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.

Android App Pick - Travel Diary

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we take a look back at some fun times and cool places we've seen with Travel Diary. This is not a girly-diary, but is a great way to manage and organize your images from different places you've been. It's a solid application that can be really useful. Take a look!

Travel Diary


Weekly Tech Update #376 - The Death of the Galaxy Note

We have just posted up Episode #376 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Twitters stock is dropping, Samsung's Notes are still exploding, and "Excuse me Yahoo, but could you please give us a billion dollars back?" Sincerely, Verizon.Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.


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Nintendo's NX Console Woes

The internet and marketing is so full of speculation that it almost drives me crazy at times. Currently, the Nintendo NX console has yet to be revealed and in fact is perhaps one of the more guarded releases of any major technology in the past few years. A couple of weeks ago, the buzz was positive and now that the rumored price has leaked ahead of launch, people aren't very excited anymore. The rumor mill puts the price around $300 - $350 USD and that would make a premium console without premium performance or graphics quality - we think. The reveal should be soon, but I'm not holding my breath.

Speculation is putting the price of the new console between $300 and $350, in line with competing consoles, vs. the Wii's former discount to rival boxes from Sony and Microsoft.

Source: SeekingAlpha

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