Apple Watch – Android Wear for your iPhone!

[mks_dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”” txt_color=”#000000″]T[/mks_dropcap]oday at Apple’s Spring Forward event it announced the released date and pricing of the Apple Watch along with “WatchKIT”.

We expected Apple to only release the Apple Watch at this event but, instead we also saw a new Macbook.

The Apple Watch does a lot of the same things as any Android Wear watch but, just with a bunch of gestures. One of these gestures include the swipe up from the watch face to bring up “Glances” which are “cards” from apps that you choose from you iPhone so you get the information quickly.
Just like an Android Wear watch it can (for example) bring up your boarding pass when you are near an airport or you are close to the time of departure. An Apple Watch can also run apps and with Apple Pay, pay for items wireless using your watch.
Just like any other smart watch you can receive any notifications on your watch and reply to text or answer phone calls. Since that watch is so small it doesn’t have a keyboard so you can reply to a message using the default commands or using Siri.

As far as the watch face itself goes it’s quite customization – you can download themes from ones that look like traditional watch to a Mickey Mouse theme. You can customize all of these watch faces. For example – With the Mickey Mouse watch  phase you change the weather in the top-right corner to anything you want like the date. The customizability is different from theme to another and in some cases you can customize a lot of stuff and in some you can only customize one or two things.

The watch physically only has two button – A digital crown and a button. The digital crown which didn’t look like the best thing in the world when they announced the watch is actually not that bad. You can use it scroll smoothing through stuff your is not always in the way and click it go to the apps page or the watch face. The second button is a quick launch button that takes you to your favorite contact and you can scroll thought them to text or call them. From this menu you will see a “doodle” if the person also has a Apple Watch and with that you can send them a animated doodle from your Watch to their’s and it will show up on their screen just like the way you drew it. You can also double tap the quick launch button to jump into Apple Pay and choose what you want to pay with.

There were rumors circulation of the Apple Watch not having great battery life and everybody was really skeptical when Tim Cook came on stage and said that the Apple Watch will have a 18 Hour battery life using a power reserve technology.

If you want the buy the Apple Watch then it’s going to about double the cost of most Android Wear watches and since Apple has never allowed third party manufacturers to create an apple product you only have three models of the Apple Watch you can buy now.

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The Apple Watch Sport – Which is the cheapest watch in the lineup. It’s available in a lot of bands and colors and in two sizes (38 mm. and 42 mm.). The watch is $349 (38 mm) or $399 (42 mm).

The Apple Watch – This is the second “inexpensive” watch. It is more premium then the Sport and has way more premium bands and more colors. This is also available in 38 mm. and 42 mm. sizes. The watch is $549 (38 mm) or $599 (42 mm).

The Apple Watch Edition – This is model is for the really serious people who want to make a fashion statement. It’s in limited quantity, colors and sizes. Most of these watches are made out of Gold (at-least the case) and start at just $10,000! No it’s not a miss print – It STARTS at 10K!

 

You can look at all of these watches here

Macbook 2015 – A Macbook for it’s looks not it’s performance or price!

[mks_dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”” txt_color=”#000000″]T[/mks_dropcap]oday at Apple’s Spring Forward event we didn’t expect a new product lineup other then the Apple Watch but, we did expect a 12in Macbook Air.
Apple decided to create a new product line called the “Macbook” – It’s not branded as the “Macbook Pro” or the “Macbook Air” it’s just the Macbook. The new Macbook (as you will see) is for it’s looks not for how it performs or the price of the laptop.

Something “different” about this new laptop is that It has a USB-C port (other then the 3.5mm headphone jack) which is used for Charging, USB Ports, Display Output. Since there is only one port you can only do one of these functions at the same time until you get at first or third party adapter that can convert this port to one that you need to use. As of now Apple has a $79 adapter that allows you to charge the laptop, use a USB device and a external display. Even though with a adapter you still get USB 3.0 speeds.

RELATED – This new USB-C port is also on the new Chromebook Pixel.

Apple has confirmed that there will be third part adapters.

This compromise was made because, the laptop is only 13.1 mm at it’s thickest. That’s now the only compromise that had to be made – There is also a new “Butterfly” Keyboard and a “Force Touch” Tracpad.

The “Butterfly” keyboard extends the full width of the laptop and with this new keyboard it takes less space and feel the space on any part of the key.

The “Force Touch” tracpad is also not like the traditional mechanical Tracpad. Basically – It’s a touch pad with vibrating moter that “simulates” the feel of a traditional click. This new tracpad can also detect pressure so, for example, you can deep press on a address in a safari or mail window and it show you it on a map.

Another example is If you deep press on a file it will open it in preview.

As far as the other specs go:

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  $1299 $1599
Processer 1.1GHz Dual-Core Intel Core M 1.2GHz Dual-Core Intel Core M
  • Turbo Boost
2.4GHzHH 2.6GHz
  • Cache
4MB Shared L3 4MB Shared L3
Storage 256GB PCIe-Based Onboard Flash 512GB PCIe-Based Onboard Flash
Memory 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard
Graphics Intel HD 5300 – Internal
Wireless Wi-Fi – 802.11ac a/b/g/n                  Bluetooth 4.0
Camera 480p FaceTime Camera
Input Device(s) “Butterfly” Keyboard & “Force Touch” Tracpad
Battery Built-In 39.7-Watt-Hour Lithium-Polymer Battery
  • Battery Life
9 Hrs. Web Browsing                  10 Hrs. Video Playback
CONFIGURABLE: 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache

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UPDATE: Mar. 11 15 8:00 PM EST

These are the accessories available as of now:

Apple March 2015 Event; New MacBook and Apple Watches!

Just a few hours ago, Apple had it’s March 2015 Spring forward event where they announced price drops, new partnerships, a new Macbook, and more details on the Apple Watch.

The keynote as usual started off with the small things like – HBONOW will launch first exclusively to Apple starting at just $14.99/mo. Apple also cut down the price of the Apple TV from $99 to $69 – Old hardware and competition.

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Then Apple went on how it’s going to help with medical research by announcing “ResearchKIT” which allows developers to create app to faster get survey on health problems. This helps researchers find cure for health issues much faster. Doctors can also use this technology to send notification to it’s patients who are using it’s app.
Apple is also working with many research companies to get this technology out into the hands of patients who have severed health problems such as Breast Cancer etc..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyY2qPb6c0c

After taking a bunch about “ResearchKIT” – They went on to talk about their Macbook line and brought the new Macbook. It’s hasn’t been branded as the MacB. Pro or the MacB. Air it’s just a new product line called the “Macbook“.

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This new Macbook is for the looks and not for how it performs or how much it costs. It’s a super-thin laptop. Because of this there are only two I/Os. One a USB-C port that is both for charging and a standard USB 3 port (Can only do one at a time unless you have the Apple adapter).

The other I/O is a standard four pole 3.5 mm port.

When we said “Super-thin” we mean’t it.. It’s just 13.1 mm at this thickest and because of this the USB-C port was one of the compromise that were made. The other two are the new keyboard and the trackpad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-e7NFINJas

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Apple then went onto something that we all were expecting which is the Apple Watch.

We already knew a lot about the watch such as the colors, bands, and the models but, today we got the pricing, the release date and more..

Apple talked about some of the stuff that we already but, they announced “WatchKIT” with which developers can create that apps for the watch.  The watch also has a new included app with iOS 8.2 “Apple Watch” with which you can download apps for the watch, themes and change settings. The watches are available in both 38mm and 42mm case. They also gave us the price:

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$349 or $399
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$549 or $599
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$10,000+
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NOTE: You will need an iPhone device that is newer then the iPhone 5 and running iOS 8.2 or above.
You will be able to pre-order all of these models starting April 24th 2015!

That was about it for the event!

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Tesla crashes into an US Bank!

ISSAQUAH, Wash – As Komonews reported – When a Tesla run into a US Bank branch by Gillman Road at about 9AM. The car owner was trying to use the ATM when something went wrong and jumped the curve and run into the brick build, according to Marty Martin with the Issaquah Police Department.

Martin the driver, an adult, was not injured in the crash. It currently not clear if anyone was in the bank but, [mks_highlight color=”#F3F315″]Nobody is hurt![/mks_highlight]

Police since then has not released much information – The car has been towed away. It’s also not clear how much financial damage has been done – Bricks cost also of money (pun intended).

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MSI GT80 Titan! Upgradeable SLI Gaming Notebook with Cherry MX Keyboard!

MSI’s new GT80 Titan is an Upgradble SLI gaming notebook that has a Cheey MX keyboard build-in!

This gaming notebook has a full thickness mechanical keybord so there was a big compromise. The laptop is oddly designed and these is this big space above the keyboard which houses all your components included the DVD drive and two GTX 980M graphics card. Now since the keyboard has to at the very edge of the laptop… Which means there is no place to put your hand but, the downside is if the components were at the bottom then there would be alot of heat from the components.

The tracpad is also really oddly sized with it being really tall. The tracpad also has a numpad that can be used on top of tracpad. With a 16:9 screen you would think that the tracpad would be a problem but, actually it’s not that bad!

The keyboard being this far from the screen you would think that would be a problem with a small screen but, unlike other laptops like has 18.4 in. screen so that’s not a problem.

The metal part above the keyboard is held in by two screws and you can slide it off and have access to most of the key components such as the all four of the PCI E SSDs, 2 out of the 4 slots of ram, the hard drive, and the CD drive. All of the other components are accessible from the bottom.

MSI is also adding in a bunch of additions when you buy the laptop. MSI is including a wrist rest, a bag that can hold this beast! MSI’s upgrade program that was released last year promises that for 2 GPU product lines they will have new MXM modules and new cooling modules people can install to move to the next two generations of high-end GPUs.

I/Os:

Port for the 350 watt power brick!

(1) Ethernet port

(2) Mini-display ports

(1) HDMI

(1) Optical out

(5) USB 3.0 SS

(1) SD Card Reader

Audio Jacks

Kensington Lock

 

Almost $3,600!

 

 

 

 


MSI GS30 Shadow 13.3″ Ultrabook – Best Gaming Laptop

MSI GS30 Shadow 13.3″ Ultrabook is a regular laptop with regular specs:

Just Laptop Specs:

  • Processor: Intel 4th Gen Core i7
  • Memory Type: DDR3L, up to 1600MHz, Max 16GB
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro
  • LED Backlight Display: 13.3-inch , support up to 2560×1440 , Wide view angle, Anti-glare
  • Hard Disk Capacity: M.2 SSDx2 with Super Raid
  • Keyboard: Backlight Keyboard
  • USB 3.0/2.0: 2/0
  • Card Reader: SD(XC/HC) /MMC
  • Video output: HDMI 1.4b
  • Audio I/O: Mic-in/Headphone out
  • LAN/WiFi: Giga LAN/ Intel 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth v4.0
  • Webcam: HD type (30fps@720p)
  • Battery: Built in 4-Cell Li-Ion
  • Power Adapter: 65W
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 320 x 227.3 x 19.8mm
  • Weight : 1.3 Kg (w/ Battery)
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1

The concept is to have a dektop graphics card attched to your latop externally so, you can take advantage of the lightwight and thinness of the laptop when you don’t need the performance but, when you need to game you can attch your laptop to the dock and sit in one place.

The dock which is included is a really big and looks like a box. The box will give you a PCi Express 16x slot with a 450watt power supply to mount your graphic card. MSI says that all MSI cards will work and most reference cards (up to GTX Titan Black or R9290X). The front panel which you take off to get access the graphics card has two big speckers inside them. The dock also has a fan and more io on the side (4 more usb, one lan, audio jacks and a power button). The laptop connects to the dock via a PCi Express 16x slot to give you full link speed.

As for now you do have to shutdown your laptop before unpluging for pluging in the dock.

$2,000 with dock!

Check you this video from LinusTechTips!

Sony is bring back the Walkman – for just $1,000!

Sony is now going to try it’s best to make the walkman cool again! This isn’t the first time… Sony tried this last year with the Petite NWZ-A17.

Sony launched a new walkman at costs over $1,000! Sony says that everybody is streaming music from their smartphone now days but, you phone doesn’t have the best DAC (Digital-to-analog converter) and most of the time you don’t get the sound the artists want you to hear…

According to Sony, This will give audiophiles a first class experience!

The new Walkman “can reproduce master quality recordings just as the artists originally intended,” The company said in a news release.

The battery like is also really good from a single charge:

60-hours of MP3 playback

33-hours of high resolution playback

Even though it runs Android 4.2 it not designed to be used as a smart phone with it’s now specs which is not a problem since it’s supposed to be used for music playing.

The walkman isn’t available for pre-order yet but, Sony expected these to be in people’s hand by Spring 2015.

See more images here!

 

CES 2015 (Somewhat) LIVE Blog!

We are trying to bring all of the CES 2015 coverage – we are not there yet but, We will try to use footage and images from other media sources that are there. All footage and images belong to their appropriate owner.

Amazon Fire Stick: A Chromecast and a Roku Stick rival?

Overview

Even though Amazon was late to the steaming box game, That isn’t going to stop Amazon from innovating. First Amazon comes out the Fire TV and now it has come out with the Fire Stick. The Fire Stick is cheaper than the Roku’s Streaming Stick and it’s just a bit more expensive from Google’s own Chomecast. The Fire Stick can do ‘every’ and ‘anything’ the other two can.

The Fire Stick comes around at just $39 sharp and if you are a Amazon Prime subscriber than this is a must buy, If you are not already into another Streaming Box ecosystem.

The First stick comes with Amazon’s menu – including all of the Prime streaming content, if you are a subscriber. Just the Roku Streaming Stick it can using most (but not all) of the third-party streaming services natively – None of that casting stuff from your phone like the Chromecast.

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Interface

Amazon says that the interface will be the “same” as it’s bigger sibling the Fire TV. This interface will be very important because, You will need to get used to this interface if you are going use most the major video streaming services – As of now Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Crackle, Twitch, and Pandora are all available but, HBO GO isn’t expected to come til 2015. All services are able to be played upto 1080p, Depending on your internet speed and bandwidth. Full list of Apps and Games are here!

image of the Fire TV Interface | Image Credit: Amazon

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Conclusion

Most media company’s have already released their reivews and the link to those are below:

 

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