We've got new games, an app that will answer your question, and a question we wish no one would ever ask again in this week's round up of the news just past. Thieves make the news as well, and no, we're not talking about Google.
You know, there's a reason why the iPhone is classified as a smartphone.
It's not because it has a touch screen or because it has more features than a flip phone. It has nothing to do with its design or LTE networking or sensors, nor is it because of its 64-bit chip. Quite frankly, it's not because of anything that it does, but rather what it can do — boundless capabilities made possible by hundreds of thousands of native apps, tiny programs running on a dedicated, independent operating system. They don't need any assistance; install them and they just work.
Back in 2007, some people questioned whether the iPhone was truly a smartphone since it lacked this basic ability, but today the term is applied much more loosely. Anything that can be controlled by an iPhone is suddenly a smart this or smart that, and we seem to have forgotten what actually makes these gadgets intelligent.
And that includes all those watches everyone keeps talking about.
So how's that iWatch coming along, anyway? MacRumors related a few facts it picked up today from The Information, which in turn reveals that Apple's long-awaited gem of wearable tech is mired under concerns about battery life, screen design, and the very process of building the device.
This year might end up being the year of the iWatch, but that isn't stopping Pebble from improving its own line of smartwatches. Today the independent developer announced the release of the Pebble Steel, which sports a (fittingly) stainless steel body and a band that comes in either leather or (yes) steel. There's even an echo of Apple products in the device as it uses the same Gorilla Glass the Cupertino manufacturer uses for its own products.
The iWatch may still be many months away (or so it seems), but those who've been enamored with Pebble's smartwatch will be happy to know that the device will be getting its own app store sometime early next year. Developers will be able to list their apps on the store, and from there Pebble owners will be able to download them to the watch itself via their iPhones.
It’s the week of updates and shutdowns, of explosions and insomnia. In short, it’s another week of the biggest news stories from the writer of Mac|Life, getting you up to date with everything you ever might have missed that you shouldn’t have. So without further ado….
Apple iWatch hopefuls, take note. Pebble, the maker of one of the few existing smartwatches that's truly worthy of note, just released an update that further demonstrates the effectiveness of the concept. Whereas previously users could only receives notifications for calls and text messages, now any kind of alert that appears on iOS's Notification Center will pop up on the device.
Lately it seems as though Samsung copies so liberally from Apple's design direction that it's hardly worth commenting on when it appears. (To be fair, the gold Galaxy was just too good to pass up.) But today the tech sphere is abuzz with the realization that Samsung's "brilliant" ad for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is almost a carbon copy of Apple's "Hello" spot for the 2007 Oscars.
It's the week of glitches, rush jobs, security breaches, and the voice behind the curtain--or at least behind the little round button we call Home. Who got hacked, who dropped the ball, and why don't levels work like they're supposed to? And did you get my text? I sent it like an hour ago….
If it seemed as though Samsung's recent Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out of nowhere for the purpose of beating Apple to the punch, a new report from Cnet suggests that this may have been the case, after all. Slammed in reviews for poor functionality, disappointing battery life, and a high price, Samsung's diminutive smart device has had a tough time of it as of late, and Cnet believes there's every indication that this shoddiness stems from a desire to rush a product from concept to shelves in a matter of months.