The world is going wild for wearables (at least that's what we were told ad nauseam at CES this year). But as companies like Google, Samsung, Nike, and Pebble hone their pitches for ways we can strap their latest offerings to ourselves, Apple has remained deafeningly silent on the question of an iWatch or some other iWearable.
We might finally have a clearer idea of how Apple believes iOS should look in your car.
A video put together by noted developer Steven Troughton-Smith places an iPhone and in-car display side by side using what appears to be an iOS simulator that Troughton-Smith says is available in the "public, shipping version of iOS 7."… Read more
Between the success of "The Sing-Off" and "Pitch Perfect," it's fair to say that a cappella is making a comeback. Pentatonix, a five-piece vocal group fresh off a well-attended European tour, has been reaping the benefits of the increased interest. The group has garnered 4.5 million subscribers and 300 million views on the Pentatonix YouTube channel; has released a top 10 album, "PTX Volume 2"; sold out its entire North American tour, which runs from February 4 to April 10; collaborated with Lucky Charms cereal on its 50th anniversary commercial, which premieres … Read more
Sex with Google Glass -- the very name is designed to arouse attention.
It's specifically an app project in development that lets two people share their video feeds so they can see their intimate acts from each other's perspective.
The app is designed to react to the wearer saying, "OK, Glass, it's time" to share video streams. When you're done, you say, "OK, Glass, pull out." It's the techie equivalent of having mirrors all over the room. The app is designed to gather footage and then compile it into a multi-view video, which could have broad implications for leaked celebrity sex tapes.… Read more
Tara Summers, the daughter of socialite and British Vogue editor Nona Summers and gallerist Martin Summers, was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She had her first taste of success in the UK with an autobiographical play, "Gypsy of Chelsea," about her childhood with a socialite mother who counted numerous celebrities as personal friends. In the US, the actress first gained attention with a two-year turn on "Boston Legal." Now she hopes to find greater fame co-starring with Greg Kinnear on the new Fox series "Rake", Thursdays at 9 (8 central). Prior … Read more
Adobe Systems this week tipped its hand when it comes to the future of its Lightroom, revealing on its Web site a subscription plan for a mobile version of the software for editing and cataloging photos.
9to5 Mac spotted the subscription, a package costing $99 per year called "Adobe Lightroom for mobile."
It's not clear exactly what the package would include, but an iPad version seems likely. Adobe showed a prototype of Lightroom-style photo editing for the iPad in 2013. That software used a cloud-computing service to keep photo changes synchronized with a Lightroom catalog hosted on … Read more
When it comes to consumer photography, perhaps the only thing more iconic than the Polaroid camera is the Polaroid photo. The size, the shape, and especially the white band at the bottom, where you could scribble a quick note about the scene -- for those of a certain age (myself included), it's quite evocative.
Polaroid embraced the smartphone scene a couple years ago with Polamatic, but the app didn't exactly set the photography world on fire. (For proof, see the dismal ratings for the current Android version.) But with Polamatic 4.0 (currently for iOS only), the "… Read more
I haven't charged my Fitbit Ultra in over three weeks. And I doubt I ever will again.
Ever since I bought an iPhone 5S, I've kept an eye on how the embedded M7 motion coprocessor chip, which can track and store motion information, would be used. It wasn't clear when the iPhone 5S was launched exactly how the M7's data would be available, but after a few months, fitness apps like the Nike+ Move have started adding support for basic step-counting functionality.
While I started tracking my steps with both my Fitbit and Nike's app … Read more
Baby, it's cold outside, but it's much warmer now than when I talked to "The Exes" star David Alan Basche, best known for playing uptight, neurotic Stuart Gardner for the last three seasons of the hit TV Land series. It was a frigid 3 degrees (according to Basche's Weather Channel app) when he called from New York, where he lives with his wife and daughter. We talked about his favorite apps, how he's similar to his TV character, how his Shakespearean training helps on the TV Land set, and the important lesson he learned … Read more
Buddhify 2 for iOS is an app that teaches mindfulness-based meditation through a series of guided lessons.
Meditation? Please. I'm not a hippie or a Buddhist, or a Whole Foods customer.
That was more or less my sentiment until a few weeks ago, when a friend recommended a book about mindfulness -- a state of awareness best achieved through, you guessed it, meditation. There's a large and growing body of evidence to suggest that mindfulness can improve both mental and physical health.
In fact, it's great for lowering stress, and I've discovered I'm a lot more stressed than I ever thought.… Read more