High-tech megaphone will translate your speech in real-time

A blaring megaphone is an effective way to get people’s attention. But what if the people in the room speak a multitude of languages? A Tokyo airport is trying to solve the language gap with international travelers with a megaphone that lets the user communicate in three different languages. A worker speaking one of three […]

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This charging hub is like having a tiny R2-D2 for your mobile devices [Deals]

It’s white, cylindrical, has a spinning head and is full of electrical connectors. It’s not Luke Skywalker’s trusty robotic assistant, but the Twist Plus+ World Charging Station could be yours with its ability to charge five devices simultaneously and through outlets anywhere in the world. It’s a game-changer for the international traveler or anyone who […]

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Apple’s Latest Apple Watch Ads Showcase Siri, Apple Music, Apple Pay and More

Apple today released a new series of short 15 second ads, all of which highlight different Apple Watch features like Siri, Apple Music, Apple Pay, notifications, fitness tracking, and more.

In the ad titled „Skate,“ a group of skaters use Apple Pay to buy ice cream, while in „Travel,“ the Apple Watch’s Wallet app is used to display a boarding pass.

In the „Play“ ad, the Apple Watch is used to make a bid on eBay while its wearer is also playing the piano, and in „Kiss,“ two people about to kiss are interrupted by a notification for an Uber arrival, which is dismissed so the moment can quickly continue.

Dance“ showcases Siri and Apple Music, depicting a guy dancing around after asking Siri to play 80s music, while „Move“ highlights the activity tracking capabilities of the Apple Watch.

Style“ is the sole ad that stands out from the other ads that show the Apple Watch in action, as it focuses on the different band options for the Apple Watch.

All of the videos depict the Apple Watch in use while on the go or performing other tasks, giving examples of how it fits into daily life in an unobtrusive way to make mundane tasks easier. The seven new ads that have been released today are the second wave in the latest Apple Watch ad series, which previously featured six similar short ads that were released two weeks after watchOS 2 launched. The full set of ads is available on Apple’s YouTube channel.



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This rolling luggage keeps tech travelers plugged in

The tools inside the business traveler’s carry-on luggage have changed. The luggage itself has not. Two companies are hoping to take off through crowd-funding with modern roller bags that fit all the essentials and charge your devices. One even has a router to give you a Wi-Fi hotspot where ever you land. The G-Ro, a […]

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Delta’s ‘Fly Delta’ App Updated With Apple Pay Support

Delta today updated its Fly Delta app with Apple Pay support. This makes Delta the first U.S.-based airline to allow users to purchase tickets via Apple Pay.

“Our Fly Delta app has come a long way since it was first introduced in 2010. More than 18 million customers have now downloaded the Fly Delta app and we are excited to be the first U.S.-based airline to allow our customers to book and pay for their tickets with Apple Pay. By providing a way to pay for flights with just the touch of a fingertip, Delta continues to optimize our robust mobile channels and provide an easy-to-use and seamless digital experience for our customers,” said Rhonda Crawford, Vice President – eCommerce.

While the app supports Apple Pay, Delta notes that it’s not yet available for SkyMiles award bookings, trip extras, trip insurance or seat upgrades. The app also has an updated „Today“ view that’ll allow passengers to easily view their eBoarding pass on the day of travel.

Apple Pay has slowly been rolling out to more vendors over the past months. Earlier today, Apple announced that the service would be available at Starbucks, KFC and Chili’s in 2016.

Fly Delta for iPhone is available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]



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iPad Pro Case Announcements Rolling Out Ahead of November Launch

Announced alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at Apple’s „Hey Siri“ event earlier in September, the iPad Pro has seen a little less coverage than the company’s new smartphone line thanks to its less immediate launch date of November. All the same, a few companies have confirmed accessory support for the 12.9-inch tablet, with detailed information and pre-orders already up for some of the third-party cases.

First is Waterfield’s zippered iPad Travel Express case, which the company has offered for the iPad Air 2 in the past, and will now provide versions for the iPad Mini 4 ($64) and all-new iPad Pro ($89). Waterfield promises that the durable case will store charging cables, power bricks, the new Apple Pencil, and can even fit the full iPad Pro alongside the Smart Keyboard accessory Apple also introduced on September 9.

The Travel Express case comes with an optional shoulder strap accessory, sold separately, that customers can purchase to carry their iPad Pro hands-free. Waterfield’s iPad Pro case is up for pre-order now, but the company notes that those who order now can expect a shipping date of about a week-and-a-half after Apple begins shipping the iPad Pro units to customers.

Brenthaven’s BX² Sleeve Plus acts as sort of an active-lifestyle counterpart to Waterfield’s more classically designed case, with a „patent-pending Secure Grip handle“ to provide users with a strengthened hold on the case alongside the company’s „Xtreme Foam“ outer layer providing drop protection from all sides. The $49.95 case – available for purchase today – also has a smaller outer pocket to fit a smartphone or charging cable, and comes in both blue/black and red/black color options.

Catalyst touts its upcoming case for the iPad Pro as „the world’s first fully-waterproof case“ for the new Apple tablet, with a waterproof rating of IP68 that can submerge up to 2m. The company says that full functionality of the iPad Pro is kept in check thanks to an „integrated touchscreen film,“ allowing users access to Touch ID and all the promised nuances of the Apple Pencil.

The case will also provide unobstructed acoustic emissions from the iPad Pro’s four speakers, thanks to the location of a handful of „acoustic membranes“ on the case. The Catalyst Case for iPad Pro is the only option not up for immediate purchase or pre-order today, with the company encouraging users to follow them on various social media platforms and sign up for their mailing list to be updated on its availability.

As with any major product launch, there are also a handful of cheaper knock-off options for customers to consider. On Amazon alone the cheapest alternative for an iPad Pro case is $6.99, with a few other, more intricate cases going up to around $29.99. With a launch in November, customers who plan to purchase Apple’s new big-screen tablet have plenty of time to shop around for a suitable case option, and should probably keep in mind that Apple will introduce its own first-party options into the mix as we get closer to the device’s launch.



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How to set up third-party complications in watchOS 2

Third-party complications have arrived to the Apple Watch in watchOS 2, and setting them up is far from complicated. The new operating system for Apple’s wearable dropped this week, and this is one of the features the company has talked up the most. And rightly so, because it adds a ton of new functionality to […]

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