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Kinkoo-6-port USB charger

Searching for a powerful charger?Check out the Kinkoo’s 6-port charger.

Kinkoo is a family-sized desktop USB charger with iPower Technology for iPhone, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy, Nexus, HTC, Nokia and more.

The new charger has six USB ports so you can charge all your devices at the same time. Kinkoo delivers to your device its fastest possible charge speed up to 2.4 amps. In addition, the charger can charge your devices up to 85% faster compared with regular conventional charger.

Moreove, it can intelligently identify your gadget and offer the current accordingly for that device. When a device is plugged in, you will see a soft blue LED.

Kinkoo is made of industry grade materials and premium circuitry. This charger is CE, FCC and RoHS certified to guarantee complete safety and reliability. Kinkoo was made for the European, USA and Japanese markets. You will have access to 100-240 volt input, which is ideal for international travel. Kinkoo is 4.1 × 2.2 × 0.9 inches.

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Finally,  Kinkoo comes packaged in a durable design that’s compact enough to stay out of the way.

The new charger is currently available for $39.90 via the company’s site.

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Universal debuts first trailer for ‘Steve Jobs’ movie

Universal Studios has finally released the first trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. The new video offers the first on-screen look at what to expect from the film and Michael Fassbender, who plays the late Apple cofounder.

The trailer features mostly Michael Fassbender as Jobs, with cast voice overs giving snippets and teases of conversations regarding Jobs’ true legacy at Apple. Then, the video provides closer looks at Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, and Jeff Daniels as Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Joanna Hoffman, and John Sculley, respectively. 

It is known, that this Jobs Biopic includes only three scenes. In each scene, Jobs is debuting a product of his creation.

From Universal’s official release:

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, STEVE JOBS takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

The film, which was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, will hit theaters in October.

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Apple refutes rumors of delayed HomeKit launch

On Thursday, in a statement provided to The Wall Street Journal, the company has refuted rumors of delays, saying that the first HomeKit accessories will be available next month. That means HomeKit will truly see its official debut in the near future, perhaps at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Yesterday, Apple has pushed back an official HomeKit launch to fall after key software components “blew up.”

“HomeKit certification has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told The Journal. “We’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month.”

Apple introduced the HomeKit framework as a future iOS product at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2014.  It is the company’s platform that links several home automation devices together with a single set of protocols to allow them to be controlled through the Apple ecosystem. Apple has also revealed a demo version of HomeKit back in June. homekit

Apple finalized its HomeKit specification in October and began accepting applications for device certification in November. 

 

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Google brings support for Apple Watch with ‘News & Weather’ update

Google has updated its News & Weather app to version 1.7. The update brings different performance and stability enhancements, and more important for us, support for the Apple Watch.

Google has introduced its first app for the Apple Watch in the form of an update to its iOS Google News & Weather app.

Launched last fall, Google News & Weather iOS offers aggregated news and local climate reports to iPhone and iPad, but for the new Apple’s device appears limited to the latest headlines.

Like plenty of other apps on the Apple Watch, this new Google program displays screenshots from iTunes. However, unlike other news apps, The Google’s app comes with deeper functionality like article summaries, snippets, full text access or allows to edit and change sources on-device.

The company describes the application as a “comprehensive and personalized view of headline stores and local news and weather.” It offers coverage from 65,000 publications and a customizable layout for more intimate content.

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This is the first appearance on Apple’s smart watch for Google, who runs a competing wearable platform dubbed Android Wear.

While not yet announced, Google is reportedly planning to update such apps like Gmail, Hangouts and more, in attempts to build a presence on what has quickly become the world’s most sought after wearable.

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Apple Watch withstands 1200m swim, 10m dive, and 40m water chamber tests

The Apple Watch has been involved into multiple waterproofing tests since its public launch in April, and appeared to be much more resilient against water damage than the company has announced.

Endurance sports and tech blogger Ray Maker posted a few Apple Watch-related waterproof videos that further prove the device’s ability to withstand exposure to water.

According to the official information, the Apple Watch is IPX7-rated to a depth of just one meter, and the company even recommends against swimming with the device or even showering with it. However, in the tests the Watch survived a 1,200-meter (3,937-foot) swim, dives off of a 32-foot platform, and even a waterproofing test chamber set to conduct two simulated dives down to 40 meters (131.2 feet).

After about 25 minutes in the water and a 1200 meter swim, blogger Ray Maker found results similar to most other waterproofing tests over the past few weeks – the Apple Watch remains seemingly resilient against any water damage. 

The chamber test demonstrated the product survive the same pressures as devices rated to 50 meters (164 feet), such as the Fitbit Surge or the Garmin Vivoactive. The only difference with the Watch is that it has no warranty coverage for any kind of intentional water exposure, much less intentional submersion.

I’m impressed, it’s still chugging along after that – with not a single sign of any issues at all. Clearly this is all more than adequate for any sort of casual sweat or showering. Though I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out over the next few weeks just in case,” said Maker.

Warranty concerns remain, however, for users who expose their Watch to intense conditions.

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Apple debuts ‘Change Everything’ iPad ad campaign

Apple on Wednesday launched its newest iPad marketing campaign, “Change Everything,” offering a comprehensive look at how the tablet fits into and enriches the life of its owners.

The video starts off with a list of things that have changed since the debut of the first iPad, such as small businesses and education. Then, the ad shows a number of applications and accessories that have augmented the way people connect, learn, and conduct business, and enjoy their lives.

In addition to the new commercial, the “Change Everything” campaign includes  a new website featuring the apps that change the way people go about their daily lives. It breaks off into 6 sections: Cooking with iPad, Learning with iPad, Small Business with iPad, Traveling with iPad, Redecorating with iPad, and Why iPad?

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Each section of the new site contains imagery covering what the iPad can do and a lot of recommended applications for each purpose. “Cooking with iPad,” for instance, includes sections on using the tablet as a cookbook, as a tool to create cookbooks, and as a prep tool for organizing ingredients to be bought.  Some of the recommended apps in this section include  Green Kitchen and Yummly.

For small businesses, there are such apps like the Square credit card reader and QuickBooks.

The education page offers options for students ranging from kids to college students, while the redecorating section gives access to the apps that help you decorate and furniture your home, like Vango Art and ColorSnap Studio.

Apple previously launched a number of different advertising campaigns for the iPad in an effort to spur people into purchasing one of its tablets. The company has already offered “Why You’ll Love an iPad,” “Your Verse,” and “Start Something New” in 2013 and 2014. 

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Apple launches ‘Made for Apple Watch’ third-party bands program

Apple announced a new developer site called “Creating Bands for Apple Watch”, which offers band design guidelines for third-party companies planning to make bands for the Apple Watch. The design guidelines feature requirements for the bands to get Apple certification in the new Made for Apple Watch program.

On the site, Apple explains that Watch bands are “easily changed with simple release buttons and lugs that secure the band to the Apple Watch case.”
Along with design guidelines for third-party bands, the company says that “lugs” (attachments for the bands as shown in the video above) will be available soon. A number of third-party developers have already revealed straps with new leathers, battery packs, and unique designs. Apple’s guidelines for third-party band development mean that the accessories are required to meet certain environmental specifications and be able to be tightened enough to a wrist to remain compatible with the Watch’s heart rate sensor.

The bands must integrate with the two lugs that mate with the Apple device interface. Additionally, they are not allowed to integrate magnetic chargers and the lug latch can’t be jammed while in an extended position.

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The company has also published design diagrams for the Watch, which may be useful for those interested in the Apple Watch’s industrial design:

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While the new device from the iPhone maker has launched a little over a week ago and most early owners have yet to get their new devices, interest in third-party bands has been growing.

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CuteDJ-friendly DJ software for Your Mac. It’s never been easier to be a DJ.

Whether you’re DJing your next house party, spinning at a club, or broadcasting as a radio DJ, CuteDJ has everything you need to do it right.

CuteDJ is a complete DJ software solution, bringing powerful features united in an easy-to-use interface making mixing your favorite tracks easy.

While some mixers have a lot of things difficult to understand, CuteDJ is easy enough to get around and mix songs for fun without the hassle. This is simply designed to satisfy the needs of both newcomers and professional DJs.

The installation process is pretty straightforward: you just download the software from its official site and install it like any other program; once done, you are given access to all the tools and features you need to start.

CuteDJ supports 15 file formats beyond MP3 – including video. You can load as many audio and video files as you want and create your own mixes. Karaoke files are also supported.  For a simpler and more intuitive mixing experience, the program has three options “Audio,” “Video” and “Karaoke” so that you look for files by filtering tracks by audio, video and karaoke format.

The program also integrates with iTunes, meaning all your playlists and songs from there are automatically ready to go for your next live DJ performance. Additionally, CuteDJ allows you to remove the current playlist, add or clear files, change their order and even use yellow, blue, red and green tags.

Another great thing about CuteDJ is that it can mix videos and songs in both AutoMix (mix songs automatically) and manual mode.

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The program has tons of audio effects that you can apply to both your audio and video tracks, you can simulate vinyl scratching, change the playback speed, equalize the audio, fade in and out, add echo, phaser and more.

This software has a well-designed interface, where all the elements necessary to create mixes are integrated in an easy way. Simply drag and drop your favorite music onto the deck or into the playlist and you’re ready to go. There are 2 decks, each with an impressive level of features, while also controlling playback of audio and video files and one or more CD drives. You get detailed waveform graphic rolling view of the real time audio signal, information about the audio signal and the beat rhythm. Using two zooming buttons, you can easily decide either to display more or less of the track.

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What is more, there is a sync function, that allows automatically match the beat of two tracks with auto-tempo detection for easy mixing. The loop controls are also present. You can save and load up to three various loops. To make your mixing experience more gratifying, CuteDJ also incorporates automatic cue point selection, which allows you to return to the saved position or start playing the track from the cue-point that you’ve placed.

Finally, CuteDJ supports over 55 hardware controllers and also features an advanced MIDI learn mode.  

CuteDJ is a new DJ software application for mixing, designed to satisfy the needs of both novice and professional DJs.

CuteDJ is available for both PC and Mac users as a fully functional demo for 30 days, with a limit of 20 minutes per session.

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iPad app issue caused delay of American Airlines flights

Problems with an app on iPads given to pilots on American Airline flights caused a delay of “a few dozen” flights, making it difficult for planes to take off and making them return to the gates to fix the issue.

“Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads,” American Airlines wrote on Twitter.

According to different user reports, the devices went blank for both captains and copilots. In order to avoid serious problems, pilots had to return to the gate and connect to the WiFi.

It’s still unclear how many flights suffered from this iPad outage, but some users have reported on Twitter that they’ve been able to take off. The issue was centered around an update that was pushed 4 days ago, according to one pilot.

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Two years ago, American Airlines replaced the paper versions of its cockpit documents with iPad flight bags on all planes. The company believes, this replacement allows to save money and simplify the work of pilots. In addition, the iPads also came with a long-life battery that keeps the iPad powered for 24 hours.

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Best Buy begins accepting Apple Pay in app

Best Buy announced that it will gain support for Apple Pay within its mobile app immediately and within its stores later this year.

Best Buy’s decision to adopt Apple Pay is important because Best Buy was previously a member of MCX, the Apple Pay competitor that’s pushing the CurrentC payments service.

Best Buy follows MCX member Meijer in offering Apple Pay to customers, and while both companies signed exclusivity agreements. MCX members can’t accept both CurrentC and Apple Pay at the same time, so it remains unclear if Best Buy remains a part of MCX.

Following the announcement, Best Buy also revealed an update for its iOS app that now allows consumers to purchase items through Apple Pay, eligible for both home delivery and in-store pickup. The company will also open NFC pay via iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at its checkout counters.

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According to multiple sources, Best Buy will start accepting Apple Pay later in 2015 because its MCX exclusivity agreements don’t expire until the summer of 2015.

A Best Buy representative said that the company is still invested in MCX, but did not confirm the company will offer MCX when it launches. “We are actively monitoring their pilots. It’s too early to declare whether we will take it at launch.”