Wearable technology from Apple, Android?

This wouldn’t come as a surprise to some of us but a few people at Apple is studying a technology that is wearable and has the ability to send data to your iPhone or iPad. According to The New York Times, their source said that it is an iPod that features a glass display that is curved and can be wrapped around the wrist. People can then communicate with the device using Apple’s virtual assistant Siri.

The Times also added that the idea is still new and is not so eccentric. Apple’s latest iPod Nanos comes with clock faces, enabling users to wear this around their wrists like a clock.

But Apple wants to develop the technology further and make technology that can be worn and that can communicate with the iPhone and send data to and fro.

However, Apple isn’t the only one studying this technology. According to The Times, Google is also trying to develop a technology that can be placed on the body or clothing. It would be similar to Apple’s wearable gadget that can communicate with their Androids.

Though the two companies did not start the wearable technology trend, those who opted to invest in these types of devices have not really seen a spike in their revenue. There have been ski-gloves that has a built-in Bluetooth-enabled phones and the one that Microsoft created, a dress that features a projector and a laptop.

The issue then would be to make it more usable. Speaking to the Times in an interview, Michael Liebhold, a senior researcher for the Institue for the Future, said that in ten years people will have glasses that has built-in screens and kids will be playing a “virtual” game in real life.

Now wouldn’t that be sooo cool?

Vocre Wins Best Mobile App and Audience Choice Award at TechCrunch Disrupt SF

You heard it here: Vocre wins best mobile app and the Audience Choice award at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco today. What is Vocre? Vocre enables real time language translation for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Currently a free app in the iTunes Store, they are planning on adding 20 more languages in a premium app for $0.99.

The app is very intuitive and mimics an interview-style behavior by speaking into the mobile device while the iPhone is vertical. When flipping the phone horizontally, the phone’s accelerometer instantly cues the app to translate and magically speaks what you’ve said into the receiver’s native language. The receiver can then respond in real time, breaking down all language barriers, whether it’s negotiating a transcontinental business deal between Asia and North America, or simply asking a local for directions while on vacation.

At launch, Vocre supports the following languages with many more on the near horizon:

  • English US/GB/AU
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • French (France)
  • Italian (Italy)
  • German (Germany)
  • Japanese (Japan)
  • Chinese (Mandarin/China)

You can get the app here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vocre/id454405637?mt=8

Source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/9/prweb8799010.htm

BMW releases second iPhone app

Credit: BMW

After releasing the BMW Z4: An Expression of Joy Lite, a free app that allows users to create works of art on a customizable BMW Z4 Roadster, the Bavarian automaker has launched its second app that’s unlike its useless casual brother, is actually useful.

The M Power application is an app for your iPhone or iPod Touch that measures vehicle acceleration using the device’s built-in accelerometer. When placed in a windshield mount or a cup holder or basically any place secure, the app is able to measure 0-60 mph times and can also measure forward and lateral G-forces.

If you don’t have a BMW car, don’t fret because the app isn’t picky. Although it is branded with the BMW M badge, the app works on basically any car, as long as you have an iPhone or a Touch.

Like BMW’s previous app, the M Power app is free and is available for download in the  iTunes App Store.

Source: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-10424432-48.html

Ford introduces HD Radio with iTunes tagging

If there’s one techie motor company, it’ll have to Ford Motors.

Early this month, the Dearborn, Michigan-based auto company announced that they’ll be turning their vehicles into Wi-Fi hotspots with the 2010 release of their second generation Sync in-car connectivity system.

Today, Ford Motor announced that starting 2010, consumers who’ll be purchasing their cars will also be getting a factory-installed HD Radio receiver with iTunes Tagging capabiites.

In a press release, Ford said that through the Sync system, “iTunes Tagging will provide Ford customers with the ability to capture a song they hear on the HD Radio receiver for later purchase. With a simple push of the ‘TAG’ button on the radio display, the song information will be stored in the radio’s memory.”

“Up to 100 tags can be stored on Sync until the iPod is connected to receive the download of metadata. When the iPod is then synced to iTunes, a playlist of ‘tagged’ songs will appear. Customers then can preview and, if desired, purchase and download tagged songs from the iTunes Store,” the release further explains.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10422549-1.html

Tweetie 2.1 App adds Retweet

Source: iTunes App Store

“Rewritten from the ground up with a fast and powerful new core”, Tweetie has come a long way from its predecessor.

Now, with Version 2.1, developers added support for Twitter’s new retweet, as well as lists and geolocation services.

Version 2.1 also adds support for Twitter’s new spam reporting API, has new video options, option to disable browser rotation, ability to disable the pinstripes view and fixed a lot of bugs including one where old posts would appear un unread when relaunching the app.

Tweetie 2.1 is now available at the Apple’s iTunes-based App Store and can be downloaded for $2.99. Users of the previous version, Version 2.0 can download the update for free.

Source: http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/tweetie_2.1_for_iphone_adds_new_retweet_lists_support/

Apple to release Concierge app?

Too lazy to pick up that phone and make reservations? This app might just be the right thing for ya.

According to the AppleInsider, a source that “has proven reliable in the past” has told them about Apple’s plans to release the “Concierge” app.

This app allows users of the iPhone and the iPod touch to schedule appointments to retail stores like One to One and Genius Bar. In addition to that, users can also make reservations for personal shopping, workshops, youth programs and businesses. No word yet as to when the app is available or whether it will be free for download in the app store.

Currently, users can already schedule appointments and make ProCare reservations thru Apple’s retail Web site.

This tidbit of info regarding the app was also featured in an article in MacRumors.

Source: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/11/16/apple_said_to_release_iphone_app_for_in_store_appointments.html

The Beatles goes digital, not in iTunes

Credit: TheBeatles.com

Following the recent leak that found the Beatles’ digitally remastered catalog for sale at BlueBeat for 25 cents each, Apple Corps Ltd (the Beatles company) and EMI Music announced that the songs will be officially released on December 7 overseas and on December 8 in North America.

If you’re thinking of getting the tracks on iTunes though, you’re in for a disappointment because the songs will not be available in Apple’s music software. Instead, the digital versions of The Beatles songs can be purchased in limited-edition Beatles Stereo USB apples. Only 30,000 units will be sold worldwide.

“This unique, apple-shaped USB drive is loaded with the re-mastered audio for The Beatles’ 14 stereo titles, as well as all of the re-mastered CDs’ visual elements, including 13 mini-documentary films about the studio albums, replicated original UK art, rare photos and expanded liner notes,” according to the product description. The USB drives is priced at $279.99 each.

Rumors that the digital versions of the band’s hits could be coming in to iTunes have been going around for years, especially after Apple Corps. and Apple settled a trademark dispute in 2007. OAbviously they are still, just rumors as digital downloads of The Beatles songs hasn’t appeared in iTunes…yet. 😉

Source: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/11/04/the_beatles_go_digital_with_apples_but_still_not_apples_itunes.html

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App Store: 100,000 apps and growing

Credit: Apple

With just 552 apps when it was first opened less than two years ago, the App Store now boasts 100,000 apps according to an announcement by Apple.

“The App Store, now with over 100,000 applications available, is clearly a major differentiator for millions of iPhone and iPod touch customers around the world,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, said. “The iPhone SDK created the first great platform for mobile applications and our customers are loving all of the amazing apps our developers are creating.”

The app store now has 21 categories with content being downloaded a total of “well over” two billion times and still the world’s most popular applications store.

The pace of development for the apps is also growing though. On its first year, developers were able to create 65,000 apps. In the last four months though, already 35,000 apps were added to the growing list.

“With 10,000 downloads a day, worldwide customer response to our I Am T-Pain App has exceeded our wildest expectations,” Jeff Smith, CEO of Smule, said. “The App Store has given us a unique opportunity to create and grow a very successful business, and we’re looking forward to an exciting future.”

Congratulations  to Apple and of course, the app developers. 🙂

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/techchron/detail?&entry_id=50956

iTunes says goodbye to Palm Pre…Again

Apple scores another point in their cat-and-mouse game with Palm.

Last Thursday, Apple released iTunes 9.0.3 update. Apparently, besides adding support for the new Apple TV 3.0 software and touting a new look for easier navigation, it also once again blocks the Palm Pre from automatically syncing into iTunes.

Since its release in July, Palm has manipulated the Pre to sync iTunes songs and other files. Apple didn’t like this arrangement though and released the iTunes 8.2.1  software update which “ no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players”, according to Apple’s support site.

Palm decided to fight back and  and released WebOS 1.1 for the Pre, their own software update. Among other things, the update allowed media synching with the 8.2.1 version of iTunes. In a blog announcing the release, Palm nonchalantly added at the end of the article: “Oh, and one more thing: Palm webOS 1.1 re-enables Palm media sync. That’s right–you once again can have seamless access to your music, photos and videos from the current version of iTunes (8.2.1).”

Palm also complained to the USB Implementers Forum that Apple was abusing the principle of open gadget connectivity, however the USB-IF decided to side with Apple and issued a warning against Palm.

Instead of backing out, Palm went ahead and released another software (webOS 1.2.1) that enabled media syncing with iTunes again.

So what will all of these come to? Who knows? You better keep posted though as this is getting more and more interesting.  🙂

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20091030/bs_nf/69800;_ylt=AnQQm06Siwj4dsQ4x3dPKrUjtBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTJidDlpZG80BGFzc2V0A25mLzIwMDkxMDMwLzY5ODAwBHBvcwMxNgRzZWMDeW5fYXJ0aWNsZV9zdW1tYXJ5X2xpc3QEc2xrA2FwcGxlMzlzaXR1bg–

Apple TV 3.0 software now available

Credit: Apple

Today, Apple announced that version 3.0 of the Apple TV software is now available for download.

Apple added new features to the software as well as a redesigned menu that will make it easier for users to find the content they are looking for.

Additional features include the recently-announced iTunes Extras that gives users access to special features in the iTunes Store including cast interviews and deleted scenes from movies, and the iTunes LP which provides related content to songs such as album art, interactive lyrics, writing about the record and performance videos.

An internet radio feature has also been added to Apple TV allows to listen to several stations such as WCBS and K-Rock. Apple also added Genius Mixes which lets users listen to up to 12 endless mixes.

iPhoto users now also have access to iPhoto events as well as the iPhoto Faces.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10386529-17.html