Google To Buy Nest Labs for $3.2 Billion

Nest Protect

A major announcement today from Google, who have entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs, Inc., makers of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Project. The sale is for $3.2 billion in cash. The company was founded by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers. Fadell, a former Apple employee, is often referred to as one of the fathers of the iPod. Both companies issued statements regarding the announcement. “Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family. They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now--thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in … [Read more...]

Smartwatch Designs Showcase What Not To Expect From iWatch

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It's the year of wearables, that and 4K televison with a side of devices that make our homes smarter. Some of the big news coming out of CES has been about smartwatches, a continuing theme that started last year with the famed Kickstarter campaign of the Pebble and the launch of Samsung's Galaxy Gear. None of these smartwatches are designed for the mainstream. If and when Apple does release an iWatch, here's what not to expect. Attention Walmart Shoppers The big news from Pebble was the redesign of their product, which now includes an entirely new style. The original Pebble was constructed of plastic, with an assortment of colors. The bands themselves were either silicone or TPU rubber, not exactly the highest quality of materials, … [Read more...]

Otterbox Symmetry Merges Serious Protection With New Fashion Forward Design

Otterbox Symmetry Series

Over the years, Otterbox has been known as the company that manufacturers cases that will take a pounding, while keeping your device in one piece. It's my chosen case before I hand off my iPhone or iPad to my 2-year old. At CES 2014, the company is looking to expand their lineup to include a new line of fashion forward cases, while retaining the serious protection qualities that has helped make them the number one selling smartphone case manufacturer (this according to Otterbox). The company announced the Otterbox Symmetry Series, hoping consumer perceptions will include style as among the list of qualities associated with their cases. … [Read more...]

Seven Year Anniversary of iPhone Announcement

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Today is the 7th anniversary of the iPhone introduction and I cannot believe it was that long ago. I remember the day well, almost in disbelief that it was actually happening. Our site was built a good eight months before Jobs took the stage, but it was more wishful thinking. As an old-school Apple fan, the mere thought of an Apple phone was exciting. Having it actually happen was beyond words. … [Read more...]

Apple iPhone 6 To Gain Image Stablization, Will Keep 8 Megapixel Sensor

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Apple's camera has been the standard by which other smartphones are judged, save for the ridiculously speced out 41-megapixels on the Lumia 1020 from Nokia. According to a new report in the China Post (via MacRumors), Apple won't be upgrading 8-megapixel sensor on the iPhone 6. Largan Precision, who supplies the camera modules for the iPhone, saw their stock tumble after the report. … [Read more...]

Apple Finding It Difficult To Perfect iWatch

iWatch

According to a report today from The Information, Apple continues to experience production issues with the rumored iWatch. Specifically, Apple is having difficulty achieving satisfactory battery performance levels necessary for a wearable device. Troubles appear to be related the display. Although little is known of Apple's specific manufacturing plans, the company has allegedly considered switching display panels. … [Read more...]

Apple Seeds iOS 7.1 Beta 3 To Developers

Apple has seeded iOS 7.1 beta 3 to developers, who can download the update either OTA if running iOS 7.1 or by accessing the Apple developer portal. The last release was on December 13th. The longer than usual time gap could be attributed to the holidays. BGR has published the release notes, which are quite extensive. Notes and Known Issues The following issues relate to using iOS SDK 7.1 beta 3 to develop code. Bluetooth Known Issue 32-bit apps running on a 64-bit device cannot attach to BTServer. CFNetwork Notes A compatibility behavior has been added to address an issue where some web servers would send the wrong Content-Length value for “Content-Encoding: gzip” content. … [Read more...]