An iPhone 5c saved the life of a 25-year-old gunshot victim, according to British police (via Business Insider). The victim, who has not been named, was shot at close range with a shotgun and suffered serious abdominal injuries, but survived thanks to the iPhone 5c in his pocket taking the main force.
The shooting happened when the victim approached a group of teenagers who had shut off the water supply to the apartment block in which he lived. The person who fired the shot, 19-year-old Ryan Duggan, was yesterday found guilty of attempted murder and is due to be sentenced in July.
Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre from Cheshire Police said: “Fortunately, the victim’s mobile phone took the brunt of the shot and, as a result of this, he survived. This is remarkable – had that phone not been in his pocket at that time he would undoubtedly have died.”
A US soldier last year credited his iPhone with saving his life after a bomb was detonated by a suicide bomber, telling us that it prevented a severed artery.
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Pebble has updated its Kickstarter page, advising that the first batch of Pebble Time smartwatches will begin shipping on 27th May, and that all orders placed through Kickstarter will ship by mid-June.
Despite raising $20M from the Kickstarter campaign, however, TechCrunch is reporting that the company is having trouble raising additional funding “in order to stay afloat” …
Great news: the first batch of Pebble Time shipments are scheduled to go out Wednesday, May 27. With things moving along at this rate, we expect all Pebble Time Rewards to be manufactured by the end of the month […] Every backer with a Pebble Time included in their selected reward tier should receive a tracking number from us by mid-June.
The site reports “sources close to the company” saying that Silicon Valley venture capitalists have been turning down requests for new capital, and says the company has turned to a bank for a $5M loan and $5M line of credit.
The Apple Watch has of course eclipsed rival smartwatches in both PR and sales terms, Apple reportedly selling more units in the first 24 hours than all other smartwatches ever sold.
A new Pebble Time Watch app will also be available next week for both Android and iOS. This app will be exclusive to the Time models, and abolishes the previous limit of eight apps, the watch storing as many as it can in its own storage and downloading the rest from your phone on demand. You can drag-and-drop to set the order in which the apps appear on your smartphone, and that ordering will be mirrored on the watch.
The first video shows the menu organisation:The second shows the three different ways to choose the active watchface:The Pebble Time was fully funded in the first 30 minutes of its Kickstarter campaign back in February, with a metal version, the Pebble Time Steel, announced a week later.
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Having originally planned to add a new transit directions feature to Maps last year, only to pull the feature before WWDC 2014, Apple now hopes to launch its Transit service with iOS 9, according to sources. Apple currently plans to debut bus, subway, and train route navigation as the central upgrade to the Maps app in iOS 9 at WWDC, using a user interface similar to the one intended for last fall’s launch, as depicted in the screenshots above…
The Transit directions service would allow iPhone users to navigate mass transit via the official Apple Maps application for the first time since Apple removed Google as iOS’s official provider of map data. Sources said last year that the transit functionality for Maps includes larger icons for users to more quickly spot airports, subway stations, and train stations within the Maps app. In addition to the main functionality, there is also a trip planning feature for transit, and a new Transit view alongside the existing Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite/Flyover views.
Due to personnel issues, data inconsistencies, and coverage for only a small subset of Apple’s major markets, Apple decided to pull transit functionality from iOS 8 very late into development, sources indicate. The feature was apparently present in internal iOS 8 betas well into the summer of 2014, despite the lack of an announcement at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Since that time, however, Apple has refined the data, added new cities, and developed a new push notifications system that will notify users as new cities gain support.
In addition to refining its transit mapping service, Apple has also been making headway on its indoor mapping project. Apple intends to update iOS Maps to help users navigate major buildings, offices, and landmarks. While the feature may not go live this year, sources tell us that Apple is already mapping out its own offices in Cupertino. The company has let loose autonomous robots with iBeacon sensors, similar in size to iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaners, to collect data for its indoor mapping project. This comes in addition to its new van-based project to map out high-resolution street view footage.
Yesterday, we reported that iOS 9 will also include the new San Francisco font from the Apple Watch and potentially a new Home app to control HomeKit devices.
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I decided on the Apple Watch with stainless steel Milanese Loop band for a few reasons, but not before considering the benefits and drawbacks of Apple’s entire collection of straps and bands for Apple Watch. Budget will in many cases guide your decision, but going for the Milanese Loop was a no-brainer for me. There are a few downsides of the band compared to others, however.
Here are a few observations I’ve made after wearing it for the last couple weeks, including little talked about pros and cons you’ll want to consider before purchasing the Milanese Loop for yourself.
1. It looks a bit different than in Apple’s press shots. I was a bit surprised that the link of the Milanese Loop doesn’t look like it does in a lot of Apple’s press shots, especially its overall presence once on the wrirst. To be fair, it looks closer to the shots Apple has on the product’s purchase page, but this is what it looks like in reality compared to Apple’s closeup shots that are used in some of the Apple Watch’s most prominent imagery:
You can see that the way the link looks close up in Apple’s renders is quite different than how the band looks in the real world from a normal viewing distance.
2. It won’t discolor or deform. It’s the only band that is truly resistant to scratches, deformation and discoloring, making it the most durable option among all the bands. Discoloration and deformation is a fact of life for those other materials and something Apple is warning about for its rubber and leather bands. The pricier stainless steel Link Bracelet is also not impervious to damage or wear and tear; like all link bands, it will get scratched and scuffed quite easily (also an issue Apple is anticipating and thus won’t be covering under warranty).
The Milanese Loop, however, with its busy, tightly weaved stainless steel mesh pattern, does an excellent job of resisting and hiding scratches. It also, like all stainless steel bands, won’t have any issue with discoloration, deformation or damage due to sweat and lotions.
3. Pulling hairs. I did experience the tiny links of the band catching and pulling out hairs on my wrist from time to time, which likely won’t be an issue with the other bands.
4. It becomes loose throughout the day. If you’ve ever researched watches with similar stainless steel mesh bands, you’ve probably heard complaints that they often come lose throughout the day with regular use. Apple Watch’s Milanese Loop has the same problem, and Apple’s magnetic closure, while making the watch super easy to get on and off quickly, doesn’t help. I found myself adjusting the strap to make it tighter several times throughout the day, especially during any physical activity.
5. It’s not super comfortable. The stainless steel is definitely not the most comfortable watch band in the world, and with the band coming loose throughout the day, I wouldn’t recommend it for workouts or much physical activity. I’ll be switching to a black Sport band for fitness or long periods of activity (once it arrives).
6. Breathability. One upside of the design in terms of comfort is breathability. Unlike any of Apple’s other straps, the weaved mesh of the Milanese Loop actually allows a bit of air to pass through, allowing you to stay cool and avoid sweating that is common with leather and solid stainless steel bands, for example.
Should you buy it?
Even considering the pros and cons above, I’m still extremely happy with my decision. The durability, premium look of the stainless steel, and the price point relative to the other Apple Watch model options — it’s $300 less than the stainless steel link band — definitely outweigh the downsides of the band and of the other Apple Watch models.
If you are heavy into fitness and plan on using the Apple Watch for mostly workouts and physical activity, grabbing an extra Sport band like I did might be necessary to avoid the downsides that the Milanese Loop has in those areas. But if that isn’t in the budget, then the Sport band is probably the go-to option for athletes.
And just in case you’re curious, this is what the Milanese Loop band looks like on the Sport model:
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After being updated with support for Apple Watch last month, the Apple Store app on iOS has been updated today with a pair of highly requested features. With today’s update, which bumps the app to version 3.3, users can now use Touch ID to view orders, access EasyPay receipts, and make reservations at retail locations.
In addition to Touch ID integration, today’s update also adds support for two-step verification. This functionality appears to only apply when you place an order, however. Apple launched two-step verification more than two years ago, so it’s definitely nice to see the feature make its way to the Apple Store app on iOS.
Touch ID integration works as you would expect it to. The first time you launch the app after updating and try to view one of the protected sections, you’ll be prompted to enter your password. From there on out, however, you’ll have the ability to use Touch ID for tracking order status, viewing EasyPay receipts, and making in-store reservations.
Version 3.3 of the Apple Store app is available now for free.
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Previously, these sections of the app required an Apple ID password to be input whenever they were accessed, but now the app will ask for Touch ID verification in lieu of a password when Touch ID is toggled on. Before the update, Touch ID usage was limited to Apple Pay for making purchases, but with the expanded Touch ID capabilities, accessing various sections of the app to get order information is much quicker.
Accessing features like EasyPay Receipts before update on left, after on right
Today's update also adds support for two-step verification within the Apple Store app.
What's New in Version 3.3Apple's Apple Store app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]
- Use Touch ID to view orders, access EasyPay receipts, and make reservations at an Apple Store.
- Support for two-step verification, giving you extra security for your Apple ID.
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<p class="p1">No, that’s not an iPhone 6C with Touch ID, and Apple isn’t planning new iPhones for August…<span id="more-380898"></span><div class="inlinead"><a href="http://rss.buysellad...96&c=377099585"target="_blank"><img src="http://rss.buysellads.com/img.php?z=1288305&k=0d0633b70e3c2bda246a715efcc79f88&a=1432241696&c=377099585" border="0" alt="" /></a></div></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">There is a lot of speculation right now that Apple might have leaked an upcoming device on the webpage for its new <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...-ipads/">iPhoneLightning Dock</a>, while <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/21/kgi-iphones-august-september/" target="_blank">another report claims</a> the company has new iPhones on tap for debut in August. Bad news: both aren’t true.</span></p>
<p class="p1">The iPhone image showed what appeared to be an iPhone 5c with Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor not yet included in the device (pictured above). That led to a long list of sites reporting that this might be the first look at a next-generation iPhone 5c model, but it’s not.</p>
<p class="p1">Sources confirmed that the image was <a href="http://9to5mac.com/c...hotoshop-fail/"target="_blank">just an incorrect render</a>, and that it doesn’t reflect any plans Apple may or may not have for an upcoming device. Although we have seen upcoming product images slip out in materials from tech companies before, rest assured that this is not one of those times.</p>
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We’ve confirmed that AT&T’s plans to stop offering two-year contracts through third-party retailers will also extend to Apple.
Droid-Life first reported that AT&T was planning to drop its two-year contracts through third-party retailers starting June 1, and we’ve confirmed with several sources that the move will also kick in at Apple retail.
AT&T will continue offering phones on two-year contracts in its retail stores and through its website, but it will instead be pushing its no-contract AT&T Next installment plans through Apple and other third-party retailers like Walmart.
Apple is already well prepared for the transition, as the company started offering iPhones on AT&T Next plans through its retail stores and online last summer. Apple is also preparing retail employees for the change, according to sources.
AT&T wouldn’t comment directly on the news, but it said “Customers love AT&T Next, and we are continuing to focus on it as the preferred way that customers want to shop. We have 2 year plans available for those customers who choose them.”
The original report from Droid-Life claimed some third-party retailers would still technically be able to sign-up customers on a two-year contract, but that option means you won’t walk out of the store with the device and it will instead ship out from AT&T days later (essentially the same as ordering from AT&T online). It’s unclear if Apple will have that option once the transition is complete. Otherwise, AT&T Next monthly installment plans will be the only option for those signing up or upgrading at Apple and other third-party retailers.
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