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CES 2015: Misfit Unveils New Swarovski Shine Fitness Wearables

Monday January 5, 2015 6:52 am PST by
Misfit kicked off its CES 2015 by introducing the Swarovski Shine Collection, a collaboration between the fitness wearables company and the well-known crystal jewelry maker. The new Swarovski Shine Collection includes the Swarovski Shine Activity Tracking Crystal and accompanying accessories. The Swarovski Shine Activity Tracking Crystal is a Swarovski crystal with Misfit's fitness and...
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CES 2015: Garmin Unveils New Vivoactive, Epix, and Fenix 3 Smartwatches

Monday January 5, 2015 6:39 am PST by
Building on its GPS roots, Garmin today introduced three new smartwatches with solid navigation features for hiking and fitness activities. The three vastly different products are designed to appeal to a variety of consumers in the burgeoning smartwatch market Apple will soon be entering, and include the watch-centric Fenix 3, the rugged Epix and the fitness-focused Vivoactive. Garmin Fenix 3 ...
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CES 2015: Griffin Introduces New Cable Organizers for Home, Office and Car

Monday January 5, 2015 4:41 am PST by
In addition to its new charging accessories, Griffin at CES 2015 also introduced a new line of cable organizers for the home, office or in-car use. The launch lineup includes the Guide, Sleeve, Hanger and Clip with additional products planned for 2015. Designed for desktop usage, the Guide features three magnetic cable holders that attach to a steel base. The three cable holders allow you to ...
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Montblanc Unveils 'e-Strap' Band Accessory With iOS Integration for Analog Luxury Watches

Friday January 2, 2015 8:03 am PST by
With luxury watchmakers turning their attention to the smartwatch market ahead of the Apple Watch launch later this year, Montblanc is one of the first to announce specific plans. As noted by aBlogtoWatch, Montblanc's initial foray is an "e-Strap" accessory band for traditional watches that connects wirelessly to a smartphone. The Montblanc e-Strap incorporates a small 0.9-inch wide screen...
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iCloud Photos Web App Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Friday January 2, 2015 7:37 am PST by
As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple's Photos app has been experiencing difficulties for the past few days, with many users reporting the icon missing from the web interface entirely and the direct link to the app also producing a "problem loading application" error. In our own testing today, performance has been spotty, with the icon missing at times but present at other times. Even when...
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Phones4U iPhone and iPad Inventory Being Liquidated at Low Prices by UK Auction House

Wednesday December 31, 2014 9:09 am PST by
UK retailer Phones4U shut down its online store and closed its retail operations earlier this year when the struggling company entered administration, the UK equivalent of bankruptcy. Now in the middle of the administration process, Phones4U is ready to liquidate its existing stock of products, including its entire inventory of iPhones, iPads and Beats headphones. UK auction house John Pye ...
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Users Reporting Apple Pay Problems After Changes in iPhone Security Status

Wednesday December 31, 2014 6:45 am PST by
Several iPhone 6 owners on Apple support forums and in MacRumors forums are reporting an issue with Apple Pay after making changes to the their phones that automatically reset the Apple Pay service (via 9to5Mac). These activities include restoring a phone, logging out of iCloud and possibly removing a passcode from the device. Following such changes, Apple automatically removes the...

VLC Developer Confirms iOS App Will Relaunch in Early 2015

Tuesday December 30, 2014 7:18 am PST by
Felix Paul Kuehne, lead developer for the iOS and OS X version of popular video player app VLC, has confirmed that VLC for iOS should be available again soon in the iOS App Store (via Softpedia). The app will be returning after an almost four-month absence from the iOS platform. VLC for iOS mysteriously disappeared from the iOS App Store following the release of iOS 8 in September of this...
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Syfy's Upcoming '12 Monkeys' TV Series to Integrate With Philips Hue Lighting System

Monday December 29, 2014 8:39 am PST by
Syfy is bringing the classic 12 Monkeys science fiction thriller to TV in a new series that will provide an immersive lighting experience for iOS device owners with a Philips Hue lighting system. For the first time ever in a TV series, viewers will be able to sync their household lighting to the action within each episode of the Syfy original series. Syfy updated its iOS Sync app earlier...

Apple Adds New 14-Day Return Policy for iTunes Digital Goods in EU Countries

Monday December 29, 2014 7:02 am PST by
Apple is updating the terms and conditions governing purchases made by European Union consumers in the Mac App Store, iOS App Store, iBooks Store and iTunes Store. These changes appeared recently in EU countries such as France, Germany and United Kingdom (aia Instituted across EU member states, the new terms provide consumers with 14 days to request a full refund of a purchase...
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Apple-Led Rockstar Consortium Sells Remaining Patent Portfolio for $900 Million

Tuesday December 23, 2014 7:06 am PST by
San Francisco patent company RPX today announced it is purchasing more than 4,000 telecommunications patents from Rockstar, an Apple-led consortium that previously acquired the patents from bankrupt Nortel Networks. The sale will net Rockstar $900 million, a fraction of the $4.5 billion the conglomerate of technology companies paid for the entire patent portfolio in 2011, although many of the...
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Apple Reopens Russian Online Store With 35 Percent iPhone Price Increase

Tuesday December 23, 2014 5:29 am PST by
Apple yesterday re-opened its Russian online store front with significant price hikes to compensate for changes in the value of the ruble. Apple last week closed the store to review its pricing after a dramatic drop in the ruble, which lost as much as 30 percent of its value. According to Bloomberg, the entry-level 16GB iPhone 6 now costs 53,990 rubles (around $991), a 35 percent increase...
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Ticketmaster Adds Support for Apple Pay to its iOS App

Monday December 22, 2014 7:09 am PST by
Ticketmaster today announced it has added support for Apple Pay to its iOS app. Available now, version 1.7.1 of the Ticketmaster app allows customers to purchase tickets for music, sporting events, and more with a single touch. "We work hard to deliver simple and secure ways for fans to purchase tickets to the events they love, and offering Apple Pay makes our industry-leading app the most...
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Flyover for Apple Maps Expanded to Include New Cities in France, Sweden, Italy and Netherlands

Friday December 19, 2014 8:42 am PST by
As noted by Dutch website iCulture and reported by, Apple has recently added several new European locations to its Flyover feature for Maps, including Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Malmö in Sweden, Strasbourg and Dijon in France, and Turin in Italy. This expansion follows a similar update earlier this month that added Flyover to cities in France, Sweden and the US. HSB Turning Torso ...
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Tim Cook 'Deeply Offended' by BBC Documentary on Apple Factory Conditions

Friday December 19, 2014 4:44 am PST by
Apple CEO Tim Cook said he is deeply offended by allegations that Apple permits the mistreatment of workers in its supplier factories and mines, reports The Telegraph. The accusations were levied by the BBC news program Panorama, which sent undercover reporters to work in Chinese factories and Indonesian mines. The BBC aired the documentary titled "Apple's Broken Promises" last night on its BBC...

Bank of America Promoting Apple Pay in New Shopping-Focused TV Commercial

Thursday December 18, 2014 10:00 am PST by
Bank of America this week released a new advertisement promoting Apple Pay, joining a growing number of financial institutions including Chase and Wells Fargo that are advertising Apple's recently launched mobile payments service. The thirty-second video follows a businesswoman as she shops for her family and herself, buying a shirt, a dog bone, and some lipstick all with her iPhone. She then ...
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Hyundai Bringing New 'Display Audio' In-Dash System With Apple CarPlay to 2016 Models

Thursday December 18, 2014 5:31 am PST by
Hyundai today confirmed that it will showcase its new CarPlay-enabled Display Audio system next month at CES 2015. Display Audio is a dash-installed color touchscreen display that supports the latest in-car handsfree technology. Hyundai's Display Audio forgoes built-in navigation and CD player features, instead including support for Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto to allow drivers to make...

Netflix Executive: Offline Viewing 'Never Going to Happen'

Wednesday December 17, 2014 6:22 am PST by
Netflix customers hoping for offline viewing on their iPad or iPhone may have to wait indefinitely for the feature to be supported by the streaming service. Speaking to TechRadar, Netflix director of corporate communications and technology Cliff Edwards said offline viewing is "never going to happen." Edwards asserts that offline viewing is a "short term fix" that doesn't address the bigger ...
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TAG Heuer Announces Smartwatch Plans as Threat From Apple Watch Looms

Tuesday December 16, 2014 10:07 am PST by
High-end Swiss watchmakers have generally been publicly dismissive of any threat posed by Apple's upcoming smartwatch, but now that the Watch is creeping closer to launch, fashion watch leaders are starting to take notice. According to Reuters, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has changed course and begun preparing a smartwatch and is willing to forge partnerships and acquire companies in order to...
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T-Mobile Unveils New 'Data Stash' Program That Allows Unused Data to Roll Over Each Month

Tuesday December 16, 2014 6:49 am PST by
As part of its new Un-carrier 8.0 announcement, T-Mobile today unveiled its new "Data Stash" program that allows consumers to roll over their monthly unused data. At the end of the month, consumers will be able to store their unused data without limit for the next 12 months. "Can you imagine your gas station siphoning unused gas from your car each month? The US wireless industry is even...