Today, Nike held an exclusive event in New York City to show off the second generation of its popular Nike+ FuelBand. Beyond the three neon color options now in production, Nike updated the device’s innards with hourly movement reminders and Bluetooth 4.0 so it can constantly be connected to your phone. A more water-resistant band is being used for the Nike+ FuelBand SE ($149 USD) while a quick double-tap will bring up the time. Additional FuelBand improvements include the ability to monitor yoga activity and track sleeping habits, both of which are welcome and long-overdue additions. Alongside the SE, Nike introduced the new Nike+ FuelBand app, available to FuelBand and FuelBand SE users. [Watch & Read More]
Skeuomorphic-design haters rejoice. Apple iOS 7 ($TBA) does away with the much-maligned design trend that attempts to make apps appear like their real-life counterparts (no more felt and stitches), while introducing a redesigned UI and a number of features. Changes start with the lock screen, which now animates in parallax to your movement and includes notifications even before swiping. The new Control Center gives you important settings and buttons from nearly any app and quick access to music controls and a flashlight. iOS in the Car brings your device, eyes-free, to a host of car makes. Couple those changes with iTunes Radio, and improvements to multiTasking, Safari, Airdrop, Camera, Siri, and theft deterrence, and you get a pretty impressive release. Checkout a video of Apple’s design captain Jony Ive give a meticulous breakdown of the elements that went into the new design. [Watch The Video]
Have you ever wanted to purchase something that you saw off the street but didn’t exactly know where to purchase or even what is was? Social media application Fancy, allows users to bookmark an intended product and seamlessly loop the purchasing process by identifying the product. With the new Fancy App for the revolutionary Google Glass, purchasing things will be even more seamless with a simple download. With the ability to swipe and purchase right off the Google Glass, the user can now purchase an item by snapping a picture. The Fancy App will define it and provides the option of purchasing. Along with finding the exact item of interest, the Fancy App also shows similar products to give the user a full range of options. Enjoy.
Berlin music technology staple Native Instruments continues its foray into advanced DJ equipment with its latest Traktor version for iPhone and iPod Touch. While a Traktor version for the iPad debuted in February, users of the smaller touchscreens can now perform their musical endeavors with equal dexterity. With all the same functions seen with Traktor Pro — three band EQ, Traktor effects, NI audio interfaces, touch sensitive GUI emphases via waveform – the latest app, as it seems, is a compressed version of the Traktor software, packing in all the operative elements onto a smaller screen. Allowing DJs of all level to have a hands-on approach at their own musical creativity, the Traktor DJ App is now available at $5 USD from the Apple App Store. Enjoy.
Finally, our iPhones are ready to take on the most important task possible: finding the closest pizza place. Pizza Compass ($1 USD) is a new Avenir Next-friendly app that features a spinning slice of pie that will point you towards the nearest pizza purveyor, releasing steam the closer you get. As you might expect, there's also a map view to provide more precise directions, as well as the ability to see ratings, operating hours, and reviews, and an option to share your favorite spots with your friends. Welcome to the (very tasty) future.
First announced back in June of 2012, Google has made its personal assistant-meets-updated search engine Google Now available for iOS users via the latest evolution of its Google Search app. Nearly identical to its Android counterpart, the app streamlines mobile versions of Google’s Search, Map, and Cloud services with the likes of real-time weather, travel, news, and sports updates in a single easy-to-use application. Google Now can be downloaded now, free of charge, via iTunes. Enjoy.
Up 'til now, Twitter has been a great place to discover what's happening, what your friends are doing, and what everyone's talking about. But finding new music? Not so hot. Until today, that is. Twitter #Music ($Free) is a new official app that makes it easy to find what songs are trending, what artists are emerging, what the artists you follow are listening to, and what tracks your friends are digging. Just sign in with your Twitter account, link the app with Spotify or Rdio, and enjoy. Also, please note that denoting a song as "such a great track" is a pretty sure-fire way to ensure no one ever listens to it.
Facebook, in conjunction with smartphone-maker HTC, wireless service provider AT&T and Android, launched a mobile OS of its own called Facebook Home. I don’t know about this. Facebook has pretty much lost its luster to me. Not only that, but I don’t think I’d want any kind of phone purely based off of a social media site. What do you guys think?
Samsung just released its first TV promotion for the Galaxy 4S, which is making no bones about their target consumer. In the ad, a young exchange student has dinner with an Asian family abroad. The meal is fantastic and she wants to say so, but of course there's that language barrier. So out comes the Galaxy 4S, into which the girl mumbles a phrase: "Food is great." She holds up the phone, and the family looks baffled, but when the Galaxy 4S spits out what she said in their language, everyone laughs.
Keep track of the conditions both inside and outdoors with the Netatmo Weather Station ($180). Designed exclusively for use with smartphones and tablets, this system includes sleek, separate cylindrical aluminum and white modules for outside and inside, which work together to measure the temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, and CO2 concentration, and communicate with a dedicated app over Wi-Fi. It's like having your own personal Weather Channel, only without the dorky hosts and elevator music.
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You’ve got to be pretty damn sexy to appear next to Kate Upton and still get anyone to look at you, but that’s exactly what the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA250 pulled off in one of the best spots of this year’s Super Bowl. CarsRidesRead More