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Saturday, February 21, 2015

The company behind Viv, a powerful form of AI built by Siri’s creators which is able to learn from the world to improve upon its capabilities, has just closed on $12.5 million in Series B funding. Multiple sources close to the matter confirm the round, which was oversubscribed and values the company at north of nine figures.

Read more techcrunch.com


Friday, February 20, 2015

Apple Pay is supposed to change how we make payments in stores and within apps. In reality, Apple’s new mobile payment system is still a work in progress, a fact that I experienced first hand during a weekend trip to the King of Prussia Mall outside of Philadelphia. My goal on a rainy Saturday afternoon was to only make purchases with cash, and Apple Pay using my iPhone 6 Plus.

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Apple Pay is an easy, secure, and private way to make payments on iOS devices. When purchasing physical goods and services in apps, people can use Apple Pay to quickly and securely provide their contact, shipping, and payment information.

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The headlines over the weekend were tantalizing: “Apple to build iCar.” This would perhaps be an electric state-of-the-art vehicle that could bring a new kind of functionality to the nearly 100-year-old consumer product.

Read more www.azcentral.com



Apple Watch isn’t just a techie gadget. It’s a fashion item. To drill that point into everyone’s heads during launch, it looks like Apple is setting up a special booth at one of the fanciest high-end department stores in Paris: Galeries Lafayette Haussmann.

Read more www.cultofmac.com


Thursday, February 19, 2015

I love the idea of Smart Home. I have always loved that. It is such the coolest home ever. Combination of design, architect, and technology can be such a magic thing. Another cool thing from smart home is you can manage every single thing of your home just by one single device. You can manage it from your smartphone.

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As it has done quietly in past builds, Apple’s latest iOS 8.3 release makes improvements to its Siri voice assistant in the way of more natural sounding speech synthesis. The comparison above was sent in by a reader (thanks jk9357!), showing the improvements Apple has made to Siri’s voice in its latest iOS beta.

Read more 9to5mac.com



A company founded by two Australian doctors, called CliniCloud, is now taking pre-orders for a connected medical kit that help take the remote video visit to the next level by adding connected medical devices. CliniCloud, which has offices in San Francisco and Melbourne, Australia, is offering a wireless non-contact thermometer and a digital stethoscope that plugs into a smartphone via the headphone jack.

HealthKit stethoscope

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The Do Button, as it’s name implies, lets you toggle smart home systems with a single touch. From making a Nest or Evohome crank the heating up to a set temperature to making your Hue lights change to a specific shade of purple, the Do Button is a one-touch-does-all service.

Read more recombu.com



Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new system that will determine when a user has exited from a vehicle and automatically perform a series of tasks depending on the location that the user has exited. This invention will tie into future HomeKit and parking related applications.

Read more www.patentlyapple.com



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.”

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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

Read more www.techtimes.com


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