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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Apple hasn’t yet announced prices for its 18-karat-gold Apple Watch Edition timepieces, but if you think the top-of-the-range wearable is going to cost anything under $5,000, you’ve got another thing coming. Greg Koenig, co-founder of Luma Labs, recently performed a calculation to find out an approximate figure for the gold content of the forthcoming 42mm gold Apple Watch.

Read more www.cultofmac.com


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The University of Pennsylvania Health System is among those piloting the Apple HealthKit platform to utilize health data uploaded from patients’ iPhones. So far, the project is raising more questions than it’s answering on what to do with all the new data.

Read more www.healthcaredive.com



Home automation startup Skybell has developed an always-on device that streams video using only an 240 milliamp battery. By wiring its smart doorbell to the transformer and door chime in an existing doorbell, Skybell can run its motion sensor, two-way audio, and camera with wide-angle lens on 10 volts of power. Skybell’s on-board battery trickles power from the existing home infrastructure so users will never have to charge the device.

skybell doorbell streaming video homekit

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Billed as “the world’s first bean to cup, Wi-Fi-enabled coffee machine,” Smarter Coffee lets you brew your perfect cup of Joe from your smartphone or tablet. The Smarter app controls the grinding of beans, coffee strength and how many cups to make, then wakes you when your coffee is ready and keeps it warm for 20 minutes.

brew your coffee with homekit

Read more www.gizmag.com



Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke before President Barack Obama at a cybersecurity summit at Stanford University on Friday, and he was able to slip a few major Apple Pay announcements into his talk reiterating his commitment to privacy. There were two big Apple Pay developments from today’s talk: First, Apple Pay will be “available for many transactions with the federal government.”

Read more gigaom.com



You’re probably shaving your wrist-hairs in anticipation. Either that or you’re thinking: “Hell, Apple is coming out with a watch and millions of iSheep are going to love it.”

Read more www.cnet.com



Apple has invited some developers to Cupertino to help them fine-tuning for the first Apple Watch apps. The market for smart watches already has dozens of proposals and Apple wants to differentiate itself through the support of developers that have driven the App Store at the top.

Read more www.ihelplounge.com



The Apple Watch that Apple showed off at its September event has a few fitness features. It can track the number of steps you’ve taken, whether you’ve been standing or sitting, and the number of calories you’ve burned. It uses a combination of an accelerometer, heart rate sensor, and your iPhone’s GPS to track this data, and its functionality as a fitness gadget is mostly related to the way and catalogues and sets goals based on that data.

Read more arstechnica.com


Monday, February 16, 2015

After five months, Nike has now finally updated their FuelBand app for the iPhone so that it is integrated with Apple’s HealthKit platform to track your progress straight from your iPhone. The new change means that the FuelBand accessory is no longer needed to track your daily activity to earn Fuel points because your iPhone now keeps track of your progress for you.

Read more www.iphoneinformer.com



Pebble is known as one of the first companies to release a smartwatch, though it was soon overshadowed by the likes of Samsung and Motorola devices. Yet don’t discount Pebble just yet when it comes to devising smart watches.

Pebble watch competing with Apple WATCH

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In recent months, Sir Jonathan Ive, the forty-seven-year-old senior vice-president of design at Apple—who used to play rugby in secondary school, and still has a bench-pressing bulk that he carries a little sheepishly, as if it belonged to someone else—has described himself as both “deeply, deeply tired” and “always anxious.”

Joni Ive - New Yorker

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

It’s odd to think about, but did you know that the Touch ID sensor on your iPhone makes noise? If you hold an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus up to your ear in a quiet room and touch the Touch ID sensor, then you will hear a very faint clicking sound emitting from the vicinity of the sensor. It’s just another weird fact gleaned from the /r/apple this morning.

Read more www.idownloadblog.com



Forget UV sensors and heart rate monitors on your gadgets, what about something that can do much, much, more? Researchers at Columbia University recently created a device that could cost as low as $34 but can accurately test for syphilis and HIV, providing results to the user within just 15 minutes. Something so simple and private could help save lives.

Read more www.technobuffalo.com



The iPhone gets great battery life and the iPhone 6 Plus gets really great battery life. Apple has done a lot to make everything from their chipsets to their software management extremely power efficient. Yet every feature you use, you ultimately pay for with battery life. Most times it’s not a problem

Read more www.imore.com


Saturday, February 14, 2015

When iOS8 launched, everyone talked about the HealthKit as though it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. While it hasn’t come close to that expectation just as yet, there are some integrations with other health apps that allow you to get a better picture of your overall health at a glance. At last count, around 100 health tracking apps integrate with the Apple Health app, but you aren’t going to download them all and neither am I. Here’s a look at 5 integrations worth trying.

Read more pakwired.com



Apple Pay, the mobile payment platform created by the iPhone maker, is winning support and building momentum as it moves out into the mobile economy. The latest news is that low-cost airline JetBlue will become the first domestic carrier to enable its passengers to use Apple Pay to make in-flight purchases—from food to movies.

Read more businessvoipsolutions.org.uk



There are three major reasons. The first is that Apple worked hard to make sure Apple Pay would be a win for everyone involved, and just as importantly, to make sure everyone knew it would be a win for them:

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Last April we posted a report titled “When it comes to iBeacon Readiness, iOS-7 iDevices Score 87% vs. Android Devices at a Paltry 2.5%,” followed by a report in May titled “A Brief Overview of iBeacon Technology that could also be used in Future Home Automation” which also covered businesses.

ibeacon

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Would you rather strap any of these 12 Apple Watch concepts onto your wrist than Jony Ive’s creation?

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Apple is preparing to take some pages out of the traditional jewelry store playbook. For the upcoming 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, Apple is planning several new features for its retail stores to support the device. As we reported several months ago, Apple is planning on allowing customers to actually try on the watches and test out different band styles inside of stores.

Read more 9to5mac.com


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