It's easy to get excited about Apple products. They get faster, thinner, lighter, smaller, better, more beautiful and more functional. But every so often Apple introduces a pivotal product, one that might be from a brand new product category, or one from an existing product that is just so much better it can't help but impress.
The iPad Air 2 is that product right now. It is better than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and I would go as far as to say it's the best thing Apple has ever made.
Steve Carell is generating early Oscar buzz for his performance in the upcoming drama Foxcatcher, but now there's exciting news about a project that's further out. Deadline reports that Carell has signed on to star in an adaptation of the 1978 sci-fi novel IQ 83, and surrealist auteur Charlie Kaufman is now re-writing the script.
Groupon has been attempting to move beyond the waning group-discount space that it pioneered, and it's now trying to do that by looking a little more like Yelp. This week, Groupon is beginning to roll out millions of individual pages for local businesses, giving them a place to display images, business hours, a phone number, a menu, and various other pieces of information. Visitors to those businesses will also be able to leave comments about them. The service was already being tested in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, DC, and Seattle, and Groupon says that it'll be launching with 7 million total listings.
Google on Thursday made a few big announcements pertaining to Android Wear, one of which is the addition of a significant feature many users have been waiting for. Writing on Google's Android blog, Android Wear product manager Kenny Stoltz revealed that Google's first major Android Wear update adds support for devices with stand-alone GPS, meaning that Wear smartwatches finally become useful in a variety of situations without the need to tether them to a smartphone.
Along the same vein, Android Wear will now be able to store music locally on supported devices so that users can connect a Bluetooth headset and listen to songs without a connected smartphone.
Google promised that it would consistently improve Android Wear with a number of updates, and now the first major update is here. Announced today in a blog post, the update unlocks some key fitness functionality. It now supports watches with built-in GPS sensors, providing new tools to track your distance and speed independent of your phone. Additionally, with the new software, you'll be able to pair Bluetooth headphones, and offline music playback will also be enabled. And, of course, we're sure the Android Wear team has squashed some bugs along the way.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the first Android Wear watch with a dedicated GPS sensor, and it is available for preorder today for $249.99 from Verizon Wireless, with Google Play...
At this point, we've already talked about the major features that Google added to Android with its new Lollipop release — the new Material Design user interface, the battery-saving features that have been added thanks to Project Volta and actionable notifications that appear on your lock screen. However, Droid Life has spent the last week searching out some of the lesser known new features that Google has added to its mobile platform and has posted a terrific series of videos showing off some great Android 5.0 Lollipop tricks you've probably never heard of.
The first iPad Air 2 benchmarks suggested earlier this week that Apple’s latest flagship tablet is even more powerful than initially believed, even though it didn’t manage to outscore the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s tablet/laptop 2-in-1 device. However, more benchmark test results have surfaced since then, revealing the iPad Air 2 beats in tests the only brand new iPad rival that matters.
Like every other smartphone on the planet, the auto-brightness feature on Apple's iPhone models including the iPhone 6 never works quite the way people want it too. The bright settings are too bright and the dim settings are too dim, so despite the obvious benefits to battery life, many users disable auto-brightness in their iPhone's display settings. This means that any time a user wants to adjust the screen brightness on his or her phone, a trip into the Settings app or a swipe up to open Control Center is needed.
But there's a cool hidden trick that will make it fast and easy to instantly dim your screen anytime you want.
The iPad Air 2 is officially available in stores, so it’s not really surprising to see the guys over at iFixit publish their official iPad Air 2 teardown. The slimmer-than-ever iPad Air 2 can be easily torn apart if you’ve got the right tools, but it’s not easy to repair, receiving a 2 out of 10 repaiarability score from the teardown experts. However, iFixit did manage to shed more light on the internal components of the iPad Air 2, many of which have been detailed in previous leaks and reports.
In the process, however, the publication made some interesting discoveries.
Autonomous meme-generation beacon Keanu Reeves was on Jimmy Kimmel last night, promoting his latest movie, John Wick. In the middle of the standard interview questions — what was Keanu's favorite movie to work on? (The Matrix) — Kimmel threw out the question I hope we'd all ask: Has Keanu Reeves ever seen a ghost?
The answer is yes, Keanu Reeves has seen a ghost. Maybe. When he was young, he saw what was either some kind of floating jacket, or a ghost, and who is to say which it really was? No one, except a second witness to the event whose terrified face confirmed that, yes, it was a ghost.
But Keanu's preface to the story is what ties it all together. After being asked if he'd been visited by the great beyond, he told Kimmel, "It was...
Netflix has announced that its original series Bloodline will premiere in March. And as you'd expect, all episodes from season one — there are 13 of them — will be available for streaming immediately. Bloodline stars Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame along with Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men, Freaks and Geeks), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), and Sissy Spacek, among others. Created and executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler — the trio behind FX's Damages — Bloodline "centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home."
It doesn't reveal much, but you can catch a teaser trailer for...
We have seen a number of photography experts and professional photographers review the camera on Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus phablet. Apple's iPhones are widely known for being among the best in the business when it comes to smartphone camera quality, and the optics on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the best Apple has ever used. Since only the 6 Plus includes optical image stabilization (OIS), this is the handset photographers typically focus on when reviewing Apple's latest handsets.
Reviews up to this point have been great. We have seen a number of respected photography experts review the iPhone 6 Plus camera and sing it praise, and we've even seen some photo samples that are so incredible it's hard to believe they were captured by a smartphone.
But now, we finally have the iPhone 6 Plus camera review we have been waiting for.
How will the future change the human brain? This week's Big Future takes a look at a new wave of neurological techniques that directly alter the brain's electrical patterns, correcting seizures and movement disorders. Some doctors are even experimenting with using it to treat depression. Could the same technology be used to correct more fundamental mental properties like attention span? We're still early in the research, but there are already plenty of projects aiming to give human beings greater control over the inner workings of the brain.