Everything you need to know about Apple’s GymKit, now out in the US

Enlarge / Apple Watch Series 2. (credit: Valentina Palladino) While the Apple Watch is seen by many as the ultimate wearable fitness tool, it's somewhat out of place in the gym. The native Workout app has a number of exercise profiles to choose from, including activities that can only be done in the gym. But, in many ways, the Watch is best suited for outdoor activities. But with the introduction of GymKit, Apple hopes to make the in-gym cardio experience better. Apple's system to connect the [Read Entire Story]

Android Wear gets updated to Android 8.0 Oreo [Update]

Enlarge / The LG Watch Sport. Remember Android Wear? Google's struggling smartwatch OS is getting updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, just like the rest of the Android lineup. Google announced the update on the "Android Wear Developers" Google Plus group. It seems like the only supported watch right now is the flagship LG Watch Sport, which makes sense since that was the only watch to get an Android O beta in the beginning of October. Wear's last big update was Android Wear 2.0, which was released [Read Entire Story]

Tim Cook ‘optimistic’ Chinese cyber regulators will allow pulled apps back on iPhone

Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed 'hope' that the communist Chinese government will allow Apple to reinstate certain apps to the tech giant's App Store on Wednesday. ; Earlier this year, Apple removed some messaging and VPM apps — which allow users to mask their IP address and access websites censored by the authoritative Chinese government — from the App store at the request of Chinese officials. ; The app ExpressVPM, or instance, received a notice from Apple in July stating that "your [Read Entire Story]

Android Wear gets updated to Android 8.0 Oreo

Enlarge / The LG Watch Sport. Remember Android Wear? Google's struggling smartwatch OS is getting updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, just like the rest of the Android lineup. Google announced the update on the "Android Wear Developers" Google Plus group. It seems like the only supported watch right now is the flagship LG Watch Sport, which makes sense since that was the only watch to get an Android O beta in the beginning of October. Wear's last big update was Android Wear 2.0, which was released [Read Entire Story]

Apple Pay Cash hits Apple Watches with watchOS 4.2 release

Enlarge / A 38mm Apple Watch Series 2 (left) next to a 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 (right). (credit: Valentina Palladino) The latest software update for Apple Watch is now available, just a few days after Apple released iOS 11.2 earlier than expected. The biggest link between the iDevice and Watch software updates is Apple Pay Cash, which is now available for Apple's wearable in watchOS 4.2 Apple Pay Cash lets US-based users send and receive money through iMessage, with funds drawn from a [Read Entire Story]

FDA clears first medical accessory for the Apple Watch—an EKG sensor

Enlarge (credit: YouTube, AliveCor) Plenty of studies boast about the medical possibilities of the Apple Watch, but Apple's wearable is a consumer device, not a medical one. However, the FDA just announced the clearing of the first medical Apple Watch accessory, AliveCor's KardiaBand, which uses the wearable's heart rate technology and an attached sensor to provide EKG readings on the fly. An Apple Watch paired with a KardiaBand could provide users with an EKG reading in 30 seconds, detecting [Read Entire Story]

Apple is offering gift cards worth up to $150 on Black Friday

The award for the least surprising Black Friday event this year goes to Apple. The company launched its Black Friday page early on Friday, offering gift cards worth up to $150 with select purchases of Apple gadgets. SEE ALSO: Here are the best places to buy Apple products on Black Friday If you buy an Apple Watch Series 1, you'll get a $25 Apple Gift Card. Purchasing an iPhone SE, 6s or 7 will get you a gift card worth up to $50. Buying an iPad Pro, iPad or iPad mini 4 will net you a gift card [Read Entire Story]

German government tells parents to destroy children’s smartwatches

The German government isn't just banning some children's smartwatches — its telling people to "destroy" the gadgets already circulating around the country. On Friday, Germany's telecom regulator the Federal Network Agency announced that a number of these devices, designed for ages 5 to 12, can allow someone to remotely tap into the watch's microphone and clandestinely spy from remote locations (just like a wiretap). The regulator isn't just concerned about the potential of people spying on [Read Entire Story]

The Mac mini isn’t dead yet, says Tim Cook

The 2014 Mac Mini. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) More than 1,000 days have passed since Apple updated its Mac mini hardware. Since then, Apple has launched the Apple Watch, AirPods, the retina MacBook, and the Touch Bar MacBook Pro. Meanwhile, the Mac mini has existed in a state of arrested development. You'd be forgiven for considering the possibility that the product has been living its last days. But in an e-mail to an Apple customer today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Mac mini isn't going [Read Entire Story]

Smart jewelry tested: do beautiful devices have the brains to compete?

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Technology is shrinking, but that doesn't mean it's getting more subtle. Smartwatches are gaining popularity in the wearable world, but most make themselves painfully known by looking like high-tech gadgets. Not all wearables are fashion crimes, though; there's a sector of smart jewelry trying to thrive in this space by fighting against the cold, gadget-like aesthetic. These devices take the shape of traditional jewelry—like bracelets, rings, and [Read Entire Story]

Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1 with fix for Series 3 LTE/Wi-Fi bug

Enlarge / Call options in the Phone app. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Apple released a software update for its Series 3 watches today that will upgrade watchOS 4 to watchOS 4.0.1. This is the first software update to watchOS 4 since it became available for all Apple Watch models on September 19. The watchOS 4.0.1 update focuses on fixing a peculiar Wi-Fi issue some Series 3 with LTE models experienced. That issue prevented the devices from connecting to LTE in favor of connecting to an [Read Entire Story]

Some iOS 11 issues show early adoption pitfalls, others are just growing pains

Enlarge / The control center has a new interface for adjusting brightness. Apple's new iOS 11 software for iPhones and iPads rolled out yesterday, but its adoption is slightly slower than that of its predecessor, and as is often the case, various issues have been reported by early adopters. iOS 11 had been installed on just over 10 percent of supported devices in the 24 hours after it went live, according to data from Mixpanel. That's slightly slower than adoption of iOS 10 at launch (which [Read Entire Story]

Reduce the cords, charge your Apple devices together with AirPower in 2018

CUPERTINO, Calif.—Amid a bevy of new product releases—the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Watch Series 3 with built-in LTE—Apple quietly presented a new way to power these iDevices all at once. Called "AirPower," Apple's new charging pad will let users reduce the need for many cords and outlets and instead rely on this multi-device charging station. Many of Apple's newly announced devices have glass backs and rely on Qi (sounds like "chee") wireless charging technology, a standard favored by the Wireless [Read Entire Story]

Apple Watch Series 3 hands-on: LTE could be the watershed moment

Enlarge / The new Apple Watch looks the same as its predecessor; the new internals are what counts. The Apple Watch Series 3 looks, acts, and feels almost exactly the same as the Series 2 with a key difference—LTE wireless connectivity, whether your iPhone is nearby or not. We tested the Series 3 on-site at Apple’s unveiling event, including trying just a few of the new features. If you liked the previous model, you’ll like the Series 3. If you didn’t, there’s not much different besides LTE. [Read Entire Story]

Liveblog: Apple’s September 2017 iPhone 8 launch

Enlarge (credit: Apple) We all know what September brings: vibrant green leaves turning red, the (un)welcome return of pumpkin spice everything, and new Apple devices. While we can't speak for the two former categories, we can say that this September will likely bring the biggest changes to Apple's iPhone that we've seen in years. Subtly marking this change in routine is the location of Apple's next event: it's the first held in the new Steve Jobs Theater on Apple's new campus, kicking off on [Read Entire Story]

PodCase Stores and Charges Your AirPods

Fed up with having to carry around the AirPods charging case everywhere he went, the founder of Pebble watch decided to design and build a better solution. PodCase stores and charges your AirPods right on… ; ; ; ; ; ; ;Related StoriesSanDisk Releases the World’s Largest SD Card, AgainBittBoy Handheld Retro Gaming DeviceCraft is the Last Keyboard You’ll Ever Buy ; SOURCE: Cool Material - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Finally, there’s finally a good reason to upgrade your iPad

Apple's biggest challenge with the iPad is convincing people who already own one to buy a newer version. I've been using my iPad Air 2 everyday since 2014 for reading news, checking Twitter, and watching videos, and I could probably keep using it until it stops working. I don't actually need a new iPad to continue doing any of these things, but I've finally found a compelling reason to get one: photo editing. ; Apple is making photo editing way more simple in the new Photos app in iOS 11 — [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit for the blind: Echolocation-based smartwatch aids sightless steps

Enlarge (credit: Sunu) As some Fitbit wearers find amusing ways to skip steps—attaching the devices to hamster balls, ceiling fans, and power tools—a new wrist gadget aims to make sure others never miss one. The Sunu band smartwatch, designed for people with visual impairments, uses a sonar sensor to detect objects and people within a 15-foot range. When it does, it gently vibrates to alert the wearer, changing intensity as an object or person gets closer. Wearers can also customize the [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit’s next-gen smartwatch will launch with its own app platform

Fitbit desperately needs its upcoming smartwatch to be a success, so the company is planning to prop it up with a brand-new app platform at launch. ; James Park, Fitbit's CEO, confirmed that a new app ecosystem is in the works for the unnamed smartwatch's long-awaited debut in a conversation with The Verge. The app platform has been rumored since January, even before Park first teased the device after the company was forced to lay off 6 percent of its workforce. ; Park told the publication that [Read Entire Story]

MIT unveils wearable guides for the visually impaired

It's frustrating to see so many wearable innovations without more devoted to providing solutions for the disabled, which is why MIT's new prototype for the visually impaired is more than just a little exciting. ; A team of researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have come up with a wearable system that helps the visually impaired navigate their environment. ; SEE ALSO: Finally, someone invented a braille smartwatch for the blind The system consists of a 3D [Read Entire Story]

Asus unveils the world’s thinnest convertible laptop yet

The world of convertible laptops just got its thinnest yet. Asus unveiled the Zenbook Flip S on Monday in a large scale launch event, a day ahead of the larger Computex technology show in Taipei. ; SEE ALSO: Asus ZenWatch: A Fancy Smartwatch That Measures Your Relaxation Levels The Zenbook Flip S is 10.9mm thin. In comparison, competitors like the HP Spectre x360 come in at 13.8mm, and the Apple MacBook Air measures 17mm. ; Image: yvette tan/mashable Image: yvette tan/mashableThe Taiwanese [Read Entire Story]

Apple designer made a $12,000 hourglass and honestly WHO is going to buy this?

If you've got $12,000 to blow and already own every Apple product under the sun, we've got great news — you can now buy this impeccably sophisticated hourglass to fill the void in your life. Channelling the tech company's innovation, Apple designer Marc Newson revamped the traditional hourglass to create this ridiculously expensive, limited-edition product for HODINKEE, a publication specializing in wristwatches. SEE ALSO: Tim Cook will take his Apple Watch secret to the grave Now okay, [Read Entire Story]