The Apple Watch is officially here! Well technically. In keeping with its promise for an April 24 release date, the high-tech gadget is no longer in a preorder stage, but actually picking up one might still be a problem.
Yet apart from the glaring availability issues Cupertino is facing, the Apple Watch is a reality and we can’t wait to see how it fares in the growing smart wearable market. In this line of thought, we thought it would be only fair to pit it against its most-likely contenders in this week’s poll and ask you, our loyal readers, which device you fancy the most. Read more »
BlackBerry has announced that it is mulling closing its offices in Sweden, a move that would put nearly 100 jobs at stake. The Canadian company is currently in discussions with the employees’ unions there, and a final decision in this regard will only be taken after the talks are over.
“At this time, we are considering the closure of our offices in Sweden. Since this may impact approximately 100 employees, we are now initiating consultations with the employees’ trade unions,” said a BlackBerry spokesperson. Read more »
The Mi 4i is Xiaomi’s latest smartphone. Even though the company insists on calling it a flagship device, it’s really a mid-range smartphone with some high-end specifications at a really attractive price.
The company had a global launch event for the first time in India. We had a brief hands-on with the device, and here are our first impressions. Read more »
Microsoft has released an app that enables you to make backup of all your contacts and messages and store it in your phone’s SD card. Appropriately dubbed contacts+message backup, the app is compatible with Windows Phone 8.1 devices.
After installation, you can access the app by heading to Settings on your phone – it doesn’t appear in your regular list of installed apps. The backup it creates is stored in a folder named backup+restore. Read more »
Less than a week after it was rolled out to iPhone users, the WhatsApp voice calling feature has been officially made available to all BlackBerry 10 users, too. The update is currently live, and is available through BlackBerry World.
The update, which bumps the application to version 22.214.171.124, also includes several other bug fixes and improvements, including the ability to instantly search for individual messages (as well as chats and contacts), improved font scaling, and custom ringtone selection. Read more »
BitTorrent, the company behind the technology of the same name that allows for peer-to-peer transfer of files, has laid off a significant number of its employees in the US, according to a Buzzfeed report.
As per the report, the company has sacked about 40 of its approximately 150 domestic employees. Those who were laid off said the step was taken as BitTorrent is streamlining its resources to focus more on Sync, a peer-to-peer storage service based on the company’s file-sharing technology. Read more »
Just over a month after chairman Eric Schmidt made it clear that Google isn’t giving up on Google Glass, Massimo Vian, CEO of Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica, has said that the next iteration of the high-tech eyewear is coming out soon.
Speaking at the company’s general meeting in Milan, Italy, Vian also revealed that while the version 2.0 is currently being worked on, version 3.0 is also in the planning stages. “In Google, there are some second thoughts on how to interpret version 3 [of the eyewear],” he said. “What you saw was version 1. We’re now working on version 2, which is in preparation.” Read more »
You can now easily send directions from your desktop to your Android smartphone. Google added the nifty functionality to its desktop search.
Activating the feature is as easy as it gets. Read more »
The leather back cover of the upcoming LG G4 will be a bona fide luxury item. LG revealed that the 100% vegetable-tanned hide on the back of its flagship smartphone takes up to twelve weeks to process.
In addition to being environmentally friendly, vegetable tanning is apparently “the most traditional and the most recognizable” tanning method available. Read more »
Ever since Apple introduced the personal digital assistant Siri, almost every software company is working on their own version to compete with it. Google armed its Android platform with Google Now and Microsoft is actively working on Cortana for Windows platform.
Now Yahoo has decided to throw its hat into the ring with its own virtual assistant project dubbed Index. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s CEO, shared the details stating about Yahoo’s intention to join the war between the personal digital assistants for mobiles. Read more »
The Apple Watch and its charging cradle were taken apart, but a secret still remains inside. The charging cradle uses an inductive charging coil to send electricity to the Watch without wires.
Apple normally avoids common standards so everyone just assumed this charging solution is a custom job, but it turns out this may not be the case. Read more »
Apple has started shipping the new Apple Watch to the early buyers in the US. While many are impatiently waiting for their unit to arrive, flurry of reviews are already hitting the interwebs. Meanwhile, several other regions still await official date of availability.
Many are already marveling their Apple Watch units, getting used to a new member in the Apple product family. The premium look of the Watch might be droolworthy for the Apple design lovers, but several would be interested in the hardware driving this wrist hugging gadget. Read more »
Today is the Apple Watch day – you can officially order it online, while the retail sales will begin in few months. The Watch is on back-order, so you’ll have to wait about two months before it arrives at your doorsteps, but at least you can now place your order, right?
So, you can’t get an Apple Watch soon, unless you bought it from one of the six fashion boutiques scattered around the world. But at least you can warm up with the new promo videos uploaded today. Read more »
The LG Watch Urbane, which was unveiled back in February this year and showcased during the MWC 2015 in Barcelona, carries a price tag of $365 in South Korea, which is $30 more than the price of the Watch R. The wearable goes on sale in the country today.
In terms of specifications, the smartwatch is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with 1.2GHz CPU, and sports a 1.3” P-OLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. It comes with 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory, and packs in a 410mAh battery. Measuring 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm, the Watch Urbane comes with Google’s latest version of Android Wear, and has IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. Read more »
Twitter has introduced a new feature which the company claims allows you to catch up with the stuff that is most relevant to you. Dubbed Highlights, the feature offers a twice-daily digest of the best Tweets, which are delivered to you via push notification.
“While your home timeline is a great place to browse through and engage with Tweets, we know it can be challenging to find the time to get through everything,” the microblogging company said in a blog post. Read more »