Last year Philips released its iOS-controlled "Hue" lighting system that allows users to personalize the lighting experience.
Today Philips announced a major update to the Hue adding many new features. Among the most interesting is integration with IFTTT protocols to allow the system to provide visual alerts for different situations.
Today Bloomberg reported that Jony Ive’s efforts to redesign iOS as part of his new softwaredesign role puts Apple at risk of delaying the release of iOS 7. While a public release is said to currently stay on schedule for "as soon as September", internal deadlines in the company has been pushed back as software teams race to finish iOS 7 and prepare a preview for Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Wired reported yesterday that the American Civil Liberties Union was posing questions about Siri's privacy policies, citing privacy statements claiming that older "disassociated" voice input data would be retained for "period of time" even if a user turn off Siri on his or her device.
"It's not clear what 'disassociated' means. It's not clear what 'period of time' means. It's not clear what using it to 'generally improve Siri and otherApple products and services' means," says Nicole Ozer, a lawyer with the ACLU. "The only thing that's clear is we really don't know what may be happening to the personal information we have told Siri, even after we turn Siri off."
Electronic Arts published a major update to the awesome free-to-play game Real Racing 3. The update brings over a hundred new events and Chevy vehicles. Another feature many users have been waiting for is the improved game saving capability: in Real Racing 3 version 1.1, your progress is now saved and synced across all your devices via the cloud.
You can download Real Racing 3 version 1.1 for free in AppStore (link).
Today Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new home screen experience called Home for Android devices. Facebook is trying to change the user experience on smartphones so that users can navigate "through people, not apps" on their phones.
Apple is gradually rolling out a new customer service initiative called ‘table selling’ across its retail stores. With the new strategy, employees at Apple Stores are assigned a product table at which they are responsible for serving groups of customers with the same device but different needs. Previously, employees helped each customer individually on a first-come, first-serve basis which often resulted in lengthy wait times.
Apple has posted a document warning users that jailbreaking their iOS devices may cause instability, security vulnerabilities, shortened battery life, and other issues. The document was posted on February 3rd, the same day the Evasi0njailbreak was originally expected to drop. Take a look:
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said Jobs would have been "offended and embarrassed" to see Ashton Kutcher in his role.
Wozniak's comments came after a short excerpt from the film, where Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad play the roles of Jobs and Wozniak, respectively. The first scenes from the film co-founder of Apple met with sharp criticism in an interview on "Good morning America".
Yesterday were the reports about record profits of the first fiscal quarter of 2013, which had not met the expectations of analysts. Apple CEO Tim Cook e-mailed to employees (via 9to5Mac) congratulations, noting their performance and announced the planned meeting only for employees.
In Paris, the Apple StoreOpera was robbed on New Year’s Eve by four masked gunmen, according to DailyMail. The robbers made off with iPads and iPhones with total value of more than 1 million euros. An official at Unsa police union Christophe Crepin told Le Parisien newspaper:
Casio has officially proclaimed the Bluetooth G-Shock smart watch. A 180$ watch supports Bluetooth v4. Although the watch will compete with wrist Pebble e-paper model, G-Shock is in a slightly different category.