• Apple Watch to get flag-themed Olympic edition bands

    Apple Watch Olympic edition bands will only be available in Brazil (Source: Trayvon Bromell, Twitter)
    It is almost time for the Rio Olympics 2016, and all tech companies are trying to cash in on Olympics inspired accessories. Apple plans to sell Apple Watch bands in national flag colours of 14 countries when the games start in August. For example, if you are from the UK, you will be able to cheer your athlete or team while sporting a ‘Union Jack’ inspired wristband on your Apple Watch.
    The catch, these national flag Apple wristbands will only be available in Brazil – specifically at the Apple Store at Village Mall (the sole location that will sell them) in Barra Da Tijuca, according to GQ. The report also states the bands will be available starting early August. The limited-edition nylon straps will be extremely exclusive, and only…

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  • Smartwatch sales decline 32 per cent as Apple Watch stumbles: IDC

    Apple Watch sales have stumbled and the entire smartwatch market has seen a decline of 32 per cent: IDC. (Source: AP)
    The smartwatch market has seen a 32 per cent decline in shipment in second quarter of 2016, reports research firm International Data Corporation (IDC). Apple remains market leader, but was the only vendor in top five to see an annual decline in shipments, adds the IDC report.
    IDC’s data shows smartwatch vendors shipped 3.5 million units in the second quarter of 2016, much below the 5.1 million shipments in Q2 of 2015. However, Apple which saw its first annual decline in shipments, is still the number one vendor with 1.6 million watches shipped.
    According to IDC, Apple Watch is still the same device that was launched in 2015, and the comparison for year-over-year is with the initial launch quarter.
    IDC analysts say c…

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  • Edward Snowden’s iPhone case will warn users of surveillance

    Your smartphone can send out information in airplane mode, or even if it is switched off
    Edward Snowden, and well-known hardware hacker Andrew Huang have announced a plan to present designs for a case-like device for Apple’s iPhone, which will check for surveillance. The device will keep a constant check-on what data is transmitted via an iPhone’s radio antennas.
    Snowden and Huang claim this device will be more trustworthy, than simply putting your phone on “airplane mode,” which can be spoofed or hacked. The duo is hoping to offer strong privacy guarantees to iPhone owners by shielding them from surveillance, and advanced hacking.
    “One good journalist in the right place at the right time can change history,” Snowden told the MIT Media Lab crowd via video stream. “This makes them a target, and increasingly tools of their trad…

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