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Sep

Post-Play being added to Netflix for Chromecast users



Netflix has pushed out an announcement today to alert us that the Post-Play feature that came about back in August of 2012, is finally making its way to your Google Chromecast experience.  If you aren’t familiar with the feature, Post-Play simply moves along from the current TV episode you are watching to the next when it is over. Simplifying your marathon Sundays a little.

Post-Play Netflix

 


Post-Play isn’t just for TV shows. If you happen to be watching a movie you will get similar film recommendations. They say it will function like other devices, so you can expect to be prompted to continue watching after a period of episodes so that you don’t miss an entire season while you are sleeping. Netflix also mentions that they are working to integrate the same functionality to the PC.

I am not seeing the update happening just yet on my devices, but Netflix states that it will be hitting all Netflix customers over the next few days.

Source: Netflix Blog


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9
Sep

LG G Watch goes on sale in the Play Store for $179



The LG G Watch has dropped its price tag by $50 in the Play Store today. That brings the Android Wear powered smartwatch down to $179.  That makes it $0.99 less than Best Buy has been selling it for the last few weeks. The new price tag is only going to be effective until September 23rd as part of a special fall savings.


LG G Watch Sale

It probably isn’t a coincidence that the price dropped the same time Apple did their iWatch announcement. You know where to go to grab this in the Play Store, or you can just go to Best Buy and not wait on shipping.


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9
Sep

Apple is giving away U2’s new album ‘Songs of Innocence’ on iTunes


To close out today’s event, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2 announced that the band’s newest album is launching right now on iTunes. It’s available free, and will be there exclusively until October 13th to all account holders. If you don’t have an account, just create one within the next five weeks and you can download all 11 tracks from Songs of Innocence free of charge. The servers are (predictably) a bit slammed, but it should be available right in the albums section of iTunes on PCs or your Apple device to download it. It will also be available on iTunes Radio and Beats Music for streaming, starting tomorrow. U2 closed out the show by performing the album’s lead single “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”. Rolling Stone has some details from band members about the collaborations (Danger Mouse, Flood and some of Adele’s producers) and influences for the album, but check back here to get our first impressions of both new iPhone 6 models, and the Apple Watch.

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Source: Apple, iTunes, Apple.com/U2

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9
Sep

The iPhone 6 vs the competition: can it stay ahead?


By now you’re aware that there’s an iPhone 6 and you’ve seen what it has to offer. But are all those new bells and whistles (like Apple Pay) enough to make you choose it above other phones? It’s always hard to tell what features will work out, but in the meantime there’s always cold, hard specs to look at. We’ve stacked up the new iPhone against the latest and greatest its competitors have to offer, so check out the numbers and other internals of the iPhone 6 versus the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 and the HTC One (M8) for Windows. Of course, you can also pick whatever devices you want and pit them against the iPhone 6 with our compare feature!

iPhone 6 Samsung Galaxy S5 LG G3 HTC One (M8) for Windows
Pricing $199, $299, $399 $199 $99-$199 $149
Known Dimensions 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm (5.54 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches) 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches) 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches), curved 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.35mm (5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches)
Weight 4.55 oz (129 g) 5.11 oz (145 g) 5.26 oz. (149g) 5.64 oz. (160g)
Screen size 4.7 inches 5.1 inches 5.5 inches 5.0 inches
Screen resolution 1,334 x 750 (326ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (432ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 (534 ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (441 ppi)
Screen type IPS LCD, Retina HD Super AMOLED Full HD IPS LCD S-LCD3
Battery NA 2,800mAh (removable) 3,000mAh (removable) 2,600mAh (non-removable)
Internal storage 16 / 64 / 128GB 16 / 32GB 32GB 16 / 32GB
External storage None microSD (up to 128GB) Up to SDXC standard/2TB theoretical MicroSD (up to 128GB)
Rear camera 8MP iSight, f/2.2, 1.5µm pixel size 16MP, LED flash 13MP with OIS 4MP UltraPixel, f/2.0, 2.0µm pixel size, 1/3″ sensor size, 28mm lens
Front-facing cam 1.2MP, f/2.2 2.0MP 2.1MP 5MP, f/2.0, BSI, wide-angle lens
Video capture 1080p 4K 4K (30fps) 1080p
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0 v4.0 v4.0 with AptX
SoC Apple A8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
CPU NA 2.5GHz quad-core 2.5GHz quad-core 2.3GHz quad-core
GPU NA Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Adreno 330
RAM NA 2GB 3GB 2GB
WiFi Dual band, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Dual-band, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Dual-band, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Dual-band, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n
Operating system iOS 8 Android 4.4 Android 4.4.2 Windows 8.1
Standout features Touch ID, next-gen gyroscope, barometer, Facetime HD, Apple Pay Fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, Ultra Power Saving Mode, IP67 certified, 4K video Smart Notice, LG Health, 4K video UltraPixel sensor, Duo Camera, Zoe, BoomSound, BlinkFeed, Extreme Power Saving Mode

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9
Sep

RIP Click Wheel: Apple discontinues the iPod classic


RIP Click Wheel: Apple discontinues the iPod classic

Every time Apple holds one of its keynotes, we think to ourselves, “Maybe this is the year they’ll kill off the iPod classic.” Finally, after a years-long stay of execution, Apple’s oldest living media player is going the way of the dodo. The company just reopened its online store after announcing two new iPhones and a smartwatch, and the iPod classic is conspicuously absent from the iPod section. The remaining options include the shuffle, nano and touch at the high-end, with the max amount of storage being 64GB. If you’re of a certain age, then, you can get ready to tell your grandchildren about the days when people carried 160GB of music in their pocket instead of streaming it all from the cloud. Oh, and get ready to explain what a spinning hard drive is, too.

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Source: Apple

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9
Sep

iPhone 6 pricing in the UK: what you need to know


iPhone 6 Pricing

The rumours were true: Apple’s finally expanded the size of its smartphones and launched two new models: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. With the company’s new A8 processor controlling things, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus clock in at least 25 percent faster than the iPhone 5s, offering up to 50 percent better battery life and more power for the most intensive 3D games. There’s also an improved M8 motion coprocessor for better fitness tracking, as well as a dedicated “image signal processor” that’ll deliver slower-motion video (up to 240fps) while offering clearer and more vibrant photos (thanks to its new Focus Pixels auto-focusing tech).

Specifications aside, you’re probably wanting to know when both devices will become available and how much they’ll cost. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will go on general sale from September 19th, but in keeping with tradition, Apple will open pre-orders a little earlier. Come this Friday (September 12th), you’ll be able to secure a new unlocked iPhone for the following prices:

16GB 64GB 128GB
iPhone 6 £539 £619 £699
iPhone 6 Plus £619 £699 £789

You can, of course, also order your device direct from an operator. EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three have already confirmed they’ll be ranging the devices, possibly allowing you to reduce the cost if you sign up to a 24-month deal. While none of the carriers have announced pricing, we’re on the case and will keep you updated ahead of Friday’s pre-order go-live.

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Source: Apple Store

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9
Sep

Stephen Hawking wants Intel developers to help build a connected wheelchair


Why should developers be interested in developing on Intel’s Galileo and Edison development boards? Because one of the smartest men on the planet thinks you should. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich paused the Intel Developer Forum 2014 keynote for a brief, encouraging message from renowned theoretical astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who introduced himself as “the guy who made black holes cool.” His topic of choice wasn’t space oddities, however — but about how technology can be a life-changing force for the disabled. “Medicine can’t cure me,” Hawking said, “so I rely on technology. It lets me interface with the world. It propels me. It’s how I’m speaking to you now.”

Hawking focused on the importance of Intel’s Connected Wheelchair Program, and how technologies like Galileo and Edison can be used to improve the quality of life for people dependent on technology. “A wheelchair user can now monitor important information about their health, the status of their wheelchair and the accessibility of the places they visit.” Hawking said. “Significantly improving their day-to-day life.”

Hawking concluded his brief cameo on an optimistic note — both about how science and technology can help the disabled and words of encouragement for the developers listening. “I challenge you all here to excel to bring about the changes you want in the world,” he said. “Keep pushing and never give up.” Check out his full speech for yourself in the video below.

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9
Sep

iPhone 6 Plus vs the competition: bigger is better, right?


Phones have been getting bigger and bigger, with many consumers embracing large handsets even as their screen sizes start to brush against the 6-inch mark. But those who prefer a larger screen have really only had Android as an option — until today. The larger iPhone 6 Plus is here, and it’s beautiful. While time will tell whether the iPhone 6 Plus has what it takes to challenge its more-established competition, we can still take a look at its specs versus the Galaxy Note 4 and LG G Pro 2 to see who’s coming out of the gate with the strongest start. Want to see how it compares to other phones, both big and small? Build your own specs comparison with our compare feature!

iPhone 6 Plus Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LG G Pro 2
Pricing $299, $399, $499 (16, 64 and 128GB options) NA NA
Known Dimensions 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm (6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches) 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm (6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inch) 157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3mm (6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inch)
Weight 6.07 oz (172 g) 6.21 oz (176 g) 5.64 oz. (172 g)
Screen size 5.5 inches 5.7 inches 5.9 inches
Screen resolution 1,920 x 1,080 (401 ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 (515 ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (373 ppi)
Screen type IPS LCD, Retina HD Super AMOLED Quad HD True IPS+ LCD, Gorilla Glass 3
Battery NA 3,220mAh (user removable) 3,200mAh (non-removable)
Internal storage 16 / 64 / 128GB 32 GB 16 / 32GB
External storage None microSD (up to 64GB) MicroSD (up to 64GB)
Rear camera 8MP iSight, f/2.2, 1.5µm pixel size, OIS 16MP, LED flash 13MP, LED flash
Front-facing cam 1.2MP, f/2.2 3.7MP 2.1MP
Video capture 1080p 4K 4K
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.1 v4.0
SoC Apple A8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
CPU NA 2.7GHz 2.26GHz quad-core
GPU NA Adreno 420 Adreno 330
RAM NA 3GB 3GB
WiFi Dual-band, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Dual-band, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Dual-band, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n
Operating system iOS 8 Android 4.4 Android 4.4.2, Optimus 3.0
Standout features Touch ID, barometer, next-gen gyroscope, Facetime HD, Apple Pay Fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, UV light sensor 1W Hi-Fi sound, OIS+, Natural Flash, Magic Focus

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9
Sep

The iPhone 6 Plus preview (hands-on)


An iPhone with a 5.5-inch display? A few years ago, it seemed as though Apple would never relent to doing such a thing — after all, a 3.5-inch display was more than sufficient at the time. In 2014, however, it’s a bit of a different story. There’s a wide variety of phone sizes out there, and a lot of different markets that Apple could appeal to by offering a large device. With the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is now able to address those who don’t mind using a big phone for its extra screen real estate and larger battery. We had the opportunity to play with the Plus for a spell after Apple’s keynote this morning, and it’s got a bright future ahead. Check out our photos and video below as we continue to bring you our thoughts on the giant iPhone.

First, the elephant in the demo room was the phone’s size. After all, 5.5-inch screens won’t appeal to everyone, especially folks who have been used to 3.5- and 4.0-inch iPhones for the last seven years. But we brought a 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with us to compare, and while the Note takes advantage of the S Pen and its litany of features, it’s also just a tad wider and thicker than the Plus. Apple’s version also benefits from having curved edges which are actually easier to grip onto than I was originally expecting; I’m used to carrying phones with large displays, and the iPhone 6 Plus is just as comfortable to hold as most other devices its size.

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9
Sep

We got our hands on the Apple Watch


The rumors, flying for many moons now, have turned out to be true. Meet Apple’s first wearable, the aptly, if uncreatively, named Watch. While the name’s a bit mundane, Apple’s making a big effort to make the thing as customizable as it can, with two sizes, three materials and a slew of different watch bands. We didn’t get to put our fingers on every permutation of the Watch, but we did get to try on a couple of them. Join me after the break, won’t you, and find out what they’re like.

Unfortunately, Apple wouldn’t let me actually interact with the Watch’s UI, as the demo units were simply rolling through screenshots while it was strapped to my wrist. I got to try on both the regular polished steel with a leather loop strap and one of the aluminum Sport versions. As you’d expect, the build quality of each was impeccable, with a smooth scrolling crown control and a satisfyingly solid snick happening when pressing it or the button situated alongside.

The bands were both comfy, though I preferred the look and feel of the leather loop. The magnets inside the leather seem to do the job of clasping well, though without the same magnetic force as those accustomed to the MagSafe connectors found on Apple laptops. As for the rubber sport band, I had some trouble fitting the metal nubbin into its appropriate hole, and I got a little pinch on the underside of my wrist when tucking it into the band. We imagine we’d get the hang of fitting it quickly and painlessly eventually, but our first time strapping it on was not all pleasant.

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