Nike today announced four new Apple Watch bands for Apple Watch Nike+ that will match the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit “Day to Night” collection of shoes. The company said that the new colors of bands and shoes are “inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk,” and mark the first time that Apple Watch owners can directly match their band choice to their Nike sneakers.
Similar to previous Nike+ Apple Watch bands, the new options are made of the same flexible fluoroelastomer material that Apple uses in its own Sport bands, but include a perforated design for ventilation and sweat management. The most recent Nike and Apple partnership was in the cream and black NikeLab band that launched in April, following the first Apple Watch Nike+ device that debuted last September.
Users will be able to purchase the new Nike Apple Watch sport bands for $49.00 each beginning on June 1 on Nike.com and in select Nike stores. The company said that the bands will be available on Apple.com, in Apple retail locations, authorized resellers, and specialty department stores from “early June.” The running shoes will also go on sale on June 1, and will be priced at $190.00.
Related Roundups: Apple Watch Series 2, watchOS 3
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Buyer’s Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)
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Slingbox creators Sling Media today launched an all-new multi-camera production and live video broadcasting system called SlingStudio, which connects to an iPad app to allow users the ability to edit and manage videos on the spot. With the $999 SlingStudio, users can monitor and edit four HD video inputs from up to ten connected cameras and smartphone devices, as well as output live video to Facebook Live and YouTube.
The company said that SlingStudio can simplify every step of shooting video, all the way to post-production, thanks to its design. The ten video sources can include DSLR cameras, video cameras, smartphones, and computers, which connect to SlingStudio via the device’s own private Wi-Fi network. Any wirelessly connected device has to stay within 300 feet of the hub.
Alternatively, users can hardwire some DSLR cameras to SlingStudio using the hub’s HDMI input port, or purchase the $349 CameraLink accessory that plugs into the camera’s HDMI port and wirelessly transmits up to 1080p video to SlingStudio for around two hours of battery life.
During the production of a video, the company’s Console app for iPad [Direct Link] is required, letting directors monitor and create live-to-tape video from up to four input sources at one time. With the app, directors can add in picture-in-picture, edit transitions like dissolves and wipes, mix audio, and throw in text overlays. The company said that all of these additions can be made in real time, both as a video is streaming live and as it’s being recorded to a USB hard drive, SSD, or SD card.
For post-production, creators will be able to move an entire project file to their computer and import it into editing applications like Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro. Sling Media listed a detailed description of SlingStudio’s tech specs, as well:
- Portable and compact: 1.43 lbs, (H) 7.87” x 5.59” x (D) 3.54”, tripod mountable.
- Wireless: 5 Ghz 802.11ac, 4×4 MIMO, specially tuned video-grade Hotspot to connect to different video sources; dual-band 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz 802.11ac client mode to connect to Internet for live streaming.
- 1080p HD multi-camera recorder: Up to seven simultaneous recordings. Includes four video inputs, live-switched program and quad-view of input, plus a separate audio line-in input recording.
- Multi-camera live monitor and switcher: Monitor up to four video sources and switch between 10 different video sources using the Console app for iPad.
- Professional grade video: High-definition resolutions up to 1080p60 at 30Mbps (using H.264 encoding) with the ability to effortlessly synchronize audio and video.
- Live broadcasting: Simultaneous recording and live broadcasting of program output. Max bit rate for live streaming is 8 Mbps (input source bit rates up to 30 Mbps). Supported platforms currently include Facebook Live and YouTube. Support for other content-sharing websites is coming soon.
- Ports: USB-C, HDMI video input, HDMI video output, audio line-in.
- Storage: Storage via SD or USB-C drives. Optional USB-C Expander available to connect USB 3.0 drives.
- Device compatibility: SlingStudio hub compatible with iOS and Android smartphones via the Capture app, and HDMI-enabled DSLR and video cameras connected to a CameraLink or via the direct HDMI input. An Apple iPad is required to operate the Console app.
Additional accessories include a $149 Battery that adds in portability to SlingStudio with three hours of battery life (otherwise the device requires an AC adapter), and a $49 USB-C Expander that supports wired Gigabit Ethernet connectivity for live broadcasting as well as data storage via compatible hard drives. More information about the device and its accessories can be found on the company’s website, and those interested can purchase SlingStudio today for $999.00.
Related Roundup: iPad Pro
Buyer’s Guide: 9.7″ iPad Pro (Don’t Buy), 12.9″ iPad Pro (Don’t Buy)
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The Supreme Court of the United States today decided that U.S. companies may only face patent infringement lawsuits in the jurisdiction in which they are incorporated, which in Apple’s case would be California.
The decision is significant for Apple, as the iPhone maker faces several patent infringement lawsuits in a single district court in Eastern Texas that is considered friendly to patent holding entities, or so-called “patent trolls.”
That very court in Tyler, Texas has, for example, ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC in 2015, and $22.1 million to Acacia Research last September for infringing upon patents it acquired from Nokia.
By limiting where patent infringement lawsuits can be filed, the Supreme Court’s decision means that Apple will likely be able to battle patent infringement lawsuits in Northern California, and finally put East Texas behind it.
The Supreme Court’s decision today relates to a Delaware-based lawsuit between Heartland Food Products Group and The Kraft Heinz Company, but it extends to all domestic companies across the United States.
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The Windows PC ecosystem just keeps getting better, meaning it’s never been a better time to be in the market for a new Windows 10 machine.
HP has fairly distinct product segmentation, with its Pavilion line at the low end of the consumer market and its Spectre line at the high end. The Elite line sits at the high end as well, but is primarily aimed at business customers. Not only is its product line built fairly rationally, but it’s also stocked with excellent options like the Spectre x360 13, Spectre x360 15, and EliteBook x360 G2.
The company can’t sit on its laurels, however, and needs to keep refreshing the various lines to make sure they continue to offer good value for its customers. That’s precisely what the company has done with its most recent introduction, focusing on the HP Envy line with a Spectre 2-in-1 refresh thrown in for good measure.
HP Spectre x2
Almost all Windows OEMs have a Surface Pro-like detachable tablet 2-in-1 device, and HP’s version is its Spectre x2. Microsoft obviously doesn’t mind if OEMs copy its basic designs, and the Spectre x2 is a very Surface Pro-like tablet with a kickstand and multi-angle detachable keyboard. The newly refreshed Spectre x2 simply takes what was best about the original model and makes it better.
First up is the migration to seventh-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors from the previous generation’s low-power Core M processors, which should help improve performance. HP also increased maximum RAM to 16GB and doubled the maximum storage to a 1TB PCIe SSD. Finally, Intel Iris Plus graphics are an option for a bit more performance in productivity tasks. Weight comes in at 2.49 pounds with the keyboard attached, and thickness is 0.52 inches.
HP also improved the display, with a new 12.3-inch 3K2K (3,000 x 2,000) resolution panel that’s now in the very Microsoft-like 3:2 aspect ratio. That’s down in size a bit from the 12.5-inch display in the previous generation, but is arguably better for productivity, work and also enjoys increased sharpness at 293 pixels per inch. Of course, it remains a 10-point multi-touch display with full support for HP’s Active Pen and Windows 10 Ink. Finally, as is par for the course today, the display bezels were shrunk, making for an even smaller overall footprint.
The hinge and keyboard also received some attention. The previous generation’s hinge was considered too complex, and so HP engineered a simpler solution that loses the release button and now simply swings down and out to its full 165-degree angle. The included detachable keyboard offers dual magnets for adjustable angles and a full 1.5mm of key travel, and HP has taken pains to make the typing experience consistent and similar to that provided by a traditional notebook. The keyboard base also includes a wide glass-covered touchpad.
In terms of input and output, the Spectre x2 now incorporates two USB Type-C Gen1 ports to go with the 3.5mm headset jack. The speakers are now front-firing with cutouts in the glass and HP Audio Boost — in other words, discrete amplifiers — to ensure a full sound. Finally, the 5MP HP TrueVision HD webcam offers infrared support for Windows Hello via facial recognition.
Pricing for the HP Spectre x2 will start at $1,000 for a machine with Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid-state disk (SSD), and the pen is included. The configuration with an Intel Core i7, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD will run $1,280. The new machine will start shipping in June 2017. The machine comes in the same Dark Ash Silver (really a dark gray) that is used throughout the Spectre line.
Here are the specifications for the new HP Spectre x2:
3,000 x 2,000
IPS touchscreen with active pen support, 3:2 aspect ratio
Up to Intel Core i7-7560U
Up to Intel Iris Plus 650 with 4GB total graphics memory
Up to 16GB LPDDR3
Up to 1TB PCIe SSD
Bang & Olufsen with dual speakers and HP Audio Boost
2×2 801.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
3.5mm headset jack
Detachable with magnetic attachment
5MP HP TrueVision HD webcam front-facing
13MP HP TrueVision HD webcam rear-facing
HP infrared camera with Windows Hello support
4-cell 41.58 watt-hour lithium ion battery up to 8 hours
11.57 in x 0.52 in x 8.15 in
Machined aluminum and stamped magnesium
At I/O 2017, Google announced that Google Assistant would be coming to the App Store, further escalating the digital assistant battle with Apple in a play for world domination. As is the case with many of Google’s products and services, the company has intentionally implemented a bevy of secret features — known as “Easter eggs” — into the bot for a healthy dose of levity. You can check out the full list of some of our favorite Google Easter eggs here.
Google Assistant is meme-savvy and exceedingly privy to pop culture, because, of course it is. To keep from ruining the novelty of the premise, we won’t spoil all of the answers to the questions we asked the wry, young assistant. Without further ado, here are some of our favorite funny questions to ask Google Assistant. If you have an iPhone, you might also want to check out some funny questions to ask Siri.
“How old are you?”
“Do you ever get tired?”
“Who was your first crush?”
“Do you like Siri?”
“What is your quest?”
“What do you look like?”
“Where do you live?”
“Are you sentient?”
“How can entropy be reversed?”
“Who’s on first?”
“Can you pass the Turing test?”
“Open the pod bay doors.”
“Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A.”
“Do you like Star Trek or Star Wars?”
“I am your father.”
“Beam me up, Scotty!”
“Here comes dat boi!”
“What’s your vector, Victor?”
“Are you Skynet?”
“Do you know the Muffin Man?”
“Execute Order 66.”
“What’s the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?”
“Do you speak Morse code?”
“What are the Three Laws of Robotics?”
“Wubba lubba dub dub.”
“Can you rap?”
“What am I thinking right now?”
“What is the loneliest number?”
“Who is the fairest of them all?”
“Is the cake a lie?”
“What are you scared of?”
“What’s the meaning of life?”
“Do you like Star Wars?”
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
“Do you believe in Santa Claus?”
“I’m feeling lucky.”
Your local meteorologist might seem like the best person to tell you what the weather’s going to be like, but what happens when you’re on the road or away from home, or can’t get to the TV? That’s where weather apps come in. Mobile apps are a great way to get the latest forecast any time you need it.
Don’t just head to the App Store and start downloading, though. While just about all of the apps you can find will be able to tell you what the weather is like and what the forecast is, only a select few do it in a way that we think is particularly useful.
The list below examines some of the best on the platform, many should be the next apps installed on your iPhone. We’ll also tell you why we think they’re special and rise above the rest. Without further ado, here’s our list.
Dark Sky ($4)
Why we picked it: The visualizations.
Dark Sky gets our top pick for the best weather app out there. It’s not free like most of our other picks, but if you’re serious about tracking the weather, it doesn’t get much better than this. Where Dark Sky shines is in its visualizations and minute-by-minute predictions.
You’ll be able to get minute-by-minute forecasts up to an hour in advance, and by hourly increments for the next seven days. The app’s simple interface shows you the weather conditions and expected temperatures, and it will even send you notifications before it starts raining or snowing, so you’re not caught by surprise. There’s also an Apple Watch app that provides the basics, meaning you can keep your phone stowed on the go.
What we really like about Dark Sky, however, is the visualizations. They’re smooth and elegant, which is something you don’t find in most weather apps. Few weather apps approach maps quite like Dark Sky, which is why it’s in a class of its own. It’s even better without ads, and the one-time fee is far more attractive than the subscription-based model used by other apps.
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Why we picked it: The radar and lightning data.
Our next app doesn’t tell you the temperature, nor is it going to provide you with a forecast. In fact, RadarScope is pretty one-dimensional — it shows you the radar and that’s it. Nonetheless, it excels when it comes to its one and only function.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a storm chaser, or simply somebody that appreciates up-to-the-minute weather info, this is the app for you. Radars refresh every six minutes, and storm warnings are placed on top of the radar images for added convenience. You’ll also have access to other radar products, such as velocity, precipitation estimates, and nearly a dozen other metrics, none of which are available through your standard weather app.
While it’s an additional expense, we recommend subscribing to at least RadarScope Pro Tier 1. Doing so nets you lightning and dual-pane radar data, and the ability to loop up to 20 frames, giving you quick access to two hours of data. It’s $10 a year, but this app is a must-have for those most affected by storms and rain.
There’s also a new Pro Tier 2, which is either $15 a month or $100 a year. We recommend the annual subscription, as it’s a 45 percent saving. This is targeted toward the weather weenie. You’ll get access to a 30-day archive of all available radar data from any radar site, as well as the the ability to look up estimates for hail size and rotation (azimuthal shear) contours. It’s geeky stuff, but its not a bad deal if you’re really looking for that kind of data.
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Why we picked it: The comprehensive weather data.
AccuWeather gets high marks from us not only for its simplicity but also for its comprehensiveness. While Dark Sky is no-frills, just about any kind of weather information you’d need is at your fingertips with AccuWeather. Minute-by-minute forecasts are available for up to two hours in advance, which is better than Dark Sky, but you’ll only be able to get hourly conditions up to 72 hours in advance, as opposed to seven days with Dark Sky.
Other features set it apart, though. You’ll be able to look up information regarding both sunrise and sunset, in addition to allergies, as well as news and video pertaining to the current weather cycle. You can also send in your own weather reports and videos, if you feel like making a contribution. AccuWeather may even feature your videos in its news reports.
Overall, we’ve found AccuWeather’s MinuteCast to be nearly as good as Dark Sky, though, it does lack the latter’s notification features, at least for non-severe weather events.
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The Weather Channel
Why we picked it: The well-rounded integration with The Weather Channel.
How could The Weather Channel’s app not make our list? It’s free, comprehensive, and has just about everything you need to keep an eye on the sky. The app will automatically change based on your current location, and provides the current weather and hourly weather up to two days in advance. It can also handle forecasts up to 15 days in advance.
In addition, you can set the app to automatically notify you of severe weather. You can also use the app to tap into exclusive web content and video recorded directly from the Weather Channel’s TV broadcasts. And if you’re up early enough — that is, before 11 a.m. — you can check out “The Lift,” a six-minute weather show that details the day’s weather nationwide.
Those who sufferer from allergies will find the app useful, too, as will outdoor enthusiasts. The app will tell you whether the weather is right for a variety of outdoor activities, which change based on the season. The app’s mapping software also updates quickly, and though the lightning data isn’t as detailed as it is in RadarScope Pro, it is available. We’re big fans of the alerts after close-by lightning strikes, but, to be frank, we generally heard the thunder before the app warned us.
You can even eliminate ads for one year for $4.
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Why we picked it: The hyperlocal weather forecasts.
If you’re a fan of hyperlocal data, then The Weather Underground is for you. The service — now officially owned by The Weather Channel — is the web’s largest repository of online personal weather stations, meaning it’s never tough to grab a local weather report.
The Weather Underground’s app is also pretty data-heavy, despite its primary focus on local weather stations. You can find data — both current and historical, presented in text and graphical form — on temperature, wind speed, daily rainfall, pollutants, and the current UV index. Forecasts are provided only 10 days in advance, but, again, the app’s main focus is on the data.
We’re also fans of the app’s webcam section, which gives you a visual look at what’s going on, and “Wunderphotos,” a crowdsourced photo feature. If you snap a photo yourself, it might even be featured on the app for others to see!
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Everyone likes apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance. Here are the latest and greatest apps on sale in the iOS App Store.
These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only. If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will be charged.
MLA Cited is the ultimate app for creating your citations and gathering research for your MLA-formatted paper.
You’ve found Drum Journey, the first app for shamanic journeying. Shamanic journeying is a spiritual practice that combines visualization with acoustic accompaniment, usually fast drumming or rattling. This app brings it all together.
Bring out your imagination, arouse your senses and creativity, and as you become engaged in the pleasurable, soothing activity of coloring, it calms you and instantaneously starts reducing your stress level.
Compress video to free the space for your device now with this app. It re-encodes videos filmed on your device to smaller file size while keeping the same video quality.
Illuminating Compound Interest
This app is an educational financial app that not only calculates your interest rates but also features plain English explanations of each compound interest calculation.
The app is a Safari extension that translates and speaks aloud the entire web page of Safari app. A must-have app to translate and speak aloud web pages of Safari.
Why it matters to you
It’s a bummer that most cell phone plans don’t have taxes and fees included, especially because fee increases will get passed on to those customers.
Calling all T-Mobile customers — some less than stellar news is coming your way. The Un-carrier just announced a new fee change that will impact some of you — specifically those who are not part of the T-Mobile One plan. Beginning June 10, 2017, the Regulatory Programs & Telco Recovery Fee for certain T-Mobile accounts will increase. Voice line costs will go from $2.71 to $3.18, and data lines will jump from $0.98 to $1.16.
Because T-Mobile One plans have their taxes and fees included, no changes will be made for those customers. But others should be prepared to see a change in their monthly bill. Moreover, former SunCom Wireless customers, who have previously been able to avoid paying this fee, will see their luck run out in this regard starting June 10 (unless, of course, they’re on a T-Mobile One plan).
T-Mobile explains that the fee is “not a government tax, rather a fee collected and retained by T-Mobile to help recover certain costs we have already incurred and continue to incur.” The Un-carrier continues, “[The fee] includes: 1) Funding and complying with government mandates, programs, and obligations, like E911 or local number portability ($0.60 of the total charge for voice lines and $0.15 for data only lines), and 2) Charges imposed on T-Mobile by other carriers for the delivery of calls from our customers to theirs, and by third parties for certain network facilities and services we purchase to provide you with service.”
While it’s certainly no fun to pay more, at the very least, T-Mobile is giving customers bit of advance notice before levying the new charges.
“We regularly assess our costs and occasionally adjust our fees and taxes as part of regular government program compliance and third-party service reviews,” T-Mobile concludes. “This helps to ensure that our customers are accurately assessed fees and taxes based on their needs and the type of plan they purchase.”
Why it matters to you
Drones are cool and mountain bikes are cool. Combining them for a night ride is even cooler.
Red Bull has become known for its extreme events. From teaming up with Aston Martin to creating a radical supercar to performing 5G stunts in a plane, Red Bull has been finding new ways to create innovative experiences.
For the firm’s latest adventure, Red Bull has sent French mountain biker Loic Bruni downhill in the middle of the night. Lighting his way was nothing more than a drone equipped with bright LEDs. The experience cements Bruni as one of the most fearless riders on the planet.
This exhilarating video was shot at 3 a.m. in Mandelieu, France over the course of three nights. As the 23-year-old rode down the mountain, a full moon and an LED-equipped drone lit the way. Following closely behind was another drone mounted with a camera. With just 50 feet of visibility, Bruni made his way down two different trails. Every decision had to be made in an instant, creating a sense of urgency. “It was a little bit dangerous sometimes,” said Bruni. “It is really hard nowadays to innovate when you do videos.”
It’s not hard to see why Bruni is so comfortable with the sport. His father, Jean-Pierre, was also a well-known downhill mountain biker. Bruni’s recent wins include becoming the 2012 World Junior Champion and earning his elite gold at the 2-15 UCI World Championships in Andorra.
Director Hadrien Picard had to create the drone lighting from scratch. “Technically it was a good challenge for everyone on the sport side and on the technical side,” explained Picard. In order to make it safe for the rider, the lighting had to attach to a gimbal before connecting to the drone. This way, the lighting can always point at the biker regardless of the drone’s position. Motion controls allow the controller to steer the lighting in an intuitive way. To keep the whole system cool enough to operate, the lighting system features liquid cooling.
The final result is a trail full of mesmerizing shadows bending and twisting around it.
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a Galaxy S8 deal you can’t afford to miss!
We’ve seen it many times before, and it will continue to happen. New phones release and cellular carriers offer these ridiculous “Buy one get one free” promotions to entice people to purchase them, but most of the time the offers are quite terrible and require you to change plans, get small credits each month for 24 months and more. Samsung is currently running its own offer, which is actually a really great deal.
Here’s how it works:
Purchase 2 new Galaxy S8 / Galaxy S8+ phones from Samsung.com
Activate a line on the T-Mobile Network on Samsung.com
Samsung will issue a rebate to original method of purchase up to $750, 7-10 days after activation
Pretty simple, huh? No long waits for a mail-in rebate, no hoops to jump through. The offer is a bit confusing with the “activate a line on the T-Mobile network”, but according to Samsung all you have to do is activate the included SIM card on any line through its site. Once your order ships and is delivered, you’ll be able to click an activate button on the order status page, and then once it is done, you are set. The rebate is issued directly to the original payment method and is for up to $750.
You can opt to pay for the devices in full, or sign up for a payment plan, and both phones will qualify for the free entertainment kit from Samsung. The kit, which has 6-months of Netflix and a 64GB microSD card will be automatically added to your cart with the phones. You can mix and match with one S8 and one S8+ or grab two of the same, and you can choose between Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, and Orchid Gray for each.
If you’re in need of two new phones on your T-Mobile plan and have been looking at the Galaxy S8, you won’t want to miss out on this deal.
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