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Pebble Time raises over $9 million on Kickstarter campaign

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Date: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, 08:49
Category: Hardware, News, Wearables

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Most Kickstarter campaigns don’t work out this well.

Pebble Time, the successor to the Pebble & Pebble Steel smartwatches, was able to hit its US$500,000 goal in 17 minutes and also hit the US$2M mark in less than an hour on its crowdsourced Kickstarter campaign. The new wearable is touting a color e-paper display and microphone for responding to notifications.

It also has features Pebble users are already familiar with, such as seven days of battery life, water resistance, and an extensive library of watch faces and apps.

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Cook confirms Apple Watch will ship in April

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Date: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, 19:24
Category: Hardware, News, Wearables

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It’s not a specific release date, but the Apple Watch now has a slated month for its release.

Per Macworld, Apple CEO confirmed that the Apple Watch will begin shipping in April. Cook dropped the news on Apple’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday afternoon, saying Apple Watch is “on schedule” and will ship in April. The company reportedly hasn’t publicly committed to a date because Cook and co. are still working on the device’s battery life.

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Apple Watch battery life, CPU specs leaked

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Date: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, 18:59
Category: Hardware, News, Software, Wearables

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Some Apple Watch battery specs may have just surfaced.

Per 9to5Mac, sources with knowledge of the Apple Watch’s development have stated the specific performance targets Apple wants to achieve for the Apple Watch battery, but the actual numbers may fall short of those targets.

According to sources, Apple opted to use a relatively powerful processor and high-quality screen for the Apple Watch, both of which contribute to significant power drain. Running a stripped-down version of iOS codenamed SkiHill, the Apple S1 chip inside the Apple Watch is surprisingly close in performance to the version of Apple’s A5 processor found inside the current-generation iPod touch, while the Retina-class color display is capable of updating at a fluid 60 frames per second.

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2016 Chevy Volt to feature CarPlay support

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Date: Monday, January 12th, 2015, 10:34
Category: Hardware, iOS, News

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This could be nifty if you’re in the market for a new car in the coming year.

Per AppleInsider and The Verge, Chevrolet took the wraps off its new 2016 Volt at the North American International Auto Show on Monday, revealing that the next-generation electric vehicle will feature support for Apple’s CarPlay in its infotainment system.

The new 2016 Volt was on display on the show floor and reporters spotted mention of CarPlay in the vehicle’s dash. Support for general Bluetooth and MirrorLink was also featured, albeit an Android Auto feature was found to be missing.

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Mophie expands Juice Pack line for iPhone 6

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Date: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 15:00
Category: Accessory, battery, iPhone, News

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Accessory maker Mophie announced that it’s expanding its popular line of Juice Pack battery packs for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. According to The Verge, as of today, three new battery packs are up for preorder starting at US$99, and each will provide upward of 60 percent extra battery life.

The new lineup starts with the Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 6, which effectively doubles the iPhone 6′s already decent battery life. The Juice Pack Plus adds 120 percent extra battery life. The Juice Pack for the 6 Plus adds a meager 60 percent battery, but that shouldn’t bother most since the 6 Plus can already last more than a full day on a single charge after reasonable use. All three also come with bumpers inside the case to prevent damage upon impact. We’re not entirely sure if they’ll prevent bending, though.

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iBeacon manual goes into the wild, appears on FCC web site

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Date: Monday, January 5th, 2015, 10:38
Category: Hardware, News, Pictures

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Apple probably didn’t intend to have its iBeacon design go into the wild.

Still, it’s an interesting piece of hardware.

Per 9to5Mac, a user manual designed for developers detailing the iBeacon hardware has become available via the FCC web site and visible via appadvice.com.

The Apple iBeacon mounts to a wall with a standard screw. There is an LED on the underside of the unit, which reports battery condition and general status. Although there is no mention of battery life, it probably lasts several months (Bluetooth Low Energy doesn’t drain much power) and can be recharged via micro-USB.

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Apple retail exec Ahrendts indicates “spring” launch date for Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, November 3rd, 2014, 11:16
Category: Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

The latest word is that the Apple Watch will launch next spring.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts, stated the device’s release timeframe to retail employees in a video message, a transcript of which was provided by a source. While explaining that employees need to conserve energy for upcoming shopping seasons, Ahrendts stated, “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring:”

Up until this point, Apple has consistently said that the Apple Watch will ship in “early 2015,” without specifying a day or month. The broad window was announced at the Apple Watch’s unveil in September, is stated on Apple’s website, and was reiterated by Apple executives last month. Sources indicated in September that Apple would struggle to hit a Valentine’s Day release, which now appears to be even more unlikely. Spring begins on March 20th and lasts until June. If Apple considers late March to be “early 2015,” there may have actually been no change in plans. However, Ahrendts clearly states the launch is after the Chinese New Year (February 19th), so it appears the launch will miss Valentine’s Day regardless.

Last year, a report indicated that Apple planned to ship the wearable in fall 2014, but engineering difficulties delayed the launch to 2015. Subsequent reports confirmed that battery issues were partially to blame for Watch delays, and sources tell us that Apple is still working out kinks in the device’s battery system. Tim Cook has noted that Apple intends for the first-generation model to last all day and be charged each night. While Apple has reportedly hit that particular goal, the company is still working to speed up the amount of time it takes the inductive MagSafe charging system to fully juice up the product.

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Rumor: A8X processors allegedly feature three cores, 2GB of RAM

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Date: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 17:47
Category: Hardware, iPad, Processors, Rumor, Uncategorized

While Apple has yet to reveal the exact specifications of its A8X processor, it seems to feature some sexy tech traits. Per AppleInsider and Gizmobic, a new benchmark purports to show the horsepower of the CPU, revealing a triple-core processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM.

The purported details on the A8X chip claimed to show a new “iPad5,4″ model. Based on Apple’s IPSW files available to developers, that model would be a LTE-capable iPad Air 2.

A separate test focused on RAM speed also appears to show that the iPad Air 2 has a full 2 gigabytes of RAM. In contrast, the A8 CPU found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is a dual-core processor with 1 gigabyte of RAM.

The benchmarks published represent an out-of-date testing tool not optimized for assessing the performance of Apple’s latest hardware, which may explain why the iPad Air 2 performs poorly in some of the tests.

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How-To: How to check and manage battery usage under iOS 8

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Date: Friday, September 26th, 2014, 15:03
Category: How-To, iPhone, iPod, News

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Ok, this is nifty.

Or at least it’ll make Thanksgiving encounters with your relatives wherein they show you their iPhone, ask why it’s only getting 90 minutes of battery life and you point out the 67 open applications while wondering how you’re related to these people a bit easier.

Per AppleInsider, a new new battery tracking feature can be found in iOS 8 by opening the Settings application and navigating to General, Usage, Battery Usage. The list will take a second to populate before displaying a list of apps and how much energy they are consumed.

Apps can be listed in terms of battery usage over the last 24 hours, and over the last week. The percentages displayed show the proportion of battery used by each application when the iPhone is not charging.

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Repair firms perform first teardowns of iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets, report initial findings

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Date: Friday, September 19th, 2014, 09:49
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

As per usual, the cool cats at iFixit performed a full teardown of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus handsets only hours after getting their hands on them at the first launches around the world. Over in another corner of the woods, Japanese blog Mac Otakara performed its own teardown of the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 handset.

Per AppleInsider, the Mac Otakara teardown revealed an intricately designed interior with all-new components squeezing into a slightly revamped layout.

As seen in the video below, Apple was forced to make concessions in designing the ultra thin handset. For example, the 1,810mAh battery is now fastened to the aluminum chassis via adhesive tabs, a major change that sits somewhere between removable batteries from past iPhones and glued-in power packs from the current iPad lineup.

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