Smartphones Stories August 25, 2015

IDC released an updated forecast today lowering its expectations for worldwide smartphone shipments this year with a continuing slowdown in growth in China cited as the biggest contributor to the lower than expected shipments. It also shared some insight into expected growth for Apple in the years to come, predicting Android’s current 81% share of the market by operating system will likely hold strong through 2019 and that a cheaper iPhone 6C model wouldn’t do much to help. expand full story

Smartphones Stories August 21, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 6/Plus Screen Protector $1, Canon AirPrint Laser $90, Beats Studio Wireless $230, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Samsung SmartThings hub comes next month with Amazon Echo-powered voice control support

iPhone 6/Plus Accessories w/ Prime shipping: Anker Screen Protectors $1 (Reg. $4), TechMatte Magnetic Air Vent Mount $6 (Reg. $9)

Canon imageCLASS 3-in-1 AirPrint Wireless Laser Printer $90 shipped (Reg. $109+)

Beats Studio Wireless headphones: Titanium $230 (Reg. $380), Blue $264 (Reg. $380)

App Store Free App of the Week: Quell Memento+ puzzle game goes free for the first time ($3 value)

Apple 12-inch MacBook w/ Retina display 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB in all colors: $1,149 shipped (Reg. $1,299)

Apple 12-inch MacBook w/ Retina display 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,500 shipped (Reg. $1,599)

Tile announces a new generation of its Bluetooth tracker

LAST CHANCE! Giveaway: Blackbox Case gives your iPad or MacBook a cozy bamboo home, multiple winners

More new gear from today:

Daily Deals: up to 60% off ARRIS SURFboard Cable Modems (refurb) from $40, Jawbone UP Fitness Tracker $25, more

Aukey accessories w/ Prime shipping: Bluetooth Selfie Stick $9 (Reg. $13), Sport Bluetooth 4.1 headphones $18 (Reg. $30), more

More deals still alive:

NRGized Apple Certified MFi 3-foot braided Lightning cable w/ metal connectors $9 Prime shipped (Reg. $14)

Anker 9-foot Apple Certified MFi Lightning to USB cable (black or white): $11 shipped (Orig. $16), more

Apple iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi in all colors: 16GB $289 (Reg. $399) or 64GB $399 (Reg. $499)

Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 16GB in Gold or Silver: $380 shipped (Reg. $499)

iPad Air 2 w/ Retina display 64GB in Silver (open-box) $440 shipped (Reg. $600)

New products & more:

Quick Review: The Conway Electric Extō Dual-USB is the envy of all power strips

Beyerdynamic takes its pro-audio pedigree to the streets with these new custom headphones

SLICK’s motorized mount takes the bumps out of your GoPro videos

The coolest Apple-certified MFI Lightning cables you can buy for your iPhone, iPad and iPod

Smartphones Stories July 16, 2015

First pitched by Steve Jobs in 2007 as “an iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator,” the iPhone has since evolved into a medical device of sorts as software has gotten smarter and sensors have become more advanced in recent years.

Apple embraced this with iOS 8 and the rollout of HealthKit, a framework which allows medical and health apps to share data with each other and your doctors with your permission. Apple’s open source ResearchKit took it a step further by allowing developers to turn apps into scientific health and medical research tests.

Scientific American recently profiled three smartphone apps in development that point to how the iPhone could become even better at monitoring our health. The apps in development aim to determine what a patient’s cough means, diagnose sleep apnea, and even predict a bipolar episode before it starts… expand full story

Smartphones Stories April 3, 2015

Apple's upcoming retail overhaul for displaying the Watch
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A lot of my techie friends are saying that the entry priced-Apple Watch Sport will be their pick next month, and not because of the exterior look. The theory is that Sport is the cheapest way to experience Apple’s new product category in 2015, and since the second-gen Apple Watch will inevitably be upgraded, why pay a premium this year for nicer materials such as stainless steel and sapphire glass?

Despite the Apple Watch’s desire to marry jewelry with technology, it hasn’t lost the baggage gadgets carry, namely the reality that they’ll be outdated and replaced in a relatively short period of time. If the Apple Watch evolves anything like the original iPad did when it became the iPad 2, the differences could be dramatic.

Personally, when I think about getting more perceived value out of a higher-priced stainless steel Apple Watch rather than testing the waters with the cheaper aluminum model, I’m more concerned with how soon the Apple Watch 2 will be announced rather than how much more functional the newer device could be. No matter what happens with the first-generation model, an Apple Watch 2 will come to market. How will Apple balance keeping the Apple Watch evolutionary momentum going with keeping the first-generation model “modern” for enough time to satisfy early adopters?

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Smartphones Stories March 25, 2015

AAA road safety campaign shows real videos of teenage car crashes while using smartphones

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has put online video clips from real car crashes caused by 16-19 year old drivers using smartphones while driving. The videos, which show both the view through the windscreen and a view of the driver, are designed to make real the dangers of distracted driving.

None of the crashes featured in the above clip feature injuries, but almost 3,000 people a year are killed in crashes involving drivers in this age-range, the majority of them caused by the driver being “inattentive or engaged in some other non-driving-related activity.” A further 383,000 people a year are injured.

Researchers at the University of Iowa examined carcam footage from 1,691 crashes involving drivers aged 16-19 to determine the cause. Distracted driving was found to be the cause in 58% of crashes, with 12% of them due to using a phone while driving. For crashes involving the car leaving the road, a full third of crashes were attributed to cellphone use.

UK tests conducted earlier this month suggested that smartwatches are even worse than smartphones for driver distraction.

The full AAA report can be downloaded here.

Smartphones Stories March 16, 2015

In a move to boost iPhone sales, Apple will soon introduce a new recycling and trade-in program that will accept non-Apple smartphones, notably including Android and BlackBerry devices, in exchange for gift cards to be used toward the purchase of new iPhones. In continuing to court Android switchers, Apple will use a similar system to the one it uses to repurchase iPhones, whereby Apple Retail Store employees determine trade-in values for devices by considering their cosmetic and functional condition, according to multiple sources…

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