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Apple confirms September 10th iPhone event, and we’ll be there live!

Apple confirms September 10th iPhone event, and we'll be there live!

The next iPhone will be officially unveiled on September 10th, as confirmed via the Apple-delivered invite that you see above. When the curtains pull back, it’ll be nearly a year to the day since the iPhone 5 was ushered into reality, and it’ll no doubt be a monumentally important day for the company. Particularly compared to the barrage of products Apple introduced in 2012 — iPad mini, iPhone 5, the MacBook Pro with Retina display, enhanced MacBook Air / iMac / Mac mini lines, a redesigned iPod nano, a revised iPad / iPod touch / Apple TV, ad OS X Mountain Lion — 2013 has been eerily quiet. Outside of a tweaked iPhone 5 for T-Mobile’s network, a Haswell-infused MacBook Air and a tease of the next-generation Mac Pro, we’ve been left with little more than hopes for newly-inspired versions of iOS and OS X.

That changes on the 10th of September, as at the very least, a next-gen iPhone will hit the stage. We’ll also holding out hope for a lower-end iPhone for emerging markets — markets where Android and even Windows Phone are the platforms of choice for communities making the move into the smartphone era. We wouldn’t put it past Apple to also revise its iPad line while it’s at it, and naturally, iOS 7 should be just about primed for release to the masses. As you’d expect, we’ll be on hand in Cupertino in order to liveblog every second of the action, and we’d invite you to cast your best guesses on what’s to come in comments below.

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Media Gadget Stores and Shares Well With Others


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Lots of individuals are digital hoarder and proud of it. And why not? With relatively limitless remote storage choices available free of cost or for a little month-to-month fee, they can keep their digital pictures, videos, music and various other files in the cloud without stressing over lacking room.

Individual gadgets are a different tale. Smartphones and tablets with restricted quantities of storage can quickly fill out with apps, pictures and videos, requiring users to delete content on a routine basis.

Today, I tested a device that might relieve a few of that regional storage concern and can act as a media-sharing godsend on a long automobile trip: SanDisk’s $ 100 Connect Wireless Media Gadget.

This 2.5-ounce gadget measures about the size of a pad of Post-it Notes and holds 64 gigabytes of pictures, videos, songs or other files. And right here’s where it could be available in useful in the automobile: The SanDisk can be accessed by up to 8 devices concurrently, with 5 of them streaming high-definition video from it at the exact same time.

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The size of a pad of Post-it Notes, the SanDisk lets up to eight devices access the media files it holds.

It’s on back order until next week from SanDisk.com and Amazon. A 32-gigabyte variation is offered for $ 80 for individuals who can’t wait. Both variations have actually SD memory card slots for expanding their storage.

Several companies have actually created devices that do similar things, consisting of Seagate and Kingston. I discovered SanDisk’s Wireless Media Gadget to be a basic solution for quickly transferring information off of a phone or tablet. It also was light-weight and portable and worked well for sharing content to numerous gadgets in the exact same space simultaneously.

The SanDisk gadget works with a complimentary app that can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store, the Android operating system’s Google Play store or Amazon’s Appstore for Kindle Fire. I effectively tested it on the iPhone, iPad and a Moto X smartphone running Android, streaming high-definition video to the 3 devices at once without an issue. And I tapped one button to open choices for offloading images from my smartphone to the SanDisk.

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The gadget deals with a complimentary app that shows videos, images, music and other declare sharing and streaming.

In addition to the transfer apps, the SanDisk gadget has a USB cord that enables transfers to or from a Mac or Windows PC.

As for video playback, you still need to worry about file formats that will not play on some devices. The iOS app won’t play. AVI or. WMV files, because these are formats produced by Windows machines, and Android won’t play. MOV files, which are in Apple’s QuickTime format.

While file transfers from the SanDisk are simple, the procedure for moving files to it is a little clunky, including the drag-and-drop approach.

One of the most appealing attributes of this gadget is that it doesn’t require an Internet connection to stream its content to other gadgets.

It appears in a gadget’s Wi-Fi settings as its own network, and you select it from your gadget to link to the SanDisk. This means you can toss it in your bag for a long trip and let numerous people gain access to its content at the exact same time. SanDisk promises it will work from approximately 150 feet away, and it did in my house.

You can decide to connect the SanDisk to your Wi-Fi network, which could be available in useful in certain scenarios. For instance, after I transferred over a dozen Word files to the SanDisk device from my Mac through USB cord, I opened and reviewed these documents on my iPad with several cloud-based apps, consisting of Microsoft’s Office Mobile and SkyDrive apps, Evernote and Google Drive, without needing to connect to the Web.

The SanDisk takes three hours to totally charge, which it can do by means of USB from a computer system or by utilizing its power adapter. One cost lasts for up to eight hours of continuous streaming. In my mixed-use tests, the battery lasted for well over 8 hours. It also has a smart battery function that shuts off the device if it hasn’t been used in 10 minutes.

A single black button on the front edge of the SanDisk turns it on, and three small icons radiance to stand for the battery indication, the drive broadcasting its Wi-Fi signal and whether or not the drive is likewise connected to the Internet through your regional Wi-Fi network.

As is commonly the case, this device’s corresponding iOS and Android apps looked a little various and didn’t operate exactly the exact same means. But both apps make use of an icon with up and down arrows to stand for the method material can be transferred wirelessly to or from a mobile gadget. Tap this and select content to publish to the SanDisk from your gadget or to your device from the SanDisk.

The apps’ transfer button moves material to and from your SanDisk and pulls up a Share option, makings it simple to share digital files with buddies through email, Facebook or Picasa– or to copy the files. To utilize this attribute, the SanDisk should be connected to the Web by means of Wi-Fi. Photos can be edited and re-saved within the SanDisk app, and numerous can be dipped into once making use of a slide-show option.

My husband and I each have various accounts for keeping images and videos. He downloaded the SanDisk app to his iPhone and quickly uploaded a ton of his pictures onto my SanDisk gadget. When images existed, I could download the pictures onto my Android phone or iPad utilizing the app, or simply look at them. However two efforts to move an eight-minute video from my spouse’s iPhone failed after a couple of minutes of waiting.

A SanDisk agent said this may have been caused by the phone going to “sleep,” which stopped the video transfer. The business plans an app update to fix this in coming weeks.

If your mobile device is getting crowded, or if you desire a much better way to stream material to neighboring friends without the hassle of emailing or texting substantial files, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Device is a clever solution.

Write to Katie at katie.boehret@wsj.com.

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We’ll be liveblogging from Nokia’s 41 Million Reasons event, join us at 11AM ET!

We have the sneaking suspicion we know what we’ll be seeing when 11AM ET time rolls around, but we’ve certainly been surprised in the past. We’re here in New York City, eagerly waiting Nokia’s next big announcement. Be sure to join along to get a play by play of all 41 million of those aforementioned reasons.

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We’ll be live at Microsoft’s Build developer conference at 9AM PT / 12PM ET on June 26th

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Microsoft is holding its annual Build conference in San Francisco this year, promising to place the focus squarely on developers. With a Windows 8.1 preview planned for the same day, and the promise of some Xbox One development news, it looks like Microsoft might be ready to explain how all of its key products will work in harmony together in the future. With rumors of a new Surface announcement, and a focus on 7- and 8-inch devices with Windows 8.1, there could be an additional hardware focus at Build alongside the key software aspects. Windows, Windows Phone, Azure, Internet Explorer, Office, Xbox, and Visual Studio will all make an appearance at the event and we’ll be there live to cover it all.

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Well Done, Microsoft

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The reveal of the Xbox One didn’t go as Microsoft hoped. Gamers loved the system, but hated the absurd restrictions placed on the games. But Microsoft listened and just today reversed its stance on some of the more ridiculous policies. Good for them. Good for us.

I mean, the outcry was hard to ignore. The memes, the tweets, the visceral anger was everywhere. Even the talking heads on nationwide morning talk shows were debating the curious DRM restrictions.

Gone is the daily Internet check. Gone is the very limited region locking. Games can now be rented and traded and passed among friends just like always. Things are essentially back to normal, for better or worse.

This move was clearly to save face and eliminate potential digs Sony and Nintendo could (and would and already did) take at the Xbox One. The last thing Microsoft needs is Sony pointing out that the PS4 doesn’t require an always-on Internet connection like the Xbox One.

Microsoft didn’t have to reverse its stance. It could have taken the potshots and rolled out, touting the Xbox One’s features alongside the forward-thinking requirements.

After all, the company has historically been pretty good about not responding to consumer feedback in a timely manner. Just look at Windows 8. Or Windows Vista. Or Xbox Live. The company has a long history of doing whatever the hell it wants.

Even with the crazy restrictions, the average consumer would have probably purchased the Xbox One anyway. Gaming forums and Twitter represent just a small (if noisy) portion of the One’s target market. And with the One launching months from now, in the midst of the holiday season, the talk would have quieted down before it hit Walmart’s shelves.

The Xbox One still requires a Kinect to always be connected, and today’s reversal removes some of the more novel features like game sharing from the system. But at least Microsoft is listening and responding quickly. That’s new. Gamers wanted to love the Xbox One but Microsoft made it impossible. Now things have gotten slightly better.

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Well That Sounds Exhillirating: Man’s 600-Foot Rope Drop

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This is a video of professional rock climber Cedar Wright performing a 600-foot rope drop/swing in Ukraine. It’s crazy how extreme people have to go these days to get a rush. I still get all sweaty and excited using a crosswalk that’s already flashing orange.

Hit the jump for the video, which is from a series called PAUSE which is why the video stops right before the dude presumably dies (he doesn’t though — he’s still alive).

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Diablo 3 bedevils consoles on September 3rd, heading to Xbox 360 as well

Diablo 3 isn’t a Sony console exclusive anymore, it seems, with Blizzard Entertainment today announcing it’s heading to Xbox 360 as well on September 3rd. The game will arrive for the PlayStation 3 on the same day as the 360 version, with the PlayStation 4 version arriving at an unknown point afterward. It’s unknown if the game is also headed to Microsoft’s next-gen console, Xbox One, though Blizzard told our friends at Joystiq, “We don’t have any further platform announcements to share at this time.” Not exactly a straight up “no!” The console version of the game is said to contain all the updates that PC / Mac users have enjoyed thus far, not to mention much needed relief for your clicking finger.

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Facebook Home Screenshot Leaks Suggest We’ll See An Image-Rich User interface With Sharing Close At Hand

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Facebook is set to debut an unique Android item tomorrow, and now 9to5Google has a very early look at what we might see, courtesy of Evleaks. The screens depicted on renders of the supposed HTC First smartphone hardware being developed by the Taiwanese business. The images reveal tweaks to the fundamental Android UI that consist of simple access to condition updates, picture sharing and check-in functions, in addition to an emphasis on images.

The screens want to take a mostly minimalist technique to re-skinning the Android OS, with a widget just like the one available for Android house displays occupying a spot near the top of the app tray. A notifications screen utilizes what looks like it might be a Facebook cover image as its background, and seems to show a user ’ s FB profile pic as the open mechanism. There are Instagram, Messenger and Facebook sharing choices revealed in the built-in gallery app, and Evleaks says the entire point is to put Facebook features close at hand wherever possible in the OS itself, making it less required to delve into the specialized app to share or engage with content published to the social network.



The description and screens from this latest leakage match up with exactly what Josh stated was on the means from Facebook for this event last week. Overall, it appears like exactly what FB is doing is making a product that can make Android a much better funnel for prompting mobile individuals to post content and updates to its network, and to better keep up to date with new activity from their pals. If Facebook can effectively show that it can actually enhance the Android experience with deeper hooks, its Home item can become appealing to other OEMs too. As well as though it has actually developed an impressive user base upon its own, shipping on a range of Android hardware around the globe as an aspect essentially baked into the OS works out beyond typical individual acquisition techniques.

We ’ ll have live insurance coverage of the event tomorrow as it takes place, beginning at 10 AM PT, so you can tune in to discover whether what Facebook truly is presenting matches these early leaks as it takes place.

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Well I Don’t Like The Sound Of That: Bat-Eating Spiders Found On Every Continent Except Antarctica

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WARNING: SPIDER PICTURES. That should kind of go without saying though because it’s a post about spiders, you know? Stop emailing me.

In news that’s sure to send real estate prices on Antarctica skyrocketing, scientists have confirmed that spiders that prey on bats have been found on every continent except the icy giant. I’m coming, Santa! “Antarctica is at the south pole.” Right, I knew that.

The researchers write that bat-catching spiders were reported from “virtually every continent,” with the exception of Antarctica. About 80% of the reported “bat catches” were performed by web-building spiders and 12% to hunting spiders (i.e. spiders that forage without the use of a web):

While in some instances bats entangled in spider webs may have died of exhaustion, starvation, dehydration, and/or hyperthermia (i.e., non-predation death), there were numerous other instances where spiders were seen actively attacking, killing, and eating the captured bats (i.e., predation). This evidence suggests that spider predation on flying vertebrates is more widespread than previously assumed.

I love bats, so obviously this is heartbreaking news for me. *wiping fake tear* Now if you’ll excuse me, I need a minute to compose myself. Actually, I’m just going to take the rest of the afternoon off. If my boss asks tell him somebody died. No — tell him EVERYBODY died. That should buy me coming in late tomorrow too.

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Microsoft’s Xbox chief predicts ‘we’ll all be wearing 10 sensors’ in the next decade

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While Microsoft’s main investment in sensor technology has been Kinect, the software maker hasn’t ventured into wearable devices recently. With devices like Jawbone and Nike’s FuelBand soaring in popularity, and Google’s Glass set to debut later this year, there’s clearly a shift towards wearable computing in general. Speaking at Microsoft’s TechForum event this week, the company’s president of the Interactive Entertainment Business responsible for Xbox, Don Mattrick, offered his own predictions for the future of wearable tech.

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