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May

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of tvOS 9.2.1 to Developers


Apple today provided developers with the fourth beta of an upcoming 9.2.1 update to tvOS, the operating system designed for the fourth-generation Apple TV. Today’s beta comes one week after the third beta of tvOS 9.2.1 and more than a month after the release of tvOS 9.2. tvOS 9.2.1 has been in testing since April 6.

tvOS betas are more difficult to install than beta updates for iOS and OS X. Installing the tvOS beta requires the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes or Apple Configurator. Those who have already installed the first three tvOS 9.2.1 betas will be able to update to the fourth beta over the air.

As a minor 9.x.x update, tvOS 9.2.1 focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements that are not readily apparent to Apple TV users. There have been no outward-facing changes in the first three tvOS 9.2.1 betas, but any new features discovered in the fourth beta will be listed below.

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May

Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan Beta to Developers and Public Beta Testers


Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan update to developers and public beta testers, one week after releasing the third OS X 10.11.5 beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.11.4, the fourth update to the El Capitan operating system. OS X 10.11.5 has been in testing since April 6.

The fourth beta of OS X 10.11.5 can be downloaded through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center (developers only).

OS X 10.11.5 focuses on security enhancements, performance improvements, and bug fixes to address problems that have surfaced since the release of OS X 10.11.4. As with prior betas, the changes appear to be minor in scope, and no obvious outward-facing tweaks have been discovered in the first three OS X 10.11.5 betas.

We’ll update this post if any new features are found in the fourth beta.

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May

Make your grill non-stick in 2 minutes – CNET


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It’s warming up outside and summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to fire up the grill and have a backyard cookout with your closest friends and family.

If you’ve ever cooked lean meats on a grill, you know they’re more prone to sticking than your more fatty meats. To make your grilling experience a little more enjoyable this year, here’s an easy, no-cost trick that will keep your salmon unstuck.

How to make your grill non-stick

If you forgot to pick up some non-stick spray at the store, don’t worry. If you want to prevent food from sticking to the grates of your grill, you just need a potato and a fork. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Heat the grill to your desired temperature.
  • Slice a potato in half.
  • Skewer the end of the potato with a two-prong meat fork (a dinner fork will work just as well), leaving the inside of the potato exposed.
  • Raise the lid on the grill and rub the exposed center of the potato on the grate. Make sure to cover the entire cooking surface.

This process, as explained by YouTube user JohnsonInc999, releases the starches in the potato, creating a barrier between the grates and the food.

If you don’t have a potato on hand, it will also work with an onion or lemon. But keep in mind that this will have a more obvious effect on the taste of the food.

3
May

WowWee Lumi Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


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WowWee’s Lumi is an indoor-friendly drone.


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The Lumi answers the question of “what else can you do with a toy drone besides fly it around and crash into stuff?” In fact, it’s designed to do the opposite of those things by basically flying itself and avoiding obstacles.

Developed by robotics toy maker WowWee, the drone uses the company’s BeaconSense technology to immediately stabilize itself once it’s in the air. Place the small beacon studded with infrared lights on the ground (it’s the device between the iPad and the drone in the picture above) and tap “Take Off” in the companion Android or iOS app and the drone shoots a few feet in the air and hovers around the beacon.

Once it’s in the air, you can use the app to fly the Lumi around like you would any other quadcopter — it can travel up to 4 meters (13 feet) away from the beacon — but that’s almost missing the point. WowWee includes a trick mode for doing flips, rolls and a figure eight with just a tap. These moves can be compiled into your own choreographed sequences and set to your own music, with the Lumi using beat detection to move to the music.

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The Lumi’s beacon is what keeps it hovering in place without your help.


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And then there’s the Lumi to the Beat game. On your device’s screen there are red, yellow, green and blue circles. Once in the air, the Lumi starts changing color and you have to tap the corresponding one. If you’re too slow or hit the wrong color, the drone will slowly descend until it touches down and the game ends. You can even compete against a second Lumi to see who can stay in the air the longest.

I played around with a preproduction Lumi and it shows a lot of promise. Everything wasn’t working yet, but the beacon worked well, keeping the Lumi hovering around it without my help for up to about 8 minutes. You can also pick up the beacon and walk with it and the drone will follow you. But the obstacle avoidance system that will prevent it from bumping into people and things wasn’t working. Because of that, though, I can tell you the Lumi can handle crashes, and its flexible prop guard helps protect your ceilings, walls and furniture.

One reason the Lumi isn’t finished just yet is that WowWee is looking to the Indiegogo community to help grow its capabilities before it heads to stores in September. Backers can pledge $59 (approximately AU$75 or £40) for a Lumi starter pack with a drone, a beacon and three batteries. However, you can also pledge up to $130 (AU$170 or £90) and get an Advanced Maker Kit with a telemetry kit for access to Lumi’s flight data and larger beacons that can be used as waypoints for the drone to automatically fly between. The drone will have an open application programmer interface (API), so you’ll be able to create your own games. A software development kit (SDK) is expected to be available in September.

Basically, the WowWee Lumi isn’t your average toy drone. Like more expensive models, the Lumi’s capabilities will grow over time. Or you can take it into your own hands and use it as a platform to grow your programming skills.

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May

Sprint posts first positive annual earnings report in 9 years


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Sprint has published the company’s report for the fiscal year of 2015. The U.S. carrier posted an operating income of $310 million for the year, which is positive for the first time in a reported nine years. As for the last quarter, Sprint managed to pocket $8 million as operating income, which included $258 million worth of charges.

As for customer additions, the company reported postpaid net additions of more than 1.2 million through the year, adding just 56,000 in Q4. Sprint also enjoyed its best postpaid churn of 1.61 percent, as well as a phone churn of 1.52 percent for 2015. The company has posted expectations of operating income for 2016 to be between $1 billion and $1.5 billion.

See the full financial report for 2015 for more details.

3
May

HTC will reportedly launch its Android Wear smartwatch the week of June 6


A new rumor claims that HTC may finally launch a smartwatch, using Android Wear, sometime during the week of June 6. The latest launch date report comes from noted gadget leaker Evan Blass on his evleaks Twitter account.

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FYI, this has been pushed to the week of June 6th. #htcwearablehttps://t.co/Ei1lT4aWoc

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 3, 2016

The launch date for the smartwatch was previously reported for the end of April. Rumors about HTC launching a smartwatch began way back in mid-2014, so take this new report of a release date for the product with the appropriate grain of salt.

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May

Pebble Time Steel can be strapped to your wrist for £139


The Pebble Time Steel is now available at Amazon for just £139.99 in the UK. Should you be on the hunt for a new smartwatch, the Pebble Time Steel is a premium-looking wearable fused with the latest tech. While the watch itself sports an always-on color e-paper display, the battery will be able to last through 10 full days of use.

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This particular listing is available in black, silver and gold variants. Required USB charging cable and 22mm silicone strap are included in the box.

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May

Google’s self-driving car tech will reportedly be put into Chrysler Pacifica prototypes


A new report claims that Fiat Chrysler plans to put Google’s self-driving car technology inside a number of Chrysler Pacifica prototypes sometime this year as the first phase of their partnership.

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According to Bloomberg:

Fiat Chrysler plans to equip the new Pacifica, which will be available as a plug-in hybrid, with Google technology starting this year, said the people, who asked not to be identified before an official announcement. The companies would remain free to cooperate in driverless technology with other partners, the people said.

The agreement between Fiat Chrysler and Google could be signed as early as today, according to the report. It added that Google tried to make a similar partnership with General Motors, but the talks broke down due to disagreements over which company would own the technology and data.

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May

Huawei Watch ‘Elegant’ and ‘Jewel’ models now available in the U.S.


The Huawei Watch Elegant and Jewel are two female-focused Android Wear smartwatch options from the company, and both are now available to purchase in the U.S. With these you’ll find a subtly curved watch body, thin leather band, rose gold-plated stainless steel and more. The watches were announced back at CES, and now they are finally able to be purchased for those interested in picking one up.

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The Jewel variant has jewels embedded in the bezel while the Elegant model has a textured look to the bezel. These two watches are slightly larger in size than the original one, coming in at 44mm instead of the previous 42mm.

You can pick them up from a number of retailers, like Amazon, Best Buy, Huawei, B&H Photo, and even the Google Store. The retail pricing for will be $499 for the Elegant and $599 for the Jewel. For a limited time, you can pick one up at select retailers for $50 off. If you are in the market for the original variant of the Huawei Watch, you can pick one up for as little as $250 right now.

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WOMEN’S SMARTWATCH OPTIONS WIDEN AS HUAWEI BRINGS NEW MODELS TO U.S.

Premium Jewel and Elegant models designed with women in mind will retail for $499.99-$599.99 USD

PLANO, Texas [May 3, 2016]: Huawei Watch, the smartwatch collection known for its classic, high-end design, is expanding to include two new luxurious models for women on sale in the U.S. starting today.

Elegant and Jewel deliver the same timeless, uncompromising style and function that won acclaim for the original Huawei Watch models but are designed specifically with women in mind. A subtly curved watch body and a soft, thin Italian leather band make the watch even more comfortable on a woman’s wrist. Both models are crafted in premium rose gold-plated stainless steel and available with a pearl white or sapphire blue band. Elegant features a clous de Paris pattern encircling the face, while Jewel sparkles thanks to being made with 68 SWAROVSKI ZIRCONIA. Plus, both models are preloaded with more than 40 watch faces, including 10 exclusive to Elegant and Jewel.

“We have seen great interest in Huawei Watch from men and women alike but want to give consumers more choices to match their personal style,” said Yanyan Ji, vice president, head of marketing for Huawei Device USA. “With Elegant and Jewel, we are bringing more options that blend the practical function of a smartwatch with the flair of a fashionable accessory.”

Style Statement

Inspired by traditional timepieces from the finest Swiss watchmakers, Huawei Watch is designed to look heirloom-worthy. It complements outfits for any occasion, whether it’s an important business meeting or gala of the season. It also allows you to have fun customizing. Like all Huawei Watch models, Elegant and Jewel’s bands can be easily swapped for a fresh look. Countless designer faces can be downloaded instantly from the Google Play store to suit your mood, and the screen will stay beautiful thanks to scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

Sophisticated Smart

With the same best-in-class specs of the original Huawei Watch, Elegant and Jewel excel in work and play. Powered by the latest version of Android Wear™, Elegant and Jewel feature the latest in smartwatch technology: hands-free calling made possible through a speaker within the watch. Notifications for texts, emails, and apps are displayed on a sharp 400 x 400 AMOLED screen. Bluetooth™ connectivity for wireless headphones lets you listen to offline music downloads while you work out, and with voice commands capable of controlling music as well as navigation, plus heart rate and motion sensors, it’s the perfect running companion. Huawei Watch is compatible with iOS and Android operating systems.

Elegant and Jewel were unveiled at CES 2016 and are available in the U.S. just in time for Mother’s Day. They are available for purchase at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and select Best Buy store locations, BHPhotoVideo.com, Google Play™ store and NewEgg.com. To learn more about Elegant and Jewel, or the entire Huawei Watch collection, visit http://consumer.huawei.com/minisite/worldwide/huawei-watch/for-ladies.htm

3
May

Google’s self-driving tech goes into Chrysler minivans this year


That rumored deal between Google and Fiat Chrysler for self-driving car technology? It’s reportedly happening… if not quite in the way you’d expect. Bloomberg sources claim that the arrangement will put some of Google’s autonomous tech into the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan sometime this year. Just how deep this integration would go isn’t clear, but it’s not believed to be an exclusive arrangement — either side could cooperate with other partners. If the leak is accurate, the deal could be signed as soon as May 3rd (if you’re reading this in time, today).

Once again, the partnership makes more sense than you might think. Google (or rather, Alphabet) already said that it wasn’t going to mass-produce its own cars, so it was always going to need help — this is its first major deal. Fiat Chrysler, meanwhile, has been hoping for a fast track to self-driving technology to help it compete against rivals that have already done a lot of legwork.

And minivans? They could make more sense than you think. While you’re unlikely to see truly driverless Chryslers anytime soon, this would show that Google’s know-how can improve one of the most mainstream vehicles you can find: a run-of-the-mill (if relatively high-end) family carrier. If Google and Fiat Chrysler succeed there, the technology could easily spread to other models and manufacturers.

Source: Bloomberg

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