The 10 Most Important Announcements from WWDC 2015

Apple has a bunch of little announcements this year at their WWDC and probably the 10 most important announcements are linked below. Of course they include iOS9, OSX El Capitan, Siri gets to really know you and more. There is nothing really all that groundbreaking at all, but instead it feels like they are adding a new decimal to their version numbers (eg. iOS9 should be iOS 8.2)

Flashy as the whole thing was, though, it followed two hours of low-key but fairly solid tweaks to Apple's software products, from new versions of OS X and iOS to updates of its car, home, and watch software. This fall, Apple product users of all stripes can look forward to a lot of refreshed apps and, if the company delivers on its promise, all sorts of Siri integration. They might not make headlines quite as well, but little changes like Maps public transit support can make a big difference in the long run, too.

Source: TheVerge

Martian Watches @ CES 2016

Martian was one of the companies that started the smart-watch thing - and they've done it with style from the get-go. Their watches have always focused on one thing first - the watch. They are great analog timepieces that also have a few smart features thrown in for good measure. They have a pretty wide distribution in the USA and have limited retail locations in Canada. It's too bad, because their current generation of "Active" watches - including the Envoy, Alpha and Electra have been doing very well.

As CES, Martian announced some new watches that are geared more toward female users. These do not have a notification display, but instead use different vibration pulses and a mutli-colored LED to indicate what app is sending a notification. It could be a text message, incoming call, Facebook post or pretty much anything that sends notifcations. You have the ability to specify a ton of options and notification settings via their handy app. 

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The battery life on their devices is about two years for the actual watch, while the new watches should last about a week on a charge for the smart features. The new watches charge via pogo pins, while the current "Active" series charge by way of a microUSB port that gets covered up for water resistance.

There are a lot of very attractive products coming later this spring from Martian - and the best thing of all - they are watches, that just happen to be smart. Sometimes there is more beauty in less features than a watch that drains the battery by 2:00pm.

Please check out more images from our CES coverage here and be sure to check out all the current lineup of products from Martian here.

New PS4 Slim Pictured (Maybe)

Now that the Xbox One S has launched and Sony has been relatively quiet, sales have been favoring Microsoft. Sony needs something to liven up the rumor mill and so there was an "unfortunate" leaked image of their PS4 slim that is coming early next month. There isn't confirmation if this is the PS4 4K version or if this is just a updated PS4 in order to make a few extra sales to fill the gap until the 4K unit ships.

The seller provided The Verge with some images of the console, which show off a slimmer version of the PS4, with rounded corners. Pictures of the packaging show that this particular model has a 500 GB hard drive, and it appears to be a European model. Posters at the gaming forum NeoGAF have also provided photos comparing this "slim" model with the original PS4.

Source: TheVerge, NeoGAF

Windows 10 Going to Subscription Model for Business

Well, well. I predicted shortly after the Windows 8 launch that the next version of Windows would be a subscription model. Microsoft denied that vehemently and to show their good faith, they gave people Windows 10 if you bought it the first year. They claimed there would be no subscription, but now it looks like the subscription model is in fact coming to their business clients. There are a lot of features it seems that will only be available to versions of Enterprise Windows that will require a subscription. It's a good way to monetize your company, but it comes at the expense of convenience, features and more. Unfortunately, there really isn't a valid alternative in the business world.

Windows Enterprise is the most misunderstood of all editions. It's available as an upgrade only, and for businesses, it requires an underlying Pro license. Enterprise edition includes additional licensing rights, such as the ability to run Windows in up to four virtual machines and to deploy Windows via imaging rights. Traditionally, Enterprise has been sold through Volume Licensing agreements, which aren't available for small businesses. That's changing as of this month, with the option for small businesses and individuals to purchase Windows 10 Enterprise as a subscription option (Windows 10 E3) for $7 a month.

Source: ZDNet

Lenovo Confirms Chrome OS Comes to Yoga Book

Lenovo has just confirmed that they are releasing a Chrome version of their new Yoga Book. This is a very slick machine that would be amazing if it were running Windows 10. While Chrome OS is solid, it doesn't have the platform support of Windows. Still, if you haven't seen what Lenovo has cooking with the Yoga Book, you really need to take a look at this beauty.

The Yoga Book is being positioned as a tablet-killer thanks to its thin dimensions and 'Halo' touchscreen keyboard, which uses haptic feedback to indicate key presses. Chrome OS would be a good fit for the device, allowing people to switch between full-screen Android apps operated using the touchscreen and the more productivity-focused desktop.

Source: TechRadar

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