For whatever reason, the iPad originally lacked a handful of features included on the iPhone, including a calculator and a clock function, both of which are extremely useful. A Clock app with a stopwatch option became available as part of iOS 6, but in the meanwhile to fill the gap arose hundreds if not thousands of basic apps in the App Store -- some free and others premium. One such free tool is Stop Watch Free. Available for the iPad, Stop Watch Free mimics the basic interface and functions of the stopwatch included with the iPhone's operating system. With … Read more
If you're nostalgic for the old days when phones were dialed and you told time with a watch, this single-function app may one of the least expensive ways to hold onto the past. Anthony Campisi, who created the Key Wind Pocket Watch, does not promise the moon. He has created a simple, easy-to-use pocket watch that opens quickly on your iPhone and features a realistic ticking sound. That is all -- if you expect more, you will be disappointed.
The free app installs easily, requires no registration, and features no ad. It has only two features. One, it tells … Read more
In the category of "one day people, will ask, 'How did you ever exist with just an iPhone?'," I recently visited the Old Town Music Hall, a little movie theater built in 1921 in El Segundo, Calif., which is near Los Angeles, and marveled at the technology and talent that went into playing live music for silent films.
That technology was the mighty Wurlitzer. That's right, before talking pictures, audiences were entertained by silent films that used title cards and, in many theaters, live music accompaniment. The Wurlitzer is a brand of organ, but also much more. … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--Track your heart from your wrist with the Mio Alpha, yet another smartwatch launched by Kickstarter and shown off at MWC 2013. For $199 the Alpha is water resistant and built to reliably read the rate of your ticker.
With clean lines and smoothly rounded curves, the Mio Alpha looks and feels both futuristic and sporty. As well it should since the Alpha is essentially a timepiece and fitness gadget for people looking for serious feedback about their workouts.The watch's soft silicone wrist strap is comfortable, too, and it's clear this gizmo was designed to wear … Read more
I'm not sure, but I think I saw one of these for sale in Mos Eisley.
The luxury brand announced a limited set of 99 of these old-school science fiction timepieces, each priced at $33,400. How many Galactic Standard Credits is that?
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Sony PS4 is official: Coming in 2013, but design and price remain a mystery.
- Five unanswered questions about PlayStation 4.
- Sony: Fear not, the PlayStation 4 will play used games.
- Making sense of the PS4 game lineup.
- Sony plans second-screen app for PlayStation 4.
- Sony mum on PlayStation Vita price drops for U.S., Europe.
- Microsoft spokesman takes potshot at PS4 event.
An Apple smartwatch seems to be on the drawing board after all, according to a patent application published today.
The application -- filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in August 2011 but just published -- is titled "Bi-Stable Spring With Flexible Display." It describes a flexible touch-screen device that can display information. The device can be worn in any location, according to the patent, though one of the drawings shows it being worn around the wrist.
The patent doesn't specifically refer to the device as a smartwatch and instead envisions it as an electronic … Read more
NEW YORK--So the world didn't exactly get what it wanted out of Sony's PlayStation 4 debut tonight. There was no sight of the actual console itself and details about its specific release date and price were also nowhere to be seen.
Sony's team-up with Gaikai is sure to net some interesting ideas and implementations with cloud streaming, the sharing of game screens, remote play, and other concoctions, but the games themselves were what made the biggest impact.
Those pondering the PS4's gaming prowess were served an interesting dish. Ten or so major developers were represented in … Read more
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has a warning for Tim Cook and his executives: stay cool, or you'll have trouble.
Speaking to Bloomberg in an interview published today, Wozniak said that while Apple is still "really good at setting a standard with a new device," it's starting to lose its standing as the coolest company in the technology industry.
"We used to have these ads, 'I'm a Mac and I'm a PC,' and the Mac was always the cool guy," Wozniak told Bloomberg. "And ouch, it's painful, because we kind of … Read more
If Apple is hard at work on an "iWatch," it will have to overcome battery issues bedeviling existing smartwatch makers.
This new crop of wrist devices has a lot more in common with smartphones than your old Timex. They have increasingly large displays, and can ferry over notifications and other data, acting as a second screen of sorts for your smartphone. For many of the latest models, that extra utility is not without a compromise: You've got to plug it in at the end of the day.
Charging a smartphone every day can be an annoyance, but … Read more