Smartwatches http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartwatches/all en-MY Fully Charged: Leaked Fitbit Surge is a fitness-minded smartwatch, custom PS4 laptop is a thing of beauty, and new Mac Mini's RAM can't be upgraded http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-microsoft-s-rumoured-fitness-band-out-soon-fitbit-has-smartwatch-and-custom-ps4- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the latest tech news around in our quick-hit roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Leaked Fitbit Surge marketing materials" alt="Leaked Fitbit Surge marketing materials" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-surge-leak.jpg?1413847241" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Upcoming Fitbit Surge leaks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Based on leaked marketing materials obtained by The Verge, Fitbit is planning to launch a smartwatch. The Fitbit Surge - first leaked this summer - is billed as a &ldquo;superwatch,&rdquo; and it&rsquo;s a fitness-centric device with constant heart-rate monitoring, as well as independent GPS tracking and sleep tracking.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll apparently also have simple phone notifications and music control with a paired smartphone, but the Fitbit Surge doesn&rsquo;t seem to be as comprehensive a smartwatch experience as its biggest competitors. And it&rsquo;ll be priced similarly to those devices at US$250 (about RM818).</p> <p>But for fitness buffs who want everything concentrated in a wearable, the Fitbit Surge could be an ideal option. And Fitbit has a couple of other bands due out soon, as we saw in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi">other leaked marketing documents</a>&nbsp;that surfaced last week.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/19/7007345/this-is-the-fitbit-surge">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fitbit/fitbit-surge-fitbit-charge-and-purepulse-outed-trademark-application/news">Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge and PurePulse outed by trademark application</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Behold the custom PlayStation 4 laptop </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want a semi-portable PlayStation 4 &ldquo;laptop&rdquo; with a 22in screen that you can take anywhere? It&rsquo;ll only cost you US$1395 (about RM4564) - or US$1095 (about RM3582) if you send your own PS4 console. Modder Edward Zarick created the so-called PlayBook 4 after previously concocting the similar Xbook One with Microsoft&rsquo;s console, and he&rsquo;s taking orders for anyone who wants one custom-made.</p> <p>Check out the above video for an overview of the modified console from Zarick himself, and click the link below for more details and ordering info.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.edsjunk.net/wordpress/?p=211">Ed&rsquo;s Junk</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/10/18/modder-takes-a-page-and-parts-from-sony-creates-playbook-4/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/f20p5BOm4P0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Mac Mini lacks upgradeable RAM </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Planning to snag a new Mac Mini? Just a heads-up that it appears that the latest version has RAM that cannot be easily upgraded, reports Macrumors. As such, you&rsquo;ll need to pay Apple a hefty fee to upgrade up to 16GB, if desired. It seems that the new Mac Mini has a replaceable hard drive, at least, although it might void the warranty.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/17/mac-mini-soldered-ram/">Macrumors</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/6-things-you-need-know-todays-apple-launch/news">6 things we learnt at today&rsquo;s Apple launch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="486" title="Apple Mac Mini" alt="Apple Mac Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macmini-2014.png?1413847241" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-microsoft-s-rumoured-fitness-band-out-soon-fitbit-has-smartwatch-and-custom-ps4-#comments Apple Fitbit Health and fitness Mac Mini 2014 PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:02:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1450936 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft smartwatch will be available “within weeks” http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report claims it’ll be a cross-platform device with two-day battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bill Gates, Mischa Barton, some bloke and Microsoft&#039;s ill-fated SPOT Smart Watch" alt="Bill Gates, Mischa Barton, some bloke and Microsoft&#039;s ill-fated SPOT Smart Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-spot-smart-watch_0.jpg?1414016612" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Way back in April 2013 we heard that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-working-its-own-smartwatch/news">Microsoft was beavering away on a wearable device</a> &ndash; and now, according to one report, its labours are all but complete; the company&rsquo;s smartwatch may be mere weeks away from release.</p> <p>Forbes claims the as-yet-unnamed device will work across all major smartphone operating systems (sorry, BlackBerry owners!), will feature a heart rate tracker and will offer longer battery life than some competitors.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The report says Microsoft has managed to tune its watch to deliver two days of use per charge, putting it a notch above one-day wearables like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review">Samsung Galaxy Gear</a>. Apple is yet to reveal the battery life of its upcoming Watch, but the company is believed to be working hard to push it beyond a day of use per charge.</p> <p>Those of you with good memories may recall that Microsoft actually launched a crude SPOT- and FM-compatible Smart Watch (yes, that was actually its name) several years ago, only for it to fail shortly after. The market is in a very different place now, with each of the major tech players (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd">and, er, Will.i.am</a>) seemingly intent on selling us at least one kind of wrist-mounted smart device.</p> <p>Microsoft hopes to have its smartwatch in the shops in time for the lucrative Christmas period, according to Forbes&rsquo; story. If true, that means we&rsquo;ll be hearing a lot more about it very, very soon. Stay tuned.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2014/10/19/microsoft-wearable-smartwatch/" target="_blank">Forbes</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-s-wearable-plans-delayed-says-nobody-has-gotten-it-right/news">HTC&rsquo;s wearable plans delayed, says nobody &ldquo;has gotten it right&rdquo;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coming soon - Microsoft smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-spot-smart-watch_0_0.jpg?1414016615" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news#comments Microsoft Smartwatches Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:55:27 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1450930 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Archos’ US$30 phone VR headset shell, Will.i.am reveals smartwatch cuff, and big update to spice up PlayStation 4 interface http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After an Apple-centric Thursday, here’s the rest of the tech news you might’ve missed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Archos VR Glasses" alt="Archos VR Glasses" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/archos-vr-glasses.png?1413618669" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Archos making cheap VR phone shell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-expected-cost-us199-without-galaxy-note-4-course/news">reportedly wants US$199</a>&nbsp;(about RM636) for the Gear VR headset for the Galaxy Note 4. Archos? Well, Archos says just US$30 (about RM98) will get you its VR Glasses, which accommodate a range of phones - Android, IOS, and Windows Phone all included - and are due out next month.</p> <p>The Archos VR Glasses accept phones with displays ranging between 5in and 6in, and the company recommends something with at least a Full HD 1080p display. Granted, this won&rsquo;t be as custom a fit as the Gear VR for the Galaxy Note 4, nor will you have access to those specialized experiences, but that price makes it a lot more appealing for the average, casual consumer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.archos.com/corporate/press/press_releases/US_Archos_VR_Glasses_PR_20141016.pdf">Archos</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will.i.am’s smartwatch is not a watch, says Will.i.am </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After months of teases, Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am announced his smartwatch, the Puls, at an event Wednesday night. Except he claimed repeatedly that it&rsquo;s not a watch. In fact, it&rsquo;s a smart fashion cuff. But really, it&rsquo;s just a different-looking smartwatch.</p> <p>The Android (but not Android Wear) powered cuff is a standalone device with its own SIM card and 3G service, provided by O2 in the UK and AT&amp;T in the States, so it&rsquo;ll make calls, send texts, and surf the web without a paired phone. It has a Snapdragon processor with 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and fitness-tracking capabilities, along with a Siri-esque voice assistant.</p> <p>The Puls is &ldquo;for the dreamers who bring tomorrow today,&rdquo; reads the website. &ldquo;Welcome to nexterday.&rdquo; If you read that and weren&rsquo;t immediately turned off, then you&rsquo;ll be able to snag the cuff this holiday season for an as-yet-undisclosed price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://iampuls.com">Puls</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/15/will-i-am-puls-smartwatch-reveal/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/william-s-eco-friendly-3d-printer-runs-recycled-coca-cola-bottles/news">Will.i.am&rsquo;s eco-friendly 3D printer runs on recycled Coca-Cola bottles</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="693" title="Puls" alt="Puls" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/puls-smartwatch-cropped.png?1413618669" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Updated look at PlayStation 4’s v2.0 firmware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly a full year after its release, the PlayStation 4 is on the verge of being updated with a big v2.0 system software upgrade. As you can see in the image above, themes will be a huge and very welcome addition, but even if you don&rsquo;t want graphic backdrops, you&rsquo;ll also be able to change the standard background colour.</p> <p>Other fresh additions teased include the ability to play music from a USB stick, as well as broadcasting improvements, additional voice commands, and more. Sony says more additions will be revealed before the firmware update goes live, which should happen before we get too deep into the holiday season here.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/10/16/ps4-system-software-preview-usb-music-player-new-home-screen-colors-more/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="PlayStation 4 themes" alt="PlayStation 4 themes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-ps4-themes_0.jpg?1413618669" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd#comments Android Archos Gaming PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Virtual Reality Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450685 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Will.i.am’s smartwatch about to launch, Windows 10 preview nets massive downloads, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue also coming to PC http://www.stuff.tv/my/littlebigplanet-3/fully-charged-william-s-smartwatch-about-launch-windows-10-preview-nets-million-do <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up, plug in, and read our morning tech news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Will.i.am&#039;s smartwatch" alt="Will.i.am&#039;s smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/will-i-am-smartwatch_0.jpg?1413340222" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will.i.am’s smartwatch launching this week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember when music producer and Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am revealed that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fully-charged-webos-never-was-and-william-s-big-smartwatch-revealed/news">he created a smartwatch</a>? Turns out it&rsquo;s actually a real thing, and it&rsquo;s apparently launching later this week at an event happening on the same day as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/new-ipads-new-macs-no-u2-hopefully-what-expect-apple-s-16-october-event/feature">Apple&rsquo;s planned iPad reveal</a>.</p> <p>Will.i.am&rsquo;s effort was first shown on <em>Alan Carr: Chatty Man</em> back in April, and he claimed it to be a standalone device with the ability to make calls - like Samsung&rsquo;s Gear S - as well as play music and access Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The rounded design also looked quite large on his wrist, as you&rsquo;ll see in the clip above. Android, perhaps? It&#39;s not clear just yet.</p> <p>His company, i.am+, will reveal the watch in San Francisco this Thursday, 15 October, at software expo Dreamforce 2014. The press release claims it to be a &ldquo;bold new device that allows for a sixth sense mentality and represents a new way of being connected.&rdquo; Can the real thing live up to that masterful PR fluff? We&rsquo;ll have a better sense in a couple days.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/RODAccess?did=1264261163127&amp;pid=1765437&amp;ct=C">PR Newswire</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fully-charged-webos-never-was-and-william-s-big-smartwatch-revealed/news">Fully Charged: The webOS that never was, and Will.i.am&rsquo;s big smartwatch revealed!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Rj7IfmUbF0M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows 10 preview nets a million downloads </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft surprised some folks by making the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-10-technical-preview-now-available-download/news">Windows 10 Technical Preview</a> available to freely download about a year before the planned full release, and intrigued users have responded by flocking to the first look at the company&rsquo;s next big operating system.</p> <p>According to Microsoft, more than a million users have downloaded the preview, with more than 200,000 feedback pieces sent from within the OS. Almost two-thirds of the installs are on actual PCs, as opposed to virtual machines, and the overall download tally is sure to rise as the program continues on into next year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/10/13/checking-in-on-the-windows-insider-program/">Blogging Windows</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature">6 things we love about Windows 10 - and 3 we hate</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Windows 10 Technical Preview" alt="Windows 10 Technical Preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows10-preview-desktop.png?1413340222" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Assassin’s Creed Rogue also coming to PC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Surprise, surprise: <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Rogue</em>, which was slated to be an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 exclusive to sate fans without new-gen consoles this holiday season, will also come out on PC.</p> <p>However, the computer version won&rsquo;t see release until early 2015, while the console versions are due out next month. Don&rsquo;t be remotely surprised if <em>Rogue</em> eventually also does make its way to Xbox One and PS4 in one form or another once <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em> makes its mark.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.ubi.com/assassins-creed-rogue-story-trailer/">UbiBlog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/h-dgUPQVnv0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LittleBigPlanet 3 delayed a week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re anxious to reconnect with Sackboy and meet his new pals in <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> next month, we&rsquo;re afraid you&rsquo;ll have to wait a little longer: Sony announced yesterday that the European date has slipped a week to 26 November to &ldquo;give Sackboy the best opportunity to shine.&rdquo; We&rsquo;re not so sure that digital burlap is supposed to shine, but we understand the intent.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://community.eu.playstation.com/t5/LittleBigPlanet/LittleBigPlanet-3-Coming-to-Europe-26th-November/td-p/22400611">PlayStation</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dyxKIP8KNgk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/littlebigplanet-3/fully-charged-william-s-smartwatch-about-launch-windows-10-preview-nets-million-do#comments Console games Gaming LittleBigPlanet 3 Smartwatches Sony Windows 10 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450270 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft's Android Wear keyboard lets you type on your smartwatch without going insane http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsofts-android-wear-keyboard-lets-you-type-your-smartwath-without-going-insane/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No, seriously, it&#039;s actually pretty good. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1080" height="810" title="It&#039;s actually not terrible." alt="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard lets you type on your smartwath without going " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-android-wear-keyboard.jpg?1413252005" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Typing on a smartwatch - impossible. Impractical. Absolutely ridiculous.</p> <p>These thoughts all crossed our minds when we heard that Microsoft was working on an on-screen keyboard for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a> smartwatches. </p> <p>Until we watched a video of it in action.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fingers at the ready </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Instead of a full QWERTY keyboard crammed with incredibly small, impossible-to-hit keys, Microsoft&#39;s solution is far simpler.</p> <p>It lets you draw one letter at a time, with delete and space keys flanking the input box.&nbsp;</p> <p>While we&#39;ve yet to test it ourselves, it appears to be quite accurate, although it&#39;s probably better suited for short messages and searches as opposed to long emails.</p> <p>It works on square Android Wear watches with a 320 x 320 resolution as well as on the circular Moto 360, although only the latter is currently available for you to try out now for free.</p> <p>We can&#39;t see any reason why this couldn&#39;t be ported over to Google Glass either, to make use of its side touchpad. Although we admit that writing out letters on the side of your head will be trickier.</p> <p>For now, if you do have a Moto 360, then head on over to <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/default.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft Research </a>and hit the download button. Happy typing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>[<a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/default.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft Research&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;via <a href="http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-10/13/microsoft-keyboard-android-wear" target="_blank">Wired</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Iu7bUKKrJE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsofts-android-wear-keyboard-lets-you-type-your-smartwath-without-going-insane/news#comments Android Wear Microsoft Smartwatches Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:14:15 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450174 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft’s Android Wear keyboard app, the first trailer for PlayStation’s Powers TV show, and Netflix charging extra for 4K content http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the week strong with our quick-hit morning tech news recap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" alt="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-androidwear-keyboard.jpg?1413251002" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft made an Android Wear keyboard app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Due to their small screens, Android Wear smartwatches have made voice commands the primary way to input text as needed - and curiously, it&rsquo;s Microsoft (not Google) paving the way for a tiny touch keyboard option on the devices.</p> <p>As seen in the above video, Microsoft&rsquo;s keyboard lets you use your finger to draw each individual letter on the smartwatch screen to tap out a quick text message response or search query. It&rsquo;s more time-intensive than simply speaking out your command, but if you&rsquo;re in a quiet space and don&rsquo;t want to pull out your phone, we could see it being a handy feature.</p> <p>The keyboard comes from Microsoft&rsquo;s Research arm, which recently unveiled a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news">transparent tablet cover</a> that adds a physical layer for creative work, along with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news">room-transforming gaming concept</a>.&nbsp;The app only works with devices with square 320x320 displays, along with the Moto 360, and it&#39;s <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">available to download</a> for free right now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">Microsoft Research</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/11/6961447/microsoft-android-wear-keyboard-download-features">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Iu7bUKKrJE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First look at Powers comic adaptation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s first foray into episodic television for its PlayStation Network service is <em>Powers</em>, an adaptation of the Marvel Icon comic about homicide detectives investigating superhero-related cases. It&rsquo;s slated to debut this December, and Sony premiered the first trailer during New York Comic-Con this weekend. Be warned, the language is rather salty.</p> <p>Powers stars Sharlto Copley (<em>District 13</em>) as the lead, Christian Walker, a former hero stripped of his abilities and turned into a cop, and he&rsquo;s flanked by a supporting cast led by Susan Heyward and Eddie Izzard. The show will be available free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, although all PlayStation Network account owners will be able to view the first episode.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/10/10/powers-stream-nycc-panel-tomorrow-first-look-at-eddie-izzard-as-wolfe/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/playstation-4-getting-its-very-own-tv-series/news">Powers is the PlayStation 4&rsquo;s first exclusive TV series</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/P02QmncDOzM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix bumps fees for Ultra HD 4K streaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Got one of the 4K TVs that Netflix supports with select programing? Unless you&rsquo;ve already enabled your account to run the content, you&rsquo;ll have to pay extra going forward. According to HDGuru, the US price for 4K access has just jumped from US$8.99 (about RM29) a month to US$11.99 (about RM39) a month.</p> <p>Those already on the Netflix 4K bandwagon luckily won&rsquo;t see an increase in rate for almost two years - until 12 August 2016, it appears. Otherwise, for new members or those who hadn&rsquo;t previously taken advantage of the 4K programming, the price is increasing 33% in the States, and we imagine the jump for the rest of the world should be similar in scale.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://hdguru.com/netflix-quietly-raises-its-4k-ultra-high-definition-subscription-rates/">HDGuru</a> via <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/11/netflix-raises-the-price-for-those-who-want-ultra-hd-video/">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news">By the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we&rsquo;ll be on to the next thing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="House of Cards" alt="House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-houseofcards_0.jpg?1413251002" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minecraft coming to Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not remotely surprising at all, but indeed, Mojang is working on bringing <em>Minecraft: Pocket Edition</em> to Windows Phone. This, of course, follows the recent news that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft purchased Mojang</a> and the <em>Minecraft</em> brand for a cool US$2.5 billion (about RM8.2 billion).</p> <p>Mojang&rsquo;s Jens Bergensten says there&rsquo;s &ldquo;still much to do before any release,&rdquo; but the Windows Phone version is already up and running at the studio. That&rsquo;s great news for a platform that still has a ton of holes in it when it comes to headline games, although we can happily <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">point you in the direction</a> of some of the best.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/520631803837960192">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Windows Phone games right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-minecraft.jpg?1413251002" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv-#comments 4K Android Wear Film and TV Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Netflix PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Windows Phone Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450170 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: iOS 8 adoption slowing, Facebook planning anonymous access app, and the Batcave explorable in VR http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-ios-8-adoption-slowing-facebook-planning-anonymous-access-app-and-explore-batcav <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin your day happily informed thanks to our morning tech news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8" alt="iOS 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ios8-alt_0.png?1412819517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 8 adoption now creeping along </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&rsquo;s the effect of releasing an OS update that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-801-released-then-pulled-breaking-iphone-6-cell-service-and-touch-id/news">effectively disables</a> your new phone&#39;s ability to act like&hellip; well, a phone? In the case of Apple and iOS 8, it&rsquo;s that those users who hadn&rsquo;t updated yet are widely resisting the move.</p> <p>Within the first few days of release, Apple&rsquo;s stats showed that 46% of active iOS device owners had upgraded to iOS 8 - an especially impressive number, given that the iPhone 4 was lopped off of the compatibility list for this version.</p> <p>But following the debacle with the broken iOS 8.0.1 release, that number has only increased 1% in the weeks since. And weirdly, the percentage of users running a version prior to iOS 7 grew as well (from 5% to 6%). While that last figure is truly odd, the overall takeaway seems to be that device owners don&rsquo;t seem anxious to make any big changes until it&rsquo;s certain that Apple has ironed out its kinks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://developer.apple.com/support/appstore/">Apple</a> via <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/10/06/ios8-market-share-stagnated/">9to5Mac</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-801-released-then-pulled-breaking-iphone-6-cell-service-and-touch-id/news">iOS 8.0.1 released, then pulled after breaking iPhone 6 cell service and Touch ID functionality</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Facebook&#039;s anonymous access plans </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&rsquo;s an unexpected development. Facebook, which has always been the community that relies on real names and information to connect users, is reportedly nearing the launch of an app that allows for anonymous communication via pseudonyms not linked to your main account.</p> <p>Based on the New York Times&rsquo; report, it sounds like the app will act as a standalone experience separate from the main Facebook interface and approach, and almost sounds like a glorified message board with dedicated topics to discuss. Still, we&rsquo;re interested to see how Facebook tries to reinvent the Internet forum.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/07/facebook-readies-app-allowing-anonymity/">The New York Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/facebook/your-facebook-post-will-self-destruct-5-4-3-2/news">Your Facebook post will self-destruct in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1&hellip;.</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="833" title="Facebook" alt="Facebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/facebook-app-login.jpg?1412819517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Explore the animated Batcave in VR </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are working with visual effects company OTOY on a recreation of the Batcave from the great <em>Batman: The Animated Series</em> from the early &lsquo;90s as a virtual reality experience expected to be available this winter.</p> <p>Playable on the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, as well as upcoming glasses-free TVs and devices powered by light field displays, the Batcave retains the distinctive look of the cartoon series while being freely explorable in 3D. It&rsquo;ll be available via the ORBX viewer app.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://render.otoy.com/newsblog/?p=641">OTOY</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/07/batman-vr/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Batman Batcave VR experience" alt="Batman Batcave VR experience" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/batman-batcave-vr.jpg?1412819517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Opera Mini coming to Samsung Gear S </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re hoping to do a lot of tiny web browsing on Samsung&rsquo;s forthcoming Gear S, then you might be happy to hear that Opera Mini will be available on the standalone smartwatch.</p> <p>As on other devices, it uses data-saving tech to minimize the amount being downloaded - no doubt helpful when you&rsquo;re tapping into a 3G network - plus it&rsquo;s been optimized for the compact display. Otherwise, the browser claims to be fully featured, and it&rsquo;ll be available for free from the Gear Apps store.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.opera.com/news/2014/10/samsungs-gear-s-smartwatch-gets-first-full-web-browser/">Opera News</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-announces-gear-s-its-standalone-3g-smartwatch/news">Samsung announces the Gear S, its standalone 3G smartwatch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="733" title="Opera Mini on Samsung Gear S" alt="Opera Mini on Samsung Gear S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-s-operamini.jpg?1412819517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-ios-8-adoption-slowing-facebook-planning-anonymous-access-app-and-explore-batcav#comments Apple Facebook iOS 8 iPhone 6 Samsung Smartwatches Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Elissa Loi 1449740 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC’s wearable plans delayed, says nobody “has gotten it right” http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-s-wearable-plans-delayed-says-nobody-has-gotten-it-right/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Company will show its hand early next year, has strong words for rivals </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC smartwatch render" alt="HTC smartwatch render" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-watch-render_0.png?1412762037" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/mwc-2014/wrist-wars-htc-working-smartwatch-too/news">long expected</a>&nbsp;to launch its own smartwatch or other wearable device this year - the above artist&rsquo;s render was based on leaked info - with various teases over the past several months. However, those plans never materialised.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-s-wearable-plans-delayed-says-nobody-has-gotten-it-right/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-s-wearable-plans-delayed-says-nobody-has-gotten-it-right/news#comments Android Wear HTC Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 07 Oct 2014 21:53:03 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1449639 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Watch R hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We spend some wrists-on time with LG&#039;s new Googlewatch. Update: potential 14 October release date revealed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It looks like a watch!" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9980.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG&#39;s original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a>&nbsp;was a decent first effort, but it lacked design flair next to Motorola&#39;s sexy, circular <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch-ier than ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG told us that it looked at two styles of watches when creating the G Watch R - minimalist examples such as the Moto 360 and more traditional watch designs.</p> <p>Ultimately, it opted for the latter, believing that durability was more important than clean lines. But while it doesn&#39;t share the pristine, minimal look of the 360, it&#39;s not unattractive.</p> <p>There&#39;s an outer dial which displays the minutes, a crown on the side which doubles as an on/off button and also accesses the settings menu, and a fairly big bezel. In other words it looks like a modern diving watch rather than a smartwatch.</p> <p>In the hands, the G Watch R looks and feels like, well, a watch. It&#39;s lighter than its metal construction would suggest, however, which does take some getting used to.&nbsp;As with the Moto 360, the R might be a little too large for those with smaller wrists, but we didn&#39;t feel that it was overly massive during the short time we were wearing it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Classy" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9985_1.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Looks bigger than it feels on the wrist" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9992.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As far as the strap goes, there&#39;ll initially be just the one in-the-box option available, namely a&nbsp;calf-leather effort which feels sturdy and light and which should comfortably wrap around skinny and large wrists alike. The G Watch R plays nice with any standard 22mm watch strap too, letting you switch up your style whenever you fancy.</p> <p>LG was keen to point out that a combination of different straps and screens can be used for different scenarios. For instance, you could slap on a rubber strap before a hike, then use the G Watch R&#39;s hiking watch face, which shows off elevation, steps taken and a compass. There are other such examples, and obviously you can mix and match as you see fit.</p> <p>Sadly, the unit we spent time with was in demo mode, so we were only able to test out the classic watch face.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mmmm, leather" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9988_3.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The rear of the device houses a heart-rate sensor for fitness and activity tracking, along with metal charging pins which are required to charge the watch using a separate cradle.</p> <p>Unlike the Moto 360 there&#39;s no wireless charging option, which LG told us was due to design constraints. It&#39;s a shame, as placing your watch on a mat without faffing around with a charging cradle is a lot more convenient. We hope LG&#39;s future smartwatch iterations can include wireless charging without compromising on design.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rear charging pins and heart rate sensor" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9987_1.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A truly circular screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One area in which the G Watch R does beat the Moto 360 is its screen, which is completely circular. The display found on its Motorola rival is cut off at the bottom to make room for the digitiser, which ruins its sleek looks somewhat.</p> <p>The G Watch R&#39;s 1.6in 320 x 320 plastic OLED display was blindingly bright in the demo room, and while we didn&#39;t get a chance to pit it against the sun&#39;s rays, we expect it to perform well outdoors.</p> <p>The fact that it&#39;s OLED also means that it should sip less power - especially if a minimalist black watch face is used - as all of the black pixels will be completely turned off, making the most of its 410mAh battery.</p> <p>At regular watch-glancing distance everything appears sharp with punchy colours, but looking closer reveals some jaggy icon edges, which we&#39;re putting down to Android Wear needing more of a polish as opposed to the quality of LG&#39;s display. Speaking of which...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Full circle" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965_3.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Wires and stuff" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9967.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve got a lovely in-depth <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear review</a> if you want to dive into the juicy details of Google&#39;s new wearable-centric OS, so we won&#39;t go into too many details here.</p> <p>Also, the G Watch R was stuck in demo mode, so all we had access to were a few generic messages, weather reports and travel information.&nbsp;</p> <p>What we can say is that everything ran smoothly, without any stuttering or lag. The G Watch R is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 innards, 512MB RAM and 4GB of onboard storage and appears to handle Android Wear with ease. That said, you&#39;ll have to wait for our full review unit for a final verdict.</p> <p>GPS is a notable absentee here - a shame, as its inclusion would&#39;ve meant you could track your runs without needing a smartphone. LG told us this was due to battery constraints, which we suppose is fair enough (we were told that the G Watch R won&#39;t last more than two days as it is), but again, we&#39;re keeping our fingers crossed for GPS functionality in future iterations.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Handy info at a glance" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9993_1.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Message notifications" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9982_0.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G Watch R is easily one of the best looking Android smartwatches we&#39;ve seen, although overall we still prefer the minimalist design of the Moto 360.</p> <p>Still, we applaud LG for designing a watch first, smart device second, which is exactly the order in which things should be done, given how important build and appearance are for wearable devices.</p> <p>Its crisp, bright circular screen impressed us during the time we spent with it, and the customisation options offered by the different watch faces and straps give it reasonable flexibility. The lack of GPS and wireless charging is disappointing, however.</p> <p>We&#39;re expecting our G Watch R sample to land over the next few weeks, so we&#39;ll have a full in-depth review here soon after.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Hands on with the Samsung Gear VR</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beauty shot" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9996_1.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Fake on/off crown" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9989_0.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 06/10/14:&nbsp;</strong>Korean site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.etnews.com/20141006000326" target="_blank">Electronic Times&nbsp;</a>believes that the G Watch R could go on sale on 7 October, with a likely 14 October launch for the rest of the world.</p> <p>While nothing is official, we&#39;ve also got a rough estimate of the price tag - 352,000 won, or around RM1076.&nbsp;</p> <p>That falls in line with LG&#39;s comment that it&#39;ll be more expensive than the original G Watch.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more info, as and when we get it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review#comments Android Wear IFA 2014 LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447018 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: OS X Yosemite nearing release, and Tetris being turned into sci-fi movie http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-pebble-drops-price-and-hits-uk-stores-os-x-yosemite-nearing-release-and-tetris-b <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our daily roundup has all the tech news you need to start the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Fully Charged: OS X Yosemite nearing release, and Tetris being turned into sci-fi movie" alt="Fully Charged: OS X Yosemite nearing release, and Tetris being turned into sci-f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/1_2.jpeg?1412227909" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s about that time: OS X Yosemite is expected to launch sometime in the near future, and now word comes today that Apple has released the Gold Master Candidate to beta users. That means that a final release is fairly near, and that most of the work left to be done will be squashing bugs.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There’s a Tetris movie coming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re assuming all of the reasonable video game properties worth turning into films were taken when Threshold Entertainment was looking for a new project, because for some reason, iconic line-clearing puzzler&nbsp;<em>Tetris</em>&nbsp;is being turned into a feature film - and a science fiction one, at that.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re speechless. But Threshold chairman Larry Kasanoff apparently isn&rsquo;t: &ldquo;Everyone knows that&nbsp;<em>Tetris</em>&nbsp;is one of the best known, most beloved brands in the world,&rdquo; he said in a press release. &ldquo;What everyone doesn&#39;t know yet is&nbsp;this epic sci‐fi story that we&rsquo;re going to tell. That&#39;s what&#39;s really exciting.&quot;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/every-tetris-block-reviewed/feature">Every Tetris block - reviewed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Tetris" alt="Tetris" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tetris-movie.jpg?1412227910" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hearthstone getting a major expansion </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Blizzard&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/2ds/fully-charged-samsung-galaxy-note-4-suddenly-launching-week-korea-blizzard-cancels-its-next-mmo-">recently confirmed</a>&nbsp;that it canceled its next massively multiplayer online endeavor (which would have been its first successor to&nbsp;<em>World of Warcraft</em>), no doubt in part to the immense success enjoyed by a much smaller, free-to-play card-battling game like&nbsp;<em>Hearthstone</em>.</p> <p>And soon,&nbsp;<em>Hearthstone</em>&nbsp;will become much larger, thanks to news that a full expansion pack is on the horizon. The free PC and iPad game recently added free and premium content over the span of a few weeks, but the next big content add will be a true expansion with 100+ cards joined by a shared theme. Surely fans are already frothing at the mouths for this one, but there&rsquo;s no launch target yet.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/9/30/6874049/hearthstones-expansion-add-on-100-new-cards-blizzard-pc">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/2ds/fully-charged-samsung-galaxy-note-4-suddenly-launching-week-korea-blizzard-cancels-its-next-mmo-">Fully Charged: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 suddenly launching this week (in Korea), Blizzard cancels its next MMO, and new Nintendo 2DS models incoming</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Hearthstone" alt="Hearthstone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hearthstone.jpg?1412227910" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-pebble-drops-price-and-hits-uk-stores-os-x-yosemite-nearing-release-and-tetris-b" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-pebble-drops-price-and-hits-uk-stores-os-x-yosemite-nearing-release-and-tetris-b#comments Apple Gaming OS X Yosemite Pebble Smartwatches Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1449094 at http://www.stuff.tv LG could have a 3G smartwatch in the works http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-could-have-3g-smartwatch-works/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It looks like the G Watch R has an oval-shaped brother on the way </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="695" height="521" title="We&#039;re assuming the final version will have colours" alt="LG could have a 3G smartwatch in the works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-lg-watch-fcc.jpg?1412039415" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R</a>&nbsp;still hasn&#39;t landed on shelves, but that hasn&#39;t stopped whispers of a second clever timepiece made by the the South Korean tech giant from circulating online.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-could-have-3g-smartwatch-works/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-could-have-3g-smartwatch-works/news#comments LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:47:06 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1448880 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple Watch can control Apple TV, plus Tim Cook hints at other uses http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-watch-can-control-apple-tv-plus-tim-cook-hints-other-uses/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The smartwatch that’s attached to you may be the whole home remote attached to you as well </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch" alt="Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-watch-photo.JPG?1411528156" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke extensively with Bloomberg Businessweek for its latest issue, and now the full interview is on the web - with a few choice bits on the Apple Watch included.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div 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http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-watch-can-control-apple-tv-plus-tim-cook-hints-other-uses/news#comments Apple Connected home Smartwatches Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:42:49 +0000 Elissa Loi 1448418 at http://www.stuff.tv The next Samsung smartwatch might have a fingerprint scanner http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/next-samsung-smartwatch-might-have-fingerprint-scanner/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You might soon be able to use this yet-to-be named device for retail purposes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="The next Samsung smartwatch might have a fingerprint scanner " alt="The next Samsung smartwatch might have a fingerprint scanner " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/swatch.jpeg?1411371436" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s got a firm grip on the smartwatch space, considering that it&rsquo;s got the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/gear-2">Gear 2</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/gear-2-neo">Gear 2 Neo</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/gear-live">Gear Live</a>, and <a></a></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field 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Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:31:29 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448265 at http://www.stuff.tv Hide your wallets - gold Apple Watch Edition estimated to cost US$1,200 http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/hide-your-wallets-gold-apple-watch-edition-estimated-cost-us1200/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ll take one for each wrist, please. And a third spare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1172" height="879" title="Dollar storm" alt="Hide your wallets - gold Apple Watch Edition estimated to cost US$1,200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iwatch-price.jpg?1410834406" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you were living in an undersea Faraday cage last week then you might have missed the announcement of the i̶W̶a̶t̶c̶h̶ Apple Watch.</p> <p>You can read up all about it <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-things-you-need-know-about-iwatch/news" target="_blank">here</a>, and see what we made of it in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">hands-on review</a>, but there are still a few missing details ahead of its launch next year.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If true, that would comfortably make the Apple Watch Edition the most expensive smartwatch in the known universe.&nbsp;</p> <p>The jewellers reportedly arrived at this figure by taking the dimensions of the Watch from a set of design specifications before estimating the amount of gold required.</p> <p>Given that it&#39;s unclear whether or not the Watch is actually solid gold or gold plated, this figure is definitely more of an educated guess. Either way, expect to pay a precious metal premium over the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360 </a>and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R</a> when Apple&#39;s smart timepiece lands next year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2014/09/12/the-gold-apple-watch-could-cost-as-much-as-1200/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The three amigos" alt="Hide your wallets - gold Apple Watch Edition estimated to cost US$1,200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-trio_0.jpg?1410834406" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/hide-your-wallets-gold-apple-watch-edition-estimated-cost-us1200/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/hide-your-wallets-gold-apple-watch-edition-estimated-cost-us1200/news#comments Apple Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:56:10 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447743 at http://www.stuff.tv How to design a smartwatch - the Moto 360 prototypes that didn't make the cut http://www.stuff.tv/my/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff goes behind the scenes at Motorola&#039;s Chicago HQ to see the squares and squircles it threw out before building the gorgeous 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An exploded view of the Moto 360&#039;s components" alt="An exploded view of the Moto 360&#039;s components" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-proto-2.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Moto 360 isn&#39;t a smartwatch, the same way the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news">Moto Hint </a>- its sci-fi wireless earbud - isn&#39;t a Bluetooth headset. At least that&#39;s what Motorola keeps telling us as we take a tour of the labs, testing rooms and Model Shop of its new Chicago HQ.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Motorola began its hunt for the perfect smartwatch design with prototypes that look eerily similar to the first Android Wear devices we tested - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Samsung Gear Live</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</a>.</p> <p>With traditional square display technology, the only way to make the watches more approachable was to try to sculpt the sharp edges and corners of these designs. Working with wrist trees - to illustrate the size of the smallest to biggest female wrists and the smallest to biggest male wrists - the team realised that a square display and a form overmoulded with rubber created large gaps where the straps met the body. The fit was better with the straps on hinges &ndash;&nbsp;but still not perfect.</p> <p>With the Model Shop&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/3d-printers-go-head-printhead/feature" target="_blank">MakerBot Replicator</a>, alongside higher res Objet printers, designers could make low fidelity models on their lunch breaks. But they didn&#39;t just 3D print these square form factors, they spent time and energy making working models that each ran early versions of the software. UI screens and watch faces were also tweaked on-screen then printed onto the back of glass and slotted in to the prototype housing for usability and readability tests.</p> <p>Ultimately, though, none made the cut.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;These all feel like a gadget. They look like a gadget. So we said - we need to reset, we need to take a step back,&quot; says Dickon Isaacs, Design Director. </p> <p>We&#39;re beginning to think Motorola just 100% hates gadgets, when he explains the allure of the circle.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Time has always been a circle,&quot; says Isaacs as he points to a whiteboard with sketches of square screens, fully circular screens and Motorola&#39;s final choice. &quot;Sundials. The first pocket watch. Wristwatches. Analogue watches. 80 per cent of all watches sold globally are round.&nbsp;There&#39;s a lot of strength inherent in the material, stainless steel, but also, the circle is an incredibly strong structure from an engineering perspective.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Draw a watch and you get a circle " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-4_0_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="See-through smartwatch! Not in production, sadly " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-1-1_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Look familiar? Moto rejected these square designs " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-3.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="The resident MakerBot 3D printer at Moto HQ&#039;s Model Shop " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-12.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A few reviewers have moaned about the black area that cuts off the bottom of the 360&#39;s 1.56in LCD and houses the display drivers and ambient light sensor. And in the last few months, rivals such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review">LG&#39;s G Watch R</a>,&nbsp;with a truly round display, have popped up&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but sporting chunkier bezels. We think Motorola made the right choice.</p> <p>The round display, round form factor and slim bezels wouldn&#39;t have been possible without the &#39;slice&#39;, as Moto execs call it. &quot;We could have put the drivers outside, that would make a perfectly round display but definitely not a round watch,&quot; says Lior Ron, VP Product Management. &quot;There would be drivers and big bezels outside the display.&quot; </p> <p>Explaining why Motorola didn&#39;t go the G Watch R route, Isaacs adds: &quot;If you design with this component but try to keep a pure object, it isn&#39;t compelling, it doesn&#39;t feel modern. The proportions of the border aren&#39;t great. We wanted something that felt more elegant.&quot; </p> <p>It also passes the wrist tree test, helping with the overall fit of the watch. Wicks tells us that the placement of the display drivers means that the watchbands can be attached closer to the centre of your wrist and this gives a more versatile range of comfortable fit across different wrist sizes.&nbsp;</p> <p>To fully &quot;achieve round&quot;, Motorola engineers had to build the custom display from scratch and work hard to fit the battery, processor and sensors into the circular, 11.5mm high housing.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Once Moto had agreed on round, then the real challenge began " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-8_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mike Yankey, our Moto tour guide, with an Objet printer and wearing Moto Hint" alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-13_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The moment has arrived. Our first hands on time with the Moto 360 in a dark chill-out area of the HQ, filled with props (from an amateur chef&#39;s station to a fixie bike) to show off its usefulness. The first thing Wicks wants us to focus on is the fit and feel, the quality of the locally sourced Horween leather for the bands, the smell and the texture. The message? Less stats, more craft.&nbsp;</p> <p>Isaacs nipped over to the famous watch show Baselworld in Switzerland to see what makes traditional watchmakers tick. The precision and attention to detail on these luxury objects left their mark.</p> <p>Everything on the 360 was rapid prototyped and refined, then rapid prototyped and refined again&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;down to the power button on the side which, like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a>, mimics regular analogue watch design. The black and grey leather bands weren&#39;t selected from the Horween tannery&#39;s existing palette. Instead the team worked with the leather craftsmen, using the Pantone system as a reference, to match the colour target of the stainless steel bodies ending up with &quot;a whole host of greys and a range of subtleties in the blacks.&quot;</p> <p>No wonder it was a bit late.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Round screen, round body " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5098_0.JPG?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Strapless 360 bodies " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-9_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The quality of the materials used on the Moto 360 is lovely compared to, say, rubber bands but while the Moto 360 is the first watch to really get compared to analogue designs, it&#39;s still &#39;only&#39; &pound;200 (RM1040). We know that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a> <em>starts</em> at US$350 (RM1120) but Apple&#39;s keeping schtum on how much the 18-karat gold Watch Edition will cost. Will we see a &pound;13,000 (RM67,490) Moto 360? Or a cheaper watch?&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;This is day zero for us,&quot; says Isaacs. &quot;If there&#39;s people crying out for more variety through the price tiers, we&#39;ll go for it. We feel confident we&#39;ve started in the right place. If you start lower, it&#39;s harder to go up strategically.&quot;</p> <p>It&#39;s also worth noting that this is no <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble</a> in terms of its customisability. Alternative watchbands can be used with the 360 but it&#39;s not exactly being encouraged. It&#39;s a spring pin, a watch industry mechanism, so swapping between Motorola straps is easy enough. Straps will be sold separately in the US for US$29 (RM93) for leather and US$99 (RM317) for light and dark stainless steel - no MY prices for now.&nbsp;</p> <p>But Motorola won&#39;t guarantee performance, particularly with other metal straps. Its own straps have a plastic space to isolate the band and optimise the 360&#39;s antennas.&nbsp;</p> <p>The body comes in light grey or black steel and two leather band colours, black and grey, are available at launch. The first two stainless steel straps are coming soon and more colours and materials are promised. For now, Motorola doesn&#39;t want to overwhelm us and is instead sticking to this &quot;classical&quot; and &quot;timeless&quot; range. Then again, this is the company that created Moto Maker&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;which lets you customise your Moto X with almost any accent colour or material known to man.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="3D printed strap and the final stainless steel versions " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-5_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As for the next-gen Moto 360, that&#39;s hiding behind the paper covering one of Motorola&#39;s nine CNC machines as we conclude our tour.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&#39;re doing what a lot of tech blogs advise and sensibly waiting for &#39;Version 2&#39;, you won&#39;t be waiting too long. Moto execs won&#39;t be pressed on the next 360 release date but Isaacs hints that a year would be too long to wait for its second gen watch.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We don&#39;t rest, so on to the next one!&quot; he grins. &quot;But not too soon. I don&#39;t want to comment on other people&#39;s strategy [we&#39;ve just asked about LG] but we want to create products that are enduring and have a sense of universal appeal that can make them last.</p> <p>Sometimes people style an object too much. We don&#39;t approach design that way, it&#39;s not a style exercise. It&#39;s about a blend of form and function to get to something that someone hopefully keeps for a long period of time.&quot;</p> <p>Seven days and counting for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360 </a>strapped to our wrists.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/wearable-tech/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s ten best wearables, fitness trackers and smartwatches</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Where Moto watchfaces are born " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-10_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1199" height="900" title="Next-gen Moto watches in the CNC machine " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-11_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Making the Moto 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola tells us how to design a smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-caro.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature#comments Android Wear Google Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:49:03 +0000 Elissa Loi 1447385 at http://www.stuff.tv