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Could Apple Watch soon track weightlifting as well as cardio?

As a fitness tracker, Apple Watch is currently little more than a fancy pedometer. It only tracks distance and calories — the quantity, not the quality, of your movement. That’s a problem because fitness is about more than burning calories.<p>However, an interesting patent from Apple — plus a new …

Exercise

Why you’re stupid if you don’t use Safari on your MacBook

We’ve seen before that changing from Chrome to Safari can make a big difference on your Mac’s battery life.<p>But if you haven’t switched from Chrome or Firefox to Safari yet, this fact might change your mind: If you’re a MacBook user, you’re losing an average of one hour of total battery life by …

Batteries

Researchers find vulnerability that affects 95% of Android devices

<i>Update: This article has been updated with a comment from Google.</i><p>Researchers have found a vulnerability in Android devices that allows hackers to access a device remotely without the owner ever knowing it was compromised. The flaw affects roughly 95 percent of Android devices running operating …

Information Security

Apple Debuts Two New iPhone 6 Ads: 'Loved' and 'Hardware & Software'

Apple tonight debuted two brand new iPhone 6 ads that appear to be a part of a new marketing campaign. The ads feature a voice over detailing what makes an iPhone unique compared to other smart phones and smart phone platforms while showing off multiple iPhones doing different things on a white …

Japan Accepts American Challenge To A Giant Robot Duel

Following the challenge laid down by American robot company MegaBots at the end of June, the Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry has responded and it seems that a giant robot duel between the two companies is very much on.<p>The creator of the Kuratas mecha, Kogoro Kurata, has responded in a …

How No Man’s Sky creator is using clever tech to build a truly indie game universe

Sean Murray isn’t creating just one new world. He’s creating a whole universe of them in his sci-fi game No Man’s Sky, which uses a clever technology to mathematically generate new worlds for players to explore.<p>This “procedural” technology has been around for a while, but it hasn’t been used on …

No Man's Sky

Samsung’s shameless attempt to be as popular as Apple laughably backfires

Another day, another Samsung PR error that tries to knock Apple but winds up just making the South Korean tech company look a bit foolish. This time, …

Tim Cook

iOS 9 Tidbits: Battery Saving Features, Search for Settings, Keyboard Changes, Email Attachments, and More

Apple covered the major new features of iOS 9 during today's keynote event, introducing a more intelligent and proactive Siri, split-screen multitasking for the iPad, major performance enhancements, Transit directions in Maps, a new News app, and more, but there are hundreds of other minor …

iOS

Intel admits USB-C is the connector of the future by adopting it for Thunderbolt 3

With Apple and Google both warmly embracing the new USB-C connector in their new computers this year, the fate of the fast, but rarely used, Thunderbolt standard was coming into question. What would the future hold for Thunderbolt if most of its utility was to be replaced by a more convenient and …

Thunderbolt

Why Jony Ive’s promotion means more design, not less

Apple

Apple snatches up augmented reality company Metaio

Apple has finalized an acquisition for the augmented reality company Metaio in a move that could soon bring the German firm’s AR tech to iOS and other Apple devices.<p>Metaio, which specializes in creating augmented reality tools for other businesses as well as other computer vision solutions, …

The anatomy of the Apple Watch font dissected

If you’re a fan of fonts and getting into the detail of what makes different typefaces work (or not), here’s a great project: Designer Wenting Zhang’s Type Detail is dedicated to dissecting a different font every day.<p>His latest analysis focuses on Apple’s new favorite font, San Francisco:<p>The …

‘How did they do that?’ New book reveals BlackBerry’s response to original iPhone

Living in a world where the iPhone dominates, and rivals don’t so much compete by doing things differently as by offering cut-rate versions of the same core technology, it can be easy to forget how much of a disruption Apple’s handset actually caused when Steve Jobs unveiled it in 2007.<p>A new book …

Designing for Android: an iOS developer’s perspective

As an iOS developer, I’m frequently asked, “When are you going to do an Android version?” Like it is just a matter of time.<p>But the truth is, we’ll probably never support Android. While there are sound business rationales for this, my motives are rooted in design philosophy.<p>The commercial and …

Apps

iPhone 7 concept features a home button built into the screen

Given the enormous success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple’s going to have to pull out all the stops if it hopes to boost sales further with its next major iPhone redesign. This iPhone 7 concept, created by designer extraordinaire Martin Hajek, certainly presents enough of a “wow” factor to do it!<p>…

IPhone 7

PS4 Could Very Well Become The Best-Selling Console In History

There was a common refrain around the PS4 launch. Sure, it shattered launch records, everyone said, but there was <i>no way</i> that Sony’s new machine could ever outsell the indomitable PS2. The PS2 was a product of its time, they said, and there was no way any one machine could capture the complete …

Parents use Apple Watch to share newborn’s heartbeat with family

Some might write off Apple Watch’s ability to share your heartbeat as gimmicky, but these new parents have found a truly heartwarming use for it— to share their newborn’s heartbeat with family that weren’t able to make the occasion in person.<p><i>“Our first child was born and we used an Apple Watch</i> …

Apple Watch

HBO’s fictional startup Pied Piper is hiring

As I was scrolling down the page over on Facebook, reading the latest posts from friends and family, i noticed a new ad to the right: Pied Piper, the fictional company from HBO’s hit show, <i>Silicon Valley</i>, is hiring!<p>The ad is pretty convincing; here’s hoping no one actually clicked through hoping for …

Silicon Valley

How an in-store Apple Watch demo will make you a believer

SAN FRANCISCO — Like a lot of people, I took the midnight plunge and bought an Apple Watch before I’d even tried it on.<p>But today, I got to see the device I bought last night. I went down to the flagship Apple Store in San Francisco and tried on a range of watches.<p>I wish I’d done this before, …

Smartwatches

CleanMyMac 3 Frees Up Valuable Space On Your Mac

There are plenty of apps out there that claim to clean your computer and get rid of the junk, but the latest release of CleanMyMac does that in a quick, attractive looking package.<p>The new version, released today, sports an attractive user interface and has been optimized for OS X …

Samsung paid 500 fake fans to attend Galaxy S6 China launch

<b>Update: Samsung has denied the report, claiming that all invitees were “formally invited to the Shanghai Culture Square where the event took place.”</b><p>Samsung is trying to match the iPhone 6 in every way with the launch on the Galaxy S6. That includes pre-launch hype with over 1,000 people at events …

Cern restarts Large Hadron Collider with mission to make scientific history

Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/Murdo MacLeod<p>Physicist Peter Higgs shared a Nobel prize with François Englert in 2013 for their work on the Higgs boson, which was identified by the LHC before it was shut …

Physics

RANKED: The best smartphones in the world

The two newest flagship Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 go on sale April 10. If you're in the market for a new phone, this is a good month to buy.<p><i>We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and</i> …

Mobile Technology

Play 'Pac-Man' around the world in Google Maps

<i>Pac-Man</i> is already such a worldwide phenomenon, but now one of the most famous video games of all time is available to play on every computer through …

Hands-On With the Apple Watch: A Developer's Experience at Apple's WatchKit Labs

Earlier this month, Apple began inviting a select number of developers to an Apple Watch development lab in Sunnyvale, California, located near the company's main Cupertino campus. Developers were invited to reserve a testing appointment to test their Apple Watch apps on actual Apple Watch devices …

Smartwatches

You can wear a virtual Apple Watch right now

You can’t get an Apple Watch until April 24th. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend to have its fine metals rubbing your naked wrist right now.<p>By printing out a tiny piece of paper and downloading an app, a horrible render of the Apple Watch will appear on your wrist like magic.<p>The instructions …

Apple Watch

The hottest smartphone maker in China is now selling gorgeous TV sets for dirt cheap

There's a lot to love about the TV's specs, which includes a Sharp-built monitor and fast, powerful chips to handle the Android-based OS. It also supports all kinds of video and gaming formats, it's super thin, and you can even buy it with one of several bright candy-colored casings, which are both …

Selling

Tim Cook still hasn’t deleted Steve Jobs from his contacts

It’s been over three years since Steve Jobs died, however the hole he left at Apple and those closest to him still hasn’t been filled. Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli’s upcoming book <i>Becoming Steve Jobs</i> is full of anecdotes and events that showcase just how much Steve meant to his friends.<p>One such …

Nintendo Partners With DeNA To Bring Its Games And IP To Smartphones

Nintendo is finally bringing its games and characters to mobile after the company surprised the tech world with an alliance with Japanese mobile gaming firm DeNA.<p>The duo announced a collaboration that will see them jointly develop games for “smart devices.” Secondly, a service that lets users play …

Mobile Gaming

The '1,000mph' Bloodhound car is so fast it needs to be bulletproof

Designing a car that can break the world land speed record is a tricky balancing act. It has to be incredibly fast and lightweight, while also offering unparalleled protection on the track. Not only in case there's a conventional crash, either; even a tiny pebble could have devastating consequences …