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  • Basically the Crown lets you control a variety of settings or interface elements depending on the app: Zoom in Photoshop, exposure compensation in Lightroom, column in Excel, and so on. We’ve seen things like this here and there, and Logitech’s is a respectable specimen: understated in design and compatible with major apps out of the box. Now, to be honest, comparisons to Microsoft’s Surface Dial aren’t really warranted. That one is context-sensitive based on where you place it as well as what app you’re in. It’s meant to turn the Surface Studio into a sort of cyborg creation engine as you wield the pen in one hand and dial in the other. TechCrunch I am not sure if I would ever use this but it might be one of those additions for the nitch market.
  • From the start, we’ve believed that your Google Assistant should be available wherever you need help, and that’s why it’s already on Google Home, eligible Android phones, iPhones, Google Allo and Android Wear. This week, we’re continuing to make your Assistant available in even more places. We’re here at IFA in Germany—that’s Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin in case you were curious. It’s a consumer electronics and home appliance trade show and throughout the next few days, you’ll hear about a number of new products that either have the Assistant built in (you can talk to them) or that work with the Assistant (you can control them with the Google Assistant). Google Google is being very aggressive with the Google Home deployment.
  • August 30, 2017

    Alexa, Play My Music Everywhere

    Amazon today announced an all-new Alexa feature that lets you control and synchronize music across multiple Amazon Echo devices in your home. Starting today, you can target music to a specific Echo device or a group of devices—just ask. Soon, this ability will be extended to control multi-room music on other connected speakers using simply your voice. “In just the last few months, we’ve added dozens of new features to Alexa that enhance your entertainment experience—control of Amazon Fire TV and your home entertainment systems via Echo; music lyrics, Amazon Video, and movie trailers on Echo Show; and activity-based music searches—and we’re just getting started,” said Toni Reid, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “Today, we’re making Alexa even smarter with an all-new feature that lets you play music synchronized on multiple Echo devices to provide room-filling music throughout your home.” Amazon Great to see Amazon getting into the multi room audio space. This could be the start of competition with Sonos and Apple.
  • Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte – or PSL for those in the know – may be the most highly-anticipated fall beverage. So anticipated that Starbucks baristas created a digital “support group” to vent about, and prepare for, the upcoming frenzy. Fans start clamoring for the return of their favorite cool-weather beverage even before summer ends. But now PSL drinkers can rest easy knowing that they won’t miss the release of the spiced pumpkin coffee, thanks to a new website created by Patrick Johnson. Johnson, a web developer in Brooklyn, decided to jump on the PSL bandwagon and create a website that would inform people of when the Pumpkin Spice Latte was available. New York Post People really love their Starbucks and it’s amazing how much tech Starbucks and their users put into the company.
  • August 30, 2017

    APFS Is Not Optional

    When you upgrade to macOS High Sierra, systems with all flash storage configurations are converted automatically. Systems with hard disk drives (HDD) and Fusion drives won’t be converted to APFS. You can’t opt-out of the transition to APFS. Apple Looks like Apple is pushing all their users that are able to the new filesystem.
  • The NYPD has to scrap the 36,000 smartphones it gave cops over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, The Post has learned. The city bought Microsoft-based Nokia smartphones as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative that Mayor Bill de Blasio touted as “a huge step into the 21st century.” But just months after the last phone was handed out, officials plan to begin replacing them all with brand-new iPhones by the end of the year, sources said. The move follows Microsoft’s recent decision to stop supporting the operating system that runs the NYPD’s devices and nearly a dozen custom-engineered apps. New York Post Microsoft said two years ago the platform was dead why did they make this decision.
  • Apple will host its big iPhone 8 event on Sept.12, Dow Jones said Monday. The tech giant is expected to announce a bevy of products, including two new iterative iPhone updates, possibly named the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, in addition to a high-end iPhone 8. Apple is also reportedly gearing up to announce a new 4K Apple TV that will support sharper content than current models, and a new Apple Watch. The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a display that takes up almost the entire front of the device, using new OLED panels that are brighter and more colorful than previous screens. Rumor has it Apple has moved the fingerprint reader to the back of the phone but will also support facial recognition thanks to a new 3-D sensor on the front of the device. CNBC One thing I have learned is if you’re going to announce bad news do it on the day of an Apple event because no one will read it 😉
  • August 29, 2017

    Fitbit Launches Ionic

    Fitbit, the leading global wearables brand, today announced its first smartwatch – Fitbit Ionic™. A health and fitness first platform, Ionic offers a highly personalized experience not previously seen in other smartwatches. Ionic builds on Fitbit’s health and fitness expertise with a new relative SpO2 sensor, making it possible to track deeper health insights like sleep apnea in the future, industry-leading GPS tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, improved heart rate tracking, and water resistance up to 50 meters. Plus, smart features like contactless payments, on-board music, smart notifications, and a variety of popular apps and clock faces available in the Fitbit App Gallery. Ionic also has all the core features our users love from Fitbit like 4+ day battery life, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and cross-platform compatibility. Ionic is available for pre-sale today on Fitbit.com and in retailers globally starting October 2017, with a new Fitbit Ionic adidas special edition device coming in 2018. The Fitbit app software development kit (SDK) will be open to developers in September 2017. Fitbit I always liked Fitbit they make great products and stand by them I never had a problem with mine.
  • We are on a mission to help empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, and one of the ways we are doing that is through the power of mixed reality. Since January 21, 2015, when we announced Microsoft HoloLens, we have seen developers, partners, and customers innovate in ways we have never seen before. As a creator, it is inspiring to see the world embrace mixed reality; to see organizations and developers stretch the boundaries of what we can do with technology. Together we have created the most vibrant mixed reality community out there and it has been phenomenal to share in this journey with our community. A little over ten months ago our mixed reality journey took a leap forward when we announced that the world’s largest PC makers were working with us to democratize virtual reality this holiday with Windows Mixed Reality headsets. This week at IFA we will be sharing more details on Windows Mixed Reality headsets and I encourage everyone to tune into the news that will be coming out of Berlin. Microsoft I am more excited about Mix reality then VR that’s for sure.