Samsung’s been working on its own 3D Touch display for a while

Samsung is expected to follow Apple’s footsteps and build a pressure-sensitive display into next year’s Galaxy S7, according to recent reports — and now a new patent backs up those claims with proof that the South Korean company has been hard at work on a similar technology for over a year. In a patent titled “Touch […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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iFixit Tears Down Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2

iFixit has published detailed teardowns of the new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2, providing a closer look at the internal design and several matching components inside the trio of accessories.

The teardown experts first pried through the Magic Keyboard’s adhesive to uncover its logic board, rechargeable 793 mAh lithium-ion battery, Lightning connector cable and honeycomb-shaped spacer layer. iFixit also removed the keycaps to reveal Apple’s new scissor mechanism.

The Magic Keyboard logic board contains a Broadcom Bluetooth transceiver, ST Microelectronics microcontroller, NXP charging IC and Texas Instruments battery charger:

Broadcom BCM20733 Enhanced Data Rate Bluetooth 3.0 Single-Chip Solution
ST Microelectronics STM32F103VB 72 MHz 32-bit RISC ARM Cortex-M3
NXP 1608A1 Charging IC
Texas Instruments BQ24250C Single Input I2C/Standalone Switch-Mode Li-Ion Battery Charger

The new Magic Keyboard earned a low repairability score of 3 out of 10, with ten being the easiest to repair, due to the excessive use of strong adhesive and difficulty of opening the keyboard without damaging internal components.

iFixit then removed the adhesive feet on the Magic Mouse 2 and separated the lower casing from the mouse, revealing the mouse’s midframe. Popping four plastic clips led to a 1,986 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

The Magic Mouse 2 also has a capacitative touch-sensing array, tiny switch for clicking and a logic board with similar chips as the Magic Keyboard:

Broadcom BCM20733 Enhanced Data Rate Bluetooth 3.0 Single-Chip Solution
Unknown 303S0499—probably a proprietary Apple touch controller
NXP 1608A1 Charging IC
Texas Instruments 56AYZ21
ST Microelectronics STM32F103VB 72 MHz 32-bit RISC ARM Cortex-M3

Magic Mouse 2 received a low repairability score of 2 out of 10.

iFixit also tore down the Magic Trackpad 2, prying through its adhesive to reveal its Taptic Engine for Force Touch, 2,024 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery, Lightning connector cable, touchpad, strain gauges and logic board with six chips:

Broadcom BCM20733 Enhanced Data Rate Bluetooth 3.0 Single-Chip Solution
ST Microelectronics STM32F103VB 72 MHz 32-bit RISC ARM Cortex-M3
NXP 1608A1 Charging IC
Texas Instruments BQ24250C Single Input I2C/Standalone Switch-Mode Li-Ion Battery Charger
Intersil ISL656A Two-Phase PWM Controller
International Rectifier IRFH3702 Single N-Channel HEXFET Power MOSFET

Magic Trackpad 2 also received a low repairability score of 3 out of 10.



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ISP5 SmartPlug turns your home into a modern-day Clapper

Home automation, specifically Apple’s HomeKit framework and its compatible accessories, is the latest Thing We’re Supposed to Get Excited About™. And it has a lot of promise for convenience, time-saving, and just generally feeling like you live in the future. The first HomeKit-compatible smartplug is upon us, courtesy of iHome. The ISP5 SmartPlug is a […]

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Microsoft sheds light on ‘pen remoting’ feature for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016

It’s less than a week before Microsoft’s release of Windows 10 to the masses. To highlight the release, Microsoft has put a spotlight on ‘pen remoting’, a feature that has improved in Windows 10. Read more…

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IBM Launches Watson Health Cloud, Partners With Apple to Support HealthKit and ResearchKit Apps [iOS Blog]

Apple partner IBM today announced the launch of Watson Health Cloud, designed to offer physicians, researchers, insurers and health-related companies a secure and open platform for storing health-related data. The platform facilitates the secure sharing of data from multiple types of input, from personal fitness trackers to connected medical devices to doctor-created medical records.

The future of health is all about the individual. With the increasing prevalence of personal fitness trackers, connected medical devices, implantables and other sensors that collect real-time information, the average person is likely to generate more than one million gigabytes of health-related data in their lifetime (the equivalent of more than 300 million books).

However, it is difficult to connect these dynamic and constantly growing pools of information with more traditional sources such as doctor-created medical records, clinical research and individual genomes – data sets that are fragmented and not easily shared. A highly scalable and secure global information platform is essential to pull out individualized insights to help people and providers make timely, evidence-based decisions about health-related issues.

IBM is expanding its partnership with Apple with IBM Watson Health Cloud to offer a secure cloud platform and analytics services for HealthKit and ResearchKit apps. It will store data entered by customers into iOS apps and give medical researchers a data storage solution that also includes „sophisticated data analytics capabilities.“

IBM and Apple will expand their ground-breaking partnership to apply cloud services and analytics to HealthKit and ResearchKit, and iOS devices. IBM will provide a secure research capability on the Watson Health Cloud platform, anonymizing personal data to allow researchers to easily store, aggregate and model information collected from iOS users who opt-in contribute personal data to medical research.

IBM and Apple first partnered up last summer to boost both companies’ enterprise sales. Under the partnership, IBM is selling iOS devices to corporate customers and creating a wide range of enterprise-focused apps tailored to industries like retail, healthcare, banking, travel, transportation, and more.




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Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with Wi-Fi and Spotlight fixes

Along with this morning’s iOS 8.1.3 update, Apple also has some new goodies for Mac users today with the release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2. The update fixes a problem that caused Wi-Fi to disconnect. The latest version also includes a…Read more ›



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