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Intel Curie opens vents in Chromat’s sports bra to keep you cool

Experimental clothing studio Chromat unveiled its Spring/Summer 2016 collection over the weekend, and it includes a 3D-printed dress that expands as your adrenaline rises, plus a cool new sports bra. That’s literally cool. Both garments are powered by Intel Curie, a tiny, low-power base for responsive consumer and industrial wearables.

The Chromat Aeros Sports Bra “leverages shape memory alloy to open vents to cool down the body when it senses heat and sweat,” the studio says. With Intel Curie, the sports bra responds to perspiration, breathing patterns and body temperature, ostensibly allowing the wearer to train harder for longer periods of time.

The Chromat Adrenaline Dress is perhaps less function and more fight-or-flight fashion: Similarly using Intel Curie, the dress features 3D-printed panels and an interlinked, carbon-fiber framework that expands as the wearer’s adrenaline rises. “When the garment senses adrenaline, the dress’ framework mimics the fight-or-flight mode and extends the wearer’s sensory system to form an imposing shape.” Slinky club dresses aren’t the most vicious-looking items in anyone’s closet, after all.

Intel revealed Curie at CES in January, noting the fingertip-size device has Bluetooth Low Energy radio, a six-axis sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope, and 384kB flash memory. In August, Intel showed off some uses for Curie with an on-stage BMX exhibtion.

[Image credit: Mitchell Mclennan / MADE]

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Tags: chromat, clothing, curie, dress, fashion, intel, intelcurie, SportsBra


Apple Allowing Developers Who Won Apple TV Lottery to Place Orders

The new Apple TV won’t be available to consumers until the end of October, but some developers are able to get their hands on one of the devices early in order to begin preparing and testing apps for the tvOS App Store.

Following last week’s “Hey Siri” media event, Apple gave developers an opportunity to sign up for a lottery for an Apple TV Developer Kit, which ended today. Developers who won the lottery are now receiving invitations allowing them to purchase an Apple TV kit, and the first Apple TVs could be in developer hands by the end of this week.

Developers who were selected for the lottery are required to order by Wednesday, September 16, with orders beginning to ship out one to three days after that. Apple is providing Apple TV Developer Kits to developers at no cost, with a $1 fee being charged to verify billing and shipping addresses.

With Apple TVs in the hands of developers in just a few short days, we may learn a lot more about the device ahead of its official October launch date, and we’ll almost certainly get a glimpse at what kind of apps we can expect on it. We’ve already seen an unboxing of the new Apple TV, which gave us a look at the set-top box itself and the new touch-based Siri remote included with it.

Apple’s new Apple TV represents a massive overhaul of the existing set-top box, which has been left untouched since 2012. In addition to a much more powerful A8 processor, 2GB RAM, and more storage space, the new Apple TV includes a whole new operating system, tvOS, that supports a full App Store, allowing apps and games to be played on the device for the first time, and Siri, for full voice-control abilities in countries where it is supported.

The Apple TV also has deep search capabilities that will make it possible for users to search for content across multiple apps to find television shows and movies, and its aforementioned touch-based remote doubles as a motion-supported gaming controller for games that will be found within the new App Store.


Net neutrality expert Tim Wu joins New York attorney general’s office

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After running for lieutenant governor and serving as a special adviser to the Federal Trade Commission, the man who coined the term “net neutrality” has a new gig. Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School, will take a sabbatical to join the New York attorney general’s office as senior lawyer and special adviser to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Wu will work on matters of consumer protection and fair competition when it comes to technology. More specifically, issues facing companies that do business over the internet. “If I have a life mission, it is to fight bullies,” Wu said in an interview. During his tenure, Schneiderman has dealt with issues concerning internet-based companies like Airbnb and Lyft in addition to advocating for stronger anti-theft features on smartphones.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Seth Wenig]

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Russia finds that Google is abusing its mobile dominance

Google Now on a Nexus 5

Remember how Russian search firm Yandex claimed that Google was abusing its lead in mobile by making Android phone makers pre-install some Google apps, and precluding some third-party apps? Well, Russia agrees. The country’s anti-monopoly regulator has determined that Google’s app policy violates national competition law. The exact penalty won’t be decided until sometime after September 28th, but Google will at least have to alter its approach to apps. It may also have to cough up as much as 15 percent of its Russian revenue from 2014.

Google’s Russian branch is declining to comment on the decision, but it’s hard to imagine that the internet giant will simply accept the outcome and move on. If it does, it may have to let phone designers install more competing apps (such as Yandex’s search app and store) on devices that support Google Play, and allow more prominent positions for those third-party titles. Those changes would undoubtedly cut into Google’s bottom line — it’s not going to make much money from search ads or Play purchases if the relevant software stays buried in your app drawer. Not every country shares Russia’s views on Google’s market position, but it’s a large enough nation to deal a serious blow.

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Reuters (Yahoo)

Tags: alphabet, android, antitrust, google, internet, mobilepostcross, monopoly, regulation, russia, search, smartphone, yandex


Sony Xperia Z5 showcased in “Made for Bond” promo

Thanks to Sony Pictures, it is pretty much a given that Sony devices will always find their way into Bond movies and advertising. In the latest cross-promotional video, we see Miss Moneypenny sent to pick up James Bond’s new smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z5. Along the way, she is pursued by some bad guys and utilizes Sony tech to evade them. In addition to the Z5, the new Sony RX100 IV camera is also seen in the video, and the ad itself was shot with Sony’s F65 Pro 4K cinema camera.

In homage to the upcoming Bond Movie “Spectre”, the Xperia Z5 is shown with the time of 07:00 and with the date of Friday, November 6th — the movie’s launch date in the US.

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While the tie-in with Bond is a great way to advertise Sony’s latest flagship, it always feels like the company could take things a lot further than they do. After all, marketing and availability are probably the two biggest weaknesses for Sony phones in the US.

What do you think of the latest ad? And of the Sony Xperia Z5 in general? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


[Deal] Accessory Power’s Bluetooth FM transmitter is available for $35


Now is the time for you to get Accessory Power’s Bluetooth FM transmitter at an awesome price. Along with free shipping and a three-year warranty, the FlexSMART X2 can be had for $35. Quite the price for an accessory that allows you to listen to the radio, make calls with the built-in microphone, control music, and charge devices simultaneously.

The current price of the item is $45; however, using promo code FLXDEAL1 brings it down by $10.


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BlackBerry’s ‘Venice’ caught roaming the streets of Toronto


Currently, the Toronto Film Festival is being held in Canada. Now through September 20, upcoming films are showcased prior to a larger release this year and next. But perhaps more interesting is that a phone from Canada’s most popular hardware manufacturer made multiple appearances.

That’s right, people spotted BlackBerry’s upcoming ‘Venice’ phone at the Toronto Film Festival.


The image above, provided by BerryFlow, shows what looks to be Google’s Messenger app running on the handset. What we cannot see is the physical keyboard that Venice has. As we all know, BlackBerry is known for sticking with physical keyboards to maximize productivity. Venice’s physical keyboard will actually be housed behind the display and slide out from the bottom when needed.

Alleged specifications:

  • 5.4-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) display with curved edges
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 18MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and dual-LED flash

BlackBerry’s Venice will reportedly be available through Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint in November. Although Android 5.0 Lollipop will be at its core, BlackBerry is definitely going to make adjustments to Venice’s software to provide a unique experience. Just how many elements of the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system are coming over is unknown, but we can assume that similarities will exist.

Via: BlackBerryOS

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Rumor: Google to offer extended warranties for Nexus devices?

Insurance for your phones can be a challenge. Carriers offer insurance, but at at around $10 a month, plus a deductible when you make a claim, it can be almost the same price as buying a new phone. You can buy a cheaper option from a company like SquareTrade or if you’re an Apple device owner you can get AppleCare+ from Apple themselves.

Now it looks like Google is getting into the warranty game too.

nexus protect

Our friends over at AndroidPolice have discovered references to “Nexus Protect” in the page source on Google’s device pages. The exact toast message shows up as this:

You can’t add this phone unless it has the same Nexus Protect choice as other phones in your cart. You can update your choice or purchase this phone in your next order.

The assumption we’re going to make is that Nexus Protect is an AppleCare type product. Currently AppleCare+ for iPhone 6 and earlier models offers you two years of hardware coverage, support and up to two “incidents” claims (with a $79 deductible).

We have no concrete evidence of what Nexus Protect will offer, but we hope it’s in the same range as Apple’s services where you can swap out a broken phone for a nominal fee. HTC recently released Uh Oh protection where they’ll swap out your HTC One M9 in the first year no questions asked, so it looks like this is a growing trend.

We expect to see two new Nexus devices in the coming months so it seems like that would be a logical time to launch such a program.

Source: AndroidPolice

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Is Twitter down for you right now?


On Monday afternoon, users around the world began noticing that Twitter is experiencing technical difficulties. The web version of Twitter displays a page with the message seen above. Mobile users, though, are seeing spotty performance. Users on phones and tablets are split between using Twitter’s services like usual and not being able to do anything at all.

The social networking site has not yet commented on the outage.


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LG sends out invites for October 1st event

LG has begun sending out invites for an event on October 1st. The invite features a film reel and a slateboard asking you to save the date for October 1st in New York. Generally companies try to tie in some sort of element from their presentation into invite but we’ve seen no leaks having to do with movies.


We have, however, seen a lot of leaks for a new flagship phone from LG. Whether it’s called the LG G4 Note or LG G4 Pro is yet to be seen, but we did catch a trademark filing for the G4 Note earlier this month.

There haven’t been a ton of hardware leaks on the G4 Note but we might be seeing a very similar phone to the G4 released earlier this year. It’s probably too early in the year to see a newer processor and 3 gigs of RAM seem to be the sweet spot right now. If they follow Samsung’s example, we’ll probably see a stylus of some sort too.

What do you think LG will be showing off? A new phone? Maybe a new watch? Let us know in the comments how you think the film theme may play in.

Source: AndroidCentral

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