New HTC One shown side-by-side with original model in extensive comparison video

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The HTC One (M8) is not even official yet, although it may as well be considering the numerous leaks that have revealed almost everything there is to know about the handset. An extensive video comparison between the upcoming smartphone and last year’s HTC One (M7) flagship has been posted on YouTube by TechSmartt, which walks us through the differences between the two devices when it comes to overall design elements, full specs, software features, camera experience, battery life and even highlights performance differences based on various benchmark tests.

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iWatch likely contains pedometer; Jawbone designer imagines ‘wearable kit of sensors’

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With Apple’s iWatch looking set to have a major health and fitness angle, and likely to be bristling with sensors, it seems likely that a pedometer will be one of them. Patently Apple reports on an Apple patent designed to allow steps to be accurately tracked using a wrist-mounted device. Or, in patentspeak:

In some implementations, optimizations for detecting steps when a pedometer is worn at a user’s wrist are described. In some implementations, a threshold crossing step detection method can be enhanced for wrist locations by counting the number of positive peaks between comparison threshold crossings, adjusting a minimum peak-to-peak threshold for qualifying threshold crossings, and inferring a second step based on the amount of time between threshold crossings. In some implementations, the pedometer can automatically determine that the pedometer is being worn on a user’s wrist.

Jawbone’s design lead Yves Béhar, meantime, has been imagining how “a wearable kit…

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Screenshots of iOS 8: Healthbook, Preview, TextEdit icons leaked

techtalons:

Awesome

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The above screenshot claiming to represent iOS 8 just showed up on a Weibo account. Even though the source of the images is absolutely uncertain, I have confirmed with several sources that these shots are legitimate. Earlier today, I detailed the new Preview and TextEdit apps shown above, and I previously discussed Healthbook. I’ll have more news on Healthbook in the coming weeks. Until then, you can check out a higher-resolution mockup of the Healthbook icon below. I’m not sure what the Tips icon is for, but it is probably a user-guide of some sort. Of course, it’s plausible that the icons are works in progress. More images below:

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New in iOS 7.1: Big iPhone 4 performance improvements, better navigation audio, and more [Videos]

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Apple launched iOS 7.1 this morning after what seemed like an eternity in beta, making the first major update to the mobile OS since it was redesigned last year. Included in the update are several key features such as CarPlay, but also a collection of smaller tweaks and improvements that make system more convenient.

Among those features are two very important ones that haven’t really gotten enough press: huge performance improvements on the iPhone 4 and something called “HFP prompts” in the Maps application…

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Finally a smartwatch concept that I could actually see myself wearing

techtalons:

I agree with this

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I’ve said before that if Apple or anyone else wants to persuade me to wear a smartwatch, they’re going to have to design something that looks like a stylish watch rather than a chunk of smartphone glued to a strap.

Even most of the concept images floating around haven’t really hit the mark in my view. But this one, by Hungarian designer Gábor Balogh and spotted by The Verge, does.

Granted, it suffers the usual concept image issue of being designed with little thought to practicality (what happens when I answer that call?), and it’s not an iOS interface we’re seeing, but Balogh himself says that he’s aiming to illustrate a principle rather than a specific user-interface. That principle being that a watch should, first and foremost, work as a watch.

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Check out the full set of images on Balogh’s Bēhance page, and let us know in the…

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Wearables

In 2014 a new tech era is blooming up, wearable’s! Although in the past a few tech giants have released some wearable’s like  google glass, Samsung galaxy gear, and Sony smart watch; but none of these have just cracked what wearables should be. Some small tech companies which are not widely recognised like pebble have gut a little bit of an idea of how it should be on the design and materials point. Also this year Apple is rumoured to be revealing its wearable the iWatch , and in my opinion this could be the watch which sets a mark on what wearables should be. After all they did the same thing for phones, tablets, and computers; so why not The iWatch.

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Do’s and Don’ts

In my opinion a wearable should be something which is fashionable, functional, and powerful. People are going to be wearing this as an accessory on their bodies therefore people want something that is seamless and looks good on them , not something which screams super nerd. It should be functional and powerful, this is where most wearable’s are not getting it right. A wearable should be able to run a variety of different powerful applications and games; give notifications; have a fitness tracker, make payments with NFC or bluetooth 4.0, and give important information such as weather, reminders and calendars. Wearable’s should also have a long-lasting battery (around 5-7 days) because people don’t want to be charging this every single day. Devices like this should also be able to run even if your smartphone dies out on you.

There are not much things wearable’s should be able to do because they should be able to do everything you could think a wearable could do even if it is not such a good feature it would still be nice to have. The only think I would recommend a company not to do is make it crazy expensive, heavy, have useless features like a camera or IR blaster.

 

Do you think wearable’s will take off, what would you like in a wearable, and who do you want to release a wearable. leave your comments bellow.