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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.

Android is huge

A new market survey that includes up to the end of September has found that Android's market share has grown and now has 87.5% of the global smartphone market. Android's numbers are up 10% over last year, while Apple has seen their share  drop from 13.6% down to 12.1% in the same period. BlackBerry and Microsoft has basically disappeared. CNBC has the full story.

Google's Android mobile operating system (OS) grabbed a record market share in the third-quarter at the expense of Apple's iOS which posted a decline, according to new research.

Android captured 87.5 percent of global smartphone market share in the three months to the end of September, Strategy Analytics said in a report. This means that nearly nine out of 10 smartphones in the world run Google's OS. Shipments of Android devices hit 328.6 million, up 10.3 percent year-on-year.

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

Apple No Longer Sets Trends

There was a time when Apple was considered to be a trend-setting and they did in fact push a lot of boundaries and push companies to be better, smarter and make more beautiful pieces of technology. While Jonny Ive is their main designer and Tim Cook does know how to run a company, without the harsh inspiration of Steve Jobs, the company has taken the idea that a few new features are "revolutionary". The public has tired of this idea and their revenue has declined for the fouth quarter in a row. Apple isn't going anywhere for a while - and that includes to the top of the stock portforlio.

Yes, Apple has brought us better smartphone cameras and fingerprint sensors, but there are more areas where it has whiffed. Cook has been saying for five years that the TV industry is broken and needs an overhaul. He was right. Now the way people watch television is being upended by Netflix Inc., by "cord cutting" and by video on smartphones. Apple is barely a participant in that transformation.

Source: Bloomberg

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