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.

iPhone 7 Accessories That Let you Charge Your Phone

If you are thinking about getting an iPhone 7 (and you should - think about it, then be grateful you have a brain and decided not to waste your money), and want to listen to music, and charge your phone at the same time - you'll need an adapter of some sort because there is only the Lightning connector on the phone. There is a growing collection of adapters, dongles and more that will make your new iPhone 7 useful. Take a look and see what you need to buy to add to your expensive phone so you can charge it in your car while you listen to music.

The first is Apple's own iPhone Lightning Dock, which offers a Lightning connection and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This option seems to be more catered towards those that will be using their device in a stationary setting, which is how you probably charge your phone. The dock will come in five colors, matching the colors of the iPhone.

Source: Neowin

Titanfall's Mobile Spinoff is a Card Game

Titanfall looked like it was going to be amazing prior to it's original launch and it was pretty successful in the beginning but lacked depth to keep users engaged. In the end, it left people feeling like they wanted more. Titalfall II is in the works and there is a mobile spin-off that is your free-to-play card game - much like Hearthstone, SolForge and more. Time will tell if it's any good, but it could actually end up being the best part of Titanfall.

Frontline is being developed by new studio Particle City, and published by Korean firm Nexon, which previously worked with Titanfall studio Respawn to release a free-to-play PC version of the game in Asia. A mobile take on Titanfall was first announced last year, and Frontline is just the first of what is expected to be a multi-game partnership between the three companies.

Source: TheVerge

Samsung's Quick Note 7 Fix

If you have a Galaxy Note 7 and don't want to send it for Samsung for a fix, there are ways that you may be able to keep your device from exploding. The answer? Don't charge it more than 60%. That's a weak solution, but apparently it will work as the issue comes from weak cells that get too hot and overcharged.

Samsung plans to begin issuing new Note 7s with batteries it says will not be prone to overheating starting Sept. 19 in South Korea. It recalled 2.5 million of the devices just two weeks after their launch after dozens of cases in which batteries exploded or caught fire. Samsung says the problem stems from a manufacturing glitch in the batteries.

Source: AP

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