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Aug

It’s official: Apple will hold 7 September event likely for iPhone 7


Apple will officially host another September event this year.

The Cupertino, CA-based company has invited the media to a press event scheduled for 7 September at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The invite simply had the caption: “See you on the 7th”.

Apple typically unveils its next iPhone model (actually, it’s now models) in September, so many have waited for the company to send this year’s round of invites. According to several leaks and rumours, we can expect to see the so-called iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus debuted. They’ll naturally come with better cameras, better processors, and maybe even better water resistance thanks to the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack.

We may also see a new, pressure-sensitive home button and 32GB instead of 16GB as the minimum storage capacity for both phones, as well as 3GB RAM and a dual-lens camera exclusively for the iPhone 7 Plus, among other things. But don’t expect a radical redesign. Both devices are said to look similar to the iPhone 6S/6S Plus. Apple will reportedly overhaul the iPhone in 2017 to coincide with the smartphone’s 10th anniversary.

  • What to expect at Apple’s September 2016 event: iPhone 7 and more
  • Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Everything you need to know
  • iPhone 7 Pro: What’s the story so far?
  • Apple iOS 10: Release date and everything you need to know
  • New MacBook Pro (2016): What’s the story so far?
  • Apple Watch 2: What’s the story so far?

Apple may also use its event to once again showcase iOS 10, the upcoming update to iOS that should release sometime before the new iPhone models go on sale. Like past events, the 7 September event will begin at 10 am PST. There will likely be a livestream via Apple’s site and Apple TV.

Check out Pocket-lint’s round-up to see what else might be unveiled at Apple’s 7 September event. We will be there live to give you the latest and breaking news as it happens and possibly hands-on reviews.

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29
Aug

NFL reportedly using ball tracking chips in pre-season games


The NFL is using sensors inside footballs during pre-season to track quarterback throwing speeds, running back acceleration, ball position and other stats, according to Recode. The chips are reportedly made by Zebra, a company that already already tracks player statistics for the league using shoulder pad-mounted chips. The NFL used the same ball tracking tech before at the Pro Bowl last year, but the experiment is a first for pre-season. Officials haven’t decided if they’ll continue it once the regular season starts.

Zebra teamed up with Wilson to install the RFID-like chips under the football’s laces. Sensors located around the stadium can ping the chips and give stats like velocity, acceleration and ball location (within six inches) to Zebra employees within a half second. (The sensors can’t track a ball’s air pressure to prevent another Deflategate, though.) The NFL is also tracking kicking balls to see if the goalposts should be moved closer together, but that seems to be a different experiment.

Zebra’s shoulder pad trackers, now used by all 32 teams, collect data that can be used to evaluate personnel, scout players and improve safety. It could also provide interesting data to broadcasters, though there’s no indication the league has allowed that yet. Last year, the NFL released the shoulder pad data at the end of the season, but in 2016, it will reportedly give it to teams just hours after games end. If the Zebra’s ball tracking tech is adopted the same way, the devices should soon arrive to regular season games, giving teams (and hopefully fans) more stats to geek out on.

Source: Recode

29
Aug

Skagen’s first smartwatches are decidedly analog


Fossil is gradually dragging its watch brands into the smartwatch era, and now it’s Skagen’s turn: the Danish company is introducing its first smartwatch, the Hagen Connected. The new wristwear is focused on a traditional look over pure tech, and competes more with Withings’ Activité watches than the likes of Apple, Google or Samsung. It tracks your fitness goals (that’s what the sub-dial is for), vibrates for email and text alerts, and offers customizable shortcuts for common tasks like taking a photo or pausing your music. Effectively, it’s a more refined version of the pseudo-analog watches you’ve seen before — your friends might never know that your timepiece is talking to your Android phone or iPhone.

The Hagen Connected arrives in September with a starting price of $195. Skagen hasn’t said what you’ll pay to get the style you want, but there will be models with black, “espresso” (brown) and tan leather straps as well as a Milanese steel mesh. The odds are that there will be at least one variant that matches your wardrobe.

Source: Skagen

29
Aug

Facebook highlights false news story in its trending topics


The usefulness of Facebook’s “trending topics” feature has always been a bit questionable, but it’s been under fire this year as the company battled accusations its human editors were filtering out “conservative” news stories. Today, Facebook is getting a bit more egg on its face: its trending topics area promoted a story about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly being fired for supporting Hillary Clinton. As of this writing, that has not happened — but the false story was still trending for hours on Facebook before finally getting pulled.

Megyn Kelly is trending on Facebook for an article that has no basis in reality. pic.twitter.com/31f4ERnzHI

— Kyle Blaine (@kyletblaine) August 29, 2016

This comes just a few days after Facebook announced that humans would no longer write descriptions for trending topics, instead letting an algorithm pull relevant excerpts of the articles to display beneath the topic. Despite that, humans are still responsible for deciding what topics are worthy of hitting Facebook’s trending area, but an individual user’s experience will vary based on a number of factors.

If humans are still responsible for overseeing what topics show up in the trending area, though, it’s not great that an entirely false story was promoted on the site for hours before being pulled. On the other hand, even if the story was false, it appears that lots of Facebook users were discussing it — so by that metric, Megyn Kelly was most definitely a trending topic today. But a fake news story certainly does not meet the quality bar that Facebook aspires to, so it’s not surprising the topic has been pulled. Now, even searching “Megyn Kelly” on Facebook doesn’t pull up any stories related to this morning’s fake news.

Update, 12:05PM ET: A Facebook spokesperson said that the trending team accepted the topic over the weekend, because there was a sufficient number of relevant articles and posts, but upon review today they decided to take it down. That decision was made based on the inaccuracy of the story. Facebook didn’t expand on how the story got accepted in the first place, but the company did say its working on improving its detection of hoax and satirical stories.

.@facebook still has a totally fake story about Megyn Kelly in its trending list. Niiceee pic.twitter.com/n2egP2d92h

— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) August 29, 2016

Via: The Verge

29
Aug

The best tech for college athletes


Look, there’s clearly more to college life than studying and partying. There’s also sports! Before you hit the field, gym, rink or court it’s probably worth taking stock of how you can improve your game with a little help from modern technology. An Apple Watch or Vivosmart can count steps and track your gym sessions, while Polo makes a smart shirt that offers seriously in depth data about your body’s performance. There’s also sensors that can help you do things like improve your swing in golf or baseball. And, of course, after a long day of training, there’s nothing better than unwinding by watching your hometown team make a run at the World Series on MLB.tv. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the rest of Engadget’s back-to-school guide here.

Source: Engadget’s 2016 Back-to-School Guide

29
Aug

Roku’s next players reportedly deliver HDR, more 4K support


If you held off on last year’s Roku 4, the company’s next batch of media players might be for you. The big upgrade this time around is the addition of HDR support in the high-end “Roku Ultra” and “Roku Premiere Plus” (which replaces the Roku 3), Zats Not Funny reports from a few leaks. And, as you can probably tell, it looks like Roku is giving up on its numbered naming scheme in exchange for something more obtuse (I’m already dreading explaining the differences to confused shoppers).

While the Roku 4 was last year’s only model to include 4K support, it looks like the Premiere (replacing the Roku 2), Premiere Plus and Ultra models will all include it this year. That makes sense, now that 4K TVs are getting significantly cheaper. At the same time, it makes the argument for the company’s highest end player harder to accept. The Ultra will reportedly be the only model to include optical out and a remote control finder, but it sounds like the Premiere Plus with HDR and 4K will be best buy for most.

On the low-end, the $50 Roku 1 will be replaced by the Roku Express and Express Plus. It’s unclear what will differentiate these models, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find faster processors than before and a voice-controlled remote in the Express Plus. And, as Zats mentions, these models will likely be the only ones to retain analog RCA ports for connecting to old TVs.

Source: Zats Not Funny

29
Aug

Apple sends out invitations for its September 7th iPhone event


The rumor was right on the money — Apple has sent out invitations for a media event on September 7th. The teaser is characteristically cryptic between its out-of-focus lights (which, naturally, form an Apple logo) and “see you on the 7th” slogan. However, you don’t have to read the tea leaves to have an idea of what to expect when Tim Cook and company take the stage. It’s very likely that you’ll see the next iPhone, which may ditch the conventional headphone jack, tout improved cameras and carry extra storage. There’s also a chance that you’ll see a new Apple Watch with GPS, a bigger battery and better water resistance. One thing’s for sure: we’ll be there to give you the full scoop.

29
Aug

Sony returns to crowdfunding for its next e-paper watch


Miss out on Sony’s original crowdfunded watch? You’re about to get a second chance… at least, if you live in Japan. It’s running a campaign to fund the FES Watch U, a more polished-looking version of its e-paper wristwear. You can still customize the always-on face and band (with or without a phone), but it’s decidedly posher. Where the previous model looked more like an experiment, the Watch U has a steel body and (on the black premium model) scratch-resistant sapphire glass that make it more of a fashion item. As you might guess, the choice of energy-efficient e-paper gives it a healthy battery life of three weeks.

It’ll take a pledge of between ¥44,710 and ¥59,940 ($438 to $587) to get a watch for yourself, assuming Sony meets its funding target by October 7th. You’d get your timepiece in April 2017. The big question, though, is whether or not the FES Watch U will ever leave Japanese shores. History suggests that it’s unlikely (at best, it reached Japanese retail stores), but this is also a more refined product — it may stand a better chance of selling abroad.

Via: TechCrunch, SlashGear

Source: Sony First Flight

29
Aug

Google announces 30 finalists for its first indie games festival


Google’s first indie gaming festival is less than a month away, and today the company is announcing the 30 games that made the cut for the competition. You can find the whole list here, but note that you won’t be able to try out all of them just yet — 20 of the 30 games haven’t been released in Google Play yet. Games that are out in the store now include Chetan Surpur’s Orbit, High Score Hero’s Hovercraft: Takedown, Double Coconut’s Parallyzed and Roofboot (both still in beta) and Worthing & Moncrieff’s A Matter of Murder. (The full list of games can be found here.)

Google judges have whittled down 200 submissions that came in over the last month down to these final 30, all of which will be on display and playable at the event. Fans will get a chance to vote on their favorites, and a combo of fan votes and judging will narrow things down to a field of 15 games, all of which will have a chance to present their creations to the judges and audience in an effort to win a prize.

If you haven’t heard of these games, well, that’s why Google is having its indie games festival in the first place: the whole goal is to expose small, lesser-known developers to a wider audience. The festival takes place in San Francisco on September 24th, and registration is now open to the public. If you’re an Android fan who wants to see creative games get more exposure on the platform, this event is worth keeping an eye on.

Source: Google

29
Aug

Verizon’s ‘LTE Advanced’ network promises 50 percent higher speed


Every wireless carrier has various tests that say its network is the best, but most still view Verizon as the best overall choice when looking for that all-important combo of speed and reliability. (That combo doesn’t come cheap, of course.) Today, the company is announcing a new focus on speed: with the rollout of “LTE Advanced,” Verizon claims that users will see “50 percent higher peak speeds.” The new speed bump is available to users in 461 cities across the country. Of course, it’s going to take significant testing to verify the veracity of Verizon’s claims.

Verizon says that LTE Advanced works by combining the multiple bandwidth channels your phone can use into what’s effectively one bigger, faster pipe to your phone. “Typical” download speed will stay around 5 to 12 Mbps, but combining two channels can net peak speeds up to 225 Mbps — that’s a lot faster than most home broadband, let alone what you’ll usually see on your smartphone. The carrier also says that it can combine three channels for speeds close to 300 Mbps.

Verizon’s estimates for “typical” speeds seem low to us, but there’s no question that two- or three-channel speeds are significantly faster than what the carrier currently offers. Even if Verizon only reaches half of what it promises for peak speeds, it’s a pretty significant boost over the status quo.

It’s not at all clear what circumstances will let your phone take advantage of these higher speeds, however. Verizon vaguely says that it’ll kick in “when you need it most,” typically under conditions with “big data use.” Still, the potential for faster download speeds can’t hurt.

To take advantage of LTE Advanced, you’ll need a relatively recent smartphone — Verizon says Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S7 are compatible with the service, as well as various Moto Droids and iPhone models. There’s a link in Verizon’s press release that claims to show all LTE Advanced phones, but the bizarre selection of devices there does not cover any recent devices, so we’re assuming that’s a mistake.

The full list of LTE Advanced cities can be found here.

Source: Verizon

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