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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.

YouTube Red not catching on quickly

A year ago YouTube launched their Red service which allows you to enjoy YouTube without any ads for a monthly fee. Right from the start it was questioned by us on our weekly podcast, www.weeklytechupdate.com, as to whether people would pay. Apparently a year later, 1.5 million people are actually paying, but when you compare that to the billions of YouTube users that aren't paying, it appears that we might have actually been right. Most likely the service won't be going anywhere, but it appears that YouTube has some work to do if they want to grow the service. The Verge has more over here.

When YouTube Red launched a year ago, the plan was for the service to grow into a competitor against the likes of Netflix and Hulu. Now, less than a year later, subscriber totals show that YouTube still has a long way to go before the public will accept paying a monthly fee for YouTube.

According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, YouTube Red had 1.5 million paying subscribers as of late summer, with another 1 million users signed up on a trial basis (and not paying the monthly fee). Those numbers underscore just how difficult it is to convince millions of people to pay for something they’ve had free access to for over a decade. They also reflect the interest level in YouTube Music, which launched last November and requires a Red subscription to take full advantage of.

Sony's PS4 Pro Won't Connect to TVs

The PS4 Pro has had a rather rocky launch. First off, the breakout box acccompanies the PS4 doesn't support HDR (High Dynamic Range) signals on either the PS4 or PS4 Pro. Now there are many, many reports that the PS4 Pro simply won't connect to many TVs and users are being fed a blank screen by their TVs. That's a little disappointing when expecting to be looking at breathtaking 4K HDR. Affected TVs and PS4 Pro combinations include TVs from Samsung, Philips, LG, Vizio as well as Sony themselves. This is a huge disaster for Sony, but good news for Microsoft. Xbox One S sales have taken another jump.

The problem was already so widespread by the end of Thursday November 10 – the PS4 Pro’s launch date – that it had garnered an official response on Sony’s EU PlayStation Forum. Online Support representative KingGobbo admitted the issue’s existence and suggested a convoluted temporary fix involving switching the console into its Safe mode and changing its digital rights management setting from HDCP 2.2 to 1.4.

Source: Forbes

Cyber Monday Deals

Thanksgiving & Black Friday 2016 are in the history books, but we still have another day to spend more than we should on stuff we don't need - but still kind of want. Cyber Monday is here and there are some amazing deals around the web - both in the USA and some that have trickled up here to Canada. As far as tech deals go, Engadget has rounded up a ton of them from some of the biggest online stores. Check them out if you still have some money left. The article is in a slideshow format and you'll need to open the captions drop-down to see the information.

Some of these deals are just as substantial as the ones you saw on Black Friday. Whether you're looking for a 4K TV, a new phone or some games, we have what you're looking for when November 28th arrives... and in some cases, beyond.

Source: Engadget

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