13 things to know about the Apple Watch

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img Any last questions we had about the Apple Watch were answered Monday afternoon.

During an event in San Francisco, CEO Tim Cook and other executives announced key details about the Apple Watch, including when it will go on sale, where it will be available, and exactly how much it costs.

Here's what we now know about Apple's first wearable device:

1. The Apple Watch will go on sale online and by reservation in Apple stores on April 24.

Pre-orders begin April 10.

2. The Watch will be available to customers in nine markets, including the U.S. The others are Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the United Kingdom.

3. The cheapest Apple Watch -- the 38mm sport model -- will cost $349, as expected. The 42mm (which is the height from top to bottom of the watch) will cost $399. The most expensive version of the Apple Watch, called the Apple Watch Edition, will start at $10,000 and cost as much as $17,000.

4. On a full charge, the Apple Watch bat

Apple Watch has 18-hour battery, starts at $349

Posted by Forexsq 178 days ago (http://www.cnbc.com)
img Apple launched new products and services Monday, revealing new details on the Apple Watch, and announcing both a thinner MacBook, and a lower-priced Apple TV.

The Apple Watch—the company's most anticipated product in years—allows users to receive calls, communicate by tapping on the interface, and features a variety of apps promoting and measuring the wearer's health.

CEO Tim Cook said the Watch will have an 18 hour battery life, and will start at $349, with mid-range Watches at $549. Pre-orders start on April 10.

The company's stock was mostly unchanged, up 0.2% on the day.

How Will Gold Smartwatches Change Apple Stores ?

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img Apple has finally released more details about its hotly anticipated line of smartwatches and how it plans to sell them.

While the entry-level Apple Watch Sport starts at $349, the luxury Apple Watch Edition will go for $10,000 or more.

The company's first foray into wearable tech could also have ramifications for their iconic retail stores, and there has been much speculation about how the stores may be redesigned to attract buyers to the luxury version of the watch.

The current setup of open space, bare wood floors, and communal tables doesn’t provide the discretion and exclusive air that buyers of expensive timepieces expect. In a recent New Yorker profile by Ian Parker, Jony Ive, Apple’s design guru, hinted that the company could designate a VIP room for luxury customers. Parker tells how Ive overheard a man saying, “I’m not going to buy a watch if I can’t stand on carpet.” Apple appears to be making such moves. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple is c

The truth, according to Google

Posted by Forexsq 184 days ago (http://money.cnn.com)
img It must be true, I found it on the Internet!

Naive? Maybe. After all, cyberspace has its fair share of myths. Now Google may have found a way to clean house, or at least throw the trash in the basement.

The company is figuring out how to rank websites by the veracity of their content. The more truthful the page, the higher up it would appear in search results.

Google (GOOG) currently sorts search results based on criteria such as the number of links pointing at the website, the amount of time users spend on it, as well as the prominence of its social media profile.

The algorithm, named PageRank after Google co-founder Larry Page, is supposed to rank websites based on their reputation.

But a team of Google engineers and research scientists say the current system mainly reflects the popularity of a website, which may tell users little about its truthfulness.

Gossip websites are good example, according to the Google team. While immensely popular, they are not generally

Apple Car Seen as Serious Competitor by Auto Executives

Posted by Forexsq 184 days ago (http://finance.yahoo.com)
img Automotive executives are taking seriously the prospect that Apple Inc. and Google Inc. will emerge as competitors even as they consider partnering with the two.

Apple has been working on an electric auto and is pushing to begin production as early as 2020, people with knowledge of the matter said last month. Google said in January it aims to have a self-driving car on the road within five years.

The timeframe -- automakers typically need at least five years to develop a car -- underscores the aggressive goals of the two technology companies and could set the stage for a battle for customers. The market for connected cars may surge to 170 billion euros ($190 billion) by 2020 from 30 billion euros now, according to a German government policy paper obtained by Bloomberg News.

“The competition certainly needs to be taken seriously,” said Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. “The clos

Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge

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img Samsung is starting from scratch.

Over the last four years, its flagship Galaxy S phones have sported the best displays and most powerful chips in the industry, but all of that was wrapped in cheap-feeling plastic casings. Meanwhile, Apple, HTC, and Xiaomi have been pumping out gorgeous phones made out of premium materials.

That will change in April when Samsung launches the Galaxy S 6, its new flagship phone announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Galaxy S 6 is made entirely of metal and glass and will come in two variations: The "regular" Galaxy S 6 and the Galaxy S 6 edge, which has a curved screen.

Samsung started designing the Galaxy S 6 from the ground up about a year ago under a program it called Project Zero. Whereas the last few Galaxy models were designed with the previous model in mind, the Galaxy S 6 is entirely new. Samsung even abandoned some of its earlier principles in order to highlight the design of the Galaxy S 6. It's not waterproof. You c

Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge put design first

Posted by Forexsq 187 days ago (http://www.theverge.com)
img Following countless leaks and endless teasers, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. The pair of S6 phones succeed the Galaxy S5, Samsung's prior flagship announced one year ago, and will be available across the world starting on April 10th. All four major US carriers plus US Cellular have committed to carrying both the S6 and the S6 Edge, while smaller carriers such as Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and MetroPCS will only offer the S6. The Galaxy S6 Edge will be priced higher than the standard S6, though Samsung isn’t saying exactly how much either one will be at this point.

The S5 was largely considered a misstep by Samsung: its advanced display and plentiful features were overshadowed by its plasticky build and ho-hum design, and during the course of 2014, Samsung's smartphone profits fell dramatically as a result. Clearly Samsung does not want a repeat of the Galaxy S5 and 2014.

So consider the S6 phones complete reboots of Samsung's top-en

How Apple Will Weaken The Samsung Galaxy S6

Posted by Forexsq 187 days ago (http://www.forbes.com)
img As the world’s press departed for Barcelona and Mobile World Congress, Apple has invited many of them to a presentation on March 9th. Widely expected to be for the Apple Watch, not only does it keep the release of information under Apple’s control but it also weakens the PR around devices announced at MWC.

Just as Apple announced details on the first iPhone well ahead of its shipping and selling, the Apple Watch has been heavily trailed since it was officially revealed in September. Before it took to the production lines, before the parts were sourced in significant quantities, Tim Cook took the watch to the stage so he could explain everything about it, rather than hand the advantage to whoever got the first leak.

Ahead of public availability in April, Apple is expected to reveal the finer details, again taking control of the information and presenting it themselves, rather than have leaks and speculation dampen the story it wants to tell.

But there is another advantage. App

The Swiss Have Finally Started Making Luxury Smartwatches

Posted by Forexsq 189 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Everyone’s been waiting for it, and now it’s happened: The Swiss have finally entered the smartwatch fray.

Coming only a few weeks after Swatch announced it will release a smartwatch to compete with the Apple Watch, a new Swiss company called Manufacture Modules Technologies (MMT) has introduced a line of smartwatches made in Switzerland. MMT is a joint venture between Silicon Valley wearable-technology company Fullpower Technologies and Union Horlogère Holding, which owns Swiss watchmakers Frederique Constant and Alpina. You might think you haven’t heard of Fullpower’s MotionX technology, but it’s what powers your swanky Jawbone and Nike wearables. MMT was created specifically for this project and is headquartered in Geneva, allowing it to market the watches as officially Swiss.

Before the end of 2015, MMT will release 10 different models under the banner Swiss Horological Smartwatches. These will be split between the Frederique Constant and Alpina brands and will include model

Google Is Making Its Biggest Ever Bet on Renewable Energy

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img Google Inc. is making its largest bet yet on renewable energy, a $300 million investment to support at least 25,000 SolarCity Corp. rooftop power plants.

Google is contributing to a SolarCity fund valued at $750 million, the largest ever created for residential solar, the San Mateo, California-based solar panel installer said Thursday in a statement.

Google has now committed more than $1.8 billion to renewable energy projects, including wind and solar farms on three continents. This deal, which may have a return as high as 8 percent, is a sign that technology companies can take advantage of investment formats once reserved only for banks.

“Hopefully this will lead other corporations to invest in renewable energy,” SolarCity Chief Executive Officer Lyndon Rive said in a phone interview.

The deal reflects the success of renewable energy companies in tapping into a broader pool of investors with financial products that emerged in the past three years, either paying dividends

Apple to Hold Special Event March 9th

Posted by Forexsq 190 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Apple Inc. sent out invitations to an event on March 9 in San Francisco, where it will unveil details for the release of the Apple Watch, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said last month that the smartwatch will ship in April. The device is the first new gadget line to debut under Cook since he took over the helm at Apple, as he seeks to push the Cupertino, California-based company into new segments. Apple hasn’t given much information about the gadget’s battery life or how much models will cost, other than $349 for the basic version.

“Spring forward,” reads the invitation to the event, to be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater at 10 a.m. The headline refers to the annual switch to daylight savings time, when Americans move their clocks and watches forward by one hour. This year, the time shift begins on March 8, a day before Apple’s event. The event’s focus will be the Apple Watch said the person, who asked not be iden

China drops leading technology brands for state purchases

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img China has dropped some of the world's leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance.

Others put the shift down to a protectionist impulse to shield China's domestic technology industry from competition.

Chief casualty is U.S. network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O), which in 2012 counted 60 products on the Central Government Procurement Center's (CGPC) list, but by late 2014 had none, a Reuters analysis of official data shows.

Smartphone and PC maker Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has also been dropped over the period, along with Intel Corp's (INTC.O) security software firm McAfee and network and server software firm Citrix Systems (CTXS.O).

The number of products on the list, which covers regular spending by central ministries, jumped by more than 2,000 in two years to just under 5,000, but the increase is almost en

Apple to spend $1.9 billion on new European data centers

Posted by Forexsq 193 days ago (http://www.reuters.com)
img Apple Inc said it would spend 1.7 billion euros ($1.9 billion) to build two data centers in Europe that would be entirely powered by renewable energy and create hundreds of jobs.

The company said the centers, in Ireland and Denmark, will power Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.

The investment is set to be evenly divided between the two countries, with the Irish government confirming that 850 million euros would be spent in Ireland. The two data centers are expected to begin operations in 2017.

"This significant new investment represents Apple's biggest project in Europe to date," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

"We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet," he added.

The data center in Ireland will be located in Athenry, close to Galway on the west coast while in Denmark, it will

Apple Wants to Start Producing Cars as Soon as 2020

Posted by Forexsq 196 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Apple Inc., which has been working secretly on a car, is pushing its team to begin production of an electric vehicle as early as 2020, people with knowledge of the matter said.

The timeframe -- automakers typically spend five to seven years developing a car -- underscores the project’s aggressive goals and could set the stage for a battle for customers with Tesla Motors Inc. and General Motors Co., both of which are targeting a 2017 release of an electric vehicle that can go more than 200 miles on a single charge and cost less than $40,000.

“That’s the inflection point -- the proving ground -- that brings on the electric age,” Steve LeVine, author of “The Powerhouse,” a book about the automotive battery industry, said on Bloomberg TV Thursday. “Now you have Apple coming in and this is critical mass. Was GM really going to be able to match Tesla? Apple can.”

Apple, which posted record profit of $18 billion during the past quarter, has $178 billion in cash with few avenues to s

No Amazon Deliveries by Drone, At Least Not For Awhile

Posted by Forexsq 200 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Don’t hold your breath waiting for a drone to drop off that order from Amazon.com Inc. or that large pepperoni pie dinner from your favorite pizza joint.

The U.S. government’s first attempt at widespread approval for the use of small unmanned aircraft could change how some everyday business activities get done, bridge inspections being one. It may produce at least $100 million in economic benefits, according to an analysis by President Barack Obama’s administration.

What it won’t allow are the kind of autonomous flights envisioned by companies including Amazon.com Inc., Google Inc. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. At least not yet. Even the initial uses are at least two years away.

“This is not the last word, by any means,” Michael Huerta, chief of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, told reporters on a conference call Sunday from Washington.

For the time being, the FAA has concluded that small drones for hire must be flown within sight of an operator and away from cro

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