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Apple to Begin Offering Unlocked, SIM-Free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models in the U.S. Tomorrow

Monday January 5, 2015 1:48 pm PST by
Apple will begin offering unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting tomorrow on its online store and at its retail locations, reports 9to5Mac. Pricing will remain the same alongside the other unsubsidized iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, with 16/64/128 GB versions of the iPhone 6 selling for $649/$749/$849 respectively, while the 16/64/128GB versions of the...

CES 2015: 'Narrative Clip 2' Wearable Camera Debuts with Improved Optics, Automatic Photo Capture

Monday January 5, 2015 4:38 am PST by
This week's Consumer Electronics Show has brought the unveiling of the Narrative Clip 2, which is the follow up to the popular portable wearable camera now featuring an improved camera, enhanced light sensitivity, and wide-angle optics. The Narrative Clip 2 features a new 8-megapixel camera system with a range of 86°, along with a built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth radios that allow for a user...

CES 2015: iSketchnote Transfers Pen and Paper Sketches and Notes to iPad Instantly

Monday January 5, 2015 3:56 am PST by
iSketchnote demonstrated its iPad note digitization product at CES 2015, showing users a way to automatically transfer notes and sketches created with a real pen into digital files that can be edited and shared on the iPad. The note digitization is mainly handled by the Slate, which is a Bluetooth-enabled writing platform that allows users to place their favorite notebook or a piece of paper on ...

CES 2015: Netatmo Debuts 'Welcome' Smart Home Camera with Family Face Recognition Technology

Monday January 5, 2015 12:36 am PST by
Connected products manufacturer Netatmo showed off its new Welcome HD smart home camera at CES 2015, which features the ability to recognize individual members of a family and inform other users as to who is home. The camera, which features a 130 degree field of view, also offers a live video feed with audio that is accessible through an iOS app to monitor a current home situation without the...

CES 2015: Connected Cycle Reveals Smart Bike Pedal with Location and Fitness Tracking Features

Sunday January 4, 2015 10:58 pm PST by
French startup Connected Cycle has introduced its new smart bike pedal at CES 2015, which is able to track a bike's exact location in the event of a theft and a number of distance and fitness statistics during biking activity. The aluminum pedal works with a companion app on iOS to track where a bike is located, and can send a push notification if the bike has been moved or give a location...

CES 2015: Parrot Unveils RNB6 In-Dash Entertainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Support

Sunday January 4, 2015 10:12 pm PST by
Drone and headphone manufacturer Parrot has unveiled its new RNB6 in-dash car entertainment system at CES 2015, which features a 7-inch, 720p touchscreen with built-in support for Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free as well as Android Auto and Android Auto Voice. Parrot's RNB6 system also boasts a number of internal specs and features including Bluetooth 4.0 and configurable 5GHz Wi-Fi, as...

CES 2015: Blue Spark Introduces 'TempTraq' Wearable Thermometer and iOS App

Sunday January 4, 2015 9:38 pm PST by
Blue Spark Technologies has unveiled its new TempTraq wearable Bluetooth thermometer at CES 2015, which pairs with a companion app to give live updates and alerts on body temperature. The company notes that the thermometer is great for parents who want to measure their child's temperature without disturbing rest, as data can be viewed and shared in real time. The TempTraq contains a...

CES 2015: Griffin Unveils Line of New Charging Accessories Optimized for iOS Devices

Sunday January 4, 2015 9:08 pm PST by
Accessory maker Griffin Technology today unveiled four new products at CES 2015, including its five-slot PowerDock Pro charging station, its three-port PowerBlock 3 wall charger, its PowerBlock Wall Dock for holding a device up on the wall during charging, and its 12-volt PowerJolt Premium car charger. Griffin's PowerBlock 3 wall charger allows users to charge up to three devices at one...
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CES 2015: Withings Reveals 'Activité Pop' Watch with Activity and Sleep Tracking Capabilities

Sunday January 4, 2015 8:22 pm PST by
Withings today revealed its new Activité Pop wearable at CES 2015, which is an analog watch that contains advanced activity and sleep tracking capabilities. The Activité Pop is a follow up to Withings' Activité watch which was revealed last year, and comes with a lightweight design that features a swappable silicone strap, a body that is water-resistance for up to 30 meters, and a battery that...

Internal Foxconn Sketch Said to Be of Apple's 'iPad Pro' Surfaces

Sunday January 4, 2015 11:58 am PST by
A new internal sketch of Apple's larger-screened iPad Pro has surfaced by way of a Foxconn worker (via, Google Translate), showing what may be our first look at the large tablet and its physical features. The employee who captured the sketch notes that initial testing phases for the larger iPad were halted last summer after Apple received new prototypes, but adds that mass...

Japan Apple Stores Kick Off 'Lucky Bag' Sales with MacBook Air, iPads, iPod Touch Featured

Friday January 2, 2015 12:50 am PST by
Apple's retail locations in Japan have begun sales of the "Fukubukuro", also known as a "lucky bag", which offer an assortment of products at a steep discount. Japanese blog Mac Otakara (Google Translate) was present at the Apple Store in Nagoya to discover the exact content of the various bags among customers, with some shoppers receiving big-ticket items like iPads and MacBooks. MacBook ...

PDF Reader 'GoodReader' Removes iCloud Drive Functions to Comply with 'Mandatory' Apple Policy [Updated]

Wednesday December 31, 2014 3:21 am PST by
PDF reader app GoodReader has removed a number of operations related to iCloud Drive to comply with Apple's guidelines. Specifically, developer Good.iWare has disabled GoodReader's ability to create and delete new folders inside iCloud along with the ability to move iCloud files. The developer called the iCloud usage policy "mandatory" and also included VoiceOver compatibility along with a big...
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New York City Considering Apple Pay for Future Parking Ticket Payment System

Wednesday December 31, 2014 2:32 am PST by
The city of New York is considering new measures (PDF) that would allow drivers to pay their parking tickets with alternative payment methods like Apple Pay, PayPal, and Bitcoin, reports MarketWatch. Currently, the city says it is collecting roughly $600 million in parking ticket revenue each year, as the region's Department of Finance is looking for a "convenient way for motorists to...

Chaos Computer Club Demonstrates How to Reproduce Fingerprints Using Public Photos

Monday December 29, 2014 2:14 am PST by
The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) claims that it can reproduce fingerprints to overcome security measures from simple photos of a user's fingers, reports VentureBeat. CCC member Jan "Starbug" Krissler presented his method for recreating a fingerprint at the group's annual convention in Hamburg, Germany over the weekend, as he generated the thumbprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen by ...

Apple Japan Debuts 'Start Something New' Campaign on Website Highlighting Products, Apps, and Artists

Monday December 29, 2014 12:53 am PST by
Apple today debuted a new campaign on its Japanese website called "Start Something New" (Google Translate) which showcases individuals using its latest products and apps to create art and take photos. Among the products highlighted include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iMac, as apps like Procreate, VSCO Cam, and iDraw are also highlighted. The new section includes entries on...

Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine Meeting with Musicians Over Exclusive Beyonce-Like Album Releases

Sunday December 28, 2014 11:57 pm PST by
Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine has been meeting with a number of music artists over doing exclusive album releases similar to Beyoncé's incredibly successful iTunes album last year, reports the New York Post. Citing sources close to the matter, the paper notes that Iovine is using his close connections with popular musicians like Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, and Gwen Stefani to create new side deals that...

Apple in Talks with Major Banks to Launch Apple Pay in UK During First Half of 2015

Sunday December 28, 2014 11:23 pm PST by
Top banks across the UK are currently negotiating with Apple to launch Apple Pay in the country during the first half of 2015, reports The Telegraph. Sources close to the matter note that the major banks have cited privacy concerns over the personal and financial information of users, but admit that they are positive about the impact the service has had in the United States. It is understood the ...
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Apple Said to Have Declined Offer From Sony to Host 'The Interview' on iTunes

Tuesday December 23, 2014 10:46 pm PST by
Sony Pictures recently attempted to enter talks with Apple over distributing its highly-anticipated film "The Interview" on iTunes, reports The New York Times. The report notes that Apple showed no interest in the offer, which came shortly after Sony Pictures announced that it would be canceling the wide theatrical release of the movie after being threatened by hackers. It remained unclear,...

Walt Disney World to Begin Accepting Apple Pay Starting December 24

Monday December 22, 2014 2:35 am PST by
Walt Disney World will officially begin accepting Apple Pay starting this Wednesday, December 24, reports WDWMagic (via iMore). The inclusion of Apple Pay will allow users to make purchases at the theme park with an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, and is a part of Disney's initiative to accept more contactless payment methods rolled out with its MyMagic+ program. Leveraging the RFID...
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Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook Air Rumored to Enter Mass Production in Early 2015

Monday December 22, 2014 1:37 am PST by
Apple's 12-inch MacBook Air and the Apple Watch are expected to enter mass production in 2015 as the company's supply partners have accelerated component production for both products, reports Digitimes. Supply chain sources note that the 12-inch MacBook Air will feature Intel's Broadwell processors and a new ultra-thin design. The new notebook is also expected to be available in limited supply...