Report: Apple to Shut Down Beats Music

“When I listened to theirs [Beats Music] for a while, I feel completely different … it’s hard to describe.” This is what Tim Cook said about Beats Music in an interview with Charlie Rose just 10 days ago on September 12. Now, as TechCrunch reports via five separate sources from inside of the company, Apple is set to shut down the music service indefinitely.  (more…)

Ten iOS 8 Features Your Apple Friends Are Freaking Out About

Below are the top ten features your friends who use iOS devices are probably freaking out about at the moment. Maybe some of them simply cannot believe how revolutionary iOS 8 is, but hopefully they recognize that a lot of iOS 8 is just Apple catching up to Google and features its Android platform has had for years. On the other hand, some of these improvements would be great to have on Android.  (more…)

Samsung Pokes at Apple’s Failed Live Stream, Welcomes Them to the Big Phone Bandwagon

Last night, during our recording of the DL Show episode 68, Samsung unleashed six new ads, which of course, were centered around Apple’s recent announcements. The ads aren’t all great, but the first two below are actually silly enough to watch, just to see Samsung poke at Apple for their failed live stream of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus event and remind them that large phones have been around for two years.

The commercials all star faux Apple Geniuses that are borderline hipster. They encounter issues throughout with their Apple products, issues that they wouldn’t have if they were using a Galaxy Note 4. At least that’s the theme here.

I think the best part about these ads, is seeing the Apple apologist media tell the world how terrible they are, even if they are spot on.  (more…)

Visa Token, A Credit Card Obfuscation Service, May Come to Android in 2015

At least one feature of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus isn’t nearly as novel as Apple would have you believe. The biggest selling point (pun intended) of Apple Pay, a part of which relies on NFC to handle transactions in brick-and-mortar stores, is ostensibly its security measures.

At its press conference yesterday, Apple touted Pay’s obfuscation, which involves generating payment “tokens” – out-of-sequence strings meaningless to any would-be hacker – by randomizing your credit card numbers. As it turns out, though, Apple isn’t actually handling the conversion; at least one payment processor, Visa, will rely on a proprietary service to generate tokens.  (more…)

Apple Watch Sounds Like It has 1-Day Battery Life to Me, Just Like Most Smartwatches

Apple announced the Apple Watch today, a device that won’t actually arrive until some time in early 2015. Even though it isn’t going to be available for months, Apple still showed off the device’s potential features, design, different models, and an estimated price, which will start at $349. But for those in the Android game who have been interested in Android Wear and smartwatches in general, there was one piece to today’s presentation that was of interest – expected battery life. Of course, that information never did arrive, nor has it appeared on Apple’s own dedicated website section for the Watch. Well, not directly, but Apple has hinted at it a couple of times.

Android Wear watches, at least so far, have struggled to get more than a full day of use before needing to be charged. We have talked off and on about smartwatch battery life expections for weeks, especially now that the Moto 360 is available, suggesting that they need to be lessoned thanks to the technology involved here. Yet for whatever reason, tech enthusiasts had decided that Apple would unveil a watch that goes well beyond a day, maybe even three or four without needing to be charged. As unrealistic as that sounds, this is the world we live in. Expectations for Apple to change the game are always there, even if they haven’t for years.

I hate to break it to you, but from what we have heard and seen from Apple today, it certainly doesn’t appear as if they have reinvented battery tech for watches with the Apple Watch. (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Better Looking Watch – Apple Watch, Moto 360, or G Watch R?

Apple is a company known for design. Almost all of their products are largely thought to be beautiful combinations of modern and industrial design. So as we waited to see them unveil the Apple Watch this morning, I think it’s safe to say that we expected the design of the device to blow our minds. But did it?

The Apple Watch is a bubbly little thing, with a sapphire display, rounded edges, and swappable watch straps that come in a variety of materials and textures. It comes in a sport model made of aluminum, standard model wrapped in stainless steel, and an “Edition” version with 18K gold. It even has a “Digital Crown” as both a functional and design highlight. But in the end, the watch still sports a square face with all sorts of bezel that looks a lot like all of the previous smartwatches we have seen from Samsung.

Then you have the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R, two devices that have really tried to emulate a traditional watch experience, but with smart functionality built in. They are beautifully designed time pieces, not just smartwatches.

So you tell us, which is the better looking watch?

Better Looking Watch - Apple Watch, Moto 360, or G Watch R?

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Comparison: iPhone 6 and Plus vs. Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy Note 4 vs. Moto X vs. G3 vs. One (M8)

Apple is done showing off the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (official names), so we slapped their available specs into a chart below to show how they stack up against Android’s current flagship devices. The new Moto X and Galaxy Note 4 are as new as these new Apple devices, but the Galaxy S5, LG G3, and One (M8) are veterans at this point. Still, Android devices have pushed the limits of specs for years now, often upgrading specs here and there throughout the year with new models.  Apple still only gives us one (now two) phone(s) per year, but every so often, comes out swinging with a major upgrade, like they did last year with their 64-bit processor.

In the chart below, you will see Apple’s new storage scheme (they are skipping 32GB), the new bigger displays and their resolutions, inclusion of new chips like NFC, and the weight and size measurements of devices that are now on the same level as you favorite Android phones. You have to admit that it feels a little odd to have Apple in our oversized phone neighborhood, but the move shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Thoughts?  (more…)