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iCloud, M7 and Context: WWDC paves way to iWatch

iCloud, M7 and Context: WWDC paves way to iWatch

WWDC 2014 is over, and while it may not have brought us new hardware, it did give iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite their official reveal, key software launches in Apple’s master plan. As is so often the case, though, the devil is in the details, and in among the developer sessions a picture of context, device ubiquity, and cross-platform identity gradually made itself clear; one which could have huge implications for Apple’s upcoming push into wearables.

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Looking Glass: The apps for must-wear wearables

Looking Glass: The apps for must-wear wearables

Has Glass gone off the boil? Google's wearable launched in Explorer beta form to great fanfare, but privacy concerns, criticisms of "Glasshole" arrogance, and legitimate doubts about the value of what it actually offers have left the headset on questionable ground. I love the idea of wearables but I don't often put Glass on any more, which got me thinking: what could Glass do to make it a must-wear?

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The Surface Pro 3 Opportunity

The Surface Pro 3 Opportunity

Third time looks to have been the charm for Microsoft, with the Surface Pro 3 proving to be a surprise hit among most reviewers - even those who are usually ardent Apple fans. As Vincent’s glowing judgement of the adaptable tablet suggests, there’s a lot of value to be found in a flexible form-factor. The glaring omission, though, is in not taking that flexibility to its logical conclusion: it wouldn’t take much for Microsoft to really tip Surface into must-have territory.

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Why would you want a Google Project Tango tablet?

Why would you want a Google Project Tango tablet?

Google’s Project Tango is gradually graduating from lab to the real world, with Google’s ATAP team responsible for the 3D mapping technology partnering with NVIDIA for a new developer tablet. Thing is, $1,024 is a whole lot to spend, even for a developer device that can see the world in unprecedented detail. So, why exactly would you need a Project Tango tablet?

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Community should die or make a movie already

Community should die or make a movie already

The cult-comedy TV series Community is over. It’s dead - it’s been cancelled. It’s had five seasons and more episodes than most non-cult television shows get to run with over their short lives. While we screamed about the show having potential cancellation more than once, it’s time to let go. While Hulu has been tipped to take this show under its wing for another season (or more), it really should just be time to let well enough alone.

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Apple Beats: The Next Episode

Apple Beats: The Next Episode

The acquisition of Beats by Apple was not about shutting down a rival company, nor was it about grabbing patents. Apple didn’t intent on purchasing Beats because they wanted good designers or because they didn’t already have good enough headphones themselves. Instead, this purchase was the first in Apple’s public transformation into a company that isn’t forced to retain its excellence by strict regulation of hardware and software. Now begins Apple’s diversification.

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The iWatch coming to destroy your iPod

The iWatch coming to destroy your iPod

Supposing there really is an iWatch headed your way via Apple, there’s a good chance the device will take out a big chunk of Apple’s focus on the iPod. Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities suggests that the complete absence of a 2013 refresh of the iPod line suggests Apple is bringing in a new force to supplant it. I believe that Apple’s age of the wireless music player will take shape in the form of the iWatch, either holding the music itself or bouncing the music to one’s car stereo (smart stereo, that is) from the iPhone.

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No blending-in: Google’s self-driving cars aim to be noticed

No blending-in: Google’s self-driving cars aim to be noticed

Google is making its own self-driving cars, and it wants you to see them. The surprise announcement of a fleet of autonomous vehicles - based on Google’s many thousands of miles of research driving, but without the safety backup of traditional controls - to test their viability was notable not only for how audacious Google is being, but for the scale of the challenge its chosen design presents to the current car industry behemoths.

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Can Google make us want Nest ads?

Can Google make us want Nest ads?

Google can’t rely on traditional advertising to make its billions any more, and is looking to smart thermostats, wearables and more to fill in the gaps, but what makes for an engaging - and unobtrusive - 21st century ad? A recently filed Google SEC document explaining that the definition of mobile was expanding to encompass smart home hardware such as Nest, as well as wearables like Glass and Android Wear, among other platforms has prompted concerns of commercials on every display. But is there a way that Google could package promotions that users not only accept, but embrace?

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