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WWDC 2018: Apple announces tvOS 12

At its WWDC 2018 keynote, Apple announced tvOS 12. Here's what's new!

  • Dolby Atmos support for Apple TV is coming
  • Free Dolby Atmos upgrades for any content you own that gets the newer sound format
  • Live News and Live Sports comes to the TV app on Apple TV
  • In the US, Charter Spectrum service will be available on Apple TV. 50 million homes have access to Charter Spectrum.
  • Single Sign-On becomes Zero Sign-On. If you are on your TV providers broadband network, all TV apps are unlocked immediately. Charter Spectrum is the first to support this feature.
  • Home control systems like Creston and Savant will be integrated into Apple TV.
  • Aerial screensavers will now show you locations, and allow you to swipe to change the screensaver location.
  • New aerial screensaver above Earth, filmed on the International Space Station.

That's tvOS 12!


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WWDC 2018: Apple announces watchOS 5

watchOS 5

During it's WWDC 2018, Apple announced watchOS 5, it's next generation software for the Apple Watch. Here's what's new!

HEALTH AND FITNESS

  • In watchOS 5, you can challenge any friend to a seven day Activity challenge. You get shown where you stand in the competition, and earn awards in the Activity app.
  • There is now a new workout type for yoga. You can more accurately track yoga sessions.
  • Hiking gets a new workout type.
  • You can now track your rolling mile pace when running, along with steps per minute data.
  • Automatic Workout Detection where the watch will offer to start a workout with a notification when it senses a workout has started, and give you credit retroactively. watchOS will also auto-recognize when you end a workout if you forget.

CONNECTED FEATURES

  • watchOS 5 will have a Walkie-Talkie feature. You just press to talk, and the person on the other end can hear you immediately. You have to specifically enable the feature on a per-contact basis.

SIRI WATCH FACE

  • Siri watch face will integrate sports data, Siri shortcuts
  • Siri watch face will support third-party apps on watchOS 5
  • You no longer need to say “Hey Siri” when you raise your wrist to speak to the Watch

NOTIFICATIONS

  • Interactive notifications are now in watchOS 5. You can Apple Pay, check in, leave reviews, etc right from a notification.
  • watchOS 5 includes WebKit to see web content right on the Watch from an email or message.

PODCASTS

  • Apple Podcasts app will be available on watchOS 5, with full account syncing and Siri support.

APPS

  • Apps can include interactive controls right in an app. Do things like extend parking, order food, etc.
  • Background audio for third-party apps
  • Add your student ID card to Wallet on your Watch

ACCESSORIES

  • New Pride watchband, with a new Pride watch face

That's watchOS 12!


Hands on with the new Oculus Go and Lenovo Mirage Solo portable VR headsets - Geared Up!

The Geared Up Giveaway is back! We're giving Geared Up subscribers the chance to win an Oculus Go headset. See the bottom of this post for details on how to enter the giveaway.

The VR hype is starting to get real. Just in the past two weeks, Facebook's Oculus launched the highly affordable and convenient Oculus Go while Lenovo debuted its more sophisticated by pricey Mirage Solo, both more convenient devices than their powerful but bulky predecessors. So how do the two new headsets compare? We've been testing them out and on this episode, we go hands-on with both devices to give our reviews.

Plus, we're offering Geared Up subscribers the chance to win an Oculus Go headset—just subscribe to Geared Up in your favorite podcast app and use the widget at the bottom of the page to enter. In other news, Apple is facing a class-action lawsuit over the controversial MacBook keyboard and Microsoft announced a second generation of the Surface Hub, its huge wall-mounted PC. HP also made headlines this week with its announcement of several new laptops and desktops.

Win an Oculus Go VR Headset from Geared Up!

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HomePod bust and how Xbox’s backward compatibility gamble is still paying off - Geared Up!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Microsoft, Music, Video Games, Videos,

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is struggling in the competitive smart home market, according to a new report. What led to its demise, and what can Apple do to get back into the smart speaker game?

Plus, Amazon reveals how it assigns the preferred “Amazon’s Choice” label to products; Apple is rumored to be creating a subscription version of Apple News after its acquisition of digital magazine company Texture; and we look at how Xbox’s backward compatibility has become the console’s saving grace.

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The great privacy debate — and how companies like Apple could benefit - Geared Up!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, PC / Laptop,

How should gadget fans think about privacy? Geared Up cohost Andru Edwards, for one, says growing concerns about data privacy will be a boon for Apple and other companies that don’t base their businesses on advertising revenue.

But doesn’t that mean you’re locked in to Apple’s ecosystem? “Yes – locked into greatness,” he says.

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Mega Smartphone Giveaway: Win an iPhone X, Pixel 2, or Galaxy Note 8!

The Mega Smartphone Giveaway!

Welcome to our MEGA Smartphone Giveaway! We are giving away three of the best smartphones of 2017 to celebrate the end of the year, and this is your opportunity to walk away with an iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and Google Pixel 2! Here is how it will work:

  • The first place winner gets to choose their pick from the 3 smartphones - iPhone X, Note 8, and Pixel 2
  • The second place winner gets to choose between the 2 that are left
  • The third place winner gets the remaining smartphone (The winner that chooses the iPhone may substitute an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus instead of the iPhone X if they prefer)

Big shout out to Erica Griffin and David Cogen (The Unlockr) for teaming up with me on this giveaway! Good luck to all! Which phone would you pick if you won? Do the Pixel 2 cameras call your name? Are you all about Face ID with the iPhone X? The stylus of the Galaxy Note 8? Let me know!


Bleeding Edge TV 610: Best Headphones for iPhone 7 Review

In this episode we discuss the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus headphone situation. What's the best iPhone 7 headphones solution for you? Austin Creed from Up Up Down Down joins me in this discussion to chat about the different Lightning headphones, Bluetooth headphones, and more. Are you concerned about the loss of the iPhone 7 headphone jack?

You can pick up the Audeze EL-8 Titanium, JBL Reflect Aware, and Bose QC35 now.

Don't forget to subscribe to Gear Live's YouTube channel—also, we are giving away awesome perks for our Patreon backers - thanks for your support!

 

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Bleeding Edge TV 609: Nulaxy Lightning Flash Drive for iPhone review

If you've ever wished that you could add storage to your iPhone, now you can with the Nulaxy USB Flash Drive. This portable flash drive has a USB connector on one side, and a Lightning connector on the other. This means that you can transfer files to and from your PC or Mac, and can also use it to store larger files like movies and videos, or things you don't need constant access to like documents. This instantly gives you another 32GB of storage, and it works with all of your iOS devices!

You can pick up the Nulaxy Lightning Flash Drive now.

Don't forget to subscribe to Gear Live's YouTube channel—also, we are giving away awesome perks for our Patreon backers - thanks for your support!

 

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Is the new MacBook Pro really worth the price? Hands-on with Apple’s high-end notebook

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop,

Apple’s new MacBook Pro comes with an eye-catching feature, a Touch Bar across the top of the keyboard that replaces the function keys with virtual buttons and sliders that change in context, depending on which program or app you’re using at any given moment.

But starting at $1799 for a 13-inch model with Touch Bar, this is no small investment. So is the new MacBook Pro really worth it? Andru Edwards of Gear Live & Todd Bishop of GeekWire have a new MacBook Pro in-studio for this special GeekWire podcast and video segment to give us their take.

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iPhone 7 Plus & Google Pixel XL Giveaway!

We are giving away two of the hottest smartphones on the planet right now - the iPhone 7 Plus and the Google Pixel XL! Each winner will get to choose whether they would like a 128GB iPhone 7 Plus, or a 128GB Google Pixel XL, and each winner will also get to choose the color that they'd like to receive. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay up on all the latest tech reviews and gadget giveaways!

Big shout out to Candid for sponsorsing this giveaway - be sure to check out the video I did on Candid and their anonymous social networking app down below.

Enter to win using the Gleam widget below, and good luck to all who enter!

iPhone 7 Plus / Google Pixel Giveaway!


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