MacNN and Electronista deals for March 30, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post when the staff of MacNN and Electronista take a moment to search retailers for offers, discounts, and other items for you, our beloved readers. Today, we wipe the slate clean of older deals, with the new deals including hefty discounts on Sony noise-cancelling headphones, a $65 Canon multifunction laser printer, and a sub-$400 30-inch display.
Nest thermostat owners in UK complain about British Summer Time glitch
Owners of the Nest thermostat in the United Kingdom are complaining about a glitch where the device fails to respect this weekend's change to British Summer Time. Posts on the Nest support forums spotted by The Register note that the thermostat does recognize the change in time, but the schedule effectively does not take it into effect, with changes being performed one hour later than intended. While Nest works to fix the issue, one user has managed to get around the problem by changing the thermostat's settings, temporarily relocating it in software to Belgium.
Second-generation Pebble smartwatch is most-funded Kickstarter project
Pebble has finished its second crowdfunding campaign for its second generation of smartwatch, with the Pebble Time bringing in more than $20.3 million in funding from over 78,000 backers on Kickstarter. The final total makes the Pebble Time the most-funded Kickstarter campaign ever, eclipsing the original device's $13.4 million haul from two years ago.
MacNN and Electronista daily deals for March 27, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, our regular look at the discounts, offers, sales, and other money-saving items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, we recap the still-active deals from over the last week, as well as introducing new items, including a cheap Disney Infinity entry point, a Microsoft Xbox One to play it on, and 3TB WD Red hard drives.
Standalone LTE smartwatch uses WebOS, has premium pricing
LG is going to be putting the LTE-equipped version of the Watch Urbane on sale in its native South Korea later this week. The stylish smartwatch, initially revealed by the manufacturer last month, is able to run as a standalone device thanks to its cellular connection, allowing it to make and receive calls and messages, and also receive app notifications, all without being connected to a smartphone.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 26, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, our regular look at the discounts, offers, sales, and other money-saving items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, we recap the still-active deals from over the last week, as well as introducing new items, including Sol Republic Master Tracks headphones, a $40 Linksys router, and OCZ Vertex SSD storage.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 25, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we, the staff of MacNN and Electronista, search online retailers for discounts and savings on general tech, gadgets, and software, for our discerning readers. Today, we recap the still-active deals from earlier this week, with the new deals including $100 off the iPad Air 2, an external 750GB drive for $35, and a 49-inch LG 4K TV for less than half price.
Apple TV gains three additional channels amid talk of fall revamp
On Tuesday, Apple added three channels to its ever-expanding Apple TV lineup, bringing Young Hollywood, Tastemade, and TED to current-generation (black) Apple TV boxes. The TED app channel brings access to over 2,000 lectures and performances, with existing TED members able to sign in and sync viewing and watch lists across devices, as well as bringing the personalized "lean back" autoplay feature to the Apple TV.
Fire TV range adds external USB storage support, hidden PIN entry
Amazon has made a number of changes to its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick media streamers, as part of a software update. Changes to the devices, including the notable addition of support for external USB drives for extra local storage, come just in time before the retailer releases the Fire TV Stick in the United Kingdom, six months after the Fire TV shipped in the country.
Graduation from Google X does not mean project closure, Google chairman advises
Google has not put to rest its Glass headset project, as the technology is "too important to scrap," executive chairman Eric Schmidt claims. The graduation of the Glass Explorer Program from Google X Labs in January with the team reporting to Nest's Tony Fadell was performed to make Google Glass "ready for users" and to expedite its eventual general release.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 23, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl the Internet for price cuts, discounts, and offers on hardware and software for you, our discerning readers. Today, the deals slate has been cleaned of old offers, with the new list including a Razer mechanical keyboard, Samsung 4K televisions, and the Lenovo Flex 2 notebook.
Combination of larger screens, Apple Pay, Apple Watch intriguing Android users
Investment firm Cowen and Company has opted to raise its year-end target price on Apple stock to $135 following a survey it conducted with existing smartphone owners around the world. After polling some 3,000 people in various regions, the firm discovered that 25 percent of all iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus sales are coming from Android switchers, who are persuaded not just by the larger displays.
BlackBerry Leap heads to FCC for possible US launch
The BlackBerry Leap has made its way to the FCC, with regulatory listings hinting at availability of the smartphone in the United States later than in Europe. Crackberry notes that the short-term confidentiality agreement in the filing expires on May 4, long after the European launch in April, and though it isn't definitive, it certainly suggests the smartphone will go on sale in the US either on that date or shortly after.
New blog update from model and athlete ties training to Apple Watch
As promised, Apple has posted an update on the blog for model, athlete, and activist Christy Turlington Burns as she prepares for the London Marathon, having only recently completed the Kilimanjaro Half Marathon in Tanzania. In the entry, Burns noted that after two week at home in New York, she flew to London to begin the training, and "put the Modular face on my Apple Watch right away" to get more at-a-glance information.
Apple employees used as health, fitness test subjects for Watch, HealthKit
In an unusual move for the normally-secretive company, Apple has allowed ABC News crews access to a previously top-secret heath and fitness lab that was designed to test and improve the Apple Watch. A report on the facility, which aired on Nightline on Friday, showed the nondescript building where the company created its full gym and testing facility, centered around activity.
New device will be available for try-ons, reservations at Apple Stores on April 10
As Apple has previously stated, the Apple Watch will get its first large-scale public debut beginning April 10, when potential buyers or the idly curious can visit their nearest Apple Store to check out the new device in person, and perhaps to place a reservation for a unit that will be available beginning April 24. Employees will take up to 15 minutes per customer to help those interested try on, learn to use, and educate buyers about the new device.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 19, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour the Internet's major retailers to uncover the finest price cuts and discounts on technology and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of deals from earlier in the week is accompanied by a swathe of new additions, including a GoPro Hero4 bundle, the SteelSeries Stratus, and an extremely cheap memory upgrade.
Luxury market singled out by trio, first units expected end 2015
Tag Heuer, Google and Intel have announced a partnership to launch a Swiss smartwatch, powered by Intel technology and Android Wear. The trio of companies working on the new Android Wear device call the effort "a new era of collaboration between Swiss watchmakers and Silicon Valley, bringing together each company's respective expertise in luxury watchmaking, software and hardware."
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 18, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day when we compile a list of discounts and sales on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside our regular recap of still-active deals from earlier this week, we have LG's 40-inch 4K Smart TV, an extremely cheap RAVPower external battery, and some JBL over-ear headphones.
Google accepts registrations for developer conference lottery draw
Google has started to accept registrations for its Google I/O developer conference, set to take place on May 28 and 29 in San Francisco. Until 5pm PT tomorrow (8pm ET), potential Google I/O attendees can sign up on the website and placed into a lottery. Applicants selected at random will then be asked to pay $900 or $300 for a general or academic ticket.
Apple hints that Apple Watch has received FCC approval
Apple on Tuesday removed disclaimer language from its Apple Watch web page, signalling that it has obtained approval for sale of the device in at least the US, if not all the major countries where Apple is currently planning to launch the Apple Watch at retail beginning April 24. The Watch will be available for preview and pre-ordering -- but not for sale -- at Apple Stores beginning April 10 in select countries.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 17, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers to find offers and discounts on hardware and software for you, our discerning readers. Today, we recap the still-active deals from yesterday, with the new deals including an Asus notebook for $350, a Dell mono laser all-in-one printer for $70, and a 1TB notebook hard drive for $50.
Company building facility devoted to Apple Watch inside Tokyo department store
In a previously-unannounced move, Apple is creating a store dedicated to just selling the Apple Watch (and accessories) as part of an existing upscale department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The "store-within-a-store," borrowing from previous Apple retail concepts, could be come a permanent display for the fashionable Apple Watch if sales merit it. The department store, Isetan, is placing the mini-shop near its main entrance.
Our panel still talking about 'Spring Forward' event ramifications
The MacNN Podcast episode six is now available (later than normal -- sorry about that), and this week we looked at the new MacBook and weigh up its pros and cons; talk about Apple Watch pricing and some new details that have come out since last Monday; delve into ResearchKit, which is already making big waves in the medical community; discuss Samsung's Galaxy S6 and the line's fading status as an "iPhone killer" (though still likely to be a very successful competitor); and get into the actual meat of the FCC's net neutrality and Title II proposal.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 16, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the time of the day when we search the Internet for discounts and offers on a variety of hardware, software, and gadgetry for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's post has wiped the slate clean of older deals, meaning that all the ones listed are brand new deals waiting for your attention, including some JBL headphones, external storage from LaCie, and a discounted iPad Air.
SecuTablet uses hardware from Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
BlackBerry's enterprise partnership with Samsung and IBM has resulted in the launch of new hardware. The SecuTablet is a mobile device that borrows the physical design and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 combined with BlackBerry's SecuSuite software, with the company claiming it to be secure enough for national and international public sector markets and enterprise.
Drone videos on YouTube may be considered as commercial use by FAA
Owners of drones flying with cameras may need to be careful what they do with their footage after the flight. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has sent a cease and desist letter to one drone user, ordering Jayson Hanes to stop posting videos taken from flights to YouTube, as the administration believed that these classed the drone flight itself as "commercial use."
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 12, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista search online retailers for offers and discounts on hardware and software for you, our discerning readers. Today's recap of deals from earlier this week that are still available are joined by a unique Bluetooth speaker, an external 5TB drive from Seagate, and a 34-inch high-resolution LG monitor
Turn your iOS devices into a smart remote
Universal controllers for entertainment systems have been around for a while, but a basket full of remotes is still a common fixture in many homes. The Pronto smart remote is here to replace all of those remotes with an iOS app and a little black monolith. With the Peel iOS app, the user connects to the Pronto via Bluetooth and sends out infrared (IR) commands to various entertainment system components in the room. We liked the ability to reduce multiple controllers down to a single app on a device we usually have on hand while we're watching TV anyway, but it wasn't without its issues.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 11, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we collect together discounts and offers on tech and gadgetry for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Our usual recap of still-active deals from earlier this week is accompanied by new additions including a wireless smart plug, 808 Audio headphones, and a GoPro Hero 4 action camera
Stylus SH-2 has same five-axis stabilization, 16MP sensor as SH-1
Olympus has launched an update to the Stylus SH-1 it revealed last year, with relatively few changes. The Stylus SH-2 compact camera has the same classic retro stylings as its predecessor, as well as a similar 16-megapixel sensor combined with the TruePic VII image processor and a 24x optical zoom providing a 35mm equivalent of 25mm to 600mm, but this time Olympus has added more functions related to night photography.
Storage on Watch limited to 2GB for music, 75MB for photos
Some further details on Apple's new Watch device have come out that were not mentioned during the public presentation on Monday, one of which is a detail that further points out how unlike most technology devices the Apple Watch really is: the device actually has very little room for standalone storage. As we reported prior to the event, the Apple Watch (all versions) has just 8GB of independent storage, with only 2GB available for music and just 75MB allocated for photos. The rest, presumably, is for the operating system and apps.
Report claims scrolling via wrist flicks on the way for Android Wear devices
The next software update for Android Wear could introduce Wi-Fi support to supported smartwatches, according to a report. Smartwatches running the operating system may be able to work without relying on a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone in the future, along with gesture controls and some tweaks to the user interface to make navigation easier.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 10, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where we scour the Internet for promotions, discounts, and offers for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside a recap of still-active deals from yesterday, today's new additions include an Intel Xeon-based barebones server from HP, a 128GB Corsair flash drive, and the Logitech G600 gaming mouse.
New mechanical switch device brings USB 3.0, oversized volume control wheel
Mechanical keyboard manufacturer Metadot today announced the new Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac, its most significant keyboard update for Mac users since the Model S. Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac is engineered with a refined vibration-less enclosure, held together with hex screws, and boasts an oversized HiFi-inspired volume knob to enhance the desktop experience by helping to control multimedia through the Mac-specific keyboard.
Marvell first silicon vendor to offer the SDK, drivers for chipset for Apple's IoT
Chip manufacturer Marvell today announced that it is the industry's first silicon vendor to develop a fully-supported SDK for HomeKit. HomeKit from Apple is a framework in iOS 8 for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in a user's home. Marvell's SDK for HomeKit is available on its EZ-Connect Internet of Things (IoT) Platform, including Marvell's 88MC200 microcontroller and Avastar 88W801 Wi-Fi system-on-chip (SoC).
Our staff weighs in on the highs, lows and 'what the?' moments
Today's "Spring Forward" event in San Francisco lived up to the hype, generally, with strong performances from the Apple executive team, richer demonstrations of the Apple Watch and more importantly, the diversity of apps that will be available for it, and a somewhat-surprising return of the MacBook consumer notebook, which is likely to displace the MacBook Air in time. Apple also brought out the unexpected ResearchKit, and cut the price of the Apple TV. We asked some of our staff for their thoughts.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 9, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista find offers and discounts for you, our discerning readers. After wiping the slate clean for a new week, today's deals include a 32-inch Sceptre HDTV for under $200, a dual-band gigabit Netgear router, and 3TB Western Digital hard drives.
CEO Tim Cook reveals details, apps for Apple's latest hardware category
On Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives spent the majority of their time during the press event held today talking about the forthcoming Apple Watch. The company finally iterated pricing for the device, one of the biggest mysteries concerning the debut, by saying the Sport version would start at $349 ($399 for the men's model), while the regular model would begin at $549 to $1,040 ($50 more for the 42mm men's watch size), and the deluxe Edition version, which features a solid 18-karat gold body, would be available from $10,000. The Apple Watch will officially open for pre-orders at retail on April 10, and demos are available at Apple Stores. It will debut on April 24 at retail.
Drones banned from Royal Parks of London by Secretary of State
Drones have been banned from being flown in eight Royal Parks of London. Signs advising of the ban "by order of the Secretary of State" have appeared in the parks, reports the Daily Mail, predominantly near to important buildings such as Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. While there is apparently speculation that it is an anti-terrorism measure, a Royal Parks spokesperson advises that the drones "can have a very negative impact on the wildlife in the parks and interfere with the safety and comfort of park visitors."
High-speed charging of rumored smartwatch undercuts current charging periods
Chinese smartphone producer Oppo may be joining the smartwatch market with its own device, with an interesting power system. The manufacturer is apparently going to counter the woeful day-long battery life that currently plagues smartwatches by making the recharging process as quick as possible, with claims that Oppo has managed to get this down to as short as five minutes.
Some of the best -- and worst -- trends in tech this week
The MacNN Podcast is now up to episode five, and this week we looked at the new Microsoft Office 2016 preview; the disturbing trend of legitimate app makers inserting adware (or worse) into their apps to make a few extra bucks; the news from last week's Mobile World Congress, including the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge; our favorite reviewed apps of the week, and more news about Monday's public debut of the Apple Watch.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 6, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we place discounts and offers on hardware and software we find in online stores for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside our last recap of the week's still-active deals before they disappear, we have a Sony 4k AV receiver, a driveless QNAP network attached storage appliance, and a few inexpensive Windows laptops.
Flexible tablet good for everyday use, soured by design decisions
Lenovo is building a bigger name for itself year after year, including its devices expanding beyond desktop computers. The company's line of stylish, portable devices continues with one of its newest tablets, the Yoga Tablet 2. The 10.1-inch, Android-powered tablet continues the trend set by other Yoga devices, allowing users to position it in several configurations to suit specific needs. But does the Yoga Tablet 2 hold up to everyday use, or is it just another drop in the bucket for Android devices? Find out in our review.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 5, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where discounts, sales, and offers for various gadgets, gizmos, hardware, and software are listed for you, the dear MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we recap the still-active deals from earlier this week, with the new items including a 40-inch HDTV, a $25 dual-band wireless router, and $20 off the Amazon Kindle.
Action camera from Xiaomi records 1080p at 60fps
Not content with making mobile devices, Chinese smartphone producer Xiaomi revealed a new action camera at Mobile World Congress. The Xiaomi Yi is a compact camera in a similar style to GoPro Hero devices, taking the form of a small unassuming white box, with the device offering a 16-megapixel camera sensor capable of 1080p H.264 video recording at 60 frames per second.
SF's Yerba Buena Center gains Apple signage for the 'Spring Forward' event
Crews are putting up banners, signs, and other decorations to transform the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco into an Apple auditorium for the March 9 "Spring Forward" event, where Apple is expected to offer a general update on its various initiatives as well as formally debut the Apple Watch, which will arrive in stores some time in April. As reported earlier, Apple is also building on an extension to the center that will likely serve as a showcase room for the press to try out the new Apple Watch.
Steam Link home streaming device, virtual reality hardware announced at GDC
Valve Software made a considerable number of announcements at the Game Developers Conference, just as it advised, concerning both hardware and software development. The company's Source 2 engine was revealed, alongside a new set-top box for in-home streaming called the Steam Link, Steam Machine updates, and more about its recently-unveiled virtual reality efforts.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 4, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals the post where we search for offers and discounts on a variety of computer hardware, gadgets, games, and other technology for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Aside from a recap of still-active deals, today's new additions include the Wacom Cintiq 13HD, $200 off a 55-inch RCA HDTV, and a Sony Action Camera for $150.
Latest PlayStation 4 VR headset prototype has bigger OLED screen
Sony is bringing its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset to consumers in the first half of 2016, the company has advised at the Game Developer Conference. Sony has also revealed a new prototype for the VR headset at the event, with the device exchanging the five-inch LCD panel used in the previous version for an OLED-based 1080p screen measuring 5.7 inches.