I used to be kind of heavy, like a good 60 pounds overweight. I needed personal incentive and accountability to get back to a healthy place, and the Fitbit Ultra (later, the Fitbit One) gave me that. Now Apple wants to do the same with the Apple Watch. We're still a few days away from Apple Watch pre-orders, but I can already tell you I know it'll be a supplement to my health and fitness tracking routine, not a replacement—and it's up to Apple to earn a place on my wrist.
The Apple Watch was originally conceived as a device that would free us from the tyranny of our smartphones—and that includes iPhones. According to an excellent in-depth look at Apple Vice President Kevin Lynch and the Apple Watch, Apple wanted to find a way for us to be connected in a less intrusive, more human way.
The base numbered iPhone series, the iPhone 4,5 and 6 have been major upgrades. The "s" iPhones, the iPhone 4s, 5s and presumably the 6s, are incremental improvements. Still, they have been and must continue to be compelling enough to get people to consider upgrading after just one year. What might Apple have up its sleeve this time?
A coterie of top shelf musicians officially launched Tidal on Monday. Tidal is a music streaming service going head to head with Spotify and a host of other services, but Tidal's stated goal is to restore the value of music in the eyes of consumers.
Apple's new MacBook, to be released on April 10, is compact, low in weight, and full of new features. But will that low power Core M processor have enough computing punch for most users? John Martellaro takes a first, high-level look at the Core M processor and how it compares to other Apple notebooks, new and old.
Steve "Woz" Wozniak is interested in the Apple Watch, but not the Apple Watch Edition at the high end. At a keynote event titled What's Next--The Future of Technology at the Automate/Promat Show in Chicago on Wednesday, Mr. Wozniak said he thought the US$10,000 and $17,000 Apple Watch Edition wasn't the kind of device that would move the world forward.
Often, for the sake of dramatic effect and the attention it brings, technical articles are couched in terms of dramatic change. And while change is what our industry is all about, the technical people behind the scenes know that nothing all happens at once. The same applies to 4K streaming.
In the wake of the passing of someone who made an impact on the people around them, there is sometimes a contest to shape the memories and legacy of that person. The bigger the impact—be it good or bad—the greater the contest, and it should come as no surprise that those closest to Steve Jobs are fighting to shape his legacy.
A few years ago, there was somewhat of a fuss about emerging Comcast monthly data caps for Internet usage. The number was 250 GB per month. Lately, however, Comcast has not been imposing hard data caps and has, instead, taken a pragmatic approach to monitoring and analyzing network usage. As a result, the path to 4K streaming will be eased.
A previously undisclosed report from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission detailed some of the many ways that Google Inc. manipulated its search results to promote its own services at the expense of its rivals. The report was part of a "lengthy" investigation, yet no complaint or lawsuits will be filed against the company.
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