In the creation of the next iteration of Apple's mobile operating system, it's said - and it's been suggested by Apple several times over the course of the last year - that they'll be pushing into the health and fitness arena. You'll have seen quite a few apps and devices doing this over the past year as well, the entire "wearables" industry making their way forward fully intent on taking advantage of the average citizen's wishes to stay in shape.
Apple has denied collaborating with the NSA to add a snooping backdoor to the iPhone, insisting that despite allegations that the DROPOUTJEEP program could access large swathes of iPhone content without the user realizing, it is unaware of any such exploit. New leaks from NSA documents acquired by whistleblower Edward Snowden led to claims earlier this week that the NSA had a tool that could access data like text messages, location, and more with "100-percent success," something Apple strongly denies either facilitating or, indeed, knowing was in operation.
Apple today confirmed its widely rumored purchase of PrimeSense, the start-up company that made it possible for Microsoft to develop the motion-tracking technology behind the Kinect device for the blockbuster Xbox line of gaming consoles. The deal was reported by Calcalist to have been completed last week, but neither Apple nor PrimeSense would comment. Today's confirmation opens the floodgates to all manner of innovation for all of Apple's product lines.
Apple's iBeacon technology came around with the launch of iOS 7, and has scored its widespread debut with Macy's becoming the first retailer to deploy the technology in its stores. Under the same principle, the folks over at Nerdery have put the technology through the wringer, testing its abilities and the feasibility of the technology's implementation.
This week the folks behind the app Moves have announced the creation of “Moves 2.0”, the next in a line of apps that makes direct use of the iPhone 5s’s M7 motion coprocessor. This app is - a its simplest - an activity tracker. What you’ll be able to do with this second edition of the app is track walking, cycling, and running with as small a drain on the iPhone’s battery as possible.
Many have clamored to get their iPad Air today, and whilst you might not have too much trouble finding your preferred model at a nearby store, that process could become increasingly difficult as early buyers nab up available inventory. This isn't a new problem, and one that spurred the creation of the iPhone 5s tracking tool upon the handset's release. Now the tool's developer has released a new version, this one for the Apple slate.
A new consumer app tells you when spy satellites are overhead and potentially taking pictures of your area. SpyMeSat collates publicly available information about low-orbit spy satellites, issues alerts when one is overhead, and delivers technical information about the specific models of satellite that might be checking you out. It also tells you which nation owns a given satellite and who made it.
An extra fifty cents worth of sensors and your iPhone 5s could have read your emotions rather than just track exercise and fitness, chip manufacturer Freescale says, predicting a time soon when smartphones will know more about our moods than our friends and families do. The iPhone 5s' M7 co-processor, added by Apple in its latest smartphone iteration, is just a few senses away from a whole new level of understanding about its owner, Kaivan Karimi, executive director of global strategy and business development at Freescale Semiconductor, suggested today.
This this Fall 2013 season the Piper Jaffray analyst known as Gene Munster has released a report that spans several seasons into the past, covering the USA-based teen device wants and ownership in tablets and smartphones. What you'll find here is a collection of results very much centered on the Apple universe - with just the iPhone appearing in the "owns" category for phones - but also depicting an interesting set of trends in competing hardware. This study clearly shows Apple to be dominant in each category, while Android phones rise, Kindle Fire tablets fall, and Blackberry fades away.
Fitness tracking wearables like Fitbit and Jawbone UP are big business right now, but what if you want more from your heath monitoring? mHealth startup Vital Connect is weighing into just that market, with a disposable wireless health monitor that can unlock your biometrics for your smartphone, the cloud, and even remotely to your doctor, nurse, or medical specialist. We caught up with the company to find out what was involved, and whether we should expect wireless fitness tracking to get serious.
Fitness tracker app Endomondo is weighing the potential of Apple's M7 coprocessor in the iPhone 5s, the company has confirmed, though the latest update for iOS 7 does not make use of the motion-tracking chip. The company, which released a new version of the Endomondo iOS app on Wednesday with flatter graphics in keeping with Apple's own design changes, has no current timescale for the potential implementation of the M7's functionality, it tells SlashGear.