DOTA 2 Could Be Getting a VR Spectating Mode

When it comes to eSports, being able to watch the techniques and strategies used by teams as they compete can be a gripping and thrilling experience. Be it at home or in a stadium, watching people play the game and knowing that in a just a few short seconds the entire game can change excites people, so what would you do if you could get closer to the action? You could soon with Valve teasing a VR spectating mode for the MOBA game, DOTA 2.

The footage was teased by Robert McGregor on twitter, showing off just some of the features. The footage shows a screen, similar to the one you would find watching the game regularly, only looking away from the suspended screen shows you details about the events and characters taking place in the match.

To either side of the screen line up the characters, showing the items they’ve all taken, while straight ahead as if on a table you have the overhead map, complete with markers to show who’s where. Compiled with team network and differences in experience gained, a single glance in any direction can reveal something you might normally miss.

While the new system looks to be made to support the HTC Vive (controllers and all), this is the first it’s been seen in action and if it’s anything to go by, VR spectating could be something that other e-sports look to create in the near future.

Microsoft Patents A Smart Ring

Microsoft is known for working on cutting edge technology, with the technology used in the Kinect becoming a dream piece that was quickly built and mirrored in other gadgets and systems. The next piece of technology they want you using? How about something to go with your smart phone, a smart ring.

Back in November and December, Microsoft patented the designs for a smart ring, a device that would look and feel like a ring but would give you control of your devices as if it was a mouse. The smart ring would detect your fingers movements, acting almost as if you were using a touchscreen in thin air, and thought the use of a small laser, could even detect the position and movement of the finger. Felt like clicking a table and opening your family photos? Look no further!

With both the fingers movement and pose being tracked the input device could be used for anything from a smartphone to a desktop PC, with the complete control of your system (and sorry for saying this) at your fingertips.

The device is patented as working with several other components, from tablets, TV’s, Kinect’s and even smart glasses and smart watches. You’ve got the display in your glasses so why not touch it in thin air?

Are you excited by this concept? I am, imagine being able to control your computer at work like Iron Man with a flick of the wrist, this would also avoid the large motion and input detecting systems that many AR (augmented reality) headsets are having to mount to give you the full Iron Man experience.

Apple Watch Summons Tesla Model S

Automated cars are all good and fancy, like the Google car, but there are some times when you just want to grab the wheel and drive. So why not enjoy the best of both worlds? If you are lucky enough to own a Tesla Model S you can, and now thanks to an app developer you can even do it from an apple watch.

Allen Wong created the app for the apple watch allowing you to see information about your Tesla car. With charging speed, position and temperature amongst the things you could see, keeping track of your car wasn’t difficult, but with its latest update (released Wednesday) you even have access to the new “summon” feature.

The summon feature enables Tesla owners to do just that to their car, ordering it to come to you. In the video below, you can see Mark Schey use the feature to start the car while simultaneously open the garage door. After the door is fully opened the car reverses out before closing the garage door, leaving your car in your driveway as you step out the front door.

With the ability to help save precious minutes on a busy morning the summon feature can be seen as both practical and a gimmick, transferring that from a keyfob to a different piece of technology like an Apple Watch raises questions about if it’s needed and if it could be misused by other people.

Garmin Unveils The “Quatix 3” Luxury Watch

The humble watch is seen as somewhat old-fashioned compared to the digital life that nearly all consumers live these days, tech companies on the other hand, have been looking to integrate various digital features within so-called smart watches with the aim of marketing the product for the 21st century. Global GPS brand Garmin who are synonymous with Sat Navs have unveiled a new watch by the name of the Quatix 3.

Below is a quick rundown of the announced specifications.

  • Physical dimensions – 2.0” x 2.0” x 0.6” (51.5 x 51.5 x 16.0 mm)
  • Display Size – 1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution – WxH – 218 x 218 pixels; transflective MIP colour; sapphire lens
  • Weight – 3.0 oz (85 g)
  • Battery life – Up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 20 hours in GPS training mode; up to 6 weeks in watch mode

The watch also comes equipped with a “protective stainless steel EXO bezel and buttons”.

If you happen to be a fisherman or an avid race boat enthusiast, the Quatix 3 has you covered, below is a quick summary of these targeted features.

  • Saltwater fishermen – Will have features available to them that include navigational as well as NMEA 2000 data including depth, speed, water temperature etc.
  • Sailors – Will have the option to receive data that includes a virtual starting line feature that lets you set up a starting line between 2 marked GPS waypoints, e.g., a buoy and the committee boat
  • The watch also contains an Altimeter, Barometer and Compass.

The watch is expected to be released within the first quarter of April 2016, prices are expected to be $599.99 (£420.54).

It will be interesting to see if this watch has a great appeal within the general consumer market when you consider many of the features are targeted at a specific audience. Garmin will hope this watch will be able to hold its own, it makes sense for Garmin to implement its knowledge within a new smartwatch.

Apple Watch Hermès Collection Launches Today

The Apple Watch is a polarizing device due to the high cost, daily charging requirement and potential to become outdated very quickly. Despite these reservations, various models across an assortment of price brackets sold surprisingly well even though many users mocked the concept online. On the other hand, strong evidence suggests many Apple Watch owners are dissatisfied and not using the device after a few months of purchasing. Perhaps, the initial appeal has subsided and it’s no longer a fashionable piece of technology in their social circle. During the past couple of months, there’s been a number of rumors circulating about the Apple Watch 2. As a result, it seems strange to unveil a new line-up based on the existing Apple Watch 1 specification. While this is certainly true, Apple doesn’t seem to think so, and decided to launch the Hermès Collection today!

Here is a brief synopsis of what the range entails:

“Uncompromising craftsmanship. Pioneering innovation. Groundbreaking functionality. Apple Watch Hermès is the culmination of a partnership based on parallel thinking, singular vision and mutual regard. It is a unique timepiece designed with both utility and beauty in mind. With leather straps handmade by Hermès artisans in France and an Hermès watch face reinterpreted by Apple designers in California, Apple Watch Hermès is a product of elegant, artful simplicity — the ultimate tool for modern life.”

The budget model in the Hermès Collection, and I use that term loosely, features a conventional leather strap, and comes in either a 38mm or 42mm case. Dubbed the Single Tour, prices start at £1000 and can be purchased in Fauve, Noir, and Capucine colour straps. Next up is the Double Tour which surrounds the wrist twice. I’m not entirely sure the reason behind this design. Nevertheless, you can only acquire this model with a 38mm case but strap colours include Fauve, Etain, Capucine and Blue Jean. Pricing here start from £1150. Finally, the Cuff incorporates a much wider strap and only has one a Fauve strap and 42mm case option. According to Apple’s online store, the price for this watch will be £1350.

Azimuth “SP-1 Crazy Rider” Designed Watch Unveiled at CES

Mechanical wristwatches are seen as rather antiquated when you consider the development and ubiquitous use of both Smartphone’s and also the new breed of smartwatches. Who would want a timepiece that is able to tell the current time when these new gadgets are able to surf the Internet, keep track of your workout routine and also able to let you know the time in Australia. Luxury Swiss watchmaking company Azimuth is proving there is still a large market for expensive timepieces after unveiling a new watch at CES.

The watch in question goes by the name of the “SP-1 Crazy Riderand is quite nifty when you consider it is able to convey the correct time within the 24-hour clock. A normal watch is as you know, designed for the 12-hour clock, the Azimuth watch takes its inspiration from a motorcycle drive chain. Below is an image to convey this new watch as well as a quick summary of the design behind this new product.

  • Inside the watch housing is a chain which is wrapped around two sprockets which turn in unison.
  • A watch hand is attached to the chain, it makes its way around the watch face indicating the hour
  • A more traditional watch hand in the centre of the watch indicates the minute.
  • As the time goes on, the hour hand is carried along by the chain while the minute hand appears to be linked to the chain.

I know what you thinking, you would like one of these, well, there might be a slight problem considering the watch is estimated to have an RRP price of $5,200 (£3,581.14), which is a lot. Still, the design is certainly creative and will have both consumer appeal and also a market within today’s watch aficionados. Would you buy one?

Image courtesy of ablogtowatch

Razer Showcase Nabu Watch @ CES 2016

CES 2016: The new Razer Nabu Watch is on show in Las Vegas, and it’s clearly a big departure from the current Nabu wristband, it’s a lot bigger for starters! This is, at the very basic level, a digital watch. It features a separate battery that can last about 18 months and has a nice green LCD display for telling the time, it’s a watch and that’s about it. However, tucked just below the display is a secondary display, powered by its own rechargeable battery, This second display is a smaller version of the Nabu wristband, so it still gives you all the smart fitness tracking features you’ve come to know and love from that, as well as notifications, facebook messages and more. The battery life on this will be a few days long, so you’ll need to remember to charge it, just remember that the watch will keep on ticking under its own battery for a very long time.

I’m not completely sold on the rugged and somewhat oversized design, but it does look pretty cool and the softer wrist strap feels comfortable to wear.

Overall, it’s a cool two in one device and the price is said to be around £129.99 / $149.99, which is certainly more affordable that some similar devices on the market. What do you think of the new design?

Latest Polar Smart Watches @ CES 2016

Smart watches are everywhere these days, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t got room for even more. While many smart watches are tailored to the consumer, the new series from Polar are targeted at professional athletes. The V800 is packed full of features, ideal for the triathlete, or multisport athelets, as it’ll help monitor running, cycling, swimming and much more.

The M400 still packs a lot of high-end features, but is more tailored to urban and trail runners, afterall, if you don’t do triathalons, the V800 is likely overkill for your needs.

The bike computers are pretty slick too, featuring clear displays, GPU, performance tracking, great battery life and more.

There’s no doubt that these will be popular units, as they’re stylish, light weight, feature heart rate monitors, profiles, free app and web services, have clear displays and are designed to withstand the elements in their respective catagories. We’ve no details on the prices, but given their focused nature, they’re not going to be cheap. They may however be essential to the pros.

Super Mario Bros. Anniversary Watch Costs $18,950

A lot of people are fans of Nintendo and their flagship character, Mario. And while the Super Mario Bros. franchise is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary since the original game released in Japan on the 13th of September 1985, luxury watch maker, Romain Jerome are showing their appreciation with a limited edition watch dedicated to the portly plumber himself. But with a price tag of $18950, Mario fans will have to consider just how much they love Mario enough to put him on their wrists.

Romain Jerome are no strangers to producing classic game themed watches, with Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Tetris watches already under their belts. They also put a lot of effort into properly replicating the pixellated style of the old games, making use of a 3 layering technique to accurately recreate the figure of Mario, as well as a mushroom, bush and cloud, all rendered brightly coloured using enamel. The watch isn’t quite fancy enough to add motion to the figures, but they are an impressive recreation nonetheless. The ensemble is all wrapped in a 45mm case of black titanium, with large lugs allowing the strap to move comfortably.

For those of you undeterred by the price of this retro-gaming timepiece, you’d better hurry, only 85 watches will be produced. You’d better move fast if you really want Mario on your wrist.

Credit to Romain Jerome

Xiaomi Announces $16 Heart Rate Monitoring Fitness Watch

The fitness market is booming as people try to lose weight through calorie controlled diets, and rigorous exercise. Technological advancements have allowed consumers to better understand their eating habits and even track sleep deprivation through fitness monitors. One popular example is the Fitbit Flex, which acts a pedometer and whole host of other features to put you on the right track when trying to lose body fat.

At $99, it can seem like an expensive proposition, but this is the norm for any innovative fitness equipment. However, Xiaomi has devised an incredibly cheap, heart rate monitor for a mere $16.  According to Xiaomi’s forum, the device will feature a 45mAh battery and strong strap material to prevent the watch from breaking during intense workouts.

The fitness band, entitled, Mi Band Pulse is set to become extraordinarily popular in the Chinese market and could be a great choice for people trying to lose weight on a budget. I doubt it’s going to match the seamless user-experience of the Fitbit, but this is expected given the low price point.

Fitness trackers, are replacing traditional watches for many consumers, as mobile phones become the standard to view the time. Personally, I prefer to wear a mechanical watch, but devices like the Mi Band Pulse have widespread appeal and provides information to help us all live a better lifestyle.

Do you use a fitness band?

The Best Budget-Friendly Everyday Wearable Technology

We all love our technology. From the mobile phone which you have in your pocket to the computer you have hidden away in your house ready to reward you with some much-needed “Netflix and chill” time after a busy day. Have you noticed all those people who seem to sit there staring at their phone screens, almost as if they are trying to will a text message or phone call? Or maybe they’re just worried about it being another two inches from their hands, they might end up missing an important call. That same fear has led to a new generation of technology, wearable technology. The name kinda says it all, technology that you can wear and use. Featured below are a few pieces of technology you could start wearing now and some which won’t break the bank when you start getting interested.


Smart Watches

Smartwatches are designed to be connected to your phone, with Companies like Apple hoping theirs will take over a whopping 40% of the market, you can see why some people might be interested in them. So why not go out and grab an Apple Watch? With the ability to monitor your heart rate, how many steps you take and even be used for Apple pay means that you don’t really need to your phone out of your pocket for anything other than actually texting and making a call. Sadly though the Apple watch is only compatible with iPhones and comes in at a whopping £289, so why not look at something a little cheaper? Sony’s universal smart watch is available for Android devices and features some impressive figures. With 2-4 days battery at “normal usage”, and with a selection of apps from the play store and a price tag of £60.75, it may be an alternative if you like using your android phone without it being out in front of you.


Smart Ring

Wearable technology is designed to make your life easier while meaning you don’t carry a computer on your hand. So why not make something smart that most people wear without a second thought?

The NFC ring is designed as yet another companion to your smart phone. By communicating with NFC (near field communication) technology, you can unlock your phone just by swiping your ring over the top, meaning no more trying to remember your password. What about your wireless password or a link to your favourite website? The NFC can store that information and transmit it just as easily, meaning sharing your details could be as easy as waving your hand over someone’s phone.

With the ability to interact and transmit data to anything with NFC capabilities, the ring has almost unlimited potential. Do you have any wearable technology we didn’t mention? What kind of technology are you looking for? Share your ideas below in the comments.

Fitness Trackers


With all this technology, why not use it for something regarding your health? Smart watches can track your heartbeat and steps, though they cost a little bit more. Fitness trackers are simple little bands that blend seemingly with your everyday wear. I personally have one and the little band tells me everything from my steps and the approximate calories burnt for those steps, it can also track my sleeping patterns, detecting when you move a lot in your sleep and often more. Pivotal Living offer a subscription based band, for $12 per year they will give you access to everything you need to track your life. Fail to pay though and the app locks up making it a beautiful piece of plastic on your wrist, not much else.

Misfit Introduces the New Shine 2 Fitness and Sleep Monitor

Misfit is a hardware company that makes wearables that utilize sensors to monitor activity and sleep. Today they announced the Shine 2, the next generation of the award-winning Shine Fitness and Sleep Monitor. Inside the Shine 2’s thinner aircraft grade aluminum body is more advanced hardware than before. This will allow it to more accurately track a user’s activity and sleep with its 3-axis accelerometer and new 3-axis magnetometer. Also improved in the Shine 2 is touch responsiveness, faster syncing, larger Bluetooth range, and more advanced firmware.

Adam Mack, Misfit’s Director of Mechanical Design said,“We’ve packed a lot into Shine 2, adding more functionality into an even thinner form factor with the same battery life. We didn’t compromise on craftsmanship or the user experience.”

The Shine 2 will retain the signature 6-month battery life meaning that this is one wearable that you are not going to be constantly charging every night. It is also water-resistant to 50 meters so you can keep it on when you go swimming, shower, or do the dishes. The Shine 2 will come in Rose Gold and Carbon Black colors that you can purchase from misfit’s website now or locally worldwide in November.

Do you wear a wearable fitness or fitness and sleep tracker? What is it?

The Best Free 4K Content to Show Off Your New TV or Monitor

4K monitors and TVs are quickly growing in popularity, but I’m often asked “where can I find 4K content?” and that’s something I hope to help you with today. Sure there’s some movies online, such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, where you can stream 4K content straight to your device, permitting you have the appropriate subscriptions, but what if you’re seeking some completely free content to enjoy? Here’s a quick round-up of some of the best free 4K resources you’ll find online.


Tears of Steel

This is one of the best out there, a short movie about robotics and the future that uses Blender for the CGI. The acting is a little silly, but it’s certainly an enjoyable watch and it’s a visual feast that’ll really flex your new 4K display and wow your friends with rich colours and detail. Download the full 6.3GB file for free for the best experience.

Download here


Big Buck Bunny

Another project that is available for free on Blender really pushes the limits of home cinema technology and computer displays, not only because it’s 4K, but you can also download it in 4K 3D and a 60fps HFR version, which really is a treat for the eyes and showcases some of the best of the best technologies, the same kind you can expect to see on Ultra HD Blu-Ray, which launches next year.

Download here


NASA

While not a movie as such, NASA has a simply mind-blowing array of 4K content and they update their library regularly. Now that the space station has its own 4K camera, as well as a library of space exploration content that has been given the 4K treatment, science and space fans will find a lot of wonderful things to view here, such as the recently released Jupiter video. To make it super easy, all of this content is ready to view in 4K on YouTube.

Check out NASA TV Videos here


Panasonic 4K

Another YouTube entry, with Panasonic showcasing all of their show-reel content on their channel. This isn’t the most exciting stuff, but when it comes to showing off the detail that 4K can do, time-lapse videos can be almost hypnotic and they’re well worth checking out if you’re eager to see the differences between HD and 4K (change the resolution on YouTube.

Check out the Panasonic YouTube channel here.


Reddit

Reddit is a huge community, offering all kinds of subreddits full of user-curated content and 4K is no exception. There’s a huge range of images, gifs, videos, downloads and much more on the 4kUltraHD subreddit and it’s regularly updated. Be sure to check out the Top section for the most popular and the New section for regular content.

Check out 4kUltraHD Subreddit here.


Vimeo

Vimeo is great for finding user-created 4K videos, from people showing off their stunning drone footage, to amateur and pro movie makers showing off their latest talents, there are all kinds of cool things to find here. Some of the videos require a premium subscription, but there’s still a lot of free content to enjoy in 4K.

Check out Vimeo here

Android Wear For iPhones Coming Soon

In recent years, we’ve developed quite an affection for technology. Be it your everyday computer, to the pocket computers called Smart Phones that people use for gaming, messaging and doing everything except actually phoning people. One of the bigger trends in recent years has been the introduction of wearable technology, ranging from trainers tracking your steps to a wristband that monitors your heart and running speed. Of these wearable techs, the most common would be the smartwatch, a device that seems like any other watch but acts as a digital screen for your smartphone. Google’s very own Android wear being amongst the most popular, supporting their Android mobile operating system from the start, now however if you are interested and own an iPhone the Android wear could be decorating your wrist soon enough.

For a while, it was rumoured that Android wear may soon support iPhones and it now seems that google is confirming this information themselves. Sadly as with all good news this one comes with a catch. You will require an iOS 8.2 or higher iPhone (iPhone 5 and more recent models) and the app will only work with the latest in Android wear watches. This means that currently only the LG Watch Urbane will support iPhones, with newer models further supporting the system.

Are you an iPhone user? Would you be interested in an Android Wear? Do you own a smartwatch and if so how do you use it?

Thank you Engadget for the information and the image.

Has a 14-Year-Old Hacker Enabled iOS 4.2.1 on an Apple Watch?

Billy Ellis is a 14-year-old designer and iOS developer with a keen interest in hacking. His latest project shows an Apple Watch booting into iOS 4.2.1 and displays the signature main menu. At first glance, the video appears to be genuine but I’m pretty sceptical that an entire OS could be hacked onto the Apple Watch. Perhaps, he has created an App which emulates the iOS boot process when loaded. However, if the video is legit, then I cannot imagine how this was achieved.

By default, the Apple Watch operates on a custom version of iOS and almost seen as a supplementary device to existing Apple products. The concept of running the default iOS software is interesting, but I’m guessing the user-interface would scale horribly on such a tiny screen. Whatever the case, I have to commend a developer of such a young age for engaging in coding projects.

The Apple Watch is a very polarizing product and I honestly cannot see the appeal. Although, if the device can be modified to run custom software, it would become a more attractive proposition. Furthermore,  if any documentation arises about this particular hack, I would proceed with caution as it will undoubtedly void your warranty and might be a visual forgery. Wearable technology is becoming increasingly popular and it’s only a matter of time before we see a number of software hacks from developers.

https://twitter.com/bellis1000/status/634125587867660289

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information.

Apple Watch Hack Allows You to Run Custom Watch Face

I know Apple is strict with its programming and customization, but the company did state it will allow developers to make a few tweaks here and there to the visuals of the watch face in watchOS 2. However, if you choose to push even beyond that, you could end up tweaking even more. A developer by the name of Hamza Sood went and did just that, having created a fully-fledged custom watch face.

The developer published his work in a tweet, along with steps on how to make your own custom watch face. I don’t really know why Apple won’t make at least some guidelines for developers to follow in creating Watch customizations because, to be fair, giving your own personal touch to an accessory is something people are looking forward to. Even so, if they give the thumbs up, more projects such as this one would crop up immediately.

You can also find Sood’s project over on GitHub, should you wish to try it out, but you must be aware that the tweak might void the Watch’s warranty, so do it at your own risk! Until we see more of these projects coming out, you can at least see how it looks like in the video below.

Thank you 9to5Mac for providing us with this information

Apple Watch Predicted to Account for 40% of Luxury Market by 2020

BI Intelligence has published a report on the popularity of wearable technology and predicts the Apple Watch will account for 40% of luxury timepieces by 2020. To clarify, the term “luxury” refers to any watch priced $350 or above which includes fairly mass-produced pieces such as the Apple Sport Watch. This could explain why the predicted figures are so high. According to the report:

“Assuming a lower-bound price of $350 for the luxury-watch category, and including Apple Watch in that category, traditional wristwatches would account for ~60% of total shipments in 2020, while Apple Watch would account for ~40%.”

The Apple Watch is an extremely polarizing device with a rather hefty price tag. Honestly, I’m astounded to see consumers opt for an Apple Watch instead of a hand-made Swiss or Japanese timepiece. Mechanical watches are a timeless and dependable piece of machinery and cannot become obsolete due to software. Additionally, the Apple Watch requires daily charging which makes it quite inconvenient. Nevertheless, wearable technology is on the rise, especially in the fashion or fitness sector. I’m still quite skeptical about these claims though as some watches can cost $50,000 which makes the $350 baseline seem quite unrealistic.

I’m intrigued to hear how many people actually use a watch as consumers often rely on their mobile phone to glance at the time.

Thank you 9to5Mac for providing us with this information.

Worlds First Braille Smartwatch Also Lets You Read Ebooks

All the way back in 2013, we reported on a mobile phone being created by an Indian start-up that would be the world’s first braille phone. Now in the world of wearable tech, say hello to the first braille smart watch.

Dot, as it is titled, is the world’s first braille watch. On their website, the startup based on South Korea have three simple goals. 1% of books are translated to braille while e-braille readers cost upwards of a whopping $2000. These reasons contribute to almost 95% of blind people giving up learning to read braille, meaning that braille users are often unable to read books or any digital messages.

To combat this the group are making the Dot not only affordable (with a target price of under $300), able to display e-books, able to provide help in learning braille, all while being in the form of a smart watch providing everything from a messenger, alarm and more.

The Dot looks just like any other smart watch, expect the active braille technology that allows the dots to protrude from its face to provide you with your favorite stories and tales while on the go.

With clear goals and a piece of technology that can revolutionize people’s lives the Dot could quickly come something that is not only wanted by, but also given to blind people to help support them in an ever more technical world.

Thank you Dot for providing us with this information.

Watch How This Hacked Macintosh OS 7.5.5 Runs on the Apple Watch

Back when Macintosh OS 7.5.5 first got released in 1996, you were required to sit in front of a big desktop computer and a CRT monitor. Those of you who still remember the latter bulky displays will probably think ‘boy, those were some good times’, eh? But technology advances and it looks like the 20-year-old OS gets a bit of attention again, but not as you imagined.

A developer with a lot of spare time on his hands ported the old 7.5.5 operating system on the Apple Watch. While this seems useless, it does however point out a clear fact, namely how far we’ve come in just 20 years. I mean, imagine that we were using the OS with a keyboard and a mouse on a big rig back then and now, you can use it on your watch.

The developer achieved the result by running the OS on a ported version of the Mini Vmac Macintosh emulator. It is nice to see the old OS up and running again, but don’t expect to actually use it on your watch. The Macintosh 7.5.5 was not designed with touch screen support. Why? Because nobody knew what touch screen was back then.

However, a hack would be possible to add touch screen interactions on the OS, but who would dedicate that much time and effort to do it? Just sit back and enjoy the nostalgia of old times in the video below.

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information

You Could Have Been Wearing A Nokia Smart Watch

Wearable tech is a big thing at the moment. From Google Glass to the Pebble Watch, companies are looking for more and more ways to bring technology to everyday life without having to make you carry that extra device. A recent image on a Tumblr blog shows that a company which may have thought of bringing you a smartwatch is Nokia.

“Moonraker”, as it was codenamed, was shown on a Tumblr blog which has since been removed. The blog is run by a Microsoft employee Pei-Chi Hsieh, and like much of the internet was quickly grabbed and shared before the images could be removed. The watch itself seems to look very similar to a lot of others on the market, with interchangeable colour bands letting you choose the look based on how you feel on the day. They even had an interesting idea with “live tiles” which would provide a glimpse into the apps on the watch, such as text messaging. If that sounds familiar it’s because it’s the same as Metro that the Windows 8’s start menu uses.

The images, however, were reporting as more than just concept art created to show off what could be made, the images were actual marketing material and a prototype was even reportedly shown off at Mobile World Congress in 2014. This all fell apart in April 2014 with Nokia’s acquisition by Microsoft, who decided to focus on the Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker.

Sadly there doesn’t seem to be any plans to bring the device into the world. Instead, it will remain as a prototype in a warehouse somewhere, waiting for its chance.

Thank you The Verge for the information.

Canadian Apple Watch User Fined for Using it While Driving

Do you use a smartwatch? Does your place has distracted-driving laws? If yes, you should be careful while operating it while driving. A man has got himself ticketed by the police in Quebec for using his Apple Watch while driving as reported by CTV News. They noted that under Quebec laws, smart watches are the devices which fall somewhere in between the permitted Bluetooth-based hands-free devices and the “handheld device[s] that [include] a telephone function,” which is banned while driving in Quebec.

Jeffrey Macesin was caught controlling his music using his Watch. Police have fined him with a $120 (Canadian) after they caught him. He told CTV that he didn’t realize fiddling with his smartwatch was illegal under Quebec’s distracted-driving laws. CTV has reported that Macesin is going to challenge the ticket and “is considering hiring a lawyer to represent him in the case.”

Smartwatches and other wearables are new to the market and fall under the law that was made keeping mobile phones in mind. It is time to update the existing distracted-driving laws to consider other electronic devices so that the users get less confused about the boundaries.

Thank you PCWorld and CTV News for providing us with this information.

Apple Watch’s Irregular Heart Rate Reading is a ‘Feature’, Not a Bug

Do you own an Apple Watch? Have you noticed the irregularities in heart rate monitoring pattern of the device? Apple says that it is not a bug in watch’s software, but it is a feature. The device measures your heart rate in an interval of ten minutes, but after the update (Watch OS 1.0.1), the device now attempts to measure the heart rate in same intervals as before, but it does not record it if the arm is in motion. 9to5Mac were the first ones to spot the updated heart rate information page on Apple’s website. This development has been made because the initial pattern of measurement prevented the passive heart rate readings, a feature which records your heart beat during carrying out physical activities.

There has been some speculation that Apple changed the recording frequency to conserve battery life because the updated frequency pattern drains battery less than the initial and it seems that Apple is trying to avoid inaccurately high readings caused by physical activity although this development is not mentioned in changelog.

This update has displeased the user who thought that the initial measuring frequency worked without any issues and now see the device as losing functionality. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Thank you 9to5Mac and Apple for providing us with this information.

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Improved Apple Watch SDK Will Drastically Improve Third-Party Apps

It has been common knowledge that Apple would release a native SDK for the all new Apple Watch, something developers can get their hands on to make more useful applications than the default Apple applications.

Apple is going to provide a beta version of the SDK a week after its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on June 8, which means that we’ll probably get more information about it during the keynote. A final version will be distributed in the fall, which is when we’ll hope to begin seeing our first native watch apps from developers.

While WatchKit applications and Glances are at the moment, limited and mostly static screens that rely entirely on the connected iPhone for processing, native third-party apps should be a bit more flexible. Apple say that native apps will be able to access the watch’s sensors (which would hopefully include the heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and barometer) and the Digital Crown, and that the native SDK would include more tools for game developers. Game developers are already experimenting with WatchKit, of course, but it seems that Apple’s limitations are proving challenging

What we don’t know is whether native apps will be able to function when out of range of the paired iPhone or keep data on the watch’s internal storage, something that Apple’s first-party applications support to varying degrees.

Thank you to Ars Technica for providing us with this information

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Developer Creates Web Browser for Apple Watch

Comex, the brains behind JailBreakMe and a former Apple Intern, has worked out a way to hack the Apple watch to get a web browser to run on the device.

Comex has posted a short video demonstrating how he has been able to get the Google home page to render on the wrist-bound device. Apple, for obvious reasons, has not added Safari onto the device. The video does make it clear that navigating pages on such a tiny screen is near impossible.

More importantly though, the video lets us know that it is possible to get the apple watch to run 3rd party code and possible the first step to a full jailbreak? Comex has made no promises to release the details of the hack.

The fact that it brings up the copy|define option when he touches the screen gives an amusing insight into the OS on the apple watch. Currently running Watch OS 1.0 which is a version of the popular IOS 8.2 with a custom front layer to make it show the devices UI called Carousel.

Comex also shows the watch presenting the dictionary view on his Twitter feed.

Apple have stated that a native SDK is in the works, which will allow the rest of the development community to create more apps for the watch.

Thank you to 9to5mac for providing us with this information

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Volkswagen Now Offering Apple Watch App

The Apple Watch has been available to consumers for a little while now and we’ve seen how resilient they are when faced with the likes of a blender and tattoos; not very well is the answer if you didn’t click the links. It was only a matter of time before we started seeing an influx of apps pop up from various sources, but the automotive sector was one I was least expecting.

Porsche and BMW have already created apps for the wrist hugger and it doesn’t involve vibrations every few seconds when you’ve done another mile. I’m still a little confused if this is to actually benefit consumers or if they want to ride the hipster fame wave.

Volkswagen’s offering is very similar to the Porsche app, it will allow the Car-Net to sync with the watch so you have key car information pop up on your arm.

“Need to remotely lock/unlock your doors? You can do it from your Apple Watch. Want to check the fuel level or charge status? You can do it from your wrist. Need to set up a speed or boundary alert? No need to pull the phone from your pocket or purse.”

You can already do all of this with the current iOS app, but now you don’t have to dig into your pocket to check the charge so you can avoid the high potential of dropping it; the expensive paperweight seems to be making itself useful. The Volkswagen Car-Net app will be available in the Watch app store if you want to download it.

Do you own or plan on owning an Apple Watch? Would you use an app like this to monitor your car? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to MotorAuthority for providing us with this information.

Why Pay $10,000 When You Can Get Apple Watch Gold Plated for $399

How do you annoy the product development team at Apple and your friends at the same time? Why you get your love/hated Apple Watch gold-plated of course! It’s no surprise that people are mocking the fact that Apple are selling a (from) $10,000 edition of their new smart watch, but you would have to be rich and quite a bit bonkers to pay the retail price for the  Apple Watch Edition and its rather garish (in my opinion) 18 karat rose gold finish.

Of course, there is a cheaper solution, one that could help you look like an idiot, be the envy of your friends and not put too big a dent in your bank balance, you can get your regular Apple Watch gold-plated for a fraction of the cost and no one will be any the wiser! Except yourself, you’ll know you’re a big fraud.

Watch Plate are offering the gold plating service for just $399, which isn’t cheap, but it’s a lot less than what Apple are asking. Just FedEX them your watch, it’ll come back with your choice of 24 karat rose gold or 24 karat yellow gold.

Alternatively, Golden Dreams will sell you a custom-made watch for $3,550 in 24 karat yellow gold, 18 karat rose gold or 18 karat white gold. They’ll even offer you a choice of 160 different colours of Alligator leather straps and hand engraving.

Of course, you still need to buy your own watch, but from the “cheaper” solution of Watch Plate to the more premium solution of Golden Dreams, they’re still a fraction of the cost of the barmy price Apple wants people to pay.

Thank you 9to5mac for providing us with this information.

Apple Watch – Will it Blend?

The title of this article says it all really, can you blend the Apple Watch? Of course you freaking can, everything blends, so long as you have a big enough blender.

What is amazing is that Blendtec are still blending things, after all these years, what originally started as a simple marketing campaign for their expensive and incredibly powerful blenders, turned into an internet sensation and has been going on ever since. Personally, I think it’s awesome that it’s still Tom Dickson doing the blending, what a bizarre full-time job he landed himself in!

“Thankfully, the real Apple Watch is finally here, and boy is she a beauty, but the Apple Watch is a work of art. It should be on your wrist, not in a Blendtec.” Said Tom, before putting it in the blender.

 

We’ve seen all kinds of cool tech blended over the years, such as smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, you name it, they’ve blended it.

The watch blending is fun, but I highly recommend you watch the entire video, because Blendtec have something even bigger planned, albeit one that seems a comical flight of fancy, but one that would not doubt be epic if they ever did it.