The iPhone 6 And Apple Watch Keynote Video Is Now Available For Replay

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apple0204 Earlier today, Apple offered a live stream of its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launch event, but if you missed it (or want to watch it again), the full video of the event is now online. During the live stream, Apple ran into numerous issues, ranging from streams that cut out in the early parts of the event to basic audio issues (many viewers heard a live translation into Mandarin Chinese dubbed… Read More

Apple Watch Will Drive Wearables Into The Enterprise

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apple0287 Wearables are very likely going to have a role in the enterprise, and it could be sooner than you think, especially in light of today’s Apple Watch announcement. If it takes off like previous i-devices, it could have broad implications for wearables in the enterprise. It stands to reason that just as the iPhone and iPad that came before it, the Apple Watch will begin to show up in… Read More

iPhone: A visual history

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In early 2007 Steve Jobs announced the very first iPhone. Designed to “reinvent the phone,” Apple’s iPhone has revolutionized smartphones and shaped the industry into what it is today. The first iPhone mixed a capacitive 3.5-inch multi-touch display with touch-optimized software in a simple package that was unlike anything else on the market. Over the last seven years, Apple has refined and tweaked its iPhone into what it is today: the iPhone 6.

Apple has used combinations of metal, plastic,…

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iPod classic comes to an end: a look back at Apple’s iconic music player

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The Walkman may have started the first portable music revolution, but the iPod began the second. It increasingly put thousands upon thousands of songs in your pocket, and made it so that no one ever had to leave behind a track from their library again. And beyond all of that, it just happened to kickstart Apple’s dominating position in mobile.

Today, just shy of the 13th anniversary of its initial release, the classic iPod is finally being discontinued. Here’s a look back across the…

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Apple Watch’s battery life is a mystery and that’s a problem

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Apple announced its first wearable today, the new Apple Watch. It’s packed with a lot of features, including voice controls, tight integration with the iPhone, custom notifications, and support for Apple Pay, the company’s new payments platform. It’s going to be available next year starting at $349.

But for all of the talk it did for the Apple Watch today, Apple left out some key details about the product, such as screen resolution, processing capabiliities, and most importantly, expected battery life. Of the smartwatches we’ve seen before, battery life has ranged from five to seven days, down to a mere few hours. Those watches that are able to last multiple days — the Pebble and Meta Watch, most notably — have black and white LCD…

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Snapchat uses Apple’s big day as a diversion to hide some dramatic news

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Snapchat announced today that it had settled out of court with Reggie Brown, the Snapchat founders’ fraternity brother who claimed to have invented the app’s trademark disappearing messages. While Snapchat wouldn’t disclose exactly how large the settlement was, Brown’s lawyers previously stated to Forbes that they were hoping for one third of the company — which now equates to more than a billion dollars in value. Here’s the wording of the official statement, which admits Brown’s invention of Snapchat’s ephemeral messaging idea:

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Tune In On Today At 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific For The Launch Of TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie

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screenshot-2014-09-06-13-12-39 TechCrunch is about to embark on a brand new adventure. We’re coming at you in a way that you’ve never seen heard before.
World, prepare yourself for TechCrunch Radio!
We’re collaborating with the fine folks at Sirius XM to connect with our readers in a brand new way. Jordan Crook and I will host the show, and each week, we’ll dedicate a good portion of our show to a… Read More

Snapchat Finally Settles Lawsuit With Ousted Co-Founder Reggie Brown

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snapchat-ghost After more than a year of legal woes, Snapchat has finally settled its lawsuit with Reggie Brown. According to a press release, the settlement resolves the issue on “mutually agreeable terms,” but doesn’t reveal the specifics of those terms. In early 2013, Frank Reginald Brown accused Snapchat founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy of unfairly ousting him from the company… Read More

The iPod Classic Is Dead

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Image (1) ipod.jpg for post 175039 My friends, I come to you with sad news. Our old friend, the iPod classic, is no more. Apple unceremoniously removed the much-beloved media player from its iPod product page, leaving just the shuffle, nano, and touch to carry the iPod standard.
This was years in the making. The click wheel-enabled iPod was just no longer relevant in the day of high capacity flash storage and streaming music… Read More

Marc Benioff’s Plans — More Investing, More Donating, More Political Demands

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benioff2 This morning at Disrupt SF, TechCrunch alum Michael Arrington interviewed Saleforce’s Marc Benioff about his investments, Salesforce’s growth rate, and his personal approach to politics. Salesforce recently announced a $100 million fund that it will invest across the technology industry. Arrington found the exercise minor enough to almost call it branding, noting that Salesforce… Read More

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.

Check out our Apple iPhone 6 and iWatch liveblog for more!

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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.

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