Microsoft has today announced an iOS app for its rebranded Beam livestreaming platform, which it is now calling Mixer. The app is called Mixer Create, and, according to MacRumors, it launches in beta today with various self-broadcasting features that help streamers keep in touch with their fans.

“We chose Mixer as our new name because it represents what we love most about the service…how it brings people together,” said Matt Salsamendi, co-founder and engineering lead for Mixer at Microsoft.

Microsoft says that following the launch of the beta today it will soon update Mixer Create to enable users to stream live iOS gameplay straight from their iPads and iPhones in a similar way to how the platform currently works on PC and Xbox One. These iOS broadcasts will then be viewable across all platforms, including the iOS app, Xbox One, and the web.

Microsoft gives the example of being able to stream Pokémon Go on iPhone via Mixer and take your viewers along with you as you hunt for Pokémon.

Sources: Meet Mixer, formerly Beam, Microsoft’s interactive livestreaming platform - The Official Microsoft Blog

Introducing "Mixer"

Microsoft Announces 'Mixer Create' iOS App for On-The-Go Live Streaming of iPhone Games

9to5 Mac reports today on a new survey out of Stanford University looking into fitness trackers that has found that the Apple Watch is the most accurate heart rate monitor, although it doesn’t fare so well at measuring calories.

The study saw 60 participants wearing different fitness trackers such as the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S2, MIO Alpha 2, Microsoft Band, Fitbit Surge, among others. The participants all wore the fitness trackers when doing various types of exercise, including running, biking, and walking.

The results were then compared with the “gold standard” of tracking, which includes such methods as the electrograph for heart rate monitoring and the indirect calorimeter for tracking calories burned.

The tests found that the Apple Watch was the most accurate heart rate monitor, with a median error rate of 2%. The Samsung Gear S2 was the least accurate, with a median error rate of 6.8%. The study also found that cycling had the lowest error rates and walking had the highest error rates.

As far as energy expenditure tracking was concerned, it seems that none of the tested fitness trackers were able to be anything like as accurate as any of the comparable clinical grade indirect calorimeters. The Apple Watch was found to be the most consistent of the trackers tested in terms of energy expenditure tracking, but, with an error rate of almost 40%, it was only the third most accurate tracker, with the Fitbit Surge coming top with a 27% error rate and the Microsoft Band in third place with approximately 33% error rate.

Source: New study finds Apple Watch to be most accurate at measuring heart rate, calorie tracking subpar

Following its recent soft launch in Italy, the Pokémon Company has today released Magikarp Jump to the app store.

The free-to-play game gives the hapless Magikarp its own time to shine in its own game where the player gets to catch, train, feed and develop Magikarp and turn them into the highest jumper in a bid to become the League Champion.

Should your trusty Magikarp get knocked out or retire when it reaches Lv. 20, you’ll have to start all over again and catch and rear another prize Magikarp. However, you won’t have to start entirely from scratch, as each new Magikarp you catch will be a little stronger than the previous one.

Magikarp doesn’t get the glory all to itself, however, as during the game other Pokémon, such as Pikachu, will turn up to help you out, with some giving your Magikarp food, for example.

The better your Magikarp perform in jumping tournaments, the more commemorative photos of your feats you’ll receive to share online with your friends.

Just as with Pokémon Go, the game is free-to-play but has in-app purchases where you can buy various items to speed up training, replenish food stock, and to help you catch more Magikarp, as well as accessories with which to decorate your Magikarp’s habitat.

Click here to download for free: Pokémon: Magikarp Jump on the App Store

Source: The Pokémon Company

According to a new report from DigiTimes, via AppleInsider, Apple is said to have ordered a small batch of micro LED screens from Taoyuan, Taiwan, in order to evaluate them for possible use in future Apple products.

The catalyst for the move is said to be Apple’s acquisition of LuxVue in May 2014, after which it gained personnel and technology from the company, which is thought to have been responsible for some Google Glass technology, as well as holding the patent for a touch display with embedded sensing technology, prior to it being transferred to Apple.

Even if this story proves to be accurate, there’s no way of knowing when we might see the results on an Apple product.

The main benefits of Micro LED screens are that they have better contrast, faster response times, and use less energy in comparison with LCD screens. They tend to be used for smartwatch displays and smartphones.

Source: Apple rumored to have ordered small batch of Micro LED screens for testing

AppleInsider reports that Benjamin Geskin has posted new 10.5-inch iPad Pro renders online that are said to be “100% confirmed” to be based on the dummy models of the type that are officially provided to case manufacturers in China prior to the launch of an Apple device in order to enable the manufacturers to make correctly sized cases.

Geskin’s renders actually have the home button added, as the dummy models do not include the home button, even though it will be included in the actual tablet when it is officially released. The same goes for the Smart Connector.

The renders show that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will have a bezel that is 7mm at the side and 19mm at the top and bottom. The tablet itself is around 10.3 inches tall, 7.1 inches wide, and 0.25 inches thick, with three microphones, one in the upper middle and two on the top. It’s also expected that, as has been widely reported, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will have four speakers.

Source: New renders of Apple's 10.5" iPad Pro demonstrate thin bezels, microphone placement
Microsoft is currently holding a special event in Shanghai, China, where Microsoft's corporate vice-president of Devices, Panos Panay, has just announced the completely redesigned new Surface Pro, which Microsoft says is “upgraded, versatile, and exceptionally powerful, with iconic Surface design.”

The “beautifully crafted” new device is “the lightest, the best sounding, the fastest…the quietest,” Surface Pro, according to the launch video from Microsoft. It has 13.5 hours of battery life, which is 50% more than a Surface Pro 4 and 35% more than an iPad Pro. LTE Advanced, Windows Hello, a “next generation” hinge, and Studio Mode. Microsoft says that the LTE Advanced will be available "in units shipping later this year," and according to The Verge, these models will support micro SIM and eSIM and will cost slightly more than the non-LTE models.

Continue Reading @ Microsoft Announces New Surface Pro at Shanghai Event


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