Justin Timberlake? and Jimmy Fallon? got to play with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus before you

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Apple debuted a new commercial today for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the spot at the company’s iPhone and iWatch event today in Cupertino, though the celebrities’ faces are never shown on screen. Instead, they play with the two phones and perform an acapella version of the 2001: A Space Odyssey theme. It’s very hands-y.

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Apple’s Watch includes Siri integration

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Apple just unveiled its Apple Watch and the company’s digital assistant, Siri, will be one key feature. Pressing down on the crown of the Apple Watch will activate Siri, and you’ll get the usual Siri results like nearby movie theatres, restaurants, and the like. Just like Siri on iPhone, Siri on the Apple Watch is voice activated for searches.

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Activity and Workout apps for Apple Watch track your moves 24/7

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The new Activity and Workout apps for the new Apple Watch uses a variety of onboard sensors to measure your movement and heart rate, and even your GPS location with some help from your iPhone. “The Activity app monitors movement throughout the day,” says Apple. “The Workout app tracks dedicated workouts.”

The Activity app shows three rings to represent your daily overall activity: one ring for “Move,” one for “Exercise,” and one for “Stand.” Move tracks your overall activity, Exercise measures brisk activity, and Stand measures how often you stand up from sitting.

The Workout app, on the other hand, shows real-time stats for calories burned, time, distance, and pace for your runs, jogs, and walks. Using the app you can chart your…

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Apple Watch release coming ‘early next year’, priced starting at $349

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The just-unveiled Apple Watch will launch early next year starting at $349. It’s the first truly new breakout product for Apple since the iPad in 2010, and the company revealed it in grand fashion today. Apple’s take on the smartwatch features a radically new user interface primarily controlled by what the company calls its “Digital Crown,” a knob on the side of the Apple Watch that allows users to magnify content, scroll down lists, make selections, and return to the home screen without touching or obstructing the screen. Naturally, you’ll need an iPhone to use it.

Available in a variety of sizes incorporating different materials like stainless steel, aluminum, and 18-karat gold, the Apple Watch also features a flexible Retina display…

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Meet The Apple Watch

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apple0224 Apple today announced the Apple Watch, its first foray into the world of wearable tech during its iPhone 6 launch event this morning. A smartwatch with inductive charging, a square face, sapphire glass, swappable bands, a heartbeat sensor and a rotating digital crown. Users will be able to  choose between six different straps, including a sport band, a leather loop, a classic leather buckle… Read More

Pure Storage CEO: “Acquisitions Always Suck… Worse Than You Think”

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pure storage panel (2 of 7) This afternoon at Disrupt SF, Pure Storage’s Scott Dietzen and Mike Speiser, his investor from Sutter Hill Ventures, discussed building enterprise-facing technology with TechCrunch’s own Ron Miller. Pure Storage, a provider of flash-based storage products, has raised $475 million over the course of its life. Is it heading for an exit? According to Dietzen, perhaps not so soon.… Read More

Apple Announces the Apple Watch

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Apple has thrown their hat into the wearable ring with the Apple watch, which tries to bring a better user experience to the watch without trying to adapt iOS to the watch with multi-touch gestures that we’re familiar with on the iPhone.

There’s a single crystal sapphire display, a digital dial crown that acts as a home button and a scroll system. There’s also a strong emphasis on haptic feedback which allows for linking of watches to share notifications by sending taps in any possible pattern. This is done by using a force sensitive touchscreen, which is a method of navigating along with the scrolling dial. This allows for subtle communication that doesn’t rely on obvious sound or gestures. It’s also possible to send taps based upon pulse/heart beat.

There are IR lights and sapphire lenses on the back of the watch for heart rate and serves as a magnetic alignment wireless charging system. The accuracy of the watch is no more than 50 milliseconds off at any time.

In order to support this watch, Apple has also designed a custom SoC called S1, likely for battery life and sensor integration and reduction of board area.

There are six different straps that are easily exchanged. The sport band has multiple colors and is some kind of rubber. There’s a leather sports strap which has multiple magnets to ensure that the fit works correctly. There’s also a traditional leather strap and a stainless steel link bracelet. There’s also a stainless steel mesh band that is infinitely adjustable. There are also two versions of each watch edition, one larger and one smaller.

The Apple Watch also has NFC and will work with Apple Pay.

There are actually three variants though, which include the standard Apple Watch, Watch Sport, and the Watch Edition which has 18 karat gold for the casing. The sport edition has a anodized aluminum casing.

The Apple Watch must be paired with an iPhone to work properly. It starts at 349 USD and will go on sale early 2015.

Compiler wars: LLVM and GCC compete on speed, security

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The latest version of the LLVM 3.5 compiler infrastructure, version 3.5, is now available for download as it faces potential competition from the up-and-coming version 5 of the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection). It’s also staring down the prospect of an alternate version hardened against errors and memory leaks by way of formal mathematical proofs.

LLVM isn’t a compiler for a given language, but rather a framework that can be used to generate object code from any kind of source code. The project can target a broad variety of instruction sets, so it’s a powerful way to develop compilers for a given language that span hardware types. Version 3.5’s new features mostly target the ARM back end and the way code is emitted for MIPS and AArch64 processor architectures, but some languages have also recently added LLVM support. LDC, for example, uses LLVM to compile the D language.

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JHipster links Java and JavaScript for Web development

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The JHipster application generator is enabling developers to blend their Java and JavaScript development skills on the same Web applications.

Reaching a 1.0.0 release milestone on September 1, the open source offering leverages a multitude of technologies, including the Angular.js JavaScript framework, the Spring Java framework, and the Yeoman scaffolding tool (JHipster serves as a Yeoman generator). The technology has been used for building business applications and games, says JHipster founder Julien Dubois, of Ippon Technologies, a consultancy specializing in Java.

With JHipster, Dubois set about to blend Angular.js and JavaScript on the client and Java on the back end via Spring. “They all work together out of the box,” he says. Other tools leveraged with Hipster include the Maven build tool for Java, Spring MVC REST, and Spring Data JPA, all on the server side.

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iPhone 6 announced: 4.7-inch display, Retina HD resolution, A8 processor, 8-megapixel camera, available September 19th for $199

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Apple has officially announced its latest iPhone model, the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 will be available in two different sizes, both bigger than Apple’s earlier iPhones. Apple has been behind the curve of large-screened smartphones for a long itme, but it’s catching up in a big way with the iPhone 6.

The smaller of the two new iPhone 6 models has a 4.7-inch display, which is still notably bigger than 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5 and 5S that preceded it. It has a new design that echoes the…

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have a new faster A8 processor

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Apple has a new A8 processor for its new iPhone handsets. The new chip has 2 billion transistors and is built using a 20nm process. Apple’s claims for the upgraded system-on-chip include up to 25 percent faster CPU performance and up to 50 percent faster graphics. Compared to the original iPhone, the new processor in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is rated to be 84 times faster.

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Apple’s new motion chip can tell the difference between cycling and running

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Apple senior VP Phil Schiller today announced that both the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will sport a new M8 motion processor with barometer included. The processor is designed with fitness in mind, as Schiller boasted it can tell when you’re either running or cycling.

The new processor can also accurately measure distance traveled and elevation by using its built in barometer. Of course, Nike will make plentiful use of the new feature in its updated upcoming apps.


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iPhone 6 release date September 19th, prices start at $199 for 4.7-inch, $299 for 5.5-inch

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You’ll be able to buy Apple’s iPhone 6 starting next Friday, September 19th. The 4.7-inch model will start at $199 on-contract for 16GB, with 64GB and 128GB versions available for $299 and $399, respectively. The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is priced slightly higher at $299. It too is available in 64GB and 128GB options for $399 and $499. Each model will be available in space gray, gold, and silver — much like the iPhone 5S — and pre-orders kick off on September 12th The big four US cellular providers (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will all be offering Apple’s latest flagship on day one, and of course you’ll also be able to purchase iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the Apple Store, Best Buy, and the usual batch of retail…

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Apple drops iPhone 5S price to $99, makes iPhone 5C its free option

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As is always the case when Apple launches new iPhones, the lower end of the company’s product offerings is getting shuffled around. Rather than update the controversial iPhone 5C, Apple has decided to slot that in as a free offering (with 8GB of storage, down from the 16GB it launched with), while the iPhone 5S now occupies its place at the $99 price point (both with a two-year contract, of course). It’s probably the most logical thing Apple could have done with its increasingly complicated iPhone lineup — the iPhone 5C is essentially 2012’s iPhone 5, and Apple has traditionally put its two-year-old phones in the free price slot.

Keeping the iPhone 5S around at the $99 price point serves a few smart purposes — it gives customers a…

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iOS 8 available for iPhone and iPad on September 17th

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Apple’s latest iOS 8 update will be available on September 17th for existing iPhones and iPads. iOS 8 might not be the big visual overhaul that iOS 7 was, but it adds in a number of important features and changes for existing iPhones and the company’s new iPhone 6. The overarching theme is a bond between OS X and iOS 8 thanks to a new Continuity feature that lets you share files, phone calls, and SMS messages between Macs and iPhones.

Elsewhere, third-party widgets will be available in the Notification Center, and a new iCloud Drive file-sharing service is enabled. Apple is also two new HealthKit and Family Sharing features. HealthKit builds on Apple’s focus on health-tracking by pulling in data from third-party fitness apps to create a…

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Apple Pay allows you to pay at the counter with your iPhone 6

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Proud new iPhone 6 owners will be able to wave their phones at the cash register in order to pay for everyday purchases, Apple announced today, a feature the company has been preparing for a long time.

The feature is called Apple Pay, and it aims to revolutionize the “fairly antiquated payments process.”

“This whole process is based on this little piece of plastic, whether its a credit or debit card,” Tim Cook said on stage today. “We’re totally reliant on the exposed numbers, and the outdated and vulnerable magnetic interface, which by the way is five decades old, and the security codes which all of us know aren’t so secure.”

There are hundreds of thousands of stores in the US where you can pay with your phone in lieu of cash or…

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Apple Announces Two New iPhones: iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus

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And it’s here. After months of rampant speculation (and an abnormally high number of apparent leaks), the new iPhone has arrived. In fact, two new iPhones have arrived — the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple is right in the middle of announcing the new device as we speak, in an auditorium filled with everyone from Stephen Fry and Dr. Oz to mega stars like our own live… Read More

iTunes App Store Reaches 1.3 Million Mobile Applications

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apple0044 At Apple’s iPhone 6 event in Cupertino this morning, the company announced that the iTunes App Store has now reached 1.3 million applications – an update from the 1.2 million mobile applications announced in June.
For comparison’s sake, in June 2013, Apple announced there were then 900,000 apps available on its platform, which had then been downloaded 50 billion times. Read More

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