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Moto360 Battery Dramatically Improves with Update

If you're a fan of the design style of the Moto 360 Watch, but the battery life just wasn't quite enough, things have changed with the latest software update. Motorola has performed some magic and now gives you a much more efficient device that should last you much, much longer (relatively speaking). Before the update, the Moto 360 would barely get you through a 6am - 10pm day (long day), but now users are reporting having almost half the battery remaining. Now these things are starting to get interesting.

The anticipated smartwatch hit the market back on September 5th and within a few hours had sold out on both the Play Store and at Best Buy. However, within days of its release reports started emerging about a significant issue with the battery. According to users the battery simply did not last for a full day’s (normal) usage and this impacted greatly on the perception of the device. The battery issue seemed to be even more prevalent if the Ambient Display feature was activated.

Source: AndroidHeadlines

Apple updates to iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 which should hopefully solve some of the issues that iOS 8.0.1 caused. So far 8.0.2 seems to be stable and hasn't caused any additional problems and fixed a few of the issues the original patch was trying to fix. The Verge has more details.

At this rate we should be able to look forward to iOS 8.0.18 by next week.

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2, a new OS update that promises to fix some issues introduced in iOS 8.0 — but more importantly, quite the mess it left behind with iOS 8.0.1. In a statement to The Verge, Apple says, "We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1." The buggy update went out earlier this week, and was quickly yanked by the company after iPhone 6 owners discovered their phones no longer connected to cellular networks, and that their Touch ID buttons no longer scanned for fingerprints.

Bendy iPhone 6? Not a problem says Apple

One of the big stories around the launch of the iPhone 6 is that it is so big that it is bending in peoples pockets (which could cause major issues). Apparently Apple isn't too concerned and has only received 9 complaints about this issues so far. I'm not sure how they've come up with that number as there are numerous report and videos out there already showing the problem. No word on if Apple will take this more serious once they receive their 10th complaint..... 9to5Mac has more details.

Apple has officially issued a statement regarding the iPhone 6 bending controversy saying the issue is rare during real world use and that it’s only received complaints from 9 customers. Apple adds, according to the reports, that the “new iPhones feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and use the strongest glass in the industry.” Apple also commented that bending is “extremely rare” during normal use and that it performs a number of strength and durability tests (as you’d expect) before it ships new devices 

BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry officially launched the BlackBerry Passport smartphone today and sales went live in the USA. The Passport has attracted a bit of attention with its square shape and combination touchscreen and physical keyboard that was BlackBerry's big feature in years past. Chances are good you've seen a picture as this has been talked about for quite some time now but if you want more information head on over to Computerworld.

The new smartphone went on sale in the U.S. today at ShopBlackBerry.com for $599 unlocked. Several U.S. carriers, including AT&T, are expected to sell the device later this year for about $250 on a two-year contract, BlackBerry officials said. Amazon.com will also offer the smartphone although pricing wasn't disclosed.

Apple releases iOS update, promptly pulls it

Early adopters of the iPhone 6 have been dealing with a few bugs (as can be expected with any new product). Apple decided to try and patch a few things with their new iOS 8.0.1 patch which lasted a whole 90 minutes until it was pulled because it was causing way more issues than it fixed. If you are ok with losing cell service and having the fingerprint reader messed up than read no further, if you would like to find out more, or maybe even figure out how to "downgrade" head on over to ZDNet.

Less than a week following the release of iOS 8, Apple has released the first update to the platform.

Within an hour-and-a-half of it going live, Apple is said to have pulled the update. The update, which was meant to bring new fixes to the latest software, brought more problems than it solved. 

Microsoft: Windows 9 isn't going to be called Windows 9

A senior staffer at Microsoft's France office went on record as stating that "Windows 9 will be released in a few days." Microsoft USA told the media that the president of Microsoft France doesn't know what he's talking about and their is "no name" just yet. Yes there is. It's Windows 9.

Worried that Microsoft was going to keep the “Threshold” codename on the next version of Windows? Fret not, it probably won’t. In a speech to employees, Alain Crozier, president of Microsoft France, called the new operating system “Windows 9″ quite recently, and there is tape of it.

Source: TechCrunch

iPhone 6 Bendable Display NOT a Feature

Apple has been telling a few fibs lately, but when they say that their new iPhones are NOT supposed to bend, I'd believe them. The phone material isn't rigid enough to survive a week in your jeans pocket. That's ok. Apparently iPhone 6 users don't wear jeans - or they are wearing them wrong. Good luck with your broken/bent phones.

Not sure if you want to hide your shiny new iPhone's newfangled design in a bulky case? Maybe you should -- apparently, it's quite pliable. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users on Twitter seem to be finding small, but noticeable bends just south of the handsets' volume controls. Front-pocket storage is all it takes to give the handset a gentle slope...

Source: Engadget

Quadcopters ala Cirque de Soleil

What happens when Cirque de Soleil gets ahold of quadcopters? This.


iOS 8 Crashing 78% more than iOS 7

There was a time when Apple really and truly cared about their products and their users experience. Those days are long gone as they have started playing "catch up" to Samsung and other companies. They have been rushing to meet the release cycle instead of taking time to actually test their products. Last year we saw stats show that Android crashed less than iOS 7 and now iOS 8 is crashing even more than its predecessor. Just another reason I'll stay away from the fruit.

Crashes will be a result of both bugs in iOS 8 and buggy apps, and so over time as iOS and app updates are released, this figure should do down. It's possible too that older handsets are running old apps that either haven't been updated, either because the user hasn't applied the update or because the app has been abandoned by the developer and won't see any further updates.

Source: ZDNet

WTU Episode #281 - NVIDIA is King (For a Week)

If you are into tech news, make sure to check out our latest episode of WeeklyTechUpdate podcast. We talk about Apple's new NFC feature, Google finally drops Google+ from GMail signups and the NVIDIA GTX 980 and GTX 970 are crushing everything (for a week or two). Take a listen to those stories and a bunch more at the links below.


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