Watch maker Swatch looks forward to launch its own smartwatches next year, with the aim of competing for a multi-billion-dollar industry that analysts expect Samsung, Apple, and other companies to dominate in the coming years. Swatch is the largest watchmaker in the world, and hopes its new Swatch Touch - scheduled for release in 2015 - will help shake up the smartwatch market even further.
"Our first message for customers is the watch," said Nick Hayek, Swatch CEO, in a recent interview posted on Reuters. "If they like it, they might also be interested in the extra functions. It is a problem if you only define a product by its technology. Technology alone doesn't sell, not in watches."
Analysts believe Swatch could take a two percent revenue and earnings hit from potential Apple iWatch growth with each 10 market share the iWatch can capture. Swatch and Apple would be able to offer a lucrative product, but Swatch wants to continue selling fashionable watches - and not just focus on technology.
The Internet has been ablaze for the better part of the day, with countless celebrity nudes leaked onto the Internet. Where is this leak coming from? Well, it's being reported that celebrities' iCloud accounts have some how been accessed, with the exploit seeming to stem from Apple's 'Find My iPhone' service.
The developers of ibrute announced around 24 hours ago that there was a bug in the Find My iPhone service, which could imply that hackers gained access to AppleIDs, and from there, there are many ways that iCloud accounts could be accessed. If this method was used, the hackers would have needed email addresses of the celebrities in order to leak out their photos. Even still, the hackers would only need a couple of email addresses, and then search the inboxes for the celebrity-in-questions friends' email addresses.
But don't fret, the developers have confirmed that the exploit within the Find My iPhone has been patched up, but has the damage already been done? Shockingly, 4Chan has reportedly pulled the original thread with all of the pictures, which is something that I thought I'd never see. We've reached out to Anand for a comment, but haven't heard back just yet.
We should hear all about the iWatch on September 9 when Apple unveils its iPhone 6, but it's still rumored - nothing is confirmed yet. Re/code is now reporting that Apple executives have been discussing a price point for its first wearable, with cheaper models to be released in the future.
Re/code reports: "Apple executives have discussed charging around $400 for the company's new wearable device. Pricing has yet to be finalized for the forthcoming product, which is expected to begin shipping next year. Sources say consumers should expect a range of prices for different models including lower priced versions."
I think we'll see Apple unveil the iWatch alongside the iPhone 6, with the $400 price seeming about right for Apple. We will know much more on September 9, just over a week from now.
Gamescom 2014 is over for another year, but NVIDIA had some interesting things to play around with at the event. One of these stations was powered by Alienware and its Aurora GeForce GTX TITAN Z PCs, which were running 32-inch 4K-capable screens with Project Cars being displayed.
The video above has Slighty Mad Studios talking about its partnership with NVIDIA, and the future of PC gaming - where the studio has said that "4K wasn't enough" so it decided to play around with 12K gaming, or triple 4K. Triple 4K gaming on NVIDIA is achieved with NVIDIA 4K Surround, which requires some serious GPU horsepower to drive all of those pixels.
Slighty Mad Studios talked about its partnership with NVIDIA, saying: "A long-standing productive relationship with NVIDIA has resulted in a level of support, advice, guidance and technology that has contributed significantly to the quality of our racing games and continues to do so in Project Cars at WMDPortal. NVIDIA's attitude to an independent developer such as Slightly Mad Studios is exemplary and refreshing and we are very grateful for this relationship."
Samsung has been quite aggressive with its ad campaign for the Galaxy Tab S, comparing its latest slate against its competitors slate, and in this case, that competitor is obviously Apple, and that slate is the iPad. In its latest ad, Samsung took to the streets of New York with its new Galaxy Tab S, comparing it to the iPad, seeing what the average customer has to say about it.
Every single person said the Galaxy Tab S was better - but it's not like we'd see the people saying the iPad is better in an advertisement for a Samsung product, wouldn't that be a nice spin on things? - but the Galaxy Tab S is an incredibly thin and light tablet, with some great specifications. We have two sizes to choose from, with an 8.4- and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S on offer, both sporting a 2560x1440 Super AMOLED display.
The Galaxy Tab S is quite thin, and light at just 1.02 pounds (462g), making it lighter than the iPad which weighs 1.44 pounds (652g) and right on the same footing as the iPad Air which is 1 pound (469g).
Thought you built a massive city in SimCity over the years? Think again. Peter Richie has built something he calls 'Megacity One' which is home to an insane 107 million people, or 107,658,254 to be exact.
Megacity One has 81 large city tiles, a massive 26,542km (or 16,492 miles) of roads, 8,626km (or 5,359 miles) of subway lines and 324 hydrogen power plants. When we come back to the real-world, the biggest urban center is Tokyo-Yokohama, which is home to 37 million residents. Megacity One is also home to 512 water pumps, 486 waste management centers, has over 2,000 schools, 81 universities, and 162 colleges.
Richie created Megacity One in SimCity 4, without the use of any modifications for the game - this is just purely great urban planning.
Less than two weeks from its iPhone 6 reveal, Apple has announced that Anand Lal Shimpi will be joining the company. Anand is best known for his tech site AnandTech, a site he opened back in 1997.
Just over 24 hours ago Shimpi posted his farewell letter to his readers, saying that he "won't stay idle forever" and that there are "a bunch of challenges out there." Within hours of posting this, the news broke that he had joined the ranks of Apple in an undisclosed position. The Internet seems abuzz with the news, and it's an interesting move for both Shimpi, and Apple.
A hacker is claiming to have completed a massive hack, where he has said that he has leaked out photos of some of the biggest female celebrities in the world, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, and many more. Lawrence's reps have confirmed that the nude photos of her are indeed real, allegedly stolen from her Apple iCloud account.
A spokesperson told HuffPost: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence." The hacker claims to have videos of celebrities too, and not just nude photos, as he is offering to release more of his treasure trove in exchange for money.
Representatives for many of the celebrities are coming out claiming that the photos are "completely fake," but there are some that are real, and in this instance, Jennifer Lawrence's reps coming out and confirming the images, proves that this hack has happened and at least some of the pictures are real.
Saints Row 4 is already crazy enough, featuring some truly out-of-this-world content, but what about when modders have access to the innards of the game through the software development kit, or SDK? Well, lots and lots of fun.
Volition, the developer behind Saints Row, not only announced Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell at PAX Prime a couple of days ago, but it has released the official software development kit (SDK) for Saints Row 4 on PC. This will allow modders to play around with the game, creating whatever they want in the game.
It should be interesting to see how this fares, as the game already features some truly crazy fun concepts, but allowing modders to tweak it to any part of their imagination, and talents, we should expect some great content from modders in the near future for Saints Row 4.
Thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment, we have copies of this week's Blu-ray release of Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways to Die in The West' up for grabs for ten lucky readers!
In Arizona 1882 nothing comes easy in the bitterly unforgiving Old West except dying. Albert (Seth MacFarlane), is a soft man in hard times who really doesn't fit in. Adding to Albert's distress and feelings of inadequacy, his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) leaves him for the towns moustache groomer (Neil Patrick-Harris). When a mysterious and beautiful woman (Charlize Theron) rides into town she helps him find his courage. However, when her husband (Liam Neeson), a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his new found courage to the test.
To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:
Name of the ten regular characters that Seth MacFarlane voices on 'Family Guy'
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'A Million Ways to Die in The West' is available on Blu-ray and UltraViolet Digital Copy combo pack, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack and Digital from Australian retailers on September 4th.