Heath Merkley

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The 15 Most Important Apple Watch Features

Have you heard? The Apple Watch is finally here.<p>CEO Tim Cook announced the arrival of the company's first smartwatch on Tuesday (he also introduced …

A close-up look at Amazon's Fire Phone

Amazon's smartphone is no longer a rumor. The device, which was announced at an event earlier today in Seattle, is very real and coming to the US beginning July 25th on AT&T starting at $199.99 with a two-year contract. The handset is a first for Amazon, which so far has only dabbled in Kindle …

Amazon’s Fire Phone Introduces Firefly, A Feature That Lets You Identify (And Buy!) Things You See In The Real World

With the debut of the Amazon Fire Phone this afternoon, the company introduced a new feature called Firefly, which is largely designed to let you identify — and then, of course, buy — things you see out in the real world. Firefly takes advantage of the smartphone’s camera to let you identify things …

Amazon's Fire Phone uses multiple front-facing cameras to offer dynamic 3D perspective

Just as expected, Amazon's just-announced Fire Phone features a unique interface that is quite a bit different than what you'll see on pretty much any other smartphone on the market. While the basic interface is very much reminiscent of the Kindle Fire tablets, there are a few new tricks that …

Family Sharing on iOS 8 will let families share iTunes purchases

Apple today announced Family Sharing for iOS 8, a feature that will let up to six members of a family share iTunes purchases across devices. Familiies will need to use a single credit card for all of their devices in order for the feature to work.<p>Families can also share calendars, reminders, …

Apple has a new programming language called Swift, 'and it totally rules'

Apple introduced a boatload of new consumer features for OS X and iOS today, but one of the biggest announcements for developers could be its new programming language, Swift. Craig Federighi just announced it, saying that Apple is trying to build a language that doesn't have the "baggage" of …

Hands-on with OS X Yosemite [Video]

Alongside the brand new iOS 8, Apple today unveiled OS X 10.10 Yosemite today at WWDC 2014. OS X Yosemite is by far the biggest change to OS X since its introduction itself, well over a decade ago. Of course, the biggest news here is the all new, iOS 7-inspired UI.<p>Above you’ll find a hands-on with …

OS X Yosemite Public Beta Limited to First Million Registered Users

Earlier today as Apple was unveiling OS X Yosemite for the first time at the Worldwide Developers Conference, software chief Craig Federighi announced that there would be a public open beta for the new operating system ahead of its launch this fall. Now, users on our forums have discovered an …

A Look at 'Health' and 'HealthKit', Apple's New Health Initiative

Ahead of WWDC, perhaps one of the most hyped features for iOS 8 was "Healthbook," which was said to serve as a Passbook-style app that aggregated a variety of health-related information in a colorful card array.<p>While Apple did indeed announce a new health initiative and accompanying app, …

Apple Introduces HomeKit To Securely Pair iPhones With Smart Home Devices

We’ve seen hundreds of so-called “smart” connected devices pop up over the last few years — everything from smart thermostats to smart refrigerators — but with that proliferation of devices has also come confusion about what device works with what smartphone platform.<p>Today at WWDC, Apple is seeking …

Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet review: One Sony, two devices

After years of extensive testing, I have determined the perfect screen size for watching YouTube videos in bed. It's just over 5 inches. Anything larger and you have to hold the device too far from that ideal chest-perching point, anything smaller and you might as well not bother. Obligingly, Sony …

Remote for iOS now features purchased TV show & movie browsing, iTunes Radio control, more (U: GarageBand, Podcasts bug fixes)

In addition to releasing iOS 7.1 and Xcode 5.1 today, Apple has shipped a new version of its Remote app for iOS. In version 4.2, users can browse previously purchased movies and TV shows from the iOS app for playback on Apple TV. The update also includes the ability to control iTunes Radio playback …

How Sonos Completely Changed My Music Listening Habits

Almost everyone uses some form of music streaming service these days and there’s a never-ending list of options: Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Rdio, Google Play Music and 8tracks are just a few among the ton of services out there. However, you probably have little time to actually listen to all the …

Apple releases iOS 7 update for iPads and iPhones

Apple released its latest mobile operating system update on Monday, iOS 7.1. The major upgrade packs in an assortment of bug fixes, improvements, new features and some subtle changes to the overall interface.<p>iOS 7.1 is the first major update to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch operating system since …

An iPad That's Mini in Screen Size Only

It’s largely accepted that miniature versions must compromise on something. Fancy sports cars lack back seats, snack-size candy bars are missing a …

iPad Mini With Retina Display Review: The Best Tablet On The Market

Apple’s new iPad mini for 2013 introduces by far the most oft-requested feature that was missing from the original version: a high resolution Retina display for ultra-sharp rendering of text and images. Apple has added that screen without introducing trade-offs in terms of battery life, size …