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Apple Launches New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple Launches New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

On September 9 at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, Apple marked a company first by unveiling multiple new iPhone devices at a single event. The company offered a sneak peek at two iPhone 6 devices, one with a 4.7-inch screen and another with a larger 5.5-inch screen. The smaller version will be known simply as the iPhone 6, with its larger counterpart to be marketed as the iPhone 6 Plus. Both models offer a key improvement over the iPhone 5 in the form of a higher-resolution screen. The iPhone 6 has a 1334 x 750 display offering 326 pixels per inch,…

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Billion-Dollar Mobile Tech Companies Taking the Lead

Billion-Dollar Mobile Tech Companies Taking the Lead

Digi-Capital analyst Tim Merel recently released a 500-plus-page report on the state of mobile Internet investment, and the results may surprise even the savviest tech industry observers. According to Merel, there are more than 20 billion-dollar mobile Internet companies, with several of them posting mind-boggling growth rates. “Mobile Internet first mover advantage is more extreme than in any other technology market in history,” Merel said while noting that there is a “direct relationship” between the amount of value created on an annual basis and the total value accrued in a company over time. “First movers have delivered unprecedented value at…

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Apple Line of Smartwatches Unveiled, Apple Watch Coming in 2015

Apple Line of Smartwatches Unveiled, Apple Watch Coming in 2015

Invitees greeted Apple’s long-awaited unveiling of its smartwatch line with a standing ovation at an industry event in Cupertino, California on September 9. At a press conference, CEO Tim Cook went on to say, “Apple Watch is the most personal device we ever created. It works seamlessly with iPhone and is also a comprehensive health and fitness device.” Elements of the flatscreen Apple Watch include a throwback-style manual twist control which allows users to rapidly cycle through the device’s features, as well as a “digital touch” communication button to let users send data to other smartwatches. The customizable display also…

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Apple to Launch iPhone 6 and iWatch Devices

Apple to Launch iPhone 6 and iWatch Devices

On September 3, Apple offered invitations to its much-hyped September 9 launch event. At the launch, the company is widely expected to officially unveil its hotly anticipated iPhone 6, and rumors are swirling that Apple will also offer sneak peeks at other in-development products, including a line of wearables. The rise of Android-powered platforms has been eating away at Apple’s once-dominant market share, leaving Apple in need of answers. According to Eddy Cue, the director of the company’s iCloud and iTunes platforms, the upcoming Apple products will be the best in a generation. Here’s a rundown and what onlookers expect…

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Apple iWatch NFC Integration Could Disrupt Smartwatch Market

Apple iWatch NFC Integration Could Disrupt Smartwatch Market

The tech industry is abuzz with news that Apple’s upcoming iWatch will include a near-field communications (NFC) chip. Industry analysts are speculating that the NFC capability could explain the iWatch’s lofty retail price, which has been reported in the range of $400. If true, the reports reveal a vital part of Apple’s iWatch strategy. Like any company with diversified offerings, Apple wants its customers to own multiple products. Thus, one of the key ways they’ll entice consumers is to build in capabilities that its other products don’t have, or can’t easily achieve. An NFC-enabled iWatch would open up a whole…

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Cheap Ways to Spruce Up Your Home with Smart Technologies

Cheap Ways to Spruce Up Your Home with Smart Technologies

The age of the “smart home” has arrived, but if you’re still living in the past, you may be put off by the cost of installing some of the new high-tech gadgets on the market. If you’re in this boat, there’s good news: manufacturers have begun to offer a wide range of smart home products that are very affordable, easy to install, and make a big lifestyle difference. Here are some of the most interesting inexpensive smart home technologies on the market: USB electrical outlets. Replace your standard electrical outlets with outlets that accept both electrical and USB plugs. Any…

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Bluetooth-Enabled Shoes Will Disrupt Your Workout

Bluetooth-Enabled Shoes Will Disrupt Your Workout

A new insole manufactured by India’s Ducere Technologies PVT may be poised to make a big splash in the growing market for smart athletic apparel. The company’s Lechal “smart shoe” features a Bluetooth-connected inset which can interface with Google Maps to track your location, providing route suggestions and directions if you take a wrong turn. “Lechal” is a Hindi word which roughly translates as “take me with you.” The actual shoe is designed for high-intensity running, and the insole is also capable of counting the number of calories you’ve burned as well as the number of paces you’ve taken since…

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Mobile Health Apps to Save Billions in Costly Hospital Visits

As predicted, the telemedicine industry is starting to show signs of the explosive growth it’s long promised, and a new app called HealthTap Prime is one of the major reasons why. HealthTap Prime allows users to place video calls to registered physicians at any time of day or night so they can receive medical advice on non-life threatening maladies and conditions. Designed to help reduce the burden on the country’s healthcare system while offering patients reliable and affordable professional care, HealthTap Prime and similar apps are poised to change the way care is accessed and administrated. It also holds the…

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“Internet of Things” Economy Set to Grow at Rapid Pace

Analysts have predicted that the long-heralded “Internet of things” will feature a whopping 50 billion connected devices by the year 2020, which will generate $7.1 trillion in related revenues. While the actual consumer market has yet to show tangible and visible signs of embracing the kind of growth that will make these numbers possible, that is likely to change very soon, and in a big way. Looking at trends among major long-term investors in the technology market, it’s clear that more and more experts are placing their bets now, so to speak, hoping to get in on the ground floor…

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Back-to-School Wearable Devices for Teens

Back-to-School Wearable Devices for Teens

For teens, the arrival of August means that the school year is fast approaching, and tech manufacturers are offering an interesting collection of affordable wearable devices. Here’s a run-down of some of the hottest items on the market: Smartwatches. Manufacturers like Martian and Pebble Steel have introduced smartwatches that allow users to get phone notifications and run apps. These sleek timepieces are available in a wide range of designs, colors and layouts, with very affordable price tags. The Moto 360 is also a noteworthy entrant in the smartwatch market, offering more advanced features and Android connectivity. Fitness and sleep trackers….

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