Apple’s Event Announcing the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple 4k HDR TV and the iPhone X

Today Apple, unveiled their new fall products which included the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3 and the Apple 4K HDR TV. The event was held at the new Steve Jobs Theatre which is part of the new Apple Park.Before Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, started introducing all the new products he addressed the Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma disasters informing the crowd that you can donate on iTunes towards disaster relief.

After that he spoke about on the Steve Jobs Theatre and Apple Park, soon to be their new campus for employees in Silicon Valley. The idea behind Apple Park was that Steve Jobs wanted the whole campus to look less like an office park and more like a nature refuge. It is located on a suburban site totaling 175 acres (71 hectares), it houses more than 12,000 employees in one central four-storied circular building of approximately 2,800,000 square feet (260,000 square meters).* Continue Reading →

Apple’s Special Event Happening Tomorrow

The special event that we all have been waiting for from Apple will happen tomorrow! Apple has always been tightlipped about their product launches and this is no exception. Per my previous post about the Apple special event it is rumored they will reveal the iPhone 8 plus updates to the Apple Watch, 4K Apple TV, iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. There are been some leaks but nothing conclusive as of now. Continue Reading →

Apple’s iPhone 8 Event Rumored to Happen on September 12th

Knowing that Apple’s iPhone 8 was coming out in September, since that’s when most new iPhone’s are launched, I have been holding on to my old iPhone 6s. Imagine my excitement to find this article from the Verge about Apple’s iPhone 8 event on September 12th! Per Chaim Gartenberg from the Verge, Apple has sent out invites for its event on September 12th at the Apple campus in Cupertino, CA. At the event it is rumored they will reveal the iPhone 8 plus updates to the Apple Watch, 4K Apple TV, iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Continue Reading →

Apple’s WWDC 2017 Ending With No Announcements On The iPhone 8

Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) was all this week and had several different announcements on  iOS 11, WatchOS 4HomePod, iPad Pro, iMac Pro, and a preview of the newly redesigned Apple App Store yet nothing on the iPhone 8! Continue Reading →

Apple’s Announcements on Day 1 of WWDC 2017

https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/

Today at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, Apple had several announcements including iOS 11, WatchOS 4, HomePod, the new iPad Pro and iMac Pro, and a preview of the all-new and redesigned Apple App Store plus several more announcements.

WWDC runs till June 9th and I am sure there will be several announcements during the week. In the meantime below is a list provided by Apple’s press releases that has been announced so far by Apple on day 1 of WWDC 2017: Continue Reading →

Product Review: The New Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote

Last week Logitech gave me a demo of the new Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote. Before the demo Logitech sent me one to test out. When I unboxed it I immediately noticed the sleek and sexy look of what may be the best looking presentation remote out there. Once you pick up Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote you will quickly notice how light weight it is and also how well it ergonomically fits in your hand. Continue Reading →

Apple-Designed Wireless AirPods Are Now Available to Purchase

airbudsOn Tuesday, Apple announced after much anticipation that the Apple-Designed Wireless AirPods are available to order online now from apple.com. Apple will start delivering them to customers and arriving at Apple Stores, authorized resellers and select carriers next week. The Apple-Designed Wireless AirPods are currently priced at $159.00 which includes the charging case and you can purchase them here. Please note that AirPods will be shipping in limited quantities at launch and customers are encouraged to check online for updates on availability and estimated delivery dates.

freedomIf you are not keen on the AirPods but do need wireless earbuds I reviewed two different types, Jaybird FREEEDOM Wireless Earbuds and Rowkin’s™ Mini Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 Stereo Earbuds, that may peak your interest. I use both earbuds daily and I like the variation between the Jaybird FREEEDOM Wireless Earbuds and Rowkin’s™ Mini Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 Stereo Earbuds.

Jaybird FREEEDOM Wireless Earbuds are wireless Bluetooth earbuds but they do have a wire connecting the earbuds to each other. row-pennyThe Rowkin’s™ Mini Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 Stereo Earbuds are truly wireless as the earbuds are only connected to each other via Bluetooth and the same goes for connecting to your mobile device. If you would like to view my product review of the JayBird FREEDOM Wireless Earbuds click here and for the product review Rowkin’s™ Mini Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 Stereo Earbuds click here.

Below is detailed information on features, specifications and how to set up AirPods for your viewing pleasure.

Knows when you’re talking.

A voice accelerometer recognizes when you’re speaking and works with a pair of beamforming microphones to filter out external noise and focus on the sound of your voice.

Knows when you’re listening.

Optical sensors and motion accelerometers work with the W1 chip to automatically control the audio and engage the microphone, giving you the ability to use one or both AirPods. They also enable AirPods to play sound as soon as they’re in your ears.

Setting Up and Tapping Feature:

By opening the charging case near your iPhone and with a simple tap, AirPods are immediately set up with all the devices signed into your iCloud account, including your Apple Watch, iPad and Mac. The Apple-Designed Wireless AirPods have advanced sensors to detect when AirPods are in your ear and can automatically play and pause your music. Double tapping on AirPods activates Siri, allowing you to access your favorite personal assistant to select and control your music, get directions, make and receive calls or perform any other Siri task.

Power and Battery Life: 

airbuds-batteryApple-Designed Wireless AirPods‘ has new ultra-low power Apple W1 chip, which enables AirPods to deliver high-quality audio and industry-leading battery life in a completely wireless design. AirPods deliver up to five hours of listening time on one charge while the custom-designed charging case holds additional charges for an industry-leading total of more than 24 hours of listening time.

The iPhone 7 has definitely changed the wireless industry by eliminating the 3.5mm jack and I believe there will be more wireless and smart accessories in the near future.

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NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES WITHINGS THERMO, THE FIRST FDA-CLEARED WI-FI CONNECTED TEMPORAL THERMOMETER

Thermo 1I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not a Mom but I don’t have the unique gift of putting my hand on the forehead of said sick person and know they have a fever. Furthermore I can’t read the old school thermometers. What am I looking for exactly? What is this magical red line I should see on the thermometer and could they make the font harder to read? Wait, they have to put the thermometer where? That is an exit only region. Is putting it under your underarm a good reading? By the looks of it I think not. Why is the flu or fever so complicated? Why?!

The kind people at Nokia are helping people like me utilize a much more advance method to check your temperature. The Withings Thermo is an FDA-cleared temporal artery thermometer that is Wi-Fi connected. Through the Withings Thermo App parents or users will be able to help manage a fever and track temperature changes remotely.

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I suppose the days of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are long gone with Withings Thermo technology . Now your parents know if you’re faking it. Sorry kids you will need to come up with a smarter method to stay home from school.

In all honesty the Withings Thermo is perfect for parents and the results are accurate; nothing is worse than a sick baby. The Withings Thermo is also great for people like me who have an autoimmune disease (or any other debilitating diseases) with constant fevers and need to track their temperature.

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The Withings Thermo is now available for purchase in the US exclusively at Apple Stores on apple.com and also on www.withings.com for $99.95. Below are the product specs provided by Withings Thermo and the official press release. Don’t forget fall is soon approaching so get your flu shot!

SPECS:

  • HotSpot SensorTM Technology – Thermo houses 16 infrared sensors that take more than 4,000 measurements, finding the hottest point of a user and delivering a highly accurate result.
  • Simple use – With Withings’ new thermometer, users can find their temperature in seconds, simply by pushing one button and scanning across their forehead, making it to perfect tool for families to track the health of their kids.
  • User-friendly display – After a vibration tells the user when the measurement is complete, the reading is displayed clearly on the thermometer along with color-coded feedback that shines green for normal, orange for moderated, and red for elevated temperature levels.
  • Dedicated App & Advice – Users have better control and can manage fever episodes for the whole family, by following temperature trends and getting a clear fever status at any time. In addition, users gain helpful insights from the Boston Children’s Hospital’s ThermiaTM tool on how to manage a child’s fever.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

BOSTON, Mass.Withings, part of the Nokia family, today announced the availability of Thermo, the first Wi-Fi-connected temporal thermometer, exclusively at U.S. Apple stores and Withings.com. Originally announced at CES and honored with 2 CES 2016 Innovations Awards, Thermo goes to market in the US with FDA clearance and will provide one of the fastest, most accurate and most hygienic temperature measurements available. Thermo’s designated app also integrates with Boston Children’s Hospital’s Thermia tool, offering users helpful insights on how they can manage a child’s fever.

Thermo measures temperature from the forehead’s temporal artery, providing one of the most accessible and reliable assessments of body temperature, while ensuring a comfortable and sanitary process. With the new HotSpot Sensor Technology, a sophisticated array of 16 infrared (IR) sensors take 4000 measurements in just two seconds to detect the hottest point. A specially-designed algorithm then automatically corrects for biases, such as skin heat loss and the ambient temperature, allowing Thermo to deliver a single, highly-accurate temperature reading. Thermo is priced at $99.95.

Easy as 1, 2, 3
Users simply press a button and scan the thermometer across their forehead, up to 1cm above the skin to get an instant reading. Since there is no contact necessary, Thermo is exceptionally hygienic. Two vibrations notify users when the measurement is complete, and the temperature is displayed in either Celsius or Fahrenheit. In addition, the device takes the users’ age into account and provides instant color-coded feedback via an LED display that will glow Green for normal, Orange for elevated, and Red for high temperature levels. With Thermo, taking the temperature of a sleeping child, and evaluating their fever has never been easier. “Withings Thermo was designed to finally provide families with a solution that they can trust to provide highly accurate temperature readings in seconds, without having to wake the ill child or manually log their health levels,” said Cedric Hutchings, VP of Digital Health, Nokia Technologies.

The device operates on two AAA size batteries that can last up to two years, making it exceptionally portable – easily transported from the household medicine cabinet to a mother’s purse or father’s pocket.

Thermo App: A New Way to Manage Fevers
Thermo automatically sends temperature readings to your iOS or Android smartphone on the dedicated application, via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, allowing a seamless synchronization. The app gives the ability to better control and manage fever episodes for multiple users, by following the temperature trend and getting a clear fever status at any time. It also allows users to provide contextual information associated with readings, such as logging symptoms or making notes of any administered medicines. Notifications can be set to prompt parents with measurement reminders to better monitor fever episodes. The app also integrates with Boston Children’s Hospital’s Thermia tool, which provides educational information that can provide insights on how to care for a child with a fever.

FDA-Cleared Status
The Withings Thermo is a Class IIa Medical device and has been granted FDA-cleared status in the US. Thermo joins the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor in the range of Withings’ FDA-cleared devices, and reinforces Withings positioning as a leader in digital health industry. Withings has built a unique ecosystem that covers regulated medical devices as well as general fitness devices, and continues to reinvent personal health management where accurate and meaningful data allows for better care.

Availability
Withings Thermo is now available for purchase in the US exclusively at Apple Stores, on apple.com and on www.withings.com for $99.95. It will be soon available in the rest of the world.

About Withings
Withings, part of the Nokia family, leads the connected health revolution. We invent beautiful, smart products and services that help people become happier and healthier. Founded by visionary innovators Cédric Hutchings and Eric Carreel in 2009, Withings was acquired by Nokia Technologies in May 2016, and will accelerate innovation in the digital health space.

The award-winning range of Withings products built across the health spectrum includes activity trackers (Withings Pulse, Activité and Go), the Wi-Fi scale and health station (Body Cardio), the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor, the security camera with air quality sensors (Withings Home), the smart temporal thermometer (Withings Thermo) and an advanced sleep system (Withings Aura). Every piece of collected data comes to life in Withings applications where users can find coaching, motivation, and insights to shape key aspects of their health.

About Nokia Technologies
Nokia Technologies is Nokia’s advanced technology and licensing business. Formed in 2014, TECH builds upon our solid foundation of industry-leading licensing and technology R&D capabilities. By focusing on Digital Health, Digital Media, Brand Licensing and Patent Licensing, TECH is expanding the human possibilities of the ever-evolving world of technology.