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Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a weightlifting tracking system that uses a standalone sensor to transmit metrics to a remote display, which in some cases include a wristwatch. Apple's iOS 8 Health app. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple U.S. Patent No. 8,749,380 for a "Shoe wear-out sensor, body-bar sensing system, unitless activity assessment and associated methods" is actually a continuation of multiple patents describing a fitness-related...
At a press event during the E3 gaming conference on Monday, Sony revealed plans to release the $99 PlayStation TV in the U.S. and Canada this fall, taking aim at set-top streaming devices like the Apple TV. PlayStation TV announcement at E3 2014. | Source: PlayStation via YouTube Sony already launched its PS4 go-along in Japan as the "Vita TV" last November, bringing mobile game titles and a limited assortment of streaming movies and music to the big screen. Rebadging...
Among the more substantial additions Apple will usher in with OS X 10.10 Yosemite is an enhanced Notification Center that includes Dashboard-like widgets and a new "Today" view borrowed from iOS. As seen in the video above, Yosemite's revamped Notification Center has more in common with iOS 7 than it does OS X 10.9 Mavericks. In fact, it looks nearly identical to the mobile operating system's version save for Yosemite-exclusive fonts and tweaked transparencies. With...
Construction workers have removed the protective barriers fronting the upcoming Apple Store in Omotesando, Japan, revealing three all-glass walls, a hanging Apple logo and central spiral staircase leading to an underground level. Source: Ringo-Sanco The first photos of Apple's brick-and-mortar outlet come courtesy of Japanese blog Ringo-Sanco, which caught the unofficial unveiling early this morning as workers took down barriers protecting the store's facade. The...
Apple on Monday released a new system management controller (SMC) for its MacBook Air line of ultraportables, targeting an issues related to unexpected battery drain experienced by some mid-2013 models. According to the brief release notes, Apple's MacBook Air SMC Update version 2.0 targets a power handling issue that appears to be limited to mid-2013 MacBook Air models. Specifically, the update addresses an issue that "may cause the battery to drain faster than...
Apple on Monday posted to YouTube a promotional video showing off the graphical changes OS X 10.10 Yosemite will deliver when the operating system launches this fall. Titled "The New Look of OS X Yosemite," the short minute-long clip highlights a few major changes made to Apple's upcoming OS, including flatter iconography, retooled system text and transparencies. Apple CEO Tim Cook first presented the clip at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote last week. The...
Newly discovered code in Apple's first iOS 8 beta strongly suggests the company is planning to add a split screen feature to its mobile operating system, possibly allowing multiple sizes in the process. In a post to Twitter on Monday, noted developer Steven Troughton-Smith uncovered code in iOS 8 that enables SpringBoard to run two apps side-by-side, meaning split-screen viewing will likely be rolled into the OS when it launches this fall. It is not yet clear how the...
Apple's changes to iOS 8 both big and small are largely focused on convenience, making it easier and faster for users to access the information they want. Two of the best examples of this come in the form of relatively minor tweaks: a new credit card scanning function in Safari, and a list of favorite and recent contacts in the multitasking view. When placing an order in Safari, the keyboard in iOS 8 now features an option that reads "Scan Credit Card." Once this is...
Apple's new "Health" application in iOS 8 was apparently driven by what the company feels is a "moral obligation" to help its users live healthier lives, it disclosed in conversations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prior to last week's unveiling of iOS 8 and the new Health app, executives from Apple had privately met with the FDA to discuss "mobile medical applications." Multiple meetings occurred between the two parties, most recently in December of...
Apple appears to have changed the App Store's approval criteria on the heels of its annual developer conference, beginning to issue rejections to apps that reward users for watching video advertisements or sharing information about the app on social media. "Specifically, we found your app incentivizes users to watch a video that promotes another app in the App Store," one developer's rejection notice reads. "This excessively influences the App Store and it's [sic]...
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