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Microsoft Hololens is that company's take on wearable computing and augmented vision, and Microsoft put on an amazing demo Thursday at Build 2015. Hololens allows you to impose virtual reality onto your vision of the real world through the use of glasses. It's early days for this technology yet, but the demonstration was impressive. Highlights of the demo include creating a video that follows the user around and being able to place apps on a wall so that you see them whenever you enter a particular virtual room. There is also a virtual menu that is SciFi brought to life (if you can ignore how slow it was and how careful he had to be to manipulate it—early days, like I said). On the other hand, watch the very unnatural and awkward way the demonstrator walks around without moving his head or neck. Despite such armchair nitpicks, it's a remarkable demonstration.
We're giving away a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display with our friends at Stack Social! To enter, just sign up to receive deal emails on the giveaway page. There are ways you can share your entry to get additional entries, too. The giveaway ends on May 27th. Good luck!
The Mac was eclipsed long ago by iPhone and iPad, but that didn't mean it stopped growing. Today's Mac is bigger than its ever been, a testament to the computer once billed as "for the rest of us." Bryan Chaffin explores the fall and rise of the venerable Mac.
A guitar tuner for Apple Watch? Yes, please. I'm sure there will be many that come out, but IK Multimedia is ready to go today with UltraTuner. An extension of the company's UltraTuner line for iPhone and iPad, the Apple Watch version utilizes the built-in microphone on your Apple Watch for all your tuning needs. In addition to your standard tunings for guitar and bass, the app supports a variety of other instruments with a wide array of tuning scales. UltraTuner for Apple Watch is priced at $4.99 and is available now.
We have a deal for you today on the WatchStand Charging Dock for Apple Watch from Griffin Technology. This stand will charge your Apple Watch and hold it at viewable angle. It also is designed to hold your charging cable so its ready to go when you need it, and you can hide any excess cable in the stand itself. You can get WatchStand through our deal for $26.99.
Shares of Apple Inc. traded higher in the after hours market, as investors voted with their dollars on the company's second quarter results. $AAPL was trading at $134.40 per share, a gain of $1.75 (+1.32 percent), as of this writing.
Check out the SKEYE Nano Drone, a quadcopter drone that measures just 4 centimeters on a side. That's small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It has three flight modes, one for beginners who are just learning to fly, another for more advanced pilots, and a third, ‘expert’ mode for seasoned flight veterans. The company that makes it says it will fly outdoors, but I personally imagine it's far better suited for indoor flight because of its size. At $34.99 through our deal (regularly $60), it's an inexpensive way to find out how much fun flying a quadcopter is. There's a video of the device in action on the deal listing.
Apple announced Monday a significant increase to its shareholder capital return program to a cumulative total of $200 billion. The company is increasing its share repurchase program by $50 billion, while its dividends will be increased 11 percent to $0.52 per share.
Apple reported on Monday a blowout March quarter, the company's second fiscal quarter. Apple reported revenues of US$58 billion with earnings of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 earnings per share (EPS). This was fueled by record Q2 iPhone sales of 61.2 million units, a 40 percent increase year over year. iPhone revenue was 55 percent higher year over year. Gross margins came in at 40.8 percent.