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Apple Stores to Adjust Genius Bar Appointments, Set to Train Employees on New Initiative [Mac Blog]

Apple is planning to make a number of changes at its retail stores ahead of the upcoming holiday season, which include adjustments to Genius Bar appointments and training for its employees on a new initiative, according to 9to5Mac.

The report notes that Apple will do away with the suggested 15 minute time limit for Genius Bar appointments in favor of a system that allows customers to book sessions with time limits based on how many issues they have. A few Apple Retail Stores have already started training for the new measures, as a full rollout of the new policy is expected to take place in the near future.

The company will also reportedly be training its employees on a significant new initiative from Sunday, August 10 to Thursday, August 28, which may pertain to in-store iPhone activations. During the aforementioned time period, Genius Bar employees will receive three hours of training while sales employees will receive five hours or training.

Lastly, Apple will be standardizing its attire for all of its U.S. retail employees, as those on the Apple Store Business Team will switch from their black polo shirts to the blue T-shirts worn by other retail employees.


Upcoming Nexus device to be made by Motorola?


The title got you intrigued? You’re not the only one, same goes for me as well. Many people would like for something like this to come to fruition. Motorola is allegedly working on yet another device we didn’t know about, as you know Moto X+1 is expected to launch soon, this summer in fact. According… Read more »

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Microsoft flashes its ‘Halo 2’ remake and Atari documentary at Comic-Con

What do Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the Atari landfill-dig have to do with comic books? Not much, really, but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft isn’t at this year’s San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) trotting them out to those in attendance. Let’s start with Master Chief. The big green galoot has a boxed set of the games he starred in coming out this November, Redmond has seen fit to drop a trailer for the collection’s gorgeously overhauled Halo 2 cinematics and we’ve embedded it below. What’s more, MCC‘s developer Certain Affinity announced that the map that introduced the world to Halo 2‘s multiplayer, “Zanzibar,” is getting the remake treatment alongside “Lockout,” “Ivory Tower,” “Coagulation” and “Ascension.” The final of the six remastered maps will be revealed at Gamescom in Germany next month. If that isn’t enough Halo news, we’ve also embedded video from the Halo: Nightfall panel that recently took place at SDCC.

Elsewhere in the San Diego Convention Center, Microsoft also has debuted the trailer for its doc chronicling the downfall of Atari, Game Over. If you need something to tide you over until that actually releases at some nebulous point this fall, though, we’ve got you covered.

Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD, Microsoft


Source: Xbox Wire (1), (2)


IRL: Taking HTC’s One M8 for a test drive

IRL: Taking HTC's One M8 for a test drive

The original HTC One was one of my favorite smartphones from 2013, but it was easy to see why you’d pass it up in favor of an archrival like Samsung’s Galaxy S4 — it just didn’t have the battery life, camera quality or expansion to keep up. Fast-forward to 2014 and it’s a different story. Most of those headache-inducing flaws have been fixed in the new One; indeed, my colleague Brad Molen suggested it was an all-around better device. But is that enough to avoid a twinge of buyer’s remorse, especially with the Galaxy S5 and Sony’s Xperia Z2 upping the ante? I spent a few weeks with the new One to find out whether I’d still be pining for features from those other devices.

I certainly didn’t miss the designs of other phones. Simply put, the newer One has the best construction I’ve seen on a handset in some time. As much as I like the iPhone 5s’ precious-feeling body, it doesn’t have the solidity or eye-catching looks of HTC’s handset. It exudes quality compared to the GS5′s thin plastic shell, and it’s certainly more tolerant of abuse than the glass-backed Z2. Yes, the One is a bit too tall and slippery, but I got used to that over time. It honestly feels like more a labor of love from passionate users — which it is — than the product of a committee. Oh, and if you’re wondering about color choices? I prefer the gunmetal-gray hue, but the gold model (really, rose gold) is just subtle enough that I wasn’t self-conscious about using it in public. The grainy matte texture also makes it a tad easier to hold than the gray variant.

There are a few pleasant surprises under the hood, too. The One has more than enough battery life to keep up with my weekend routine, which involves a deluge of Instagram photos and Twitter conversations. More often than not, I had to fight to get the battery below the halfway mark after several hours of heavy use; almost every other recent phone I’ve used runs perilously low under similar conditions. And while people might malign the camera (sometimes for the right reasons), it’s generally better-suited to my uses than some alternatives. I tend to take a lot of low-light and macro photos, and the One rarely let me down where some phones I’ve tried (particularly the GS4 and Galaxy Note 3) produced dark, blurry messes. HTC’s sensor still tends to blow out highlights in daylight photography, but not often enough to sour the experience.

It might sound like I’m fawning over the One, but there were a few quirks that got on my nerves. The keyboard would occasionally become insensitive while I was typing and would need a bit of cajoling to respond again — this was consistent across several devices I tried, so it’s clear there’s a bug. And HTC desperately, desperately needs to improve the camera resolution. I could often work around it by framing my shots carefully, but I sorely missed the ability to crop detailed images from tiny portions of full-size photos. For the next One, I’d like to see HTC accept its competitive reality and increase the rear camera resolution beyond four megapixels, even if it means giving up some of that vaunted light sensitivity.

As such, I found myself missing the cameras from other phones, particularly the iPhone 5s or LG’s G3 (both of which strike a good balance between resolution and low-light ability) and newer Lumias like the 1020 or Icon (which sacrifice very little). However, the omission wasn’t enough to make me regret trying the One. The G3 and next iPhone would undoubtedly prove tempting, but I’d be more than happy to stick with HTC’s hardware for a couple of years.

We’ve shared our experience with the HTC One M8, and now it’s time for you to share yours. Head over to our product database to write your own review — and be sure to join the forum discussion to share your experiences with fellow users!

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, HTC



Bare iPhone 6 Logic Board Surfaces, Claimed to Support NFC and 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Claimed internal components for the iPhone 6 are beginning to surface with increasing frequency as it is now likely less than two months until launch. In line with those developments, a new set of photos [Google Translate] shared by reveal what appears to be the bare logic board of the iPhone 6, likely the 4.7-inch model.

According to, the source who shared the photos of the parts claims the iPhone 6 will include support for both near field communication (NFC) and faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi, although neither of those claims can be confirmed from the photos themselves. NFC for the iPhone has been rumored for years, but has yet to come to fruition and rumors are once again split as to whether the iPhone 6 will include the technology. 802.11ac seems to be a natural upgrade for the iPhone now that appropriate chips are available.

The logic board bears a number of similarities to corresponding parts from other iPhones, although this part includes a much longer piece extending across what would be the top of the device. Given the larger body size of the iPhone 6, however, it is unsurprising that internal components could see some changes to their design and layout.

iphone_6_logic_board_screw_holesOverlay of logic board and rear shell
Screw holes in the board also appear to line up with ones seen in recent leaks of claimed rear shell parts for the iPhone 6, indicating they are indeed likely from the same device.

iphone_6_logic_board_annotatedAnnotation of likely iPhone 6 logic board component locations
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With the photos showing only the bare printed board and no chips or other components installed, it is difficult to tell much new information from the part, although the locations of some components can be identified based on their similarities to other iPhone logic boards.

The iPhone 6 is expected to see a similar launch timeframe as in recent years, with a September media event introduction followed by a launch shortly after. While the 4.7-inch model is expected to follow this timeline, an even larger 5.5-inch model is said to still be in flux and may not debut until several months later.


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Filed under: Cellphones, Laptops, Tablets, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Google, HP, Dell, Lenovo



Recommended Reading: ‘Lucy’s’ bad science and space movie inaccuracies

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Lucy’s Based on Bad Science, and 6 More Secrets About the Film
by Angela Watercutter,

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A quick Google search will reveal quite a few articles pointing out the inaccuracy of the main premise of Lucy. By ingesting drugs stuffed inside her belly by traffickers, a woman is able to access not just the 10 percent of her brain regular humans can supposedly access, but also the other 90 percent. That whole 10 percent figure is of course a myth, but that didn’t stop Luc Besson from using it as the base for his fictional narrative. Besson uses his knack for creating great female leads with some out-of-order storytelling to make the whole thing a bit more believable, and Wired has a quick rundown before this weekend’s debut.

6 Ways Movies Get Space Wrong
by Mark Hill, Cracked

Look, I’m well aware that reality gets suspended in Hollywood more often than not in the interest of constructing a compelling story. Cracked recently spoke with Chris Hadfield about his time in space, revealing a handful of topics that galactic movie makers tend to glance over. Stuff like the trip from Earth makes you throw up and the difficulty walking or jogging upon return.

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Putting Magic in the Mundane
by Penelope Green, The New York Times

Enchanted Objects author David Rose and other researchers spill the details on how high-tech devices spice up everyday life. Items like Narrative’s wearable life-logging Clip camera keeping an eye on cellphone use, for example. There’s also a project that makes CityHome’s 200-square-foot space highly modular with voice- and motion-controlled robotic furniture (including a “date mode”).

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Inside the Life of a Pro Gamer
by Vlad Savov, The Verge

In the wake of The International — a $10 million Dota 2 tournament — The Verge offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of a pro gamer. There’s a look at making the leap from hobbyist to professional and how some teams live together for an entire year in order to build the chemistry needed to dominate events on e-sports’ biggest stages. Those events are even being televised on major networks, and being a pro gamer is becoming as legitimate an occupation as any.

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The Never-Advertised, Always Coveted Headphones Built and Sold in Brooklyn
by Casey Johnston, Ars Technica

If you’re into high-quality audio gear and you’ve yet to hear about Grado Labs, you should familiarize yourself. The tiny Brooklyn-based company cranks out some of the most highly sought-after cans around, all while doing little to advertise its chops. Solid performance that’s tuned specifically for jazz music is favored over modern style, but that’s not stopping those in the know from splurging for a pair.

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​Amazon’s new video portal makes it easy to buy while you watch

Want to watch the latest Weird Al music video or catch a movie trailer straight out of Comic-Con? Amazon now has a place for that. Variety reveals that Amazon quietly launched a new “video shorts” section of its instant video service, filling it out with music videos, movie trailers, video reviews, interviews, featurettes and more. It seems like a simple addition of short-form video content, but it’s more than that: this is one of Amazon’s new advertising platforms.

While the the video short section is filled out with a lot of great content, almost all of it is put into the context of shopping. On the right side of each video there’s a list of three or four “related items” available for sale, with the option to expand the list to a full page of similar products. In other words, it’s advertising supported entertainment — has free video ever worked any other way?

Filed under: Internet, HD, Amazon


Via: Variety

Source: Amazon


Weave app brings Tinder-style swipes to job hunting

close up of a businessman using smart phone

Tinder’s swipe-able interface is such a hit, that a lot of new apps are copying it. One new, notable app among them all is called Weave, which is essentially (there’s no other way to describe it) a more boring Tinder to find fellow professionals instead of Friday-night dates. In fact, it’s so promising that its developers have just raised $630,000 in seed funding. If you’re thinking, “But I already have LinkedIn!”, well, it works a bit differently from the more traditional social network. To use the iOS or Android app, you’ll need to log in using your LinkedIn credentials, after which it’ll pair you with professionals in your area. Just like in Tinder, just swipe left to pass, or right to initiate a chat or express interest in meeting up.

According to co-founder Brian Ma, the more you use Weave to engage with other users, the more you show up in other people’s streams. Obviously, if the app takes off, it’ll be great way to network with like-minded people or find potential local employers and employees.

[Image credit: Geber86/Getty]

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile


Source: VentureBeat


You may not want to sleep with your Samsung Galaxy S4 under your pillow Anymore

Samsung Galaxy S4Do you sleep with your phone under your pillow? Well, this story may make you not want to do that anymore. 13 year old Ariel Tolfree from Texas has been awoken from her sleep by the burning smell of her Samsung Galaxy S4 overheating and singeing the bed, sheets and pillow. The girl had actually been woken up once by the smell of something burning, but fell asleep initially, before being woken up again. The root cause of the Galaxy S4′s failure has not been pinpointed yet, but it suspected to be either an unauthorized replacement battery or the fact the phone simply overheated under the pillow.

Despite it being no real fault of Samsung’s, they have offered a replacement to Ariel (though the model is not specified) and also costs of replacing the damaged bedding. In this day and age, it’s unsurprising to hear that people go to sleep with their phones in their immediate vicinity, but it’s always a good idea to make sure your phone doesn’t have its airflow impeded, a warning which Samsung does actually ship with its devices.

What do you think about this story? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Fox News via Phone Arena

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