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Apple TV remote is getting a trackpad this summer

Today, 12:13 AM

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Apple has been gearing up to launch a redesigned Apple TV to go with its rumored streaming service, and a new report claims the new black box will also include a redesigned TV remote with a trackpad. According to the New Yorkmf.gif


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Apple redesigns Apple Watch interface guidelines website...

Today, 12:06 AM

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Apple today has published a redesigned version of its Human Interface Guidelines website for Apple Watch WatchKit application development. The new website is far cleaner than the previous website, and introduces lengthier and more interactive descriptions of the different Apple Watch interface paradigms…

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The new website includes short video tours of specific Apple Watch input elements, such as Force Touch, the Digital Crown, and the side button, in order to provide developers with a better look at how WatchKit apps should be developed. Like the previous version of the website, design categories are organized into five sections: Overview, App Components, UI Elements, Specifications, and Resources.

The new guidelines also include a larger promotion of using WatchKit for notifications and short interactions. This new website is yet another offering from Apple to enhance the Apple Watch application development process. Last month, Apple introduced a limited program for developers to receive an entry-level Apple Watch with free expedited shipping. Apple has said that over 3500 WatchKit titles are available.


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Massive LEGO Star Wars ship destroyed in high-def slo-mo

Yesterday, 11:59 PM

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16 hours to make, mere seconds to destroy this huge LEGO model of Darth Vader’s Super Star Destroyer from Return of the Jedi. If there’s anything more symptomatic of our consumer culture — aside from the iPhone and Apple Watchmf.gif


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Apple Maps Connect travels to five additional European co...

Yesterday, 11:53 PM

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Apple this week has expanded its Apple Maps Connect service to five additional regions in Europe: Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and The Netherlands. The additions were noted in an email to users of the platform and on the Apple Maps Connect website. For those unfamiliar, Apple Maps Connect allows business owners to both manage existing Apple Maps listings and add additional listings to the platform. This service works closely with the Apple Indoor Mapping feature, which aims for businesses to help Apple build up a portfolio of indoor mapping data. Apple earlier expanded Apple Maps Connect via service updates in January, February, and MarchThanks Chris!

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Remote for Next-Generation Apple TV to Include 'Touch...

Yesterday, 11:52 PM

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appletvremote.jpgApple's next-generation Apple TV will include a new touch-based remote with a revamped design, reports The New York Times, citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans. Described as being "slightly thicker" than the current version, the new Apple TV remote will gain a "touch pad" that will be used for scrolling, along with two physical buttons.

The touch pad will likely replace the circular click-wheel style control that's on the existing remote, giving users an easier way to scroll through content on the Apple TV. Currently, navigating through content on a channel like Netflix with the Apple TV remote requires users to click multiple times on the click wheel.

A touch-based control area on the remote would likely function similarly to the Apple Remote apps on the iPhone and the Apple Watch, allowing for swipe-based controls for scrolling through content available on the Apple TV. Using the Apple Watch or the iPhone to browse channels and make selections on the existing Apple TV is both quicker and easier than using the current physical remote.

Size wise, The New York Times' source says the new remote will be similar in design to the remote control for the Amazon Echo speaker system, which is approximately 0.6 inches thick. The current Apple TV remote is 0.2 inches thick and has not seen a redesign since the Apple TV initially debuted in 2007.

Rumors have suggested that Apple's redesigned Apple TV could make an appearance in June, at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Along with today's rumor pointing towards a new design for the remote, previous rumors have indicated the device will include an A8 processor, Siri integration, a dedicated App Store, and expanded internal storage.

Apple is also rumored to be working on an accompanying Internet-based television service, which may see it providing between 20 and 30 channels at a price of $30 to $40 per month.mf.gif


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New Apple TV remote control will have touchpad in additio...

Yesterday, 11:39 PM

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As we reported earlier this year, the upcoming Apple TV will feature a redesigned remote with improved functionality, according to The New York Times. We reported that the new remote would have more tactile buttons and a new design, and today’s report adds that the controller will have a touchpad akin to the trackpads on Apple laptops. There will also be two physical buttons on the remote, the report claims.

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Apple’s new Apple TV remote has been heavily tested in the company’s employee training program, according to the report. In an Apple University training course, instructors compared the Apple TV remote to a Google TV remote control that had 78 buttons. Apple emphasized during the course that it wants its TV remote to be simply and easy to understand.

Today’s report also corroborates our own sources and claims that the refreshed Apple TV will be unveiled this summer at WWDC. The refreshed Apple TV will reportedly be slimmer than the current model and feature a redesigned operating system with support for Apple’s upcoming web TV service and its new streaming music service. The device is also expected to use Apple’s latest A8 chip for improved performance.

The upcoming Apple TV will not feature support for 4K content, according to a report from earlier this year. Apple allegedly does not believe that there is any major benefit to supporting the technology with its set-top box.

In reality, the need for a touchpad on the Apple TV remote is very small. Apple already offers a Remote app on iPhone and Watch, both of which are almost certainly more capable than the built-in Apple TV remote touchpad will be. The Apple TV has long been praised for its simplistic remote, so it remains to be seen whether Apple will be able to keep that simplicity with a touchpad.


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First third-party Apple Watch magnetic charging cable arr...

Yesterday, 11:13 PM

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Is this the first third-party Apple Watch charging cable? Apple hasn’t yet announced official plans for a third-party accessory program for Apple Watch, but that hasn’t stopped accessory makers from creating stands, charging docks, straps, and other accessories for the device. This charging cable from Ionic, a company that sells a lot of MFi certified cables and adapters through Amazon, might be the first advertising a third-party version of Apple’s own magnetic charging cable.

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While the company confirmed it isn’t an Apple certified cable (Apple has yet to introduce specs for these cable), it’s the first non-Apple cables we’ve seen up for preorder.

The majority of Ionic Pro’s cables on Amazon are listed as MFi certified, meaning they’ve received Apple’s approval through the company’s Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod licensing program, but accessory makers are still waiting on official specs from Apple. The MFi program is usually the only official way for accessory makers to get Apple’s approval, and it’s required for most accessories that utilize any of Apple’s proprietary technologies, like the Lightning cable/port.

The Iconic Pro cable is listed for $15, undercutting Apple’s price of $29/$39 for 1m and 2m cables through Apple’s online store. The company tells us the price will go up to $24– still a deal compared to Apple’s pricing– once it’s in stock starting May 31. The cable is 1m, but the supplier is planning to launch a 2m version to match Apple’s offerings.

Apple doesn’t usually recommend using third-party charging solutions that aren’t MFi certified for any of its devices, but it hasn’t issued any warnings regarding Apple Watch specifically. Some users have discovered that Apple’s charger works with other smartwatches and devices that use similar inductive charging solutions, like the Moto 360, but it’s unclear what will be required to enable charging of Apple Watch by non-Apple adapters. 

Earlier today we told you about at least one accessory maker’s plans to tap Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps and faster charging, and why it’s probably not a great idea this early in the game.


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Jewelers start gold plating Apple Watch to undercut Apple...

Yesterday, 10:32 PM

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It’s no secret that the price of the Apple Watch rapidly increases if you want a gold model. The Apple Watch Edition with an 18 karat rose gold case starts at $10,000 and ranges to $17,000 for yellow gold models with a gold-plated band. Jewelers, however, looking to take some of Apple’s high-end Watch market, have now started offering their own take on the gold Apple Watch…

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First, Watch Plate offers to gold plate your own Apple Watch for $399. The process is relatively simple. You simply FedEx them your stainless steel Apple Watch and they will gold plate the device and ship it back to you, all within 3 business days. Watch Plate will even email you a FedEx label to make the shipment process as simple as possible. The company says it is using 24 karat rose gold or 24 karat yellow gold during its process.

Golden Dreams takes a different approach to offering gold Apple Watch units. For $4,200, the company will soon offer gold-plated Apple Watch models in 24 karat yellow gold, 18 karat rose gold, and 18 karat white gold models. These watches are all custom-made in Geneva and ship worldwide. The company also touts that their gold-plated Apple Watch ships in a high-end luxury box. Alongside the Watch itself, Golden Dreams will also offer over 160 different colored Alligator leather straps. Hand engraving will also be available, according to the company.

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The difference between the two is that with Watch Plate’s offering, you must supply your own Apple Watch unit, while Golden Dreams handles the entire acquisition process and ships gold-plated Apple Watch units directly to consumers. The latter makes for a more seamless, albeit more expensive, process. Golden Dreams also touts that its straps are of the same quality of a Rolex and other high-end watch manufacturers.

Last month, we also showed how you could easily turn an Apple Watch Sport into an Apple Watch Edition with a can of spray paint. Of course with that method, you’re only coating the device in paint, not actually plating it in gold like the offerings from Gold Dreams and Watch Plate. It’s the appearance that matters, though, right?


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How to restore an erased Apple Watch from backup

Yesterday, 09:00 PM

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If you forget your passcode on Apple Watch, or you’ve entered an incorrect one too many times, you can use the Apple Watch app on the iPhone to enter the passcode one more time. If you still can’t quite remembermf.gif


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GE announces Siri-controlled, color-changing LED lighting...

Yesterday, 08:52 PM

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GE announced today that it’s introducing HomeKit enabled LED lighting products offering Siri-controlled solutions for both the home and enterprise. With support for Apple’s new HomeKit framework, users will be able to control the lights from their iOS device using Siri.

The company noted that the new line of GE HomeKit lighting will also include its GE Align technology that “tunes the light spectrum to help promote the body’s natural sleep cycle by controlling the blue concentration of light output.”

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Embedded with GE Align™ technology, GE’s HomeKit-enabled LED bulb takes smart home technology a step further, giving consumers the ability to automate lighting according to the body’s natural sleep circadian rhythm. Lighting impacts our sleep patterns, and GE Align tunes the light spectrum to help promote the body’s natural sleep cycle by controlling the blue concentration of light output. In the morning, GE Align produces a bright, bluer tone that suppresses the body’s production of melatonin, and in the evening it produces an amber light, reminiscent of candlelight and campfires.

After announcing HomeKit with iOS 8 and beginning to accept product plans through its Made-for-iPhone accessory licensing program, a number of companies began showing off upcoming solutions using the platform at CES. The majority of accessories were planning a launch for later in 2015 and that includes GE’s new lightning products announced today.

Earlier this year we detailed Apple’s specs for accessory makers when it comes to compatibility with competing home automation platform as well as restrictions for security in the home.


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