It’s been a big week in the tech world.
We discuss these product launches and what they mean for consumers in the latest episode of MashTalk, which you can listen to on SoundCloud above
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With the Apple Watch now officially on the market, and soon to be on the wrists of several million customers – possibly as many as 20 million this year, according to some estimates – there’s a lot of curiosity about what kind of app ecosystem will spring up around the new device. Will Apple Watch owners actually be interested in actively reading news, shopping or playing… Read More
The Apple Watch started arriving on doorsteps nationwide on Friday, marking the first time Apple’s much-hyped smartwatch has landed on consumer wrists. While some stayed up until 3 a.m. to order one online two weeks ago, many others camped out in long lines outside select stores overnight Friday.
Securing the coveted Apple Watch isn’t easy. In fact, you can’t walk into an Apple store to buy one right now — even if you’re willing to brave a long line. As of Friday, only several boutique shops are selling the device in cities such as London, Paris, Toyko and Los Angeles, which is the only U.S. location offering them for purchase Read more…
Earlier this week smartphone maker BlackBerry confirmed it acquired Israel’s WatchDox to build out its security software business, but it looks like it may be downsizing elsewhere. According to reports from Swedish news sites, BlackBerry is closing down its software design operations in Sweden — a business that grew out of its acquisition of UI startup The Astonishing… Read More
Headout, a mobile travel application that functions as sort of a mobile concierge, helping you find tours, activities and tickets to local events in select U.S. cities, has closed on $1.8 million in seed funding in order to expand its business to new markets. Currently only live in New York and Los Angeles, the startup says it plans to utilize the funds to reach 12 more cities by year-end.… Read More
I’ve tested a countless number of fitness trackers, and typically after a few weeks of use, each one ends up in a box on my desk. My collection has become tracker graveyard, and I’m not alone; studies show they often get shoved into drawers not long after purchase, mainly because there’s only so much you can do with the raw data they give. I bring them out once in awhile to compare them to new trackers, but the truth us, there’s nothing particularly addicting about any of them.
However, I was able to pry the Apple Watch off of Mashable editor-at-large Lance Ulanoff’s wrist for a while to take a closer look at its health and fitness functionalities, and for the first time, the thought of parting ways with a wearable (i.e. returning it back to its rightful owner) actually made me sad. I’ll be buying one for myself soon. Read more…
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Apple Watch is available on Friday. But just to cover its bases, the company has launched three new ads that showcase three different aspects of the wearable
The first ad, titled “Rise,” shows how the watch enhances the various ways you spend time — from waking up to dance class
The second one, “Up,” is a bit more specific. It focuses on movement, including early morning runs and gym sessions but also simpler movements such as climbing up a flight of stairs
The third ad, called “Us,” shows how the Apple Watch can help you connect, from sending your heartbeats to a loved one to paying for flowers with a motion of the wrist Read more…
Step by step, Lydia is unveiling its product strategy to handle all your payments. When I last covered the French startup, it was still mostly focused on growing its user base by providing a Venmo alternative for French users. But now, Lydia also lets you pay on e-commerce websites using Lydia, starting with PriceMinister. The app is now also available on the Apple Watch so that you can just… Read More
Facebook wants notifications to become much more than a perfunctory list of recent behavior, events and invitations.
Mashable has learned the social network is quietly testing a robust new notifications tab that pulls content from across the entire site and serves it up in one central place. Facebook, which confirmed the development to Mashable, plans to roll out the new tab to mobile users across the U.S. first, then worldwide, although it has yet to pin down exact timing.
“We are testing an updated Notifications tab that adds additional, relevant content about everything that might be helpful to know on a particular day,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. Read more…
The Apple Watch has landed, so to speak, with deliveries officially arriving to the first pre-order customers around the world. Apple’s first wearable device has enjoyed one of the longest pre-launch promotional cycles of any of its products, and with good reason – it’s a very different gadget from anything Apple has created before. We’ve had a few days to try out… Read More