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Apple’s smart home will be limited at first

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When the news of Apple’s Smart Home dropped, you may have had grand dreams of controlling every aspect of your house with your iPhone.

You may just want to hold off on those plans, as new reports indicate that the abilities of Apple’s Smart Home, at launch, will be limited. Read more »

Microsoft’s smartwatch may be compatible with Android and iOS

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There have been murmurs and mumblings about Microsoft’s smartwatch which has reportedly been in development since last year, and a new report indicates that the Seattle-based tech giant may make their upcoming wearable play nice with multiple platforms.

Big M’s smartwatch will purportedly work with Windows Phones, as well and Android and iOS devices and will also measure your heart rate and push the data to your handset of choice. Read more »

Uber app may come pre-installed on AT&T phones

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Uber’s social car service has become wickedly popular in a short amount of time and it seems like the company is always expanding.

In a move to get even more exposure and have more people know about Uber, the company has teamed up with AT&T to pre-install its app on the wireless provider’s smartphones. Read more »

NFL Now coming to Kindle Tablets and Roku

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Internet streaming services have been steadily changing the way people watch movies and TV shows. But what about Sports? If you want to catch the game, at least, in the US, you’ll have to resort to a television provider.

Well the NFL announced that they would be launching their own online viewing service, NFL now. The service won’t offer live game streams from the get go, but it will offer replays and other personalized fan experiences for users. The service will be available on Kindle tablets and Roku devices from the first day it is launched. Read more »

Samsung unveils Simband and SAMI health trackers

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Fitness tracking on mobile devices aren’t anything new. Manufacturers have found interesting ways for you to track your weight loss and exercise progress. The new Galaxy S5 even has a built-in heart rate monitor. But it looks like Samsung has upped the ante with its new Simband and SAMI platform.

In conjunction, SAMI and the Simband from Samsung provide a fairly comprehensive, real-time update of your health status; it’s almost like being hooked up to a health monitor at a hospital 24/7. Hit the jump and you’ll be surprised by just how granular the Korean-tech manufacturer has gotten and its plans for the Simband. Read more »

Apple says iCloud security was not breached in Australia and New Zealand hack attacks

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Yesterday Apple users across Australia and New Zealand were hacked away from their iDevices. Apparently their iCloud accounts have been hacked by people hiding behind the pseudonym Oleg Pliss and thus the connected iDevices were locked remotely.

Today Apple has issued a statement claiming this has nothing to do with any iCloud breach. The people who lost their Apple IDs to Oleg Pliss were simply using the same email and password on another service that got compromised. Read more »

Angry Birds Star Wars II gets Rise of the Clones update

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Angry Birds Star Wars II is getting an update today. The new episode is called Rise of the Clones and brings over 40 new levels.

The first platform to get the update is iOS, but Rovio promises other platforms will join the fun shortly. Read more »

Telescope accessory for iPhone 5/5s costs slightly less than a trip to the moon

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Thanko, known for gadget curiosities like USB staplers and USB-powered allergy masks, has another interesting product in store – a telescope designed for the Apple iPhone. It can be used with naked eyes but put on an iPhone 5 or 5s and you get 100x magnification so you can play astronomer.

The iPhone 5 Astronomical Telescope kit includes a telescope with 700mm focal length, a tripod, ocular lens, iPhone 5 case to hold the phone and a number of other accessories. Read more »

Apple users in Australia and New Zealand held at hackpoint

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Apple’s Find My iPhone users in Australia have been hacked by someone or a group of people hiding behind the pseudonym Oleg Pliss (otherwise a respected software engineer and technology scientist). Some of the affected devices are put into lost mode with a message saying “device hacked”. Some users report demands of $100 sent by PayPal as ransom.

The information comes from numerous Apple users that have gone to Apple’s support forums complaining about the issue. Allegedly there were also reports from New Zealand users and one Australian currently in London. Read more »

Apple touts travel and music in latest series of iPad ads

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Apple’s “Your Verse” iPad campaign continues in full force, as the tech company has unveiled several new videos focusing on unique uses for its latest iPad Air tablet.

The two new ads focus on how the iPad helps hearing-impaired writer and traveler Cherie King navigate foreign countries, as well as Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen’s new The Orchestra app that helps demystify the process of creating orchestral scores. Read more »

IDC survey shows battery life is most important when buying smartphone

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Analytics and research company IDC has conducted a survey asking some 50,000 people across 25 countries what are their main drivers when it comes to getting a new smartphone.

The results are quite interesting as they show what customers are looking for in a smartphone and 40% of buyers who went the Windows Phone route looked specifically for a device running Microsoft’s operating system. Read more »

96 percent of people who own an iPad also own a laptop

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Microsoft’s corporate Vice President Panos Panay revealed an interesting stat at the on-going Surface event in New York.

The executive said that according to a research, 96% of the people who own an iPad also own a laptop. He further talked about how three years ago people thought that tablets would kill the laptop – “That was supposed to happen, for sure.” Read more »

‘Thomas Was Alone’ for iPad game review

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Thomas Was Alone is a popular indie game title that was first released on Steam back in 2012. The game went on to win many awards, including the BAFTA Games Award, and was praised for its gameplay, narration and the superb soundtrack.

After being released on the PS3 and the PSVita last year, Thomas Was Alone was released on iPad this month. This is the first time the game is being released on a full touchscreen device and as such, features brand new controls for the new platform. We decided to take it for a spin and see how Thomas’ story plays out on the iPad. Read more »

The Apple Store will be 13 years old on May 19th

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Apple has its share of die-hard fans and die-hard critics, but no matter what your opinion of the Cupertino based tech giant is, it is difficult to deny that the company has changed the world of consumer technology.

Apple Stores have played a huge role in this phenomenon, and the symbolic retailer will turn 13 years old on May 19th.
Bare, cleanly and simply designed, open, and a “play with everything philosophy” helped to make Apple stores some of the most visited retail spots. If you pass by an Apple store, chances are, there are tons of people there. Read more »

Split-screen multitasking tipped to arrive on Apple iPad with iOS 8

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According to a report in 9to5Mac, Apple is about to bring split-screen multitasking to the iPad range with iOS 8. The tweak will finally allow iPad users to use two apps at the same a time.

The feature is certain to enhance the productivity credentials of Apple’s slates, especially the full-size ones such as the iPad Air and the iPad 4. Read more »