Smartwatch watchers, your hunch was correct. Apple have indeed been busy designing a smartwatch and were awarded a patent for a wrist-worn device with a touchscreen that can communicate with a smartphone.
The patent was submitted in 2011, but Apple’s secretive design manoeuvres mean that it wasn’t officially disclosed until yesterday.
On some of the documents, the device is called ‘iTime’ but as the name hasn’t been trademarked, it’s possible that idea has been ditched somewhere along the line.
The patent is for a device that can work either clipped into a wristband, or on its own.
But when connected to the wristband it turns into a smartwatch which includes ‘haptic sensors’ that mean you can control it with hand gestures (you probably know a number of ‘hand gestures’ you’d like to do at smartwatch wearers).
When will the watch finally appear? Who knows? But Apple say in the patent that there are: ‘continuing needs to make portable electronic devices smaller and more portable. There is also a continuing need to enhance functionalities of portable electronic devices.’
GET ON WITH IT THEN.
The service will allow business people to receive office and mobile calls to a single device and reduce the risk of them missing important calls. Great for people having affairs with their underlings as well.
The BT One Phone helps streamline calls to any device all into one place. A bit like an email server which aggregates all your accounts. But on a phone.
All phone numbers for the individual are linked to one mobile device, meaning they can manage their calls from anywhere.
Graham Sutherland, CEO of BT Business, said:
“With an increasingly mobile and demanding workforce, businesses need communications technology that is as flexible as they are. Missed calls mean missed business. Today’s announcement, combined with the upcoming launch of our 4G services, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the increasingly mobile UK workforce.”
Users would need a BT One Phone SIM to gain access to the cloud-based call management service, with which they can receive calls from all of their various phone lines. This gives professionals more control, increasing productivity even when away from the office.
Or to translate that for you – YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO ESCAPE.
Snoopsome administrators will also be able to manage employee access by activating or deactivating employee SIM cards, managing call groups etc. Probably at will, when the fancy takes them and you’ll get all paranoid and neck a box of painkillers.
The future, ladies and gentlemen.
In an interview with BBC Newsbeat, Luke Wood pooh-poohed the idea that the headphones were too bass heavy.
“I’ve certainly heard that as an opinion on the headphone, I disagree. We didn’t go to build a reference headphone, something you build in the studio that is really a technical tool to hear when you are recording.”
Adding: “If you look at Dre’s pedigree, Jimmy’s (Iovine) pedigree, even my pedigree, we are all recording engineers. What we did is build a headphone for playback. What does it sound like right when it is finished? And that is what we’ve accomplished.”
Exactly, surely the idea of buying some headphones invented by people who enjoy a bit of bass, saying that they’re a bit bass heavy defeats the point somewhat.
Wood also refused to discuss pesky rumours about sockets on Apple products being changed to accept only Beats headphones following Apple buying Beats earlier this year.
“I’m not here to talk about Apple with you today,” he said. “The truth is that the deal has not closed with Apple, which it will shortly, once it goes through regulatory approval. And at that point we’ll actually sit down with Apple and figure it out. But right now, the truth is there’s absolutely no plans made.”
As you may recall, Apple is set to buy Dr Dre’s Beats Music streaming affair and headphone company for $3 billion, which is nice seeing as Dre can’t be arsed to make music anymore.
“Bass heavy”. Honestly. You Herberts want the moon on a stick.
Well actually you do, to charge up your Oysters and all that, but a London cab driver is trialling Barclay’s Pingit app for the next week.
It allows the fare on the meter to be transferred between bank accounts within 30 seconds.
Mr Cable, who has been a London black cab driver for 23 years, told the Independent: “I am always up for trying new technology to help make mine and my passengers’ lives easier.”
He’s Mr Future basically, as he was also the first cabbie to accept chip and pin cards in 2004.
“It means I have more time on the road to earn money – rather than stopping off at the bank to pay in my earnings or pulling up at ATMs for passengers with the risk of getting a hefty parking fine,” he added.
Of course, you can still probably get away with doing a runner if you’re that way inclined, but we’d never advise readers to do anything like that.
A man named Darren Foulds, the director of Barclays Mobile and Pingit, said: “We are always keen to support new ways to make people’s lives easier. This trial really demonstrates the huge potential for mobile payments as they gain more widespread use.”
The app will use QR codes (SEE? THERE IS A USE FOR THEM AFTER ALL) and can access any bank account when cash is needed for their fare.
According to a video, the new iPhone is going to have a bigger screen, which will be made out of something so unbreakable that, if you try and smash it up, you’ll probably bleed to death before you make a dent in it.
This iPhone 6 screen measures 4.7 inches diagonally and is made from sapphire crystal glass. The thing with this new glass thingummy is that it is hard to break and very tough to scratch. That means you won’t be wrecking your phone with whatever is in your pocket (keys, coin, Steely Dan dildo, whatever).
Marques Brownlee, who leaked the new screen, said: “When I get it in the mail and open up the package, it’s pretty easy to tell if it’s a fake or something someone made.”
“It’s pretty clear to me that this is an Apple part.”
So there you have it. A bit of a new phone which looks relatively impressive if you like looking at bits of phones.
If you’d like to see a bit of a phone in action, then the glaringly obvious video below this sentence is where you want to be. Click play and then mutter to yourself; “I bet I could break it.”
It has transpired that the mobile company’s £5 WorldTraveller data cap, which lets you use your regular data allowance when on holiday, doesn’t apply to mobile broadband deals.
So while those with a phone and a pay monthly plan will be able to pay an extra fiver to use their phone as they normally would, you won’t be able to do the same if you’ve got a USB dongle or a wireless MiFi.
Vodafone have admitted that, while you can’t use the MiFis abroad without totalling up a huge bill, you can use WiFi tethering on your phone to connect to other devices.
The £5 a day WorldTraveller deal can be used in the USA, India, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Ghana, Qatar and South Africa. It complements Vodafone’s existing EuroTraveller deal, which currently costs £2 a day and is going up to £3 in August.
The Vodafone offer is not unlike Three’s Feel at Home deal, except that Three lets customers use their UK minutes, text and data for no extra cost in some countries.
This new offer also comes ahead of EU talks on abolishing roaming charges altogether. As data roaming in the EU has been capped at 20 cents per MB, and customers will have to weigh up whether Vodafone’s daily offer works out better than just letting your phone roam as usual.
If you’re outside Vodafone’s WorldTraveller and EuroTraveller countries, you won’t be charged any more than £41.29 for data. Once you’ve reached this ceiling limit you’ll be sent a text and you won’t be able to access internet services, unless you opt out and agree to pay more.
Obviously, you could just go to the shop and buy bottles of whatever your favourite tipple is, but this is for the homebrewer sort, who wants things a little different.
So, here’s the deal – you know what a growler is? Quiet at the back of class. A growler is a heavy glass jug that can store beer for transportation, which preserves some of the freshness. The Synek employs a plastic pouch, which has a tube system from your tap and can store one gallon of beer and is airtight so everything stays fresh.
You can fill it up with your homebrew or, if you prefer, waddle down the local with it and get them to fill it up with your favourite draught booze. Once you have a pouch full of liquid (seriously, stop sniggering at the back there), you pop it in Synek and you can then pull it straight from the tap.
While a growler keeps your beer for a couple of days, Synek reckons you can have lovely draught beer for up to a month. You can even keep your pouch in the fridge and swap one beer for another.
It’ll set you back $299 for the full shebang, which is roughly the same price as a fancy(ish) coffee machine.
If you’re already too drunk to concentrate on reading words, let this video explain what the Synek beer machine does (and enjoy Steve’s great sweary intro).
If you want to contribute to the Kickstarter and put some money up, click here.
Many mobile phoners have used their phone on holiday, but have tend to forget the extra that can be run up when a-roaming.
However, that hopefully looks like it is all over as from midnight tonight, the EU’s Roaming Regulation will lower the price caps for data downloads when you are travelling within the European Union.
Although there’s a lack of knowledge about these caps and what they mean.
Which!!! executive director Richard Lloyd said: ”Capping EU mobile roaming charges is welcome news for millions of travellers, especially those who have faced expensive charges for data roaming when their mobile hasn’t even left their suitcase. Consumers travelling within the EU should now be much clearer on the charges they have to pay.”
Which we can all agree is quite a good thing.
The maximum charge for outgoing calls, excluding VAT, will now be 10p per minute, around 3p for outgoing text messages, and 16p for a MB download of data. These caps will only apply to the nations within the EU.
Four in ten people reckon they didn’t know they had a right to challenge their mobile phone provider if they received an excessive bill after using their phone abroad. And a further 48% of people didn’t know that if they have capped their mobile phone usage with their provider, they can refuse to pay the bill for their phone usage above the cap level.
So that’s good to know then, next time you’ve clocked up several grand by accident, you can turn around and shout at your provider.