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Intel’s Edison launches at IDF, and it’s still tiny

Back in January, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich teased us with Intel Edison — a tiny computer with a 22nm chip, on-board WiFi and Bluetooth and the footprint of an SD card. It was designed to be a lightweight and low-power development platform to help usher in the Internet of Things and the next generation of wearable devices. The company wouldn’t give us a hard launch date for Edison back at CES, but Krzanich was happy to lay it out during today’s IDF keynote: as of today, Intel Edison is shipping and available. Krzanich left it at that, short and sweet, and will be encouraging developers to adopt the program all weekend.

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Apple’s iPhone and wearables event liveblog!

September is a month synonymous with the beginning of autumn, but it’s also become associated with something else entirely: The iPhone. Today, we’re in attendance at the Flint Center in Cupertino to hear about the latest products and updates from Apple, and we’re expecting at least four new devices (two iPhones and two wearables). Join us at this space beginning at 1pm ET on September 9th, because we’ll be liveblogging the event and bringing you the latest updates as it happens. Should be a long and intense event, so make sure you bookmark this page and come back for it all!

September 9, 2014 1:00:00 PM EDT

Greetings, people of the internet! It’s iPhone (and iWatch?) day, and I, Michael Gorman, alongside Brad Molen and Zach Honig will be bringing you all the action today.

I and Brad will be tickling the keys this morning, whilst Mr. Honig will be hitting you with the images you crave.

Folks are still filing in, but we should be getting started here soon. What do y’all think we’ll see? Get at me @Numeson and Brad @phonewisdom on Twitter.

Aaaaaand, here we go! Lights dimmed, and we’re watching a promo video.

It’s talking about relentless optimism, change, doing things differently. I sense a theme.

Another way. A bigger way. One that lifts up humanity, breaks down barriers and heals the landscape.

And Tim Cook is on stage. Thundering applause!

All sorts of optical illusions being used in the video thanks to perspective shifts and creative shooting. Nifty stuff, Apple.

“Welcome! Those words mean a great deal to us. We hope they mean something to you.”

“It is great to be back in the Flint Center.”

“As you know, we’re just down the road from Apple’s birthplace. We’ve had some amazing history here. Some of the most important product intros in Apple’s history on this stage.”

And it’s great to be here (for the first time, personally) with you. Tim.

Tim’s talking about 30 years ago, when Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh to the world.

And the iMac.

“Today, we have some amazing products to share with you. And we think at the end of the day, that you will agree that this too is a very key day for Apple.”

Wow, Tim’s not going to do the usual updates today! “Everything’s great!”

There’s a lot to cover, apparently.

We’ll be the judge of that, right folks?

So first we’re going to hear about iPhone.

Last year Apple announced two iPhones for the very first time. Tim’s bragging that it’s the number one smartphone in the world.

With 98 percent customer satisfaction.

“The original iPhone set the bar for which the category would forever be defined. And for every iPhone that followed, we built upon the vision and pushed further and enlarged what the iPhone could be. “

This is the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone. (Well, yeah, every new iPhone is the biggest and most advanced, right?)

Time to show them off! With a video.

Uh oh. Ominous music.

Looking at the edge of the new iPhone. So far, it looks exactly like the leaked photos.


Two different sizes!

Same home button at the bottom. Power button on the right side, volume rockers on the left.

It’s the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus!

“I hope you’ll agree that they’re the best phones you’ve ever seen. “

Phil Schiller is coming on stage now to tell us about them.

“I’m honored to be the one to tell you about the new iPhones. Their design is like nothing ever before. Incredibly unique. The glass front, the curves around the side, to meet seemlessly with the aluminum back.”

These are a next-gen Retina display.

sRGB-accurate, with ultrathin backlight, photo-aligned IPS liquid crystal, improved polarizer, ion-strengthened glass.

It’s called Retina Display HD.

Nice mention of the leaks there, by Phil. “In case you didn’t already know,” the screens are 4.7 and 5.5 inches.

The Plus will come with double-paned landscape view.

They’re both thin; 6.9mm for the 6, 7.1mm for the Plus.

You can also see the springboard in landscape mode on the Plus.

If you double-touch the Touch ID button, everything moves down to the lower half of the screen. Then you tap again and it’ll move right back to the full-screen mode.

So that’s the one-handed mode for the larger screen.

Now talking about apps, with 1.3 million apps in the App Store now.

The Xcode software now takes advantage of the new displays. But what about the legacy apps? “They just work.”

There’s a desktop-class scaler to take advantage of the different sizes.

Phil’s showing the CNN site, which works horizontally in landscape mode.

“That doesn’t come close to telling the story to why these are the best phones ever made.”

New generation A8 chip, 2 billion transistors and 64-bit support. It’s a 20nm process.

It’s a 13 percent smaller chip than the A7.

It boasts 25 percent faster CPU performance.

The A8 is 50 times faster than the original iPhone.

(By the way, we’re having some connectivity issues. We’re working on getting some pics online for you.)

It’s up to 50 percent more energy efficient than the last-gen chip.

The A8 can drive performance for a longer sustained period of time, such as when you’re gaming.

(Compared to lower performance over time with other chips.)

“Traditionally, 3D chips are made with OpenGL. But it comes with a performance penalty, a lot of overhead.” With Apple’s Metal platform, you don’t have that problem.

Tons of game developers are on board.

Epic, Ubisoft, Gameloft, EA, Disney and Super Evil MegaCorp, among dozens of others.

Super Evil co-founder Stephan Sherman is coming on stage to show off his games.

Vain Glory is a multiplayer battle arena.

You play a unique character with unique abilities. Plant seeds to grow onions that like to dance.

This is the most popular game genre in the world. Vain Glory brings this gaming experience to iOS.

It’s like capture the flag, but with crystals. The game uses Metal.

New lighting effects and more than 100 fully animated characters interacting at once.

There’s also a massive monster that, if caught, will help your team win.

Sherman is done showing off Vain Glory, and Phil’s back.

“That’s not bad for their very first game.”

“Larger display, thinner design, incredible performance — that impacts battery life. The team has worked hard to make the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with better battery life.”

Stats: 14 hours of 3G talk time for the 6, and 24 for the Plus.

10 days standby for the 6, 16 for the Plus. 11 hours of video for the 6, 14 for the Plus.

A new M8 motion coprocessor is there, too.

It can estimate distance; it can also measure elevation changes as well, such as stairs.

There’s a new sensor — the barometer. It measures relative elevation from air pressure.

This is reflected in the health app.

Nike’s also working on a new version of the Nike+ app.

There are new advanced wireless specs — 150 Mbps LTE.

It uses carrier aggregation, and comes with 20 LTE bands. Apple is working with 200 LTE carriers around the world.

VoLTE support is included as well.

VoLTE helps make calls more clear. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, all three South Korean carriers and others around the world.

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Meet the iPhone 6 Plus and its 5.5-inch, 1080p Retina Display HD

Well folks, the time for wild-eyed rumors and clandestine reports is finally over – Apple CEO Tim Cook just officially revealed the hefty new iPhone 6 Plus and its 5.5-inch screen in Cupertino alongside a long-rumored (and handier) 4.7-inch model. This thing won’t seem all that foreign if you frequent the geekier corners of the web, but it’s a sure sign that Apple wants to give all those other pocket-stretching phablets out there a run for their metaphorical money. The company’s live press event still chugging along (with a sketchy stream, no less), but here’s what we know so far.

There’s no two ways about it: the star of the show here is the spacious 5.5-inch 1080p Retina Display HD riding up front – to hear Apple’s Phil Schiller tell it, it’s SRGB-accurate, has an ultrathin backlight, photo-aligned IPS liquid crystals, an improved polarizer, and ion-strengthened glass. More importantly (and at long last!), the screen runs at 1080p.

You won’t notice any dramatic design differences between this model and its little brother – it’s still dramatically thinner than the iPhones that came before it (the Plus comes in at 7.1mm thick, and the angular edges of the 5s have given way to a smoother, rounder look in line with the company’s most recent batch of iPads. Remember all those leaks? They absolutely nailed it, and the end result looks, well, really comfortable to latch onto. Also new is Apple’s snappy new 64-bit A8 chipset – Schiller says it’s 50 percent more energy efficient (not to mention a hair smaller) than the the A7 that graced earlier models, and about 25 percent more powerful to boot.

Apple’s iOS 8 got the grand unveiling treatment back at WWDC, but (to no one’s surprise) it packs a few extra features to help it feel more at home on bigger screens. Perhaps the biggest is the inclusion of a two-paned landscape mode which makes the whole thing feel a little more like a tiny iPad than an upscaled iPhone. If you give the TouchID button (yeah, you’re not escaping those sensors), you’ll also invoke a one-handed mode that moves everything down to the lower half of the display for easy access — great if you’ve got some short thumbs.

This is a developing story, please refresh for updates.

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Apple unveils the 4.7-inch iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

You were expecting it, and here it is: Apple has unveiled the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. As the leaks suggested, it centers around a 1,334 x 750 Retina Display HD and is decidedly slimmer (not to mention curvier) than its already svelte 5s predecessor, at 6.9mm thick. It’s not all about looks, though. The new handset is also running a beefier A8 chip that’s claimed to be about 25 percent faster than the A7 you saw the last time around, even as it’s up to 50 percent more efficient — important in a device this thin.


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Apple Looking to Expand Pittsburgh Research and Development Offices [Mac Blog]

Apple is looking to expand its presence in the Pittsburgh area by possibly doubling its office space in the city, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Apple currently operates out of the Robert Mehrabian Collaborative Innovation Center located at Carnegie Mellon University. Apple joined Intel, Carnegie Mellon CyLab and other innovators when it moved into the site in 2005 .

Apple’s lease on the location ends at the end of the year, and there is no room for expansion at the Collaborative Innovation Center. The Cupertino company reportedly talked to Carnegie Mellon about alternative on-campus sites while also hiring a realtor to find a larger facility in a different part of the city. Apple currently leases 12,000 square feet at Carnegie Mellon and is looking to move to a location that offers up to 20,000 square feet. It is not known whether this new office will supplement or replace the current facility at the Collaborative Innovation Center.

Apple is expanding its domestic footprint on many fronts, including building a new data facility in Reno, Nevada and expanding its operations office in Austin, Texas. And just yesterday it was reported Apple is working to expand its facilities in the Boston area where it has a team working on speech recognition.

The company also is building a new corporate office in Cupertino that is under extensive construction. The highlight of the new campus is Apple’s “spaceship” office building, which will occupy 2.8 million square feet when it is completed in 2016. The site also will house a 2,400 car parking garage, 100,000 square foot fitness center, 120,000 square foot auditorium, and more than 4,500 trees.

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Live Coverage of Apple’s September 2014 iPhone and iWatch Event

Apple’s highly anticipated September media event is being held today at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, the site of the unveiling of the original Macintosh and iMac.

apple_flint_center_structure_taPhoto via TouchArcade
The event begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time, and Apple is expected to unveil several new products including the iPhone 6 and an “iWatch” wearable device.

Apple will be providing a live video stream on its website for Mac and iOS users and via Apple TV, and the company is also sharing some photos and live blog updates on its event page.

Live Video Stream of Apple’s September 2014 iPhone 6 and iWatch Media Event

In addition, we will be updating this article with summary coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the event unfolds. Separate news stories regarding the event announcements will go out through our @MacRumors account.

Apple’s online stores around the world are currently down in advance of the event.

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LG offering free 3,000mAh battery & battery charging cradle with G3 purchase


LG on Tuesday announced a new, limited-time promotion which sees the handset maker essentially doubling the battery life of the G3. Already a beast at 3,000mAh, the promo gives buyers a second battery and a charging cradle at no additional cost. The deal is worth approximately $70 and is offered to anyone who buys the LG G3 at an authorized retailer or wireless provider. Hurry, the offer only lasts through September 22.

LG G3 Promo

The post LG offering free 3,000mAh battery & battery charging cradle with G3 purchase appeared first on AndroidGuys.

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Samsung’s Gear S hits the runway with Diesel Black Gold for New York Fashion Week

When we saw Samsung’s Gear S curved smartwatch last week, we said its design, “feels functional, but also like an afterthought.” The 2-inch behemoth certainly doesn’t blend into outfits as much as it becomes the centerpiece, for better or worse. Diesel Black Gold — the even more expensive, “premium” line of the Diesel clothing brand — is apparently down with that, and is working with Samsung on a variety of “unique” bands (seen above). That’s pretty much all the news there is about these so far — no pricing or release dates were given — but check out this amazing sentence from the announcement, describing the bands:

“Elements of the SS 15 collection, inspired by highly stylized New Wave rock stars and tough rockabilly heroines, have been used to give a sharp attitude to the device, characterized by signature leather and metal details.”

Delightful! The Stray Cats and Siouxsie and the Banshees clearly influenced the above design. And yes, they are just a series of colored bands for holding the Gear S. If that weren’t enough, the debut of said bands is being captured in 360-degree film and released for Samsung’s virtual reality headset, Gear VR, when it launches later this fall with the Note 4 smartphone. That is some serious crossbranding, y’all. Crossbanding? Sorry, we’ll see ourselves out.

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Engadget giveaway: win a Garmin Edge 1000 courtesy of Spinlister!

Although summer is slowly slipping away, the cooler fall temperatures are perfect for a bike ride. But if you’re looking to get out of town, it’s not always possible to take your trusty two-wheeler with you. That’s OK, because Spinlister can help you rent a bike from a local through its website or free Android and iOS apps — it might even be an upgrade from your regular ride. The company is a global, peer-to-peer sharing platform where users list and rent their bikes and action sports gear to those in need. Items are even insured up to $10,000, so there’s no need to worry about theft or damage. Spinlister has been nice enough to provide a Garmin Edge 1000 for one lucky Engadget reader to help them navigate new areas, track their stats and even discover points of interest along the way. All you need to do is head down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning this high-end cycling tech. Now there’s no more excuses for getting out of the hotel gym and into the world for some exercise and excitement.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Entries are handled through the Rafflecopter widget above. Comments are no longer accepted as valid methods of entry. You may enter without any obligation to social media accounts, though we may offer them as opportunities for extra entries. Your email address is required so we can get in touch with you if you win, but it will not be given to third parties.
  • Contest is open to all residents of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), 18 or older! Sorry, we don’t make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so direct your anger at our lawyers and contest laws if you have to be mad.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly. One (1) winner will receive one (1) Garmin Edge 1000 (010-01161-00) — a $600 value.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within three days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen. Make sure that the account you use to enter the contest includes your real name and a contact email or Facebook login. We do not track any of this information for marketing or third-party purposes.
  • This unit is purely for promotional giveaway. Garmin, Spinlister and Engadget / AOL are not held liable to honor warranties, exchanges or customer service.
  • The full list of rules, in all its legalese glory, can be found here.
  • Entries can be submitted until September 10th at 11:59PM ET. Good luck!

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An analog timepiece beats in the heart of this awkward smartwatch

Think you know what to expect in the emerging category of wrist-worn computing? Think again — the thick, heavy device pictured above is the Halo: a smartwatch that almost has more in common with a traditional timepiece than it does with a smartphone. Lonshine technologies bills the Halo as “the world’s first smart analogue watch,” meaning that it still relies on the ticking of mechanical quartz movement to keep time. This is a smartwatch that has a real watch face and real hands nestled underneath a transparent touchscreen.

If you’re wondering “why” (so were we), the answer is simple: battery life. The Moto 360 may be an attractive, functional wearable, but when its battery runs down it loses the ability to tell time. The Halo doesn’t — its mechanical movement runs on a standard watch battery, and lasts up to three years. Its higher functions are completely separate, almost an afterthought to the device’s primary function as a timepiece. Unfortunately, that disharmony shows.

The Halo is a heavy, thick watch that comes in two variants — an extra thick model (the Halo-2) that features extra batteries in the wrist-band and room for a sim-card as well as a slightly slimmer (but still notably large) Bluetooth model. Both watches run a heavily stripped down version of Android and can be used to make and accept calls and text messages (as as Google Hangouts) and display weather data. The experience is responsive, and overlays the traditional watch nicely, but it’s extremely limited. This is a last generation smartwatch embedded within last century’s timepiece.

For its faults, the Halo is actually a very novel idea — by retaining classic watch mechanics, it ensures the wearer will always have at least basic functionality from the wearable, giving it a form of battery life that no other smart wearable on the market can manage. Lonshine technologies says it’s looking for partners in the US to help market and distribute the watch, but couldn’t say when it will launch. When it does arrive, however, it should be somewhere in the $300 price range.

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