Can the smartwatch market recover from big declines?


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A recent research report revealed major declines in the global smartwatch market, raising fears that these wearables are continuing their downward spiral.

In the report, research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) found that the worldwide smartwatch market saw significant declines from last year.

IDC found that volumes of shipped smartwatches fell nearly 52% in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year.

However, the researchers noted that the alarming figures were exacerbated by a boost in 2015 from the Apple Watch’s first major retail availability. Also the second generation of the Apple Watch was only out for the final two weeks of the comparable quarter in 2016, which added to the negative results.

“The sharp decline in smartwatch shipment volumes reflects the way platforms and vendors are realigning,” said IDC research leader Ramon Llamas. “Apple revealed a new look and feel to watchOS that did not arrive until Continue reading “Can the smartwatch market recover from big declines?”

Apple picks Blackberry talent for driverless car OS


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In a move to bulk up its future self-driving car software platform, Apple has set up a Canadian unit to develop an automotive operating system.

Bloomberg says Apple has poached dozens of software engineers from QNX, a subsidiary of cell phone maker Blackberry.

Apple’s new unit will be based in a suburb of the Canadian capital of Ottawa – and five-minutes distance from the offices of QNX.

This remote office is seen as an unusual step for Apple who prefers to keep research and development teams in close proximity to its Cupertino, California, headquarters.

This news follows earlier reports that Apple was pivoting from developing hardware to a focus on software and services.

According to a former QNX executive, Apple swooped up those particular engineers for their experience in developing operating systems’ fundamental components.

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Primo Toys rolls out Cubetto, a wooden robot that teaches kids to code


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Cubetto teaches kids to code before they can read and write. A startup called Primo Toys today began online and retail sales of its latest educational product, the Cubetto, a programmable wooden robot for kids as young as 3. The London startup, which is a graduate of the PCH Highway 1 accelerator and backed by Randi Zuckerberg, promises families and educators a screen-free way to teach coding basics to kids who can’t yet read or write. Retailing… Read More

Convergence crosses the pond


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Photo: Getty Images/Petrified Collection/The Image Bank Imagine a world where you buy mobile phone, data, voice and television services from a single provider. A world where you don’t worry about running out of wireless minutes, exceeding text message limits or running up roaming charges. A world where you talk, text and stream video on an iPad, TV, laptop or mobile phone, seamlessly using the same user interface and applications across… Read More

Doorman cancels unlimited deliveries, cites “losing money”


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doorman-install If you live in a building with a doorman, you don’t need Doorman. If you don’t, you do. The company is making it easy to accept deliveries when you’re out and about, but realized it was getting so successful in changing the patterns of how its customers do online shopping, that it was effectively losing money on each customer. Read More

Cloud development platform Nitrous.io shuts down


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ide-ft-1 Nitrous.io, an online development environment and IDE, today announced that it is shutting down its service on November 14. The service is now closed for new signups and the team says it will refund any payments made after October 16. Nitrous’ existing users will be able to download their existing data soon. The team says that it will also soon release an open-source version of its… Read More

Remains of the Day: Twitter to Let You Mute Specific Words


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Twitter will soon be adding the ability to mute tweets that include words of your choice. It’s presumably an effort to curb harassment on the site—assuming you can mute messages that are directed at you—but could also just be a way to avoid spoilers and annoying conversations. That and more in today’s news.

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Here are the emojis coming with iOS 10.2, including an astronaut emoji ?


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Emoji Apple dropped the first beta for iOS 10.2 today. And it comes with the latest update in emoji innovation. You may have noticed that Apple already redesigned most of the core emojis and added new gender and race options with iOS 10. But the company didn’t stop there. With iOS 10.2, Apple is adding full Unicode 9.0 support. Given that hundreds of millions of people use Apple-flavored… Read More

When President Obama leaves office, his @Potus tweets leave with him


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president obama coding When President Obama turns over the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he’ll also be handing over a number of high-profile social media accounts. Eight days ahead of the election, the White House is outlining how the transfer of social power will go when the commander-in-chief steps aside early next year. The president’s Twitter account, for one, will be getting a fresh start of… Read More

The Internet of Things? It’s not that connected yet


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The Internet of Things (IoT) is great—if you want each of your devices to exist in its own connected-but-siloed world.

What do I mean?

Your Nest thermostat is undeniably smart when it comes to heating and cooling your home. And your Amazon Echo conveniently recites the weather report at the moment you need it. But what if you want your Amazon Echo to communicate with your Nest thermostat and let it know there’s a heat wave approaching on Tuesday? Tough luck…today.

See also: Orchestration next big IoT hurdle, says Google

The year of the Internet of Things has been discussed and predicted for years, and finally, devices are intelligent enough and the software and network capacity are large enough to handle it. Orchestration is the next big technology challenge.

Right now, there are roadblocks standing in the way of our devices communicating not just with us, but with each other.

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Intellectual property strategies for startups


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man-powered vehicle patent, 1939 Intellectual property protection is an important consideration for most startups. Obtaining intellectual property protection, such as patents, can minimize competition and act as a defensive mechanism against infringement claims from others. Intellectual property also can attract or solidify funding and partnerships. Read More

Why You Usually Shouldn’t Apply to Multiple Jobs at One Company and What to Do Instead


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I have vivid memories from my hiring days of going through applications for various roles and finding that one person who decided to submit an application for every single one. It happened more than you’d think—and honestly, it happened more than even I anticipated when I was new to recruiting. However, as I started reviewing more and more resumes, one thing became apparent: Somewhere out there is a person who is apparently telling people that the best way to get an employer’s attention is to apply for as many of their opening as humanly possible.

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Narrative lifelogging gets a stay of execution as the company considers restarting production


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Narrative Clip This was certainly unexpected. For any number of reasons. A day before the planned shutdown of cloud-based storage service, lifelogging startup Narrative — or, rather, a group of former employees – has snatched itself from the jaws of death. In an email sent to Narrative users, the company announced the launch of “New Narrative,” rising like the proverbial phoenix or one… Read More