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Analyst: “Hey Siri” Media Event no Game Changer for AAPL

2 hours, 55 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's Hey Siri media event may not be a big revenue boost

Apple will most likely show off new iPhone and iPad models, along with a new Apple TV, at its September 9 media event, but Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks it may not live up to expectations. He sees a lack of a product line that brings in significant revenue like the iPhone as an issue, and that's not going to change next Wednesday.

Runtastic goes Analog with Moment Fitness Tracker Watch

4 hours, 28 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Runtastic is going analog with its new Moment fitness tracker. It looks like a traditional watch and tracks daily steps, calories, and sleep patterns, plus it's waterproof to 300 feet, syncs data with your iPhone, and has a six month battery life. It runs on a replaceable battery and uses standard watch straps so you can  customize your Moment's look, too. Runtastic's new fitness tracker starts at US$129 and is available in plastic or metal models. You cam pick one up at the Runtastic website.

Retailer Screws Up, Shows Off HomeKit Compatible Hue Bridge Early

5:05 PM, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Philips Hue HomeKit compatible Bridge coming soon and it'll cost about $60

When Philips said its Hue smart lightbulb line would be HomeKit compatible the assumption was that we'd need some piece of new hardware to make that happen, and now we have confirmation thanks to a light retailer in the Netherlands who added the new Hue Bridge to its online store prematurely. The bad news is the HomeKit compatible Hue Bridge will cost about US$60, but the good news is you won't have to replace any of your bulbs.

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Spending extra cash to make your Hue lights HomeKit compatible does kind of suck, but it isn't like you have to replace all of your bulbs, too. So at least there's that.

Having Your Own Star Wars BB-8 Droid Really is That Cool

10:52 AM, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Even though Star Wars The Force Awakes isn't due in theaters until December 18 everyone wants to get their own BB-8 droid, and now you can. Sphero designed the little ball droid that rolls around in the next Star Wars movie, and now they have a smaller remote control version you can send zipping around your home or office. You control it with your iPhone or iPad, and can set it to patrol, explore, or play as it rolls around, and Sphero says BB-8's personality changes based on how you treat it. Sphero's BB-8 goes on sale on Friday, September 4 and will set you back US$150.

Judge Koh Slams Attorney Fees in Apple Anti-poaching Settlement

9:37 AM, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Judge Koh cut attorney fees in half in Apple's employee anti-poaching settlement

Judge Lucy Koh approved the US$415 million settlement Apple, Goole, Intel, and Adobe proposed in the anti-poaching lawsuit brought against them by Silicon Valley employees. She gave the deal a thumbs up on Wednesday, but with a twist that no doubt left the attorneys in the case disappointed: they're getting half as much money as they expected.

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Judge Koh must've felt Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein were really gouging the Silicon Valley workers they represented to cut what they're getting paid from $81 million down to $40 million.

Adonit’s Jot Dash: The Workhorse Stylus You’ve Been Waiting For

11:30 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

We've come a long way since Steve Jobs told us we already have ten styluses on our hands thanks to the creative efforts of many companies. Over time, iPad and iPhone styluses have become more complex, gained pressure sensitivity, and trimmed down the size of their tips. Adonit's latest addition to the stylus world is the Jot Dash and instead of moving us forward by adding in new features, it takes us a step in the right direction by taking some away.