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What to expect from Apple’s Sept. 7 event

In just a couple of days, Apple will announce the iPhone 7/Plus and an updated Apple Watch.

September event is expected to unveil even more new products. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming announcements.

Apple is believed to unveil the “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus.” “iPhone 7” is rumored to come with a pair of Lightning-connected headphones in the box, while also bringing an adapter for traditional headphones. Water resistance may also be improved thanks to a new haptic feedback home button that will simulate a click when pressed, rather than moving.

The Cupertino company is also reportedly working on its own wireless earbuds with completely separate left and right earpieces, which are expected to be called “AirPods.”

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The larger 5.5-inch device is expected to debut with a unique dual-lens camera capable of capturing more advanced pictures and optical zoom. The smaller 4.7-inch version is believed to get an enhanced 12-megapixel camera, but lack the dual-lens design.

“iPhone 7 Plus” will reportedly feature more capable hardware in the form of 3 gigabytes of RAM and come in a total of five colors.

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As for capacity, “iPhone 7” is rumored to start with 32 gigabytes of storage, and will max out at 256 gigabytes.

A second-generation Apple Watch, which is also set to debut at Sept. 7 event is rumored to feature a GPS radio, which will let owners measure distance and pace without the need for a connected iPhone.

The device will also feature a slightly larger battery, a barometer and better waterproofing than the first-generation model.

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Some reports suggested that the company will provide Apple Watch an improved processor based on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s 16-nanometer process.

New Beats products are also in the works, with a debut set for the September 7 event. There are now details on the upcoming update, but it will certainlty see the release of new wireless Beats headphones and wired Beats headphone models with Lightning connectors. 

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As for Mac, Apple will likely not update Mac hardware at the Sept. 7 event. Instead, the company will roll out new Macs in October.

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Apple’s keynote is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. It will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif.

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Samsung announced Gear S3 Smart Watch with GPS and iPhone support

On Wednesday, Samsung unveiled its latest smart watch, the Gear S3. 

Samsung Gear S3 is available in two bold designs to suit different users’ lifestyles: frontier and classic. Inspired by the active explorer, the Gear S3 frontier evokes a rugged outdoor look with an enduring style that blends form and function.”

The company’s newest wearable device has a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor driving a 1.3-inch circular 278 ppi AMOLED display.

The new product also comes in two varieties – a “Classic” model with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and “Frontier” model that features LTE support. GPS, a new feature, is built into each device.  Both models have 4 GB of storage, and 768 MB of application RAM.

Both watches also received the newly-announced Corning Gorilla Glass SR+, specifically designed for wearable devices. The company says that both models have IP68 standards for water resistance.

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Both Gear S3 models have a similar look, a 46mm solid steel case and a rotating bezel.

The new devices are 12.9mm thick, and weights 57g or 62g depending on model. In addition, the Gear S3 was given standard 22mm watch bands that are compatible with a a number of third-party band options.

Finally, Samsung stated that both the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier will be iOS compatible. But, the company also added that iOS support would be available only for the older the Gear S2.

Samsung is expected to unveil pricing or a specific release date for the Gear 3 smart watch.

Apple also may provide details on its next-generation Apple Watch at its September event.

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Corning announced super scratch resistant Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearables

Glass maker Corning on Tuesday announced  Gorilla Glass SR+, its new cover glass for smartwatches.

The new product is a composite material designed to cut down on visible scratches while offering all of the features of the original Gorilla Glass. 

According to the company, Gorilla Glass SR+ is an entirely new glass composite that combines the toughness, optical clarity, and touch sensitivity of Gorilla Glass with the “superior scratch resistance approaching that of luxury watch cover materials.” The new glass offers up to 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent better surface reflection than competing luxury materials. 

“Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ delivers a superior combination of properties that is not available in any other material today – it is in a class of its own,”said Scott Forester, director, innovation products, Corning Gorilla Glass. 

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Currently, Cupertino company uses Ion-X glass for Sport variants of the Apple Watch and sapphire glass on the stainless steel and Edition models. It is still unclear if Corning’s Gorilla Glass SR+ product is better than Apple’s current offering.

Corning is a long-time Apple partner, and its Gorilla Glass products have been used in the iPhone and the iPad for a few years.

According to Corning, Gorilla Glass SR+ is currently commercially available and is believed to be in products from “leading global brands” starting later this year.

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Philips offers New Hue Motion Sensor to control lights automatically

Philips revealed the latest addition to its Hue line of lights and accessories, the new Philips Hue Motion Sensor.

The new product is tasked to let Philips Hue users control their lights automatically as they move through their homes. 

The Hue motion sensor is a little white box powered by AAA batteries. It can be placed or mounted in or around your house. Once in position, the Motion Sensor detects motion and allows you to automate lighting in response to whether someone is or is not in a room.

Philips’ app makes it all pretty simple. It allows users to select which lights to turn on when a motion sensor detects movement. In addition, it lets set how long to keep them on for when it detects that everyone has left. 

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The sensor has a number of limits. It can only detect motion up to about 16.5 feet away. Moreover, while Philips will provide you the option of reducing that you won’t be allowed to limit its sensitivity.

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The sensor will go on sale in October for $39.95. 

Along with the Motion Sensor, Philips announced updated Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 bulbs that come with richer greens and blues, a feature Hue owners have long wanted. Two new Philips Hue White Ambiance bulb extensions are also available, including BR-30 and GU-10 variants. 

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Nike announced its plans to rebrand Nike+ Running app

Nike revealed its plans to rebrand its popular Nike+ Running app. The app’s update comes with a number of performance, feature, visual, and stability enhancements.

In addition to the rebrand, the app was redesigned visually, bringing faster access for users to such info like run time, distance, and location. Moreover, the update adds some personal post-run sharing options with friends, which are expected to increase the motivation of people to workout in the first place.

Nike pays a lot of attention to the Apple Watch integration of its Run Club app. The Cupertino company is planning to refresh the Watch lineup later this year with a built-in GPS, which is expected to allow users to go on runs without their devices and still track location.

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Nike’s update also brings a number of new personalized coaching plans. “Whatever your goal, your Nike+ Coach has a plan for you. One that STARTS with your goals and fitness LEVEL, and ADAPTS as you progress,” the company says.

Here is the full changelog of the update:

Welcome to Nike+ Run Club

The Nike+ Running app is now the Nike+ Run Club app with a fresh, new & improved look.

  • Coaching plans now adapt to your schedule and progress.
  • More fun and personal post-run sharing than ever.
  • Compare and compete with your friends by hash-tagging runs.
  • Leave your phone at home and run free with Apple Watch.

 

Nike+ Run Club can be downloaded  via the App Store for free.

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Frank Ocean releases visual album ‘Endless’ on Apple Music

R&B singer Frank Ocean has released a new visual album called “Endless” exclusively on Apple Music.

According to the statement from Apple Music representative, the “Endless” visual album is just the first step of Frank Ocean content to Apple Music. “Keep an eye out this weekend for more from Frank,” the representative said.

The 45-minute video includes new tracks from the popular R&B singer, and takes place in the same warehouse shown in the web feed on his website. Ocean added a live stream video on his website, aimed to tease the album. Visitors can see an Apple Music logo in the upper right corner of the clip, which indicates about their partnership. That video is now available to stream on Apple Music.

According to earlier reports, Apple’s service had scored exclusive first rights to “Boys Don’t Cry,” which was expected to debut on Aug. 5. Since that moment, however, there has been little news from Ocean’s camp.

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Pitchfork has the Endless track list:

01 Device Control
02 At Your Best (You Are Love) (Isley Brothers cover)
03 Alabama
04 Mine
05 U-N-I-T-Y
06 Ambience 001: “In a Certain Way”
07 Commes Des Garcons
08 Ambience 002: “Honeybaby”
09 Wither
10 Hublots
11 In Here Somewhere
12 Slide on Me
13 Sideways
14 Florida
15 Deathwish (ASR)
16 Rushes
17 Rushes To
18 Higgs

Apple has previousl streamed offerings from popular singers including Drake, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and others. Britney Spears’ upcoming album “Glory” will also join the list of Apple Music exclusive.

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Apple reportedly making a documentary with Cash Money Records

Apple is reportedly making an exclusive documentary with Cash Money Records, one of the world’s most popular hip-hop labels.

The Cupertino company yesterday has inked a new deal with Cash Money Records, which represents popular, well-known artists that include Drake, Young Money, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj, with some of whom Apple already has an exclusive deal. For example, “Views,” Drake’s fourth studio album, appeared at the top of the charts in May after a one-week exclusive on Apple Music. The Cupertino company also used a Drake track in an advertisement featuring Taylor Swift. 

Co-founder Bryan Williams shared a photo via his Instagram account on Tuesday alongside Larry Jackson, the head of Apple’s original music content. The picture celebrated Apple agreeing to fund a documentary for the label, according to people familiar with the deal.

“Welcome to the fam @birdman5star. Tough negotiator. Much respeck,” Jackson reported. Birdman first thanked Jackson in his message, but soon updated the text with a link to Music Business Worldwide’s report.

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Apple is currently working on a show focusing on the app business titled “Planet of the Apps.” Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, musician will.i.am and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk will reportedly take part in the project.

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CarPlay coming to 2017 Civic Hatchback this fall

Honda yesterday revealed that when it debuts in North America this fall, the 2017 Civic Hatchback will come with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Japanese car manufacturer confirmed that Apple’s iPhone-connected infotainment system will come back in the new five-door 2017 Civic Hatchback. The 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback itself is expected to feature striking, Euro-inspired styling and five-door versatility with the Civic’s world-class driving dynamics and Honda direct-injected turbo engine technology. In addition, the Civic Hatchback will serve as the basis for the radical new Civic Type-R launching in the U.S. in 2017.

All five trims of the car—the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Sport Touring— will support the technologies via Display Audio, but only the Sport Touring trim will include CarPlay by default, in addition to Android Auto support, Honda Sensing features and LED headlights, with a number of other available options like heated rear seats, remote engine start, heated side mirrors and others.

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Apple’s technology was reserved a lot for high-end cars, but that’s changed with adding more vehicles from brands like Kia, Hyundai, Ford, and Chevrolet.

The 2017 Civic Hatchback was developed by Honda R&D teams in Europe and Japan and will be manufactured exclusively by Honda of the UK Manufacturing in its Swindon, UK plant.

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Twitter plans to bring its app to Apple TV for NFL live streaming

Twitter is reportedly in talks with Apple to launch an app for the fourth-generation Apple TV that would host live streams of select NFL games on Apple’s set-top box. 

For those who are not aware, earlier this year Twitter beat out Facebook and other tech giants to win the rights to Thursday Night Football broadcasts. The deal is for 10 games, and the company is going to stream them all live for free.

The company believes the streams will acts as a “window,” letting users have a look at what it has to offer.

Twitter agreed to pay the N.F.L. around $10 million to stream 10 games. The company is interested in the Thursday night games because of their popularity; each title drew an average of 13 million viewers last season.

Earlier this year, Twitter has signed a number of live-streaming deals, including with Wimbledon, CBS News, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Pac-12 Networks. Twitter is also in talks with other sport organizations, including Major League Soccer and the Professional Golfers Association, for similar agreements.nfl_twitter_apple_tv

Twitter is scheduled to launch the first NFL Thursday night game on Sept. 15 when the New York Jets visit the Buffalo Bills.