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Here's a spooky treat to distract your imagination on this Monday morning. It's too bad it's not Halloween because this scary ghost game would be perfectly timed for that holiday. What we found is a new crowd-finding campaign for some folks planning on developing a slick new Augmented Reality concept for iOS.
The idea is that they can overlay ghosts and ghouls on to your iPad or iPhone display right in your own home! The way the game works is you just turn off all of the lights, then fire up the game on your iPhone or iPad and the AR engine will take care of the scares!
The presentation from the developers seems a little cheesy, but if they can pull off what they are intending in the game, then we could see the future of Augmented Reality entertainment (or at least one genre of it)....
AppleInsider reports today that the designers of Reserve Strap battery bands for the Apple Watch have revealed that the small diagnostic port that is hidden behind one of the watch’s lugs can actually be used to charge the watch.
“Our engineers have been able to independently confirm that the 6-pin diagnostic port underneath the Apple Watch case can be used for charging,” said the designers.
This has not as yet been confirmed by Apple, and it’s not known if Apple will modify the port so that it can’t be used to charge the watch in future.
AppleInsider says that if Apple does decide to allow the port to live, as it were, and let the designers continue to make such products as the Reserve Strap, it could pave the way for Apple to introduce a “Made for Apple Watch” accessories program,...
AppleInsider has some exclusive news on the forthcoming 12.9-inch iPad today, directly from a source familiar with Apple’s plans. Aside from confirming the existence of the larger iPad, the source also said that it would have several features that would be totally new to the iPad range.
In particular, the source said that the 12.9-inch iPad would have an NFC radio, which could possibly mean that the so-called “iPad Pro” could be used as a payment-receiving terminal for Apple Pay. It’s unlikely that the larger tablet will get the tap-to-pay feature, however.
NFC appearing for the first time in an iPad could also make for easier pairing with accessories.
The same source also reported that the larger iPad will have a new touch screen with improved touch latency, designed especially...
As successful as the Apple Watch launch has been, no launch is without a few snags, and the Apple Watch is no exception. We’ve already had band-gate and tattoo-gate, and now, according to MacRumors, we have digital-crown-gate.
The digital crown is situated on the side of the watch and is the main input method for the watch other than touch.
Apparently, several Apple Watch owners on the MacRumors forums and Apple’s official support pages have been having problems with the digital crown getting stuck and becoming hard to turn. Some of those owners have explained that the crown feels stuck at first, and then loosens when turned, whereas others say that it is difficult to turn at all times.
“You just feel that it’s sticky at first as if there was a bit too much friction,” said one user....
BGR reports today that IHS iSuppli has provided some new estimates about how much the Apple Watch costs Apple to make, revealing that the Apple Watch Sport costs approximately $83.70 to make, which represents 24% of the suggested retail price of $349.
“It is fairly typical for a first-generation product rollout to have a higher retail price versus hardware cost,” said IHS Technology analyst Kevin Keller. “While retail prices always tend to decrease over time, the ratio for the Apple Watch is lower than what we saw for the iPhone 6 Plus and the other new Apple products, and that could be of great benefit to Apple’s bottom line if sales match the interest the Apple Watch has generated.”
BGR says that the profit margins will be even higher for Apple on the stainless steel Apple Watch...
A few days ago we shared several torture test videos which aimed to see just how tough the new Apple Watch really is. While we applaud these brave/rich folks for doing what we would not dare in the name of "science/entertainment," these latest three videos have us scratching our heads. We wonder if there is such a thing as going too far when torturing new tech gadgets.
While we can see the relative value in running the Apple Watch through a gauntlet of tests which it might actually face in a real-world environment, this latest series of videos we found simply want to destroy the gadget. Perhaps there is some entertainment value to be had, and we must admit that despite our reservations we were still fascinated enough to watch these videos. Because of that we figured we would share...
Yesterday we reported a story that seemed almost unbelievable. Supposedly, the Heart Rate sensor on the Apple Watch could have its functionality negatively impacted by the presence of a tattoo on your skin underneath the watch. There's even a video presentation of the problem which we have shown above.
It turns out this isn't some weird voodoo magic, and has actually been confirmed by Apple themselves. They recently updated their Apple Watch landing page and included a description of the problem. Here's what they said,
Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.
Apple also shared several...
Jalopnik reports that Honda has released an app in Japan for the Apple Watch, which shows you data when you are driving including the reading on your odometer, how far you’ve travelled, or your cruising range.
The app is in both English and Japanese, but is only available in the Japanese iTunes store.
The app has seven functions, including the aforementioned three, as well as a fuel efficiency score, parking, another cruising range feature that tells you how long before you have to get more gas before you even start driving, arrival information that provides information about your journey distance and length of time it took, and a timer that tells you how long you’ve been away from your vehicle, which could be handy if you’re parked on a meter.
No word from Jalopnik as to whether...
Whether you are one of the lucky few who have already received your Apple Watch, or are still waiting for it to come to your doorstep, we have a treat which you might find handy. We decided to share a number of tips & tricks for the new Apple super-device. Some of these are actually hidden features, so there may be something surprising for even the most experienced new user.
Of course, this list is not meant to be exhaustive, so feel free to sound off and share any cool features you have figured out with the Apple Watch. Here are just a few suggestions below:
Launch apps with Siri - This one is the most obvious, but it still bears mentioning. It can be tough for those with large or thick fingers to tap on the tiny app icons on the Apple Watch. Because Apple knew that we all have...
We have some breaking news regarding the Apple Watch.
It turns out there is a reason Apple had such a limited rollout of the Apple Watch. They apparently found a faulty key component within the Apple Watch manufacturing from one of their suppliers. This faulty part was the taptic engine that gives the user physical feedback on their wrist when a notification activates on the device.
According to the source of this report, only Apple's Chinese supplier, AAC Technologies, had the problem with the faulty component, but this was enough of an issue that Apple had to limit the release of the watch until the issue can be resolved. We will share more details when they are revealed.
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