If Microsoft Made a Smart Watch…

7:32 PM, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · by

Apple has announced a smartwatch we'll get to see next year. Google has released Android Wear to create Android powered smartwatches, and Samsung has one too. When you think of big tech companies, the only one left who hasn't gotten in on the action is Microsoft. Well Owen Williams took a crack at designing it, and I think he got pretty close to what Redmond would theoretically release. I think it'd be four quadrants of color like a Windows logo, but otherwise I think he nailed it. I think it would be called the Microsoft Windows Mobile Wearable Edition For Wrists (since Microsoft is just at good at naming as numbering). See it below:

Mark Zuckerberg Wows Chinese Crowd with 30 Minute Interview in Chinese

8:40 PM, Oct. 22nd, 2014 · by

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went on a major charm offensive in China by giving a 30 minute interview where he answered everything in Mandarin Chinese. That was clever, for sure, but even more clever was posting a video of the interview to Facebook. The interview was at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where the university announced Mr. Zuckerberg was joining its School of Economics and Management Advisory Board. Again, clever. As noted by Wired, Facebook is banned in China—and boy, oh boy, did his Mandarin performance have this particular crowd wrapped around Mr. Zuckerberg's finger. Clearly he's taking a long view on entering the world's largest market, and this was a smart step in that campaign. Wired also noted that Mr. Zuckerberg learned Mandarin in 2010 as that year's self-improvement goal. I'd love for any Mandarin speakers to offer up their thoughts on his performance in the comments. The full video is available on Facebook and may require Flash.

Apple Posts Full Video for October Media Event

5:15 PM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · by

Apple posted the full video for its "It's Been Too Long" media event, which was held Thursday, October 16th.  The company announced iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac with Retina 5K display, new Mac mini models, launch dates for Apple Pay, the release of WatchKit SDK, and the release of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1. It has a running time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, and 8 seconds, and it's embedded below.

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An Ode To Chairman Honeycrisp

2:17 PM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · by

Jonathan Mann releases a song a day on his YouTube channel. You may remember him from the iOS Autocomplete Song, and today we get a new tune from him about yesterday's Apple Event. Titled "Chairman Honeycrisp," Jonathan calls out some of the highlights of the day's event. We get code names, an autocorrect fail, and a catchy chorus for humming the rest of the day. He does this every day, so if you don't like this one, you can always try again tomorrow or browse the archives.

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GigSky Is Apple SIM For Everyone

1:32 PM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · by

Included with the announcement of new iPads yesterday we saw Apple SIM, a multi-carrier-capable SIM card baked into the cellular models of the new devices allowing customer choice of data carriers. There are some limits, of course, mostly that carrier partners thus far only include three US carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. If you want to use overseas data partners or don't have a new iPad, well, you're out of luck with Apple SIM. GigSky, however, has been allowing this functionality for almost two years, providing a multi-carrier data SIM usable in over 100 different countries, included here in the USA. You simply launch their iOS app and buy whatever data you need right inside the app. In many countries your GigSky SIM will get you 10MB of free data, enough to get a quick glance at your email and, if necessary, buy more data. No more getting off the plane and having to hunt down a SIM. Just head straight to your hotel room and GigSky has you covered. GigSky SIMs cost just US$19.95, and a la carte data options begin at $10. Definitely worth checking out.

Apple Posts ‘The Evolution of Retina’ Video

6:16 PM, Oct. 16th, 2014 · by

Apple posted the 30 second spot called "iMac with Retina 5K display - The Evolution of Retina" to YouTube Thursday. Like the other videos released today, this one was unveiled during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event. The spot starts with the original iPhone 4with Retina display, and flips through subsequent generations of iPhones, iPads, and Macs to feature a Retina display, each showing a little bit more of the same high-resolution video than the one before it. It's a very clever illustration of just how much bigger Apple's iMac with Retina 5K display is than everything else around.

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Apple Posts ‘Introducing iMac with Retina 5K Display’ Video with Dan Riccio

6:04 PM, Oct. 16th, 2014 · by

Apple has posted the video "Introducing iMac with Retina 5K Display" to YouTube. Hosted by Dan Riccio, Apple's Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, this video focuses on the Retina 5K display in particular, explaining some of the technology that went into the device, including the new inventions Apple came up with to make it work. It also offers a use case for a professional videographer. The video was unveiled during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event held earlier on Thursday.

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Apple Posts iPad Air 2 Reveal Video

5:56 PM, Oct. 16th, 2014 · by

Apple published the iPad Air 2 - Reveal video to YouTube Thursday. The video was debuted during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event earlier, and it plays on the original commercial for the iPad Air that showed the device being thinner than a pencil. In the new piece, which is only 32 seconds long, a laser slices off a good chunk of the pencil to make the point that the iPad Air 2 is even thinner.

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HBO Go Will Go It Alone

3:13 PM, Oct. 15th, 2014 · by

HBO Go might just go it alone, according to CEO Richard Plepler, who made the remarks at Time Warner's investor day event on Wednesday. "In 2015, we will launch a standalone, over-the-top HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them," Pleper said.

There are rumblings that Netflix will be reporting some nice earnings, which is probably excellent motivation for HBO to go after the cordcutting crowd. This is very exciting news for me personally, because I've been calling HBO customer service about once a month for like a year now and BEGGING them to let me pay directly instead of having to give more money to the Cable Service Which Must Not Be Named. It doesn't take long, but it looks like I'm going to get my way on this.

Hopefully my crusade for the last two seasons of The Muppet Show on DVD will go my way too…

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Charge Your Phone by Walking with Ampy Kickstarter

6:28 PM, Oct. 13th, 2014 · by

Yeah, this is frakking cool. It's a Kickstarter project for Ampy, a portable charger for iPhone (or anything that powers from USB) that you charge by walking around. Ampy turns kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in an internal battery. According to the Kickstarter description, 10,000 steps is enough to generate three hours of battery life on your smartphone. 30-60 minutes on a bicycle will do the same thing. Strap it on your working dog? Who knows, but the idea of an iPhone powered by dog awesomeness brings a huge smile to my face. Oh, and Ampy can also be charged by plugging it into a wall socket. With 28 days to go, the developers have already raised $128,000 with an original goal of $100,000, but there are still ways to get a discounted Ampy and support the company's efforts. [Via Ryan Faas > GigaOM]