Microsoft announces Cortana for iOS, Android devices, cites release date for later this year

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Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, 07:39
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, Uncategorized

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If you were thinking of dropping Siri for another personal assistant, Microsoft has something on the way.

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that its Cortana personal digital assistant will be available for iOS and Android devices later this year. Windows 10 will also feature a new “Phone Companion” app as a central place for PC users to install Cortana and other Windows-related apps for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

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Fontstand lets Mac OS X users rent fonts for hours, days, months or buy them outright

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Date: Monday, May 25th, 2015, 06:43
Category: News, Software, Uncategorized

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This could be useful, especially if you only need as specific font for a short period of time.

A new application called Fontstand allows Mac OS X users to rent or try fonts for free. Once a font is previewed, it can be activated for one hour or rented at 10 percent of its retail price per month. Users can own the font after renting it for 12 months and a font can be shared with a team for a fraction of its rental price.

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Some Apple Watch users complain about heartbeat sensor delayed data after Watch OS 1.0.1 update

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Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 08:57
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Apple put a lot of fixes and changes into its Watch OS 1.0.1 update.

It might need a few more.

A number of users as well as independent testing have reported that the Watch OS 1.0.1 updated has caused some Apple Watches to track heart rate sporadically, in some cases with an hour or more between readings, according to complaints on Apple’s support forums, and verified by AppleInsider’s array of tests.

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Apple states HomeKit-based devices to surface in June, refutes reports of delays

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Date: Friday, May 15th, 2015, 08:31
Category: Developer, iPad, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized

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The HomeKit stuff will begin arriving in June according to Apple.

Refuting a recent report claiming delays with the home automation software platform would push back the launch until August or September, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller went on record as saying that “HomeKit [hardware certification] has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month.”

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Verizon Wireless, Sprint to pay $158 million in settlement fees for overcharging practices

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Date: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, 07:33
Category: News, Uncategorized, wireless

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You might want to check your Verizon Wireless or Sprint bill to make sure it’s accurate.

Or at least look into the class action lawsuit against the carriers to see if you qualify for part of the settlement.

Wireless carriers Verizon Wireless and Sprint will pay a combined total of US$158 million to settle billing complain charges filed by the Federal Communications Commission.

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Tech blogger posts videos of Apple Watch surviving 1,200 meter swim test, other challenges

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Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 08:23
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Now that the Apple Watch is out, it’s time to put it through a battery of physical tests, including water-based ones.

The good news is that the device seems to hold up pretty well. Over the weekend, endurance sports and tech blogger Ray Maker posted a few Apple Watch-related waterproof videos, including the first lap swimming test with Apple’s new wearable.

In the first video, Maker tests the Apple Watch against higher-intensity swimming activities. As he notes, “It’s the wrist hitting the water that’s so difficult for watch waterproofing due to the impact forces,” so that’s what he decides to focus on in the test. After about 25 minutes in the water and a 1200 meter swim, Maker found results similar to most other waterproofing tests over the past few weeks – the Apple Watch remains seemingly unharmed by even the most daunting submerged water tests.

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Additional teardown, analysis finds Apple Watch CPU/GPU manufactured via Samsung’s 28-Nanometer process

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Date: Friday, May 8th, 2015, 07:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Processors, Uncategorized, Wearables

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The Apple Watch has gone through a number of teardowns since its release on April 24. The newest release from Chipworks has revealed the wearable to feature 512MB of RAM, a Broadcom Wi-Fi chip, an accelerometer/gyrometer from STMicroelectronics, 30 individual components inside the 26mm x 28mm S1 package, a feat Chipworks calls “quite an accomplishment.”

Among the more interesting discoveries Chipworks has made is the manufacturing process for the APL0778 application processor (CPU/GPU). It was made with Samsung’s 28 nanometer LP process, which is no longer cutting edge technology. A 28-nanometer processor was also used in the iPhone 5s, while the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus used 20-nanometer A8 processors.

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Tests show Apple Watch heart rate sensor to be nearly on par with Mio’s Alpha unit

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Date: Friday, May 8th, 2015, 07:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Apple picked a good heart rate sensor for the Apple Watch.

After a series of tests by Mac and iOS developer Brad Larson in which raw data was extracted from both devices, the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch was determined to be nearly on par with the Mio Alpha, a popular dedicated heart rate sensor also worn on the wrist. The Alpha produced sharper peaks, which may suggest more filtering on the Watch, but in most cases the data produced was essentially equal.

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T-Mobile responds to Verizon campaign, offers improved incentives in try-out and switch deal

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Date: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, 07:38
Category: iPhone, News, retail, Uncategorized, wireless

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It’s competition that makes life interesting.

Wireless carrier T-Mobile is responding to Verizon’s “Never Settle” ad campaign, which offers to lend Verizon customers a new smartphone and port their existing number to it for a 14-day trial. If customers prefer T-Mobile’s service, the company will pay off Verizon’s Early Termination Fees up to a maximum of US$650.

T-Mobile is also offering to settle any outstanding payments on your phone within the US$650 limit when customers go with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan.

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Reserve Strap, other outfits, eye Apple Watch diagnostic port for accessories

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Date: Monday, May 4th, 2015, 08:41
Category: Accessory, Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Sometimes it’s the lesser known ports that allow for the best peripherals.

A number of third party vendors are looking to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch’s lugs to charge the device. One accessory maker discussed this approach, opening up the possibility of a “Made for Apple Watch” program down the line.

“Our engineers have been able to independently confirm that the 6-pin diagnostic port underneath the Apple Watch case can be used for charging,” the designers of battery band Reserve Strap wrote in a recent post. This is an undocumented functionality, and there is no word on whether Apple will allow continued access via the port.

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