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One whole year after Apple announced HomeKit the first products that can be used with it have arrived. Engadget writes that the first wave of products are by Lutron and Insteon, with other manufacturers such as Elgato, Ecobee, and iHome about to bring out their own products for HomeKit.
Once all the products are on the market, you should be able to have a HomeKit system with programmable lights, plugs, energy and climate sensors, thermostats, and so on. That’s the whole point of Apple’s HomeKit standard, to enable a wide array of different devices to work together, with the homeowner being able to control it all from their iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, and also have the means to use voice control via Siri.
Lutron’s Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge gives you control of the lights, shades...
It turns out that the Apple Watch is a much bigger success than anyone would have guessed. In fact, it will end up as Apple's most successful initial product launch in the history of the company. According to the gathered data, Apple received 7 million orders in total and shipped 2.5 million watches so far. Analytics suggest that Apple will likely deliver about 5 million Apple Watches by the end of the quarter, which is twice what was predicted by numerous market research firms.
Here are a few statistics to help put into perspective just what a blockbuster start the Apple Watch had:
The first iPod sale in 2001 started off with only 125,000 units in its first quarter
When the iPhone launched in 2007, Apple initially sold just 1.1 million units
In 2010, Apple launched the iPad whose...
Apple's 2015 WWDC will kickoff with a keynote on next Monday, and you will be able to follow the live stream, just as it happened in previous editions. According to recent reports, the company is expected to unveil a new music streaming service and a revamped iTunes Radio service, among others.
Now, fresh intel coming from well-connected Recode publication suggests that Apple won't be releasing its rumored subscription TV service next week. Peter Kafka with the publication says the following:
"The Cupertino technology company has told network executives the planned unveiling will be postponed because Apple has yet to finalize the licensing deals. Industry executives predict Apple’s Web TV offering may not launch until later this year, or in 2016. Technology and money issues remain...
Tech Crunch reports that Apple has made several changes to the way in which apps are organized and featured in the App Store. Apple has quietly got rid of some of the algorithmically generated lists that highlighted new and popular titles, such as the “New,” “What’s Hot,” and “All iPhone (Free & Paid).”
Instead, editorially curated lists are now the focal point, being introduced for the first time ever in the Games apps section.
Tech Crunch says that the “All iPhone (Free & Paid)” section was most likely removed due to the practice of some app developers giving their games titles beginning with “AAA” so that their apps could appear first on the list.
The new categories now featured in the App Store include “Best New Games” and “All-Time Greats,” which are all compiled by Apple...
According to The Wall Street Journal, via MacRumors, Apple is set to debut its much vaunted streaming music service at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8, when it will also be launching the new version of iTunes Radio.
The new Beats-based service will cost $10 per month, for which you’ll get unlimited on-demand streaming. Unlike Spotify, there will be no free-to-listen service, just the flat $10 fee.
Apple will also be offering free music via its revamped iTunes Radio, which will have several new channels that have been created by various DJs (including Zane Lowe, who recently left BBC Radio in order to work with Apple) who will also be hosting their curated shows.
The Wall Street Journal says that the radio push is aimed mainly at listeners outside of the US, with both...
MacRumors reports today that a video message sent by Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts to the company’s retail employees has been obtained by 9to5 Mac.
In the video Ahrendts talks about the forthcoming Apple retail store launch of the Apple Watch, and tells employees to be “above and beyond ready” for the launch. Apple’s VP of retail operations, Jim Bean, was seen telling the retail store employees about a forthcoming new “Reserve and Pickup” feature.
Customers will be able to use the Reserve and Pickup feature to check with the Apple Online store every day at 8:00 a.m. local time to see if the Apple Watch that they want to buy is in stock at their local store. If the chosen watch is available, the customer can then reserve the watch and choose when they want to pick it up. Apple...
The big news this morning is slightly off topic, but is highly relevant to tech fans. Microsoft just officially announced the release date for Windows 10. That date is July 29th. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for folks who currently own a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or higher.
For anyone who needs/wants to purchase a retail copy of Windows 10, the pricing info on the regular retail version of the OS was accidentally leaked by Newegg prior to Microsoft's official announcement. As you can see in the image above, the Home version will be a bit more than previous editions of Windows Home, as it clocks in at $109.99. The Pro version will be a bit cheaper than some of the older editions, however. It is priced at $149.99.
Of course, this info was leaked prior to the Microsoft...
Before the Apple Watch launched there was much speculation as to how much of a distraction it would be when driving, and also how using an Apple Watch behind the wheel would be viewed by the authorities in those countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom where using mobile devices when driving is banned.
Well now we have the answer, with Phone Arena reporting that a driving in Quebec, Canada, has been fined $120 with four points on his license for using his Apple Watch when driving.
Jeffrey Macesin (pictured) told CTV News that when he was stopped by the Quebec police he was using the Apple Watch to scroll through songs, with his iPhone safely (or so he thought) stowed away in his bag. The police officers found him in breach of section 439.1 of the Quebec Highway Safety Code,...
Sometimes when Apple buys a company (like Beats Audio) it's a high profile acquisition covered heavily by all of the mainstream media. Of course, sometimes they will purchase smaller companies to improve their talent pool and gobble up new technological ideas. We have a prime example of the later to share with you guys today.
The above video is just one of three from a company called Metaio. Apple just purchased this company because of their extensive work in the field of Augmented Reality. Metaio shared three total videos (all shown in the thread below) showcasing their work in this field, and we can see why Apple decided to acquire them. Their concept is impressive!
Yesterday, during its annual I/O conference, Google has unveiled its new Photos cloud storage service which puts to danger its competition. Available for iOS, Android and through a web app, as well, the new service lets users upload as many images and videos as they want, totally for free. So, this means that you get free unlimited storage, which is quite a feat!
The single restriction is that Google Photos will only allow images up to 16 megapixels to be stored at full resolution while those taken in higher resolutions will be compressed, without affecting the image quality. The same goes for videos, and you can upload clips up to 1080p, while those with a higher-resolution will be downsampled. Those who have a paid Google Drive account can choose to store their photos and videos in...
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