The Apple Watch (as seen in the gallery above) officially goes on sale today, but don't expect to see the traditional queues around the block at the nearest Apple Store. For Apple, well known for its high profile and often rather self-congratulatory launch days where early buyers are applauded by staff as they leave the store with their newly-acquired gadgets, the Watch's debut seems an odd one for such an important new device. You won't be able to walk into the Apple Store, buy a Watch and walk out with it until possibly June. As such, when I visited the Apple Store on London's Regent Street this morning, there were no queues and it was pretty much business as usual - apart from a couple of journalists interviewing other journalists. That was because the action was somewhere else. Rather unusually, the only place in London you could buy the Apple Watch to take away with you on launch day was an upmarket Mayfair boutique called Dover Street Market, and only then if you'd made an … [Read more...] about No queues please: Apple Watch gets a low-key debut
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Will my Pittsburgh Steelers win the Super Bowl this year? Will the New England Patriots overcome Tom Brady's four game suspension? Will the Rams flourish in Los Angeles? Die-hard fans pay $49.99 a month for DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket to find out. For cord-cutters, it's not so easy. Now, DirecTV has made it easier to get Sunday Ticket without paying for a DirecTV subscription, but there are still restrictions. In theory, DirecTV will sell you a Sunday Ticket streaming subscription for $49.99 a month -- if you can't get the DirecTV service, because you can't use a satellite dish. In practice, I'm told by friends they have been able to get Sunday Ticket even though they should be ineligible. When I tried, I was told I couldn't buy Sunday Ticket. Maybe you can get a subscription, maybe you can't, but if you're a die-hard fan, it can't hurt to try. Students can get Sunday Ticket for a discounted price of $24.99 a month. Besides your satellite-equipped TV, you can watch Sunday Ticket on … [Read more...] about How to watch NFL football online this fall
The Apple Watch is, first and foremost, an iPhone accessory. It might be even more than that eventually, a truly independent gadget, but a vast majority of its current core functions -- making calls, sending messages, getting information, even playing any third-party games -- require your iPhone to be on, have Internet service, and be paired with the Watch via Bluetooth or a shared Wi-Fi network. If you're thinking about getting one, make sure you know that. It requires an iPhone 5 or later, and it can't even be set up without one. Still, the Apple Watch can do a few things without your iPhone around -- more than I even realized. I left my iPhone behind and went for a stroll with just the Apple Watch to try it out. Here's everything the Apple Watch can do when away from your iPhone:Music The Apple Watch has 6.2GB of available storage, of which 2GB can be used to store music. You sync music with Apple Watch via your iPhone and the Apple Watch app, no Mac or iTunes required (but, … [Read more...] about Here’s what you can do on the Apple Watch without your iPhone
Judging the Apple Watch's success or failureThe first round of reviews of the Apple Watch is out. And, while most reviewers liked the Apple Watch, they also noted some problems with it. Since the Apple Watch marks Apple's entry into an entirely new product category, many people will be waiting to see if it succeeds or fails. But how do we judge success or failure in the case of the Apple Watch?Jim Dalrymple at The Loop notes the importance of continued use of the Apple Watch after three months as a metric for success or failure:Even though the iPad sold almost 25 million units in the last fiscal quarter, it’s not up to the 75 million that the iPhone sold. For a lot of people that’s the measure of success, without taking into account that they are completely different products, serving different markets.So, how will we measure the success of Apple Watch? Will it be pre-order sales? Perhaps, first weekend sales? Number of overall units? How about total quarterly profit? The … [Read more...] about Will the Apple Watch succeed or fail?
Game consoles aren't just stand-alone boxes anymore -- it's increasingly about what you can do with them online. To help you decide which is best for you, CNET.com.au puts the Xbox 360's Xbox Live!, the PlayStation 3's PlayStation Network, and the Nintendo Wii's online service head-to-head in a detailed comparison to see what kind of experience each console offers.For a quick overview, see our comparison chart below, then click on each of the links for further information. If you're having any troubles getting your console set up online, check out our feature Get your gaming console online for step-by step instructions on how to connect via either a wired or wireless broadband connection. Intro | Wii Online | PlayStation Network | Xbox Live! Wii OnlinePlayStation NetworkXbox 360 Live! Sign-up FeesNoneNoneNone Online PlayYes (Free)Yes (Free)Yes (RRP AU$99.95 for 12-months) In-built Internet browserWireless Only (Wii LAN Adaptor RRP AU$29.95)Wireless and EthernetEthernet only … [Read more...] about Gaming online: Which console is best?
You know you should back up your data. But whether it's the cost, the setup, or the hassle of swapping discs or shuttling around hard drives, most of us find a million excuses not to get the job done. So wouldn't it be great if you could click on a few buttons and ensure that your data was backed up regularly? Thanks to a new breed of online services, it's possible to copy files over the Internet easily and affordably, keeping your data secure at an off-site location. Weigh the pros and consWhy copy your files over the Internet to faraway servers? For one thing, you don't have to deal with additional hardware or media -- you simply take advantage of the online service's hardware. In many cases, you can just install some software, configure it, and let it run in the background. It's also easy to back up from the road without having to drag an external drive along -- provided you have a fast Internet connection.One of the biggest advantages of backing up online is safety. Because files … [Read more...] about Easy online backups
When Elliot Klein conceived his version of the dotcom dream, to create a lost-and-found service for laptop and handheld computer users, he believed he was filling an important market niche. And to his credit,Klein knew he needed some big-time help. Returnme.com?which was inspired by Klein’s losing his address book in a New York City taxi in 1998?would need capabilities such as shipping, reverse logistics and customer support. Rather than seek the capital to build all of those capabilities from scratch, the entrepreneur sought out partners that could make it happen. He formed marketing and development relationships with handheld makers Palm and Handspring to make his company’s "eTagit" retrieval service available to device buyers. And Klein struck a key deal with FedEx: Returnme.com would use FedEx’s established NetReturn delivery network to ship found articles back to customers.After the dotcom shakeout, companies are relying on traditional business practices and … [Read more...] about Partnerships Between Online Companies and Brick-and-Mortar Companies Can Benefit Both
Whenever Apple releases a new product category the Internet is flooded with snarky, negative comments that imply that the product is a failure. We saw it with the first iPhone and also the iPad. And, of course, you just knew the nattering nabobs of negativity where going to lash out against the Apple Watch and they have...with gusto!But I have an Apple Watch, it came four days ago via UPS. And I'm here to tell you that you should tune out the Negative Neds and Negative Nellies when it comes to the Apple Watch. Some of them simply don't know what they're talking about, while others have a stick up their rear ends simply because the Apple Watch is made by Apple.So without further ado here are five of the biggest myths and lies being pushed by the Apple Watch naysayers, and I'll tell you why these people are dead wrong about all of them. 1. You don't need an Apple WatchWell duh! When we start talking about human "needs" we can basically break it down into the following things: Food, … [Read more...] about The five biggest Apple Watch myths and lies
Now that shoppers can snag a good 4K TV under $500, more and more people are looking for content that takes full advantage of the additional resolution. With a 4K set, you can enjoy downright gorgeous viewing from some of your favorite television shows and movies.In order to access and watch 4K content, however, there are some caveats. Since it’s nearly all available online, you’ll want to be sure you have a fast Internet connection (Netflix recommends 25 Mbps or higher). We also highly recommend that you have a strong wireless router.From Netflix and Amazon to DirecTV and YouTube, here’s a comprehensive list of 4K content you can enjoy right now. And be sure to check back often for updates. Credit: NetflixNetflix offers a nice selection of 4K content, ranging from the company’s own series to some hit shows, like Breaking Bad. Additionally, the service offers films in 4K.In order to find Netflix’s 4K content, simply head over … [Read more...] about Where to Get 4K Content: Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and More
Apple will hold a media event today in the San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts. The Apple "Spring Forward" event is expected to be mostly about the Apple Watch launch.The Apple March 9 event will streamed live again on the Apple.com site starting at 10am PDT. Live streaming video requires Apple's Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X v10.6.8 or later and Safari on iOS 6.0 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires 2nd or 3rd generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.Apple is now consistently streaming their media event live. The live blogging of the event has run its course for the most part unless Apple fumbles the streaming again as they did last year during the iPhone 6 live stream. The October iPad event worked fine, which raises hopes that the March 9 event live online stream will work well.Apple has already started to post live blog updates on the Apple Event streaming page. Eddie Cue cracks a joke about the daylight saving time change.One of the most interesting things … [Read more...] about Apple March 9 Apple Watch Event Live Online Video Stream Starts At 10am PDT