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23
Oct

LG finally announces global release plans for the G Watch R, but still murky


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LG released the G Watch R in South Korea last week, and it will be available in the UK starting tomorrow, but what about the rest of the world? LG sent out a presser with a little information, but unfortunately it’s still a little cloudy. According to the presser, the full round smartwatch will be available at retail sites throughout Europe in the beginning of November. This includes France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. Now as far as the UK is concerned, Clove will have it starting tomorrow.

As for North America, Asia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), they only mentioned that they would follow the European launch soon after, but no timetable. This could mean the following week or even a few weeks. Either way, I guess it’s safe to say that the G Watch R won’t hit the U.S. until at least the week of November 10th. I am sure it will be here by the holidays though. I doubt LG wants to miss that opportunity.

Full Press Release:

LG G WATCH R, NEW BENCHMARK FOR WEARABLES, BEGINS GLOBAL ROLLOUT

SEOUL, Oct. 24, 2014 — LG Electronics (LG) announced today that its newest Android wearable, LG G Watch R, will be available for purchase at retail sites throughout Europe including countries such as France, Italy, Spain and the UK in the beginning of November, followed by key markets in North America, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) soon after. Customers in select markets will also be able to purchase G Watch R on Google Play in the weeks ahead.

The LG G Watch R made its world debut at IFA 2014 to much interest and with its stylish looks and smooth, speedy performance, became one of the show’s most mentioned new products. The world’s first watch-style wearable to feature a fully circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display, the G Watch R was inspired by classical and premium timepieces. The 1.3-inch circular P-OLED display takes advantage of every pixel, producing images with stunning color and accurate viewing at all angles even under bright sunlight.

Designed and built to last, the LG G Watch R features a classic design encased in durable stainless steel and aluminum powered by a 410mAh battery, the largest in an Android Wearable to date. Like the original LG G Watch, the G Watch R delivers optimal performance through its powerful but efficient 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. With an Ingress Protection rating of IP67, the device is completely protected from dust and water resistant for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of one meter. The G Watch R, designed with personalization in mind, is compatible with any 22mm wide watch strap.

The LG G Watch R offers six new pre-loaded watch faces and improved power savings in ambient mode. The update to Android WearTM OS will add even more features and functionality to G Watch R such as offline music playback. Updates will be performed seamlessly through the smartphone with the owner’s permission.

“While the original G Watch was designed to be a no-nonsense, pure Android Wear device, the G Watch R was developed with a more aesthetic eye,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The G Watch R represents LG’s commitment to meld form and functionality together in perfect harmony and to create a device that not only looks great but more importantly, offers technology that makes life more convenient.”

Prices and additional purchase details will be announced locally at time of availability. For more product images and videos, please visit www.lg.com/global/gwatch/r.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400
  • Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
  • Battery: 410mAh
  • Operating System: Android Wear™
  • (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
  • Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass)
  • Barometer
  • PPG (Heart Rate Monitor)
  • Color: Black
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

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23
Oct

Sony SmartWatch 3 now available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless


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The Sony SmartWatch 3 is finally available for pre-order, but from only one place. And that place is quite surprising. If you want to be the first to get your hands on Sony’s first Android Wear smartwatch, you will have to order it through Verizon Wireless.

They are taking pre-orders for it now for $249. Shipments start on October 30. The Sony SmartWatch is the only Android Wear smartwatch with a built in GPS so it can take advantage of the new features that Google officially announced today. On top of that, it has the best ambient display in the business.

The SmartWatch 3 is on Google Play, but you can’t order it just yet. We suspect that will commence late next week when Verizon starts their shipments. Hit the source link to get our order in.

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23
Oct

Android Wear update adds local music playback, standalone GPS



Google on Thursday announced an update to the Android Wear platform which adds in two noteworthy features. Smartwatches powered by Android Wear will now be able work more independently of smartphones thanks to internal GPS reporting capabilities. Apps such as MyTracks can now track runs and activities without requiring a connected device. Whether you’re training for… Read more »

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23
Oct

NYPD is getting equipped with over 40,000 mobile devices


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Thanks to a massive $160 million investment, the New York City Police Department is on its way to receive a combination of up to 41,000 smartphones and tablets. Known as the NYPD Mobility Initiative, which will be mostly financed by criminal asset funds provided by the Manhattan DA’s Office, the goal is to provide the the city’s law enforcement with tools that can improve and streamline their overall workflow. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said there are a few key elements to this plan, such as offering better case support for detectives, providing features including real-time 911 data, enhanced database access for patrol staff, quick entry points to info like Amber Alerts and email accounts for every officer.

The new Mobility Initiative is set to be funded over the next three years, with the NYPD expected to get a total of 35,000 handsets for officers and 6,000 cars equipped with ruggedized tablets. “In an emergency, every minute counts, and this initiative will allow our officers in the field to get up-to-date, accurate information and process critical information anywhere in the city. I am thankful for the Manhattan District Attorney for being such a great partner to the City, and for his efforts to secure this much-needed investment that will benefit all New Yorkers for years to come,” stated de Blasio.

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23
Oct

Hailo’s app now lets you pay for cabs you’ve flagged on the street


Hailo reported just last week it was pulling out of North America, where it could no longer effectively compete against its rivals. On this side of the pond, however, Hailo’s kicking off its third birthday celebrations with the announcement of more positive news. Firstly, the app-fueled cab-hailing service has just launched in Leeds and Liverpool, meaning it’s now available in four UK cities — Hailo started out in London several years ago, before taking a road trip to Manchester earlier this year. Hailo’s Android and iOS app has been updated, too, or rather, completely rebuilt. It doesn’t look all that different, but has a slightly cleaner, flatter interface. Debuted in Ireland last month, a new feature called “Pay with Hailo” is now live in London as well. While you’ve always been able to pay for Hailo-flagged cabs through the app, this new feature lets you do the same with a taxi you’ve hailed on the street (for a 50p surcharge), assuming that driver is registered with Hailo themselves. Under certain circumstances, iPhone users will also be notified when they can use this method of payment as they jump in a cab.

For businesses, Hailo’s launched a new web portal called “Hailo Hub,” which allows restaurants and similar establishments to book multiple jobs for their customers with different pick-up and drop-off points. Passengers will be kept up to date on the status of their cab via text messages, but there’s no way to pay fares centrally, so it’s not really ideal for the corporate market. Instead, these passengers will need to have some cash handy. Or they could, of course, use Pay with Hailo if they’re taking a trip across London.

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23
Oct

Facebook’s anonymous Rooms is a chat app that feels like the old days


Facebook’s new Rooms app is weird, and it isn’t long after installation that you figure out why. You don’t log in with your Facebook credentials. Your profile picture appears nowhere. It doesn’t tap into your contacts. If Rooms’ App Store listing didn’t proudly proclaim it was a Facebook product, you’d almost certainly never know it was brewed within the social giant’s cavernous confines. Seems a little off-kilter for a chat app, especially one with this pedigree. Instead, it just lets you create those eponymous Rooms — they’re like those AOL chatrooms of yore, dedicated to any topic (or no topic at all) and augmented with the the ability to moderate posts like a power-tripping VIP on a forum. When it’s spelled out like that, doesn’t it all sound just delightfully anachronistic?

Facebook’s Josh Miller (who previously work on Branch before FB bought it) cops to a certain level of historical inspiration — he says the company’s Creative Labs team wanted to meld the “ethos of these early web communities and the capabilities of modern smartphones”. Naturally though, those Rooms don’t look like the places we hung out online in 1998 — they’re bright, colorful, near-endlessly customizable. Users can pin especially good content for all to see, or tweak member permissions to control who gets access to what. And, most importantly of all, your real name doesn’t come anywhere near Rooms… unless you want it to, anyway. Every time you enter or create a room, you’re prompted to come up with a nom de plume — when your Rooms are small and insular enough, chances are most people will be able to suss out who the others are. But when a Room gets big (by way of a neat image-based invite system)? Like, say, Noms From Above, which sports 479 people sharing pictures of food? You just might be glad for that anonymity. After years of insisting that people should stick to using their real names, Facebook has finally conceded that yes, there’s value in getting to choose who you want to be in a given situation.

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23
Oct

Apple to Continue Evaluating GT’s Sapphire Production Progress, Looking for New Uses for Arizona Plant


sapphire.pngEarlier today, GT Advanced Technologies officially announced its settlement with Apple, which will see the two companies dissolving their partnership, ending their production agreement, and eliminating contractual ties that kept GT from selling its sapphire to other parties.

Under the agreement, GT Advanced will be selling off its remaining sapphire, along with 2,000 sapphire furnaces, with much of the proceeds going to Apple to repay the $439 million loan it provided to get the operation underway.

Apple has now commented on the settlement with GT Advanced, telling Re/code that GT’s sapphire manufacturing process simply wasn’t ready for production, and that a relationship in the future remains a possibility as the company’s sapphire production techniques improve. GT will continue research work focused on creating sapphire boules over 165 kilograms.

Apple also says that it is going to look for other ways to use the Mesa, Arizona facility that it purchased for GT Advanced, which will be unused after GT fully shuts down operations at the end of December

“Apple put a lot of effort into an ambitious new sapphire manufacturing process with GTAT which is not ready for production. We’re going to continue evaluating GTAT’s progress on larger sapphire boule development, as well as consider other options for the facility. We remain committed to the city and we’re going to work with Mesa and Maricopa County to help the GT Advanced employees who will be impacted by this find new jobs.”

GT Advanced first filed for bankruptcy at the beginning of October, but the company was reportedly missing technical milestones as early as February, hinting at the trouble to come. While Apple was widely expected to use sapphire from GT Advanced for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus displays, the company opted to stick with Corning’s Gorilla Glass after it became apparent GT would not be able to produce sapphire of the quality that Apple required.

Approximately 650 employees at the Mesa, Arizona sapphire plant have already been laid off, and a limited number of employees will remain employed until the end of the year in order to help GT Advanced wind down production at the factory, finishing the sapphire boules that are currently growing and shutting down and cleaning furnaces for storage and sale.



23
Oct

‘Continuity Activation Tool’ Enables Handoff on Older Macs


With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced “Continuity,” a set of features designed to allow for deeper integration between Macs and iOS devices. Unfortunately, some Continuity features are limited to Macs with Bluetooth 4.0, which leaves many older Macs unable to access the new features.

Additionally, even though the 2011 MacBook Air and 2011 Mac mini include Bluetooth 4.0, Apple has opted not to allow them to access Continuity features. Luckily, many resourceful members of the MacRumors forums have come up with solutions to allow them to enable Continuity on their older Macs, and discussion on our forums has led to the creation of a set of instructions and a Continuity Activation Tool that should get Continuity working on Macs unable to explicitly support the feature.

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Created by Dokterdok (based on instructions compiled by UncleSchnitty) and available on Github, the Continuity Activation Tool is designed to activate Continuity by doing a compatibility check, creating backups of original System drivers, and disabling a Mac-model blacklist in the Bluetooth code that prevents Continuity from working on ineligible Macs. From there, it also whitelists Mac board-ids within the Wi-Fi code to get the feature working.

The tool can be downloaded as a zip file from Github and is installed by double clicking the app and following the instructions provided on the screen.

The Continuity Activation Tool will enable Continuity on the mid-2011 MacBook Air and the mid-2011 Mac mini with no additional hardware required, as both of those devices include Bluetooth 4.0. That means installing the tool should get Continuity up and running on those machines in just a few minutes.

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On older Macs that do not come equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, new wireless cards will need to be installed, which makes it more difficult for casual users to get access to Continuity. USB dongles that provide Bluetooth 4.0 will not work with the Continuity Activation Tool, and a list of wireless cards that will provide Bluetooth 4.0 for each older Mac can be found on the MacRumors forums.

Both MacRumors forum members and Redditors have confirmed that this method is able to successfully enable Continuity on a variety of Macs, including the mid-2011 MacBook Air, the early 2011 MacBook Pro, and the mid-2011 Mac mini.

The Continuity Activation Tool appears to enable all Continuity features when used successfully, allowing older Macs to access Handoff, Instant Hotspot, SMS forwarding, and Mac phone calls without an issue. Some of these Continuity features may work already on older Macs as they use a variety of different connection methods ranging from Bluetooth to Wi-Fi, but the tool is confirmed to get Handoff and AirDrop, both of which require Bluetooth, to work.

Users should exercise caution when using the Continuity Activation Tool, as it moves around low level files and there’s a possibility it could cause problems. A backup is recommended before attempting to install the tool.



23
Oct

Apple’s TestFlight Beta Testing Service Now Available for Developers [iOS Blog]


testflightApple today began notifying developers that its TestFlight Beta Testing platform is now live and available for immediate use. TestFlight Beta Testing is designed to make it easier for developers to invite users to test pre-release versions of apps.

You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to beta test your iOS apps by simply sending them an email invitation through iTunes Connect. Once they accept your invitation, testers can install your beta app on their iOS devices, get updated builds, and provide feedback, all within the TestFlight app.

TestFlight has long been used as an app beta testing platform by developers, but Apple acquired the service earlier this year with its purchase of Burstly, the company that initially developed the testing platform. After the acquisition, Apple redesigned TestFlight and relaunched it as an integrated iOS 8 service for both developers and testers.

While there are several beta testing services including HockeyApp, TestFlight aims to make the beta testing process simpler by removing the need for UDIDs and provisioning profiles. Developers can invite users to test an app with just an email address, and there are built-in tools for both internal and external testing.

End users who are invited to beta test an app will be instructed to download the TestFlight app for iOS, which became available in the App Store last month. The app is designed to deliver apps for testing, notify testers each time a new build is available, and provide tools for feedback.



23
Oct

Android Wear now has GPS and offline music support


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Google has today published details of a major update it’s currently pushing out to all International variants of the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Moto 360 located in the US.

The upgrade primarily focuses on implementing some new fitness functionality into Android Wear by taking full advantage of the smart watches integrated GPS sensors. Users will now be able to track their distance and speed during a run, walk and bike ride, without actually having to have a smartphone connected.

This latest firmware also lets users upload and store music on the physical memory of their device, enabling them to listen to music on a run, walk or ride via a pair of Bluetooth headphones with no active connection required between their smartwatch and phone.

Hit the source link below to hear exactly what Google has to say about the update.

Source: Google

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