A Possible Curve Screen for Apple iPhone

Posted by Kirhat | Monday, August 29, 2016 | | 0 comments »

Curve iPhone
Lance Whitney of cnet.com suggested that Apple may adopt a key feature from smartphones manufactured by its biggest rival.

Next year's lineup of iPhones could include three different and distinct variants: a "4.7-inch model, another that will be 5.5-inches and a premium handset that will be either 5.5-inches or larger equipped with a screen bent on the two sides," the Nikkei Asian Review reported last 23 August, citing a source familiar with Apple's plans.

The first two phones would sport the traditional flat screen, while the third handset would adopt a curved display similar to the one used by Samsung for its premium phones, such as the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung's goal behind its curved phones is to offer wraparound real estate devoted to icons, apps and other content. The S7 Edge has been a hot seller since its introduction in March. With iPhone sales hit by two quarterly declines, Apple needs to jazz up its lineup with more enticing features, which could include a curved display.

The first two phones would come with LCD (liquid crystal display) screens, which Apple has been using for its smartphones. The third would reportedly be the first iPhone to use an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display, which manufacturers such as Samsung select for premium handsets. OLED displays offer several advantages over LCD screens. They are thinner, lighter and more flexible than LCDs. They're more power efficient, giving you more bang out of a single battery charge. Their colors are more vivid; especially noticeable are blacker blacks.

In a touch of irony, Samsung will be the only supplier of OLED screens to Apple in 2017, according to IHS DisplaySearch, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.

As always, reports such as these must be taken with a grain of salt. In May, though, tech blog site Mobipicker said Apple will unveil three variants of the iPhone, citing information from an anonymous source. However, the source pinned 2016 as the launch year. In July, leaked photos allegedly of new iPhone models pointed to three varieties set for this year: a regular version, a Plus edition and a new Pro option.

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A 10Gb/s USB 3.1 for MacBook Pro 2016

Posted by Kirhat | Saturday, August 27, 2016 | | 0 comments »

MacBook Pro
Every Macbook user knows that Apple really need to refresh their lineup, since the laptop selection is looking a little old lately. There are already some reports that already in the pipeline are the Touch ID and a new OLED button panel which is expected to come with the 2016 Macbook Pro. However, code hidden in the latest version of macOS Sierra hints at one additional feature.

According to code uncovered by 9to5Mac, macOS Sierra will support USB 3.1 Gen 2, better known as the upgraded version of USB-C. Apple introduced USB-C ports into its lineup with the 2015 Retina Macbook, and it's a safer bet than ever that those ports will be coming to the new Macbook Pro.

The code 9to5Mac found shows that Apple is planning to support the upgraded USB-C from a software side. Given that the Retina Macbook isn't due for an update for a good six months, and a Macbook Pro refresh has been overdue for some time, it's a safe bet that this code is aimed at the upcoming Macbook Pros.

Many will probably be disappointed if the new Macbook Pros ditch conventional USB ports entirely, but adding USB-C connectivity could be a major boost. The ports should have the capability for 10Gb/s transfer speeds, which means that one port could potentially handle a high-resolution external display, talk to an external graphics card, and provide power all in one.

Based on history, Apple has always been swift in bringing the latest USB and Thunderbolt ports to its Mac devices for maximum performance. Thus, the addition of the 10Gb/s variant of USB 3.1 does not come as a surprise. The same thing can be said of Thunderbolt 3, which is also rumored to be part of the MacBook Pro refresh this year. Thunderbolt 3 would be a great addition to the Mac device’s hardware, since it supports both the 10Gb/s USB 3.1 and the DisplayPort 1.2.

Almost two weeks ago, it was revealed that the MacBook Pro 2016 will likely come with a small touchscreen OLED display that would replace the top functions keys on the keyboard of the laptop. This claim is already backed by codes found in the macOS Sierra, as noted by 9To5Mac in a separate report.

There is still no word on the possible release date of the MacBook Pro 2016, but some sources are claiming that Apple will mostly launch the new laptop this October or November — possibly the same time as the official release of the macOS Sierra update.

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Update Includes New Apple WatchFeature

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, August 26, 2016 | | 0 comments »

Apple Watch SOS
After receiving several complaints that the Apple Watch is incapable of making an emergency call, Apple developers buckled down to work to come up with plausible ideas for the forthcoming update. With the Apple Watch being the only device that users physically wear on their body, it seemed only logical that it include a quick and easy component that would notify the necessary parties should a user find him- or herself in dangerous circumstances.

When the Apple Watch undergoes a major software upgrade (otherwise known as WatchOS 3) this fall, it will incorporate this new safety feature: SOS.

How it works is simple: If a user is in a critical situation—say, they encounter a threatening individual while walking down the street late at night or get hurt at home and cannot reach their phone—they can contact help by pressing a button on the side of their watch. That will trigger emergency measures:
  1. It will contact local emergency services based on their current location. Thanks to its GPS-tracking device, the watch will determine which services will best assist you: If you're in the U.S., it will call 911; if you're international, it will determine the contact information accordingly.
  2. It will notify your emergency contacts as soon as the call is complete. Because Apple developers wanted this information to be as up-to-date and accurate as possible, you'll need to indicate who among your contacts should be notified in case of emergency after downloading the update.
  3. It will display all your medical information on the watch screen. Your age, allergies, existing medical conditions, and more will all appear directly on the screen — immediately answering any questions emergency medical technicians might have.
The functionality is similar to Life Alert, but with a more modern presentation. But there is still going to be one thing that could make the update less useful: For SOS to work, user's watch must either be connected to a Wi-Fi network or paired with Bluetooth on their iPhone.

Though Apple does not have an exact WatchOS 3 release date yet (and, subsequently, no release date for SOS), users can expect it to debut sometime this fall.

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Target Blames Apple for Declining Sales

Posted by Kirhat | Thursday, August 25, 2016 | 0 comments »

Apple at Target
When the supermarket chain Target changed their bathroom policy to accommodate the LGBT community, it was met by several protest from parents and religious groups, all of whom threatened to boycott the store.

After months of standing strong on their position, Target has started to feel the impact of the negative campaigns and this was made apparent by a disappointing second quarter earnings announced last 17 August. However, Target refused to attribute the declining sales on the protests, but, instead, they placed the blame squarely on Apple.

Comparable store sales at Target overall fell by 1.1 percent, but Target executives noted that electronic sales decreased by double digits and "accounted for 70 basis points of overall comp decline."

Even more notably, Target specifically pointed out that Apple product sales were down by "more than 20%" year-over-year and were to blame for a third of the overall plunge of electronic sales at the store.

Apple's growth has been running into a bit of trouble recently, as the astounding success of the iPhone 6 has made for tough comparisons. Earnings growth for the tech giant was bad enough in the second quarter to shift overall tech sector year-over-year earnings growth from positive to negative.

It's important to note that with the upcoming release of the iPhone 7, many Apple customers are just sitting on the sidelines waiting for the newest product. This would explain much of why sales have slowed down.

Still, Apple’s stock price has been doing well, as analyst expectations have been revised down, allowing Apple to beat lowered expectations.

The same can’t be said for Target, whose shares are currently trading down by over 5 percent. They're significantly closer to 52-week lows than 52-week highs.

Target noted that it was working with Apple to try to improve sales and refuse to buckle up and address the real reason behind the slump.

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One Nifty MiniDrive for MacBooks

Posted by Kirhat | Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | | 0 comments »

One Nifty MiniDrive
For MacBook users who are constantly running out of hard drive space, there is one slick solution aside external drives. A much better alternative has arrived with Nifty MiniDrive for Macbooks, which allows users to add up to 200GB to their Macbook without a bulky attachment.

Simply slot an SD card into the MiniDrive, then slip the MiniDrive into the side of a Macbook Pro or Air. It'll offer a powerful backup solution in the form of extra storage space and automated daily backups.

Not only will users be safe from "low disk storage" warnings, they will also be secured in the event of data loss, accidental deletion, or other unfortunate occurrence.

Plus, with a sleek silver exterior to match the Macbook’s aesthetic, expanding storage space is as easy as inserting a MiniDrive and forgetting about it.

This offer is compatible for the Nifty Minidrive for 13" MacBook Air, 13" or 15" MacBook Pro, 13" MacBook Pro Retina, and 15" MacBook Pro Retina. Please note that MicroSD is not included.

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Invisibility of Smart Wearables Spells Success

Posted by Kirhat | Monday, August 22, 2016 | | 0 comments »

Invisible Wearables
In the current market where several thousands of tech start-ups are competing for meagre funding assistance and discriminating client taste, it always pays when the owner and developer take into consideration evidence-based consumer studies.

One such study suggests that smart devices should stop looking like techy gadgets and more like fashion and lifestyle accessories if it wants to go mainstream.

According to the latest Juniper Research whitepaper "The World in 2020 A Technology Vision," the way that the current generation of wearable tech devices have been designed is a huge obstacle to generating excitement outside the tech community but, if companies can turn up the style, the market for wearable technology could be worth $80 billion by the end of the decade.

Google discovered this the hard way. After the initial fanfare surrounding Google Glass, the company in January wound down the developer program and took the smart glasses off the market, saying that the device was to be reassessed and redeveloped but some, including Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, were not convinced. "We always thought that glasses were not a smart move, from a point of view that people would not really want to wear them. They were intrusive, instead of pushing technology to the background, as we've always believed," he said, according to the New Yorker earlier this month.

In order to make Google Glass more appealing, the company had partnered with fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and joined forces with Luxottica, with a view to integrating Google Glass features into premium sunglasses.

But it doesn't mean the smartglasses market is dead. Juniper Research forecasts that up to 10 million headsets will ship annually over the next three years but that demand will be driven almost entirely by businesses with a clear use case.

Because they more closely represent ‘normal' worn devices, smartwatches and smart bands have already started to gain more traction. However, here too Juniper believes too many companies are focused on functionality first and form second. "Fashion-first wearables, that are less obviously gadgets will have a much greater appeal than tech-centric devices, as they will blend in with consumers' lives more effectively," write the whitepaper's authors.

Intel understands that elegance is key: for its first wearable, the MICA, a smart notifications band, it partnered with Opening Ceremony to create a piece of women's jewelry that connects wirelessly to a smartphone.

Trellie is another company focused on connected style and its new Bluetooth wearable platform, revealed in January, was created to be small enough to fit inside a gem setting on a ring or a necklace.

Even Apple's head of design, Jony Ive has talked at length about the challenges of designing something that blends style with high-tech performance. Of designing the new Apple Watch which comes in three different styles, he told the Daily Telegraph: "One of the biggest challenges that we've found is that we wouldn't all be sitting here wearing the same thing. It's ok if we can put it in a bag, it's ok if we can put it into a jacket, but this idea that I think we want to wear the same thing is why we've designed a system not a single approach."

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