models and simple design tools, while continuing to release new design tools on the printer's suppor twebsite to coach users through the building process.
Smart thermostat ecobee3 remotely monitors multiple rooms with extra sensors
Thermostat manufacturer Ecobee has unveiled its third-generation device, the ecobee3. Much like other smart thermostats, the ecobee3 is able to work out when is the optimum time to raise or lower the temperature, though this time the unit is able to rely on a network of remote sensors to find out whether a room is occupied or not, as well as the temperature of each area.
Williams says holiday launch was possible, but bad idea
A new interview with CEO Tim Cook, lead designer Jonathan Ive, and Operations head Jeff Williams sheds some light on the development of the Apple Watch. Ive remarks that Apple first began working on the project about three years ago, and calls it "probably one of the most difficult projects I have ever worked on." The company delved into an extreme amount of research, going so far as to invite watch historians to speak at its Cupertino headquarters. "What was interesting is that it [watches] took centuries to find the wrist and then it didn't go anywhere else," Ive says. "I would argue the wrist is the right place for the technology."
System allows for local, remote monitoring of temperature information
Swaive Corporation today announced that it has developed the Swaive Thermometer, an "intelligent" Bluetooth-connected ear thermometer. The Swaive Thermometer communicates with an iPhone and iPad app that analyzes temperatures and provides vital information to monitor the health of the family, and syncs with Apple's HealthKit. All readings can be instantly shared with physicians, nurses, parents, caretakers, and spouses allowing remote monitoring of critical trends.
Update to Kindle line could have page-turning sensors in bezel
Amazon is looking to launch another e-reader in its Kindle range, according to details leaked through its German and Japanese stores. The appearance of the Kindle Voyage has also allegedly been uncovered, with an illustration from a supposed manual along with other details appearing to show the device's page turning buttons will be replaced by a new sensor in the bezels responding to light presses.
Wide compatibility offered by new lineup for home theater and elsewhere
Today, Logitech announced it is entering the home control market with new home automation product compatibility and four new products. The new Harmony Living Home lineup gives users access to and control of a wide library of entertainment and home automation devices, all from one centralized control system.
Offers many of the same tracking features as the Shine, loses the aluminum casing
Misift, the company behind the Shine fitness tracker, announced another tracker today that aims at bringing wearables to a wider audience. The Flash functions as a fitness tracker and sleep monitor, taking on the same features found in the Shine for a lower price. Where the $100 Shine was a tracker in an aluminum shell, the Flash takes a cheaper route with polyurethane and polycarbonate construction for $50.
Google reveals apps updated with support for Chromecast streaming
Owners of the Chromecast will have more choice of what to watch in future, as Google has revealed a new collection of supported apps for the streaming device. Watch Disney, Watch Disney Junior, and Watch Disney XD offer shows for children, with the iHeartRadio, Twitch, and DramaFever apps also joining the roster of Chromecast-compatible apps.
Stored cross-site scripting attack can steal stored cookies on tablet
OM-D E-M1 update adds USB tethering, extra shooting options
Olympus has revealed two changes to the OM-D E-M1 it launched last year. The company is releasing a silver-colored version of the professional-grade camera, with a pre-installed firmware upgrade which adds a number of changes to the device's software, as well as enabling more functionality from within its companion smartphone app.
Leica V-Lux, D-Lux rebranded versions of Panasonic FZ1000, Lumix LX100
Leica launched a number of other digital cameras at Photokina, alongside the M Edition 60. The Leica X and Leica X-E are high-end compact cameras, while the Leica V-Lux and Leica D-Lux are snappers best described as rebranded versions of Panasonic cameras, a process the manufacturer has undertaken a few times previously.
Battery life is critical to widespread consumer adoption of the Apple Watch
As an early adopter of all types of technology, I will be among the first to get my hands on an Apple Watch when it launches early next year. There is a lot that Apple looks to have nailed with it, including the typically elegant industrial design, advanced materials and system architecture combined with what looks to be the most evolved smartwatch OS by some margin. The multiple collections and easily swappable bands also make it highly customizable, greatly enhancing its overall appeal. However, the biggest question mark over it at this point is its battery life, which is a potential issue that could be addressed by Apple if it adopts a slightly different tact before launch.
Anniversary version of Leica M removes electronic assistance in retro camera design
Leica has unveiled a new limited-edition M-series digital camera to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Leica M3. The Leica M Edition 60 is a classically-influenced M-P Type 240-style camera which possibly takes its retro design too far, using an old-fashioned viewfinder rather than an electronic version, and replaces the typical rear display with a single ISO selector dial.
Compact Lumix LX100 capable of creating photographs from 4K video recording
Panasonic has unveiled a compact camera which uses a Micro Four Thirds sensor, one that is physically five times larger than the sensor used in the Lumix LX7. The Lumix LX100 packs in a 12.8-megapixel MOS sensor combined with a new quad-core Venus Engine processor, which the company claims helps achieve a shallow depth of field and a dramatic reduction in noise at high ISO levels.
High number of AF points gives Samsung NX1 15fps continuous shooting capability
Samsung has launched its rumored mirrorless camera at Photokina. The NX1 extends the NX range with a 28.2-megapixel BSI APS-C sensor combined with an updated NX AF System III, an autofocus system using 205 phase-detection points and 209 contrast AF points, with the camera able to perform continuous shooting at up to 15fps while tracking focus.
New interview reveals CEO still focused on TV, thinking bigger
In a new interview for the PBS Charlie Rose show, Apple CEO Tim Cook adds some small tidbits to hs previous public statements around Apple's latest products. Specifically, he reveals that the company's "great interest" in television is continuing, that the company is working on products not even "rumored about yet," and more.
Fourth-quarter LG television releases include 105-inch, 40-inch models
LG has revealed its collection of Ultra HD televisions destined to go on sale in the United States in the fourth quarter. The list of televisions, including one high-end model measuring 105-inches diagonally, is accompanied a confirmation the manufacturer's recently announced 4K-capable curved OLED televisions to the country in the coming months.
Action camera allegedly being produced by HTC
HTC may be looking into producing a camera, as it attempts to fix its financial standing, a report claims. The smartphone manufacturer is said to be working on its own action camera, similar to those produced by GoPro, with the camera believed to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing it to work with both Android and iOS devices.
Coolpix S6900 includes glamor modes, front-facing shutter button
Nikon's second camera launch of the day is a new device in its Coolpix compact camera range aimed at "selfies." The Coolpix S6900 is a 16-megapixel shooter with a wide-angle 12x optical zoom lens, with Nikon pitching it as a camera for impromptu self portraits and sharing on social networks, thanks to its display, stand, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Similar 51-point autofocus system as D810 used in D750
Nikon has unveiled a new full-frame DSLR ahead of Photokina, one that effectively replaces the D700. The Nikon D750 has a 24.3-megapixel FX sensor combined with the Expeed 4 imaging engine, the same as the D810, though its weather-sealed carbon fiber thermoplastic and magnesium alloy body gives it a weight of just 750 grams (1.6 pounds), lighter than its stablemates.
May require iOS 8, hardware upgrade in order to play true 24-bit audio files
Audio and video equipment maker Philips has debuted a new headphone set for iOS devices that offers a pair of distinct differences: it features 24-bit digital-to-analog conversion and amplification built right within the headphones, and it uses a Lightning connector rather than a standard 3.5mm connector. The Fidelio M2L headphones are said to the first to use the Lightning connector.
BeoVision Avant 85 has large 85-inch Ultra HD display, hidden soundbar
Bang & Olufsen has unveiled an Ultra HD television, following its earlier BeoVision Avant 55. The Avant 85 boasts a high-resolution 4K-capable display measuring 85 inches diagonally, with the television using a number of unique motorized stands which allow it to change the viewing angle, as well as making the set more discrete.
Works around lack of Touch ID
The Apple Watch will use a unique system to authorize NFC mobile payments, reports say. Normally, Apple Pay is authorized via Touch ID, but there's no such sensor on the Watch. Instead, when someone puts on the device for the day, they'll have to enter a PIN to authorize transactions. The sensors on the bottom of the watch can detect skin contact, and once that's lost, a person will have to re-enter their PIN.
Legal filing on Nvidia website pulled following HTC tablet name leak
Nvidia may have inadvertently confirmed the existence of a HTC-produced Nexus tablet. A legal filing by the chip producer names the tablet as the "HTC Nexus 9", something which matches earlier leaks pointing towards a tablet codenamed Flounder and the T1, with the document also suggesting it will be introduced in the next few months.
Company will continue to sell the Liftware device, will work under Google X labs
Google announced today that it acquired Lift Labs, a company that developed a "tremor-cancelling" device for people with Parkinson's Disease. The terms or amount of the deal weren't disclosed in the statement from Lift Labs, but it was said that the Liftware system would continue to be sold. Lift Labs appears to be excited to work with Google, but also recognizes that it couldn't have been in the position without the support of customers, Rock Health and the National Institutes for Health.
Current life estimated to be 'about a day'
Apple has been avoiding talk about the battery life of its first-generation Watch, and with good reason, sources claim. The people say that the company isn't happy with performance, which is currently "about a day" on a single charge. An Apple spokeswoman, Nat Kerris, admits in fact that the company expects people to charge the Watch at night.
X-T1 Graphite Silver includes Natural Live View mode, quieter electronic shutter
Fujifilm has launched a second retro-inspired camera, as a marginally-upgraded version of the X-T1 from January. The X-T1 Graphite Silver adds a triple-layer coating to the camera, giving it a graphite appearance to its weather-sealed magnesium body, with the external alterations also accompanied by a number of internal improvements on the original model.
Fujifilm X100T compact camera has unique viewfinder, retro appearance
Fujufilm has announced an update to the X100 compact camera, ahead of Photokina. The X100T is similar to its predecessor in being a premium compact camera with a fixed lens, though the shooter notably has a hybrid viewfinder with an electronic rangefinder, allowing the camera to add an overlay showing a small area to aid in keeping focus on the subject.
Dell Cast takes on Chromecast by turning Android tablet into computer
[Updated with new information, photos of Venue 8 7000, tease on Venue 10]
Dell has unveiled two new devices at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), in the guise of a new tablet and accessory. The Venue 8 7000 is an Android tablet claimed to be the world's thinnest at 6mm (0.24 inches), while the Dell Cast is the company's attempt to take on Google's Chromecast, with a version focused on productivity rather than content consumption.
Apple Watch may be first new product never seen by Jobs, Apple Pay 'incredibly safe'
In interviews with the Wall Street Journal and ABC News' David Muir, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated many of the sentiments expressed during the Tuesday press even that introduced the two new iPhone 6 models, the Apple Watch wearable and the Apple Pay mobile payments system. He also, however, had a few words in response to questions, ranging from his thoughts on Steve Jobs in the three years since his passing, and how the iPhone 6 will trigger "the mother of all upgrades."
Netflix announces availability of Post-Play feature for Google Chromecast
TV and movie streaming platform Netflix has announced that its Post-Play feature is now available for use with Google Chromecast devices. Netflix "casted" to Chromecast is now capable of playing the next episode in a TV series automatically after the end of an episode. Customers using Android or iOS devices sending content to a Chromecast dongle can utilize this function as they already have been able to when viewing Netflix on their device alone. PC support is expected to be made available in the future.
WaterField releases Spinn leather holster for iPhone 6
WaterField Designs has announced its new case for iPhone 6, the Spinn leather holster. Composed of full-grain leather, the Spinn case features a patent-pending wheel designed to keep one's headphones organized and untangled. The interior of the case is lined with scratch-free Ultrasuede for added cushioning protection, and cleans the iPhone's screen when inserted and removed from the case. Available in black, "chocolate" or "grizzly," the Spinn leather holster is can be pre-ordered now for $60 as-is, and $70 with an added belt clip. Shipping is due to begin in October.
Removal of iPod classic from range after seven years of availability
At the same time as introducing new iPhones and the Apple Watch, Apple has apparently stopped selling the iPod classic. The long-running music player is no longer visible in Apple's online store, suggesting the company has finally retired the device after seven years, and almost 13 years after the first version of the iPod went on sale.
Wide range of applications, inventive new user interface
Apple on Tuesday introduced the long-awaited "iWatch," now known as Apple Watch. The device features a scratchproof sapphire screen in its regular edition, with a new "crown" dial on the side that allows users to scroll, zoom and doubles as a "home" button. The user interface is both new and familiar, with iOS overtones but arranged in a more organic way. The device has built-in storage, six different watch bands that are interchangeable, and a new "taptic" engine that offers vibration along with sound alerts.
Smaller battery, round components found in Motorola Android Wear device
Motorola's Android Wear smartwatch is, as to be expected, difficult to repair. A teardown by iFixit showed the Moto 360 is not designed to be taken apart for maintenance at all, thanks to large amounts of glue, with the report also noting that the 320mAh battery capacity quoted by Motorola may be inaccurate, as it includes a smaller 300mAh unit.
Control4, Creston, RTI, URC work with Nest Protect, Thermostat
Nest Labs has confirmed its range of devices are compatible with a number of major home automation systems. Revealed at CEDIA, the company advised its Learning Thermostat and Protect will work with Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), and Universal Remote Control (URC) systems, with Dropcam also joining the list of companies in the Works with Nest program.
Zigbee in updated TiVo Mini could be used to connect to nearby smart appliances
Just one day after TiVo launched its high-capacity device, details of an update to the other end of the DVR range have leaked. According to a filing at the FCC, the company is preparing to launch a revision of the TiVo Mini, launched last year, and though it may include some form of wireless connectivity, it is possible it won't use a standard Wi-Fi connection.
Jawbone Up platform to work with Android Wear, Healthkit, Fitbit
Data from the Jawbone Up and Up24 fitness trackers could be used by more apps and devices in the future, courtesy of the device's new API. The company's platform, itself called Up, will be able to incorporate data from multiple devices and sources, including Fitbit, Android Wear smartwatches, and devices compatible with Apple's HealthKit.
Apple Stores, McDonalds also said to be receiving upgraded beacons, NFC terminals
Ahead of an expected announcement of an Apple-led mobile payments solution, there have been new reports that prominent retailers such as Disney Stores, McDonald's and Apple's own retail stores have joined the ranks of businesses receiving new, upgraded NFC readers and iBeacon sensors as required. The system, if successful, could offer a future alternative to the planned move to a "chip and PIN" credit- and debit-card system already widely in use in Canada and Europe.
AT&T announces cost of second year of data plan for Timex Ironman One GPS+
AT&T has announced second-year data pricing for the Timex Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch. Originally announced in August, the Timex smartwatch offers stand-alone wireless connectivity without a phone, including fitness tracking, a "Find Me Mode" safety function, and more. After the initial year of included data service, AT&T smartwatch users will need to pay $40 for the second year of data and messaging. Pre-ordering for the Timex Ironman One GPS+ is available online for $400, with the product officially available this fall.
May also involve new device partnership, such as Product (RED) promotion
Despite denials by the band themselves, The New York Times on Monday reported that the rock group will play "a significant part" in the Tuesday media event for Apple, possibly performing songs from the group's latest album and announcing some form of tie-up on one of the new devices. A previous report that the next U2 album would come pre-loaded on the next iPhone continues to be unlikely, as Apple has a long history of avoiding promotionally-motivated "bloatware."
Network appears to have been granted insider access, keeping mum for now
Apple plans on making a "groundbreaking" announcement tomorrow, alongside its introduction of new iPhones and a possible "iWatch," according to ABC News. The network plans to run a post-announcement special segment at 6:30PM in most time zones hosted by its lead anchor David Muir -- who has apparently been given special insider access to the event and what Apple has planned. The teaser trailer infers that Muir will be interviewing Apple executives, possibly including CEO Tim Cook.