Candle Touch offers smart lighting for people afraid of light bulbs

One company has decided that electric lamps shouldn’t be having all the fun when it comes to lighting the app-controled home of the future, so it’s come up with one of the strangest (and most interesting) ideas we’ve heard in a while: smart candles. Candle Touch will let you control the actual fire on a […]

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


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Griffin Expands Survivor Lineup With Two New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases

Griffin today announced an expansion of its popular Survivor case lineup for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, introducing the new Survivor Summit and the Survivor Journey. Like its existing Survivor cases, both the Summit and the Journey offer military grade protection for Apple’s iPhones.

The Survivor Summit is Griffin’s most protective Survivor case yet, featuring a sealed weatherproof design that’s resistant to dust, rain, mud, and snow. It includes a screen shield that both serves as a stand and protects the touchscreen and home button from grime.

With rubber bumpers and a built-in impact resistance system that suspends and cushions the iPhone within the case, the Summit can survive 10-foot drops onto concrete. According to Griffin, despite the high level of protection, the Summit is „slim enough to easily slide into pockets.“

The Survivor Journey is not as protective as the Survivor Summit, but it’s thinner and sleeker. Described by Griffin as „ultra-thin, ultra-tough,“ the Journey is a one piece snap-on shell that deflects and absorbs impacts to survive a 6.6 foot drop onto concrete.

The Journey includes Griffin’s „Impact Dispersion System“ that includes multiple layers, housing the iPhone inside a rigid, shatterproof shell coated in a material that’s easy to grip.

Survivor Summit and Journey take our best-selling case line to a whole new level with sleek, slim designs that continue to offer the extreme protection users have grown to love from our Survivor cases,“ said Aaron Jones, Survivor Category Manager at Griffin Technology.

The Survivor Summit is available from Griffin.com in black/blue, black/clear, black, and pink/gray. It’s priced at $49.99 for the iPhone 6 and $59.99 for the iPhone 6 Plus.

The Survivor Journey is available from Griffin.com in black/blue, black/white, black/gray, and pink/gray. It’s priced at $29.99 for the iPhone 6 and $39.99 for the iPhone 6 Plus.



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Jony Ive and Jimmy Iovine to Speak at Vanity Fair ‘New Establishment’ Summit in October

Vanity Fair today announced its speaker lineup for the 2015 New Establishment Summit, revealing that Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive as well as Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine will be attending as speakers. This is the second year in a row Ive is attending as a speaker.

Last year, Ive detailed Apple’s design process in his talk, explaining that he and his fellow designers gather around tables like the ones in Apple retail stores to draw and meet three or four times a week. He also noted that their ideas don’t come along until after the team creates physical objects based on their drawings. Additionally, and perhaps most interesting, Ive said that when Chinese manufacturer Xioami copies its designs what it’s really doing is theft.

The summit takes place from October 5 to 7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and promises „two full days of inventive programming and inspiring conversations around the ideas and innovations shaping the future.“ The summit will kick off with a showing of the new Steven Spielberg film „Bridge of Spies,“ starring Tom Hanks. Other speakers include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Disney’s Bob Iger, film director J.J. Abrams and Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson. The entire speaking lineup can be viewed at Vanity Fair’s website while a full schedule will be revealed soon.



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Live stream: Tim Cook and Obama talk cybersecurity

Tim Cook and President Obama are attending today’s White House Cyber Security Summit to talk about a range of issues facing the U.S. tech industry. Mark Zuckerberg, Marrisa Mayer, and Google CEO Larry Page all decline invites to the summit…Read more ›



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Apple to Begin Allowing Accessory Manufacturers to Include Lightning Ports Early Next Year

While Apple’s Lightning connector has become ubiquitous across the company’s iOS device lineup over the past several years, third-party accessory manufacturers have so far been unable to include ports for the connector on their products. That appears set to change in the relatively near future, however, as Apple has informed members of the company’s MFi program that it will begin shipping a version of the Lightning port for third-party use early next year, reports 9to5Mac.

Allowing accessory makers to build-in a Lightning port provides a number of benefits, according to manufacturers briefed during Apple’s MFi Summit. One of the biggest benefits is to reduce costs for manufacturers and simplify the product experience for users by using Lightning to provide power to both an accessory and the iOS device. Dock or battery case manufacturers, for example, would previously have to provide a separate USB cable and power supply to charge an accessory.

The report indicates Apple is also developing a new „slimmed down, low profile version“ of the Lightning connector itself currently used in third-party accessories. The new package will offer a simpler and smaller method for building connectors into accessories such as docks and charging cases.

Some two years after introducing the Lightning connector with the iPhone 5, Apple is clearly working to broaden the ecosystem of accessories taking advantage of the versatile space-saving connector. Earlier this year, the company announced new MFi specifications that would allow headphones to connect to devices over Lightning. While the announcement led to speculation that Apple is looking to remove the traditional headphone jack from its devices, at least for now the feature appears intended to provide additional features such as power to headphones.




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