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Sep

Think tank hires ‘Call of Duty’ game director to predict the future of war


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If you felt that Call of Duty: Black Ops II presented an eerily plausible vision of war in the years ahead, you’re not alone. The Atlantic Council, a political think tank, has asked Black Ops II director Dave Anthony to contribute to an “Art of Future Warfare” project that looks at fiction as a possible insight into next-generation conflicts. As he explains, the next big threat to the US probably doesn’t fit into conventional definitions of war — a game developer can imagine fantastic scenarios that might just come true, such as Black Ops II‘s drone assault on a G20 meeting. This isn’t the same as directly guiding US policy, so Anthony’s effect will likely be limited. However, it won’t be surprising if the country is eventually better prepared for high-tech terrorists and other dangers that it otherwise wouldn’t have anticipated.

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Via: AFP (Phys.org)

Source: Atlantic Council

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29
Sep

Apple Watch May Headline Fashion Boutique Colette’s ‘One Day Only Experience’ Tomorrow [Updated]


Apple and Parisian fashion boutique Colette are preparing a “one day only experience” on September 30, reports French blog Macplus [Google Translate]. Showcased on Colette’s website, the event will be held from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM local time at the retailer’s gallery on rue Saint-Honoré in Paris.

Information on what will be shown during the one-day event has not been revealed, but hints from the invitation and Colette’s own fashion focus suggest the Apple Watch will be the highlight. The pattern of dots on the promotional image appears very similar to the zoomed-out home screen of the Apple Watch, with each dot representing an app icon.

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Apple unveiled the Apple Watch earlier this month alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The smartwatch will be available in a variety of configurations, including a high-fashion Edition collection that features an 18-karat gold casing and sapphire crystal display and a Sport collection for fitness enthusiasts. Apple is targeting an early 2015 launch, but the company will reportedly be hard-pressed to make the device available to the public in time for February’s Valentine’s Day holiday.

Update 8:55 AM: As noted by forum member Rogifan, Apple industrial design team member Mikael Silvanto has posted several photos on his Instagram account yesterday documenting his trip to Paris for Paris Fashion Week. In one photo, a member of the team is shown wearing Apple Watch at a meal, while another photo taken onboard the plane en route to Paris may show Jony Ive and Marc Newson in the background.

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29
Sep

Apple Testing Three Significant iOS 8 Updates Simultaneously Ahead of Major Product Launches


Based on web traffic data, it appears Apple may be hastening its iOS updates as it prepares to launch several major products in the coming months. As noted by 9to5Mac, the Cupertino company is simultaneously testing three major iOS 8 iterations that may be released according to an expedited schedule.

Web server analytics indicate Apple is currently actively testing iOS 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3. The development is an unusual one, as Apple typically only publicly tests one of each iOS version (full, major update, minor update) at a time, releasing major updates months apart after the initial September rollout. An example is iOS 7, which debuted in September 2013 and was not updated to iOS 7.1 until March 2014.

ios_8_2_hitsVisits to MacRumors from devices running iOS 8.2 now numbering in the dozens per day
The most likely explanation for this change in pattern involves major product launches over the coming months. The company is preparing to roll out Apple Pay in October, with the new NFC-based payment system almost certainly falling into the major software update category. Other products on the horizon include the upcoming Apple Watch and a rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro”, both of which appear set to launch early next year and which would also require significant iOS updates to support them.

Apple released iOS 8 earlier this month with a handful of new features including support for extensions, widget notifications, and third-party keyboards. iOS 8 has had a rocky start, with the company temporarily removing HealthKit-enabled apps at launch due to an unspecified issue. Apple also released and quickly removed iOS 8.0.1 after the update disabled cellular connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices.




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29
Sep

Oppo N3 specs and images leaked


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New leaks have emerged of the next big (literally) device to launch and it seems to indicate some of the specs we can expect for the Oppo N3 too.

The Oppo N3 is likely to have a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 13-Megapixel camera.

Interestingly, the Oppo N3 is rumoured to be offered in a lighweight aluminium lithium model and a stainless steel model – both of which will launch in October.

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29
Sep

Apple May Launch 27-Inch Retina iMac With AMD Graphics as Soon as Next Month


imac_27_angleFollowing several recent reports on Apple’s long-rumored ultra-thin 12-inch notebook, Jack March is now reporting that Apple is indeed working on a 27-inch “5K” Retina iMac with a resolution of 5120 x 2880. According to the report, which MacRumors has reason to believe is based on legitimate information, the machine could launch as soon as next month.

A source familiar with Apple’s plans tells me that Apple is indeed planning to launch a Retina iMac at their next press event, however the 27″ Model will be the only model that gets this feature. The source says the new 27″ iMac will use a 5120 x 2880 panel as leaked in the OSX Yosemite code a few months ago. This resolution is double the current resolution of the 27″ iMac which is 2560×1440.

This new 27-inch Retina iMac would continue to use Haswell processors, topping out at the 4.0 GHz Core i7-4790K, as Intel’s next-generation Broadwell processors will not be ready until possibly the middle of next year. The report also claims Apple will be switching to AMD graphics for this new iMac, while the overall design and port configuration would remain the same as the current model.

The report’s sources suggest the move to Retina will be limited to the larger 27-inch iMac at this time, with the 21.5-inch model continuing to use the current 1920 x 1080 display.

Rumors of a 27-inch Retina display or iMac from Apple have been circulating for some time, but have picked up steam in recent weeks with a specific claim of a 5K Apple display launching before the end of the year, as well as Dell’s own announcement of such a display. With finalization of the DisplayPort 1.3 specification, connectivity will also become easier as that standard rolls out, allowing for single-cable uncompressed video at 5K resolutions.

Update 6:46 AM: 9to5Mac is hearing similar information about Retina iMacs being in “late testing stages” at Apple.




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29
Sep

Humana’s Healthy Lifestyle Rewards Program Adds HealthKit Support


Last month, it was reported that Apple was in talks with health insurers about its HealthKit tools that officially launched to the public with iOS 8 earlier this month. The report suggested Apple may have been looking to partner with insurers on programs to reward users for maintaining healthy lifestyles and reaching fitness goals as tracked by HealthKit.

One of the insurers mentioned in the report was Humana, which today officially announced integration between its HumanaVitality rewards program and HealthKit. Under the program, members can receive wellness points redeemable for a variety of rewards including fitness equipment, electronics, and movie tickets.

Recent updates to the HumanaVitality app have added HealthKit support to pull in data from wearable devices and Apple’s own fitness-oriented tracking features, making it easy for users to document their progress.

The HumanaVitality App, designed to make it easy and simple for consumers to engage with their health, enables users to create and measure specific, personal wellness goals (get active, eat better, lose weight or reduce stress). HumanaVitality rewards members for meeting these goals and for other healthy behaviors, from getting a biometrics screening to taking 10,000 physician-recommended steps a day.

HumanaVitality members who use the HumanaVitality App can upload fitness data from their favorite wearables into Apple Health and earn Vitality Points for hitting their health and fitness milestones.


HumanaVitality [Direct Link] is a free download from the App Store.




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29
Sep

Xbox One launches in China


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Chinese gamers have just witnessed their first major console launch since authorities lifted their 13-year ban on most video game systems. Following a last-minute delay, Microsoft has released the Xbox One in mainland China; people in 37 cities across the country can now pick up a shiny new machine without having to resort to unofficial channels. There are only 10 government-approved games on offer from day one, including Dance Central: Spotlight and Forza Motorsport 5, but over 70 China-friendly titles are supposed to be in the works. As for Sony? It has yet to confirm just when the PlayStation 4 reaches China, but it’s doubtful that the company will be far behind — it won’t want to give Microsoft too much of a head start.

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Via: VentureBeat

Source: Microsoft China (translated)

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29
Sep

Circle’s Bitcoin bank is now open to everyone in the world


When Circle’s Bitcoin bank launched in May, the only way that you could sign up was if you had an invitation. From today, however, the nascent financial institution has opened its doors to everyone in the world. Circle is pitching itself as a legitimate Bitcoin repository, adhering to US anti-money laundering rules, requiring depositors give their real names and insuring all accounts against theft. The outfit is also boasting that it can instantly send cash to friends, family or blackmailers anywhere in the world without transaction fees. In addition to English, the site has launched in six additional languages including Chinese and Portuguese, and the company promises that iOS and Android apps are coming in the near future.

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Via: The Next Web

Source: Circle

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29
Sep

AT&T doubles data for most shared plans in limited time deal


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AT&T users looking to share data across multiple lines of service are in for a treat. A limited time promotion sees Ma Bell giving customers double the normal amount of data for most shared plans.

Subscribers with at least 15GB of data per month can now lock in twice as much monthly data at no additional cost. In order to take advantage of the promotion you’ll need to sign up before October 31.

Promotional data buckets:

  • $130 for 30GB
  • $150 for 40GB
  • $225 for 60GB
  • $300 for 80GB
  • $375 for 100GB

Current AT&T subscribers are also eligible to receive the same plans so be sure to switch over before October 31.

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29
Sep

RAW Beats: Big sound from a rugged Bluetooth speaker $39.99 [Deal of the Day]


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Searching for a Bluetooth speaker that can take a thumpin’ and keep on bumpin’? The RAW Beats Speaker from TRNDLabs packs heavy duty sound in an even heavier duty frame. Crafted to withstand harsher environments than your run-of-the-mill speaker, the RAW Beats is shockproof, waterproof, and resists dust and scratches with ease. Weighing in at under a pound, coupled with its 7-hour battery life, makes it a perfect grab for outdoor sports, exercising, skateboarding, or almost any situation where you’d want big sound without the fear of shattering overpriced and fragile components. At 50% off, bringing the price to only $39.99 — shipped, I’d recommend jumping on this deal right away!

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