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Griffin on Wednesday launched its first-ever protective cases for the Apple Watch, the Survivor Tactical and the Ultra Thin, adding to a growing selection of aftermarket accessories tailored to Apple's wearable device. Like its counterparts for iPhone and iPad, the Survivor Tactical is a rugged case, designed to shield as much of the Watch as possible from damage. The bulk of the case is built from a combination of thermoplastic elastomer and polycarbonate plastic....
Facebook on Wednesday launched "M," a text-based virtual assistant integrated with Facebook Messenger that unlike Siri, Cortana, or Google Now relies on both human and artificial intelligence to fulfill requests. A contract team of "M trainers" is prepared to fulfill requests that the AI component can't answer, Wired reported. The AI currently lacks access to the social data Facebook normally collects, and so has to depend on earlier conversations and follow-up...
As the release of the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie grows closer, the Hollywood marketing machine has begun to churn faster and Wednesday's rotation brought the release of the official promotional poster. The almost entirely grayscale oster shows Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, with head bowed in thought. Fassbender's photo is surprisingly small, and aligned in the lower right. Jobs's name takes center stage, set in black slightly larger than and below the...
If Apple releases a "larger, screen-detachable" iPad in the near future it could help invigorate the once-quiet 2-in-1 tablet market, IDC suggested in a Wednesday research report. The segment is forecast to grow 86.5 percent year-over-year in 2015 to 14.7 million units as it overcomes a number of problems that were previously holding it back, said a program director at IDC, Ryan Reith. He argued that many older models were expensive, unattractive, and/or saddled with...
Adoption of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system has already hit 75 million devices nearing the end of its first month, a marketing executive announced on Wednesday. The OS has been installed on over 90,000 unique PC and tablet models, some dating back to 2007, said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's VP of marketing for Windows and devices. He noted that the company has also seen six times more Windows Store app downloads per device than with Windows 8. Aided by being a free...
Just after the Coin credit card replacement began shipping to early adopters, the company has announced a new next-generation model with a number of changes, including support for NFC tap-to-pay functionality, available for preorder now, and as a free upgrade for existing users. The new Coin 2.0 also gives users the ability to give their card a nickname that appears in the app and on the card's e-paper screen. The electronic stripe on the rear of the card is also said...
An engineer who left chipmaker TSMC for a new job at rival Samsung's foundry division illegally passed trade secrets to the South Korean firm, Taiwan's Supreme Court said in a Wednesday ruling. TSMC's 12-inch wafer fab As a result of the ruling, Liang Mong-song --?who previously oversaw an advanced research and development division at TSMC --?will be barred form working at Samsung until the end of the year, according to the EETimes. Liang currently serves as Chief...
Investment firm J.P. Morgan believes sales of the Apple Watch will see a boost from two key events this fall --?the launch of watchOS 2 with support for native third-party apps, and a retail expansion to all Best Buy locations. "We believe that news of the death of Apple Watch is considerably premature," analyst Rod Hall wrote in a note to investors on Wednesday. A copy of the note was provided to AppleInsider. Hall's take came in response to the news that the Apple...
Swatch's Swiss trademark on the term "one more thing" is really a reference to a line from the TV show Columbo, according to a spokesperson for the watchmaker. The company trademarks all of its model and collection names in different categories, the representative told Techradar. Some of these names revolve around themes, like movies or culinary dishes. "In this case, the name was inspired by inspector Columbo's citation 'Just one more thing' -- obviously our design...
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday acquired 560,000 vested restricted stock units, split evenly between time- and performance-based awards, worth nearly $58 million, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. As noted in the SEC document, Cook chose not to sell any vested RSUs, though 290,836 shares were automatically withheld by Apple to comply with minimum statutory tax withholding requirements. Given Monday's closing price of $103.12, the remaining...
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