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Monday, April 28, 2014

LG rumored to bake its own custom-made processor in its G3 smartphone

LG's successor to the already awesome G2 smartphone could feature a custom-made processor made by LG. We reported about LG's custom processor known as Odin last November, but the Korea Herald is reporting that LG could be making its own chips very soon.

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A spokesperson for LG has said that it will be mass-producing application processors "soon" but other than that, there's no more information. An industry source familiar with the situation told the Korea Herald that production on LG's custom processor would start in the coming months. The new chips would be designed in-house at LG, but manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

Industry insiders believe that LG will bake this custom-made processor in its upcoming G3 smartphone, which is shaping up to be quite the beast of a smartphone.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Google's Project Tango receives the teardown treatment

Now that Google's prototype smartphone with 3D mapping technology is with developers, Project Tango is getting detailed. The teardown reveals that the current Project Tango prototype features some impressive specs.

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The current prototype sees Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of on-board storage, a microSD card, a 4-megapixel rear-facing camera, a fisheye-style rear-facing camera, an infrared projector, and its front-facing camera featuring a 120-degree field of view. There are three USB ports, a 5-inch display and a 3000mAh battery.

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The built-in infrared processor and projector work similar to Microsoft's Kinect technology, where it blasts out tiny dots that are picked up by the rear-facing camera. The size of the dots pushed out is important, with the bigger the dots, the further away the device is from the object, while the smaller the dots are, the closer the object is to Project Tango.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Motorola rumored to release the Moto E, an even cheaper, thinner phone

The next couple of months will be an important time for the smartphone industry, and more importantly, the mid-range handset market. Motorola already has a cheap handset on the market in the form of the Moto G, but it looks like the company - now owned by Lenovo - is working on an even cheaper smartphone dubbed Moto E.

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Moto E will reportedly sport a 4.2-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. This will be joined by a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1900mAh battery. When comparing the Moto E against the Moto G, the Moto E has a slightly smaller screen, half the on-board storage, half the processor cores and slightly less battery.

But, we should see the Moto E sliding in at just 6.2mm - noticeably thinner than the Moto G at 11.6mm, and a price of around $230 off-contract. This comes in off the heels of Google being rumored to be unveiling a new Nexus smartphone soon, priced at under $100.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Intel to begin manufacturing its Skylake processors in 2015

It looks like Intel is heading into the mass production of its next-generation processor codenamed Skylake. Skylake will be manufactured on Intel's 14nm process, and will be released next year.

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Intel's Chief Executive Officer, Brian Krzanich, said during a conference call with financial analysts and investors: "We have a lot going on, the ramp of Broadwell, the ramp of Skylake in the second half of next year". The Skylake-based processors will be the second lineup of processors based on Intel's 14nm process.

We don't know much about Intel's upcoming Skylake processors, but we should expect four x64 cores, a high-performance integrated graphics engine, and multiple special purpose accelerators. On top of that, we should expect DDR4 support, AVX 3.2 (512-bit instructions), SHA extensions (SHA-1 and SHA-256, secure hash algorithms), MPX (memory protection extensions), ADX (multi-precision add-carry instruction extensions) and other innovations.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Google Glasses sells out in 1 day


You might recall that we had mentioned Google Glass was going on sale to the general public on April 15. You didn't need an invite to buy the Glass headset on that day, but you needed your $1500 to get hands-on the expensive wearable.


The caveat to the public sale of Glass on the 15th was that it was only good while a certain number of Explorer spots were filled. Google never said how many spots it had available. In fact, we still don't know how many were available. What we do know is that Google sold all the spots it had in one day.

Google wrote, "We're out of spots in the Explorer Program for now, but may have more to share soon." Google updates noted that the cotton white version of Glass sold out completely. It's unclear if the other colors sold out. Buyers who go into the Glass program this week got the Glass frames, charger, case, and an earbud.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

More iPhone 6 details surface as production ramps up

Every year around this time, the rumors about Apple's next-generation iPhone begin to flow in what can only be described as a monsoon of information. Usually many of those rumors never pan out, but when Securities Analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo speaks, we usually stop what we are doing and listen to what he has to say. This is because his track record for Apple leaks has been flawless, and his predictions always come true.

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In a statement today, Ming-Chi Kuo says that the iPhone 6 model will feature a 4.7-inch screen, and will not feature a full 1080p resolution but rather, a pitiful 1334x750-pixel resolution. This means that Apple has yet again failed to see that consumers want HD screens, and as Android makers prepare 1440p-screens for phones later this year, Apple is once again several years behind the curve.

Additionally, Kuo said that the new iPhone 6 will feature an Apple A8 processor and just 1GB of RAM, further limiting iOS developers in how resource intensive they can build their apps. Accompanying the larger screen will be a thinner profile, with the new device losing a few millimeters in thickness. Kuo also states that based on supply partners, Apple will finally bring NFC to the iPhone.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Samsung Gear teardown shows a very repairable smartwatch

Samsung started taking pre orders on its new wearable devices, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit not long ago. The wearable products all have compatibility with certain Samsung smartphones and offer fitness tracking tech and smartphone notifications. The most feature packed of the devices is the Gear 2.

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The gang at iFixit has taken a new Gear 2 and torn the smartwatch apart to see what it looks like on the inside and to get an idea what it would take to fix the device. We know the Gear 2 is waterproof and that waterproofing comes in the form of a gasket between the two halves of the case and around each of the screw holes.

One of the good things the teardown found was an easily removable battery. If that battery stops taking a charge you can open the case and replace it with no trouble at all. In fact, one of the only parts that isn't easy to take apart is the LCD assembly. It looks like that entire assembly has to be replaced in one piece if you break a screen. The overall repairability score for the watch is 8 out of 10.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Learning programming the easier way

Ever tried programming and found it hard to grasp what exactly the whole concept behind it? There are just so many programming languge out there that leaves one puzzled on how to program one program. The easier solution has arrived with the new simplied way of programming. The concept is similar to that if the Raspberry PI whereby it is a modular way of learning programming and you would be able to have experiential learning by seeing the works happen right in front of your eyes. It is a system based off the Raspberry Pi actually :).


Highlighted features:

- nice, easy and clean learning environment
- simple code examples with full documentation
- keychain with 7 digital sensors
- smart mobile app

Check out their Kickstarter page today to take a look. 






Out of the box:
  • Measure almost anything
  • Draw nice and clean graphs - Play and tweak games such as Snake, Space invaders, Breakout and have fun
  • Detect movement and ambient parameters
  • Build a simple weather station
  • Simple to prepare best Green Tea 
  • Use it as KeyFob
  • Construction measurement tool
  • Build a wireless server

Or realize your own ideas..




What else can you do with it:

  • Share your captured data remotely
  • Code your own game
  • Work and share projects with your friends remotely
  • Real-time graphics print

You are limited only with the extent of your ideas..



Sunday, April 20, 2014

New iWatch rumors suggest two models, one that would cost 'thousands'

The wearable game just got very hot, with Google announcing it will sell its Glass headset starting April 15, but what about Apple's place in the wearable market? New rumors of its iWatch suggest that we could see two versions of Apple's smartwatch released, including a high-end version that would cost thousands of dollars.

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is usually on the ball with most Apple rumors, said in a research note to clients on Thursday morning that Apple was preparing two iWatch models for this year. The first of which would be a smaller 1.3-inch device for people with smaller wrists, and another model that would feature a 1.5-inch screen.

Both models would feature a flexible AMOLED display with sapphire crystal display covers. Kuo said that Apple's iWatch would have a host of sensors that would monitor multiple things like motion, heart rate and more. The analyst noted the iWatch would have deep integration with iPhone and iPad, and would include an NFC chip, wireless charging capabilities, and a "fashionable appearance".

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Amazon acquires comiXology, a digital comic provider

Amazon has just announced it is acquiring comiXology, a digital comics platform. There's no details available on what Amazon shelled out for the company, but comiXology was one of the best places to source comics from, so it makes sense for Amazon to bolster its comic business.

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ComiXology said: "ComiXology's mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms. There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novel". Amazon's Vice President of Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing, David Naggar, said:"Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world. We've long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers".

No one knows what is going to happen in the immediate future, but we should see Amazon make a move in the comic space this year thanks to the acquisition of comiXology.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Digital Storm launches four new gaming notebooks for growing market

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Boutique PC gaming company Digital Storm today announced four new gaming laptops, with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models available and different configurations to choose from.

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The 15.6-inch models are named Javelin and Lance, while the 17.3-inch models are Krypton and Behemoth - all powered by the NVIDIA GTX 800M GPU.

"We've wanted to refresh our notebook line for a while and the NVIDIA GTX 800M series launch provided the perfect timing," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm Director of Product Development, in a press statement. "The cards' ability to deliver gaming performance comparable to a desktop system allow our notebooks to dominate anywhere."

The Javelin is the most affordable unit out of all four, and provides a full 1080P display, and the Lance notebook has increased sound quality using the Sound Blaster X-Fi MP3 platform. The 17.3-inch Krypton has three storage drives and is fully customizable, while the Behemoth has dual SLI GTX 880M GPUs.

The Javelin starts at $1,196; Lance starts at $1,430; Krypton starts at $1,478; and the Behemoth begins at $2,289, respectively.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ridley Scott confirmed to produce Halo digital feature

If you are a fan of the Halo game franchise, you may be like me and get a little angry each time you think of the big screen movie based on the game that was cancelled years ago. The upside is that we have seen some cool live action in the Halo world with Forward Unto Dawn.

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Not too long ago rumors were circulating that Microsoft was working on a Halo film that would be produced by Ridley Scott. Scott is the man behind films like Prometheus, Aliens, and Blade Runner. A Microsoft rep has now confirmed that the production the software giant denied was in the works not long ago is indeed happening.

Scott will be the executive producer on a new Halo digital production. The digital production is going to be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan best known for direction Battlestar Galactica, Pillars of the Earth, and Heroes. Between these two they should certainly, be able to do a digital Halo production proud.

Another interesting tidbit offered up by Microsoft is that the partnership with Steven Spielberg for a live action TV show has nothing to do with the Ridley Scott digital production. That means that there are two Halo productions coming and that is something fans should be excited about. There is no indication of when either of those productions will air.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gartner offers advice on companies struggling to leave Windows XP

Millions of users will remain on Microsoft Windows XP following the OS end of support deadline on April 8, with security experts providing input to try and keep users safe from increased security threats.

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Research firm Gartner offers several steps for companies still running XP, though recommends having a plan to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 as the most pressing step. Furthermore, user rights on XP machines should be restricted and only a select few applications should be available, with critical applications migrated to a newer platform.

"Even in organizations without Windows XP, a user that puts an unpatched Windows XP machine on the network can introduce problems," noted Michael Silver, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst, in a recent blog post.

Ideally, Microsoft and security vendors want to see users leave XP behind, as malware and coordinated attacks are expected to begin after end of support is lifted.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How We Use Mobiles & Facebook: Women Play More Games, Men Use QR Codes

Social Media has been an integral part of our life. We would spend hours on such sites on a daily basis. So how exactly do we use social media? Let's say if we divide it via the different gender strata.


Financesonline has created this infograph on how different groups of people use Social Media sites for different purposes.

future of social media
Originally published at http://reviews.financesonline.com | Author: David Adelman | Visit our Twitter

Monday, April 14, 2014

G5 Entertainment releases new games this coming week!

G5 Entertainment releases new games this coming week!

On April 17th - Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Lair  will be launched on iOS;

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek will be available on Mac;
On April 16th - Inbetween Land comes in a full version to Google Play and Kindle Fire;

Virtual City hits Windows Store as a full app;
From April 14-20th, we are giving away Twin Moons on iOS, Google Play, Kindle Fire and Mac.


Follow Mina once again to find the lair of the evil spirit called Strix in Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Lair. It has been years since brave Mina Lockheart defeated Lord Strix. But dark shadows are rising once again, and restless mythical creatures beseech Mina's protection! Join Mina and her best friend Malik in their dangerous trip to turn up clues and locate Lord Strix's lair. Meet different creatures along your journey, help them and have them help you. Hurry! Lord Strix and his ruthless army are getting stronger every minute! 

Save your best friend and an entire 1950s town from a terrifying threat in 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek! Your dearest friend, the journalist Helen Hunter, traveled to the coastal town of Serpent Creek to report on the Serpent Festival. Now she's missing, and the last phone call she made was to you. As a paranormal private investigator, Helen wanted you to weigh in on some frightening things she'd discovered. She asked you to come immediately...

Investigate mysterious locations and solve challenging puzzles to piece together clues about what happened to Helen. Reveal the evil that clutches this crippled town and stop a nefarious plot to bring the Snake God back to our world!

Inbetween Land acquaints you with the plight of a missing childhood friend, possibly aboard a mysterious flying island hovering just above our world. Through mini-games and fragmented hidden object areas, you piece together the details of your friend's disappearance and how it ties into floating Sky Island. The game begins as a science-fiction story and soon involves players in the rescue mission for alien creatures.

If world domination is your thing, Virtual City is a great city simulator to get you started. Build your own city and manage it. Jobs are the lynch pin of the economy. As mayor, do everything you can to make sure industry is running. Fuel the city's economy by forming transport routes and developing a public transit system. Explore five states on the U.S. map and find perfect balance between key parameters of your success: Time, Income, Environment, Population, and Happiness. Make your dream city your people's paradise!

In Twin Moons, Jack, a researcher at the isolated Twin Moons Institute, has no memory following a car accident. But a few fuzzy flashbacks suggest he participated in some kind of dangerous experiment. Help Jack find answers to his numerous questions and decide whether his friends, colleagues and even his fiancĂ©e are worthy of his trust.  Explore eerie locations and piece together the truth about a mysterious portal that could change the world as we know it!

Google Glass to go on sale April 15 for $1,500

It looks like Google is pushing up the release of its Glass headset, where it will begin selling the wearable device to consumers on April 15. The search giant will make Glass available to the US public for a limited time, starting Tuesday.

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Google hasn't said just how many Glass units it will make available, but the quantity would be very limited. The company said in a blog post: "Every day we get requests from those of you who haven't found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too. That's why next Tuesday, April 15th, we'll be trying our latest and biggest Explorer Program expansion experiment to date. We'll be allowing anyone in the U.S. to become an Explorer by purchasing Glass".

Most people, myself included, expected Google to push Glass out later in the year - so this feels like an extension of the Explorer program, and not the real consumer version. I'm expecting the real release to be much more powerful in terms of hardware, something the current Glass device lacks.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Casetop updates from Livi Design

For those interested parties who are waiting for the launch of Casetop, here are some updates for the product.

We are moving steadily towards final manufacturable design and production of the Casetop. Since the strong showing at our Kickstarter campaign last summer (thanks again!), there have been many challenges overcome and goals accomplished. Firstly, I have joined John on his journey to create the first universal work dock for your pokedex. I am currently completing my MBA in technology commercialization and I bring with me many skills in business that will benefit Livi Design moving forward. In addition, Henry Choy has also joined the team and brings accounting and financial knowledge with his CA and experience working with startup companies previously. 
Updated Spec SheetUpdated Spec Sheet
*Chromakey Green only for Press Images 
 Secondly, we have moved from the proof of concept stage to the production prototyping stage. We have engaged a technical institute and other board manufacturing companies in order to design a customized motherboard that will contain all the functionality we envision the Casetop to have and more. 

Casetop.ca Update

We have a new redesigned website to become more accessible and informative. We invite you to check out the new website and tell your friends to sign up for our newsletter and updates. So you are probably wondering at this point when you will get the Casetop in your hands. We apologize for the delays so far but we want to be able to deliver a high quality product. In striving for that, inevitably there will be challenges we need to overcome and resulting delays. While it is difficult for us to give you an exact date, we are hoping, if the design and prototyping goes smoothly, to have units ready to ship during Quarter 3 of 2014. We understand your disappointment in this news, and as Kickstarter fans, we’ve been on your side many times as well. We’d love to have you all along on this wonderful adventure in changing the world, one Casetop at a time. 

Logitech launches the world's first 12,000 DPI mouse

Logitech introduced its newest Logitech G mouse, the Logitech® G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse. This extremely customizable mouse combines the world’s first 12,000 DPI sensor with advanced surface and weight tuning to help you maximize your victory potential.

"I've been super excited to use this mouse in public, I got to test it and it felt great! Was super comfortable and just fit perfectly to my hand, said Hai Lam, team captain for Cloud 9. “Adjusting the DPI is super easy and very flexible. This is probably my favorite mouse to date!"

As with every product in the Logitech G lineup, Proteus Core reflects Logitech’s commitment to putting science to work to help you win.

"With the world's best sensor technology, complete surface, weight and balance tuning and mechanical switches, we have made a mouse that dominates,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the
Logitech gaming business. “The Logitech G team believes that when hype fades, Science Wins!" Superior Tracking

Proteus Core features the Logitech G exclusive Delta Zero™ technology in the world’s most powerful and accurate sensor. Combining a huge DPI range of 200 all the way up to 12,000 with zero sensor acceleration, zero smoothing or filtering, and zero pixel rounding, the mouse is designed to deliver unparalleled tracking performance and responsiveness, and can track movement at 300 inches per second.

Superior Tuning
Proteus Core allows you to calibrate the sensor against a gaming surface’s unique physical and reflective characteristics, reconfiguring itself for optimal performance. This means you can achieve peak tracking speed and minimal lift-off distance on whatever gaming surface you use. So whether you prefer your mouse pads hard or soft, light or dark, you can get the best-possible tracking response.

To maximize physical feel and performance, Proteus Core lets you adjust its weight and center of balance through the placement of up to five 3.6g weights in the mouse.

For complete control over your game you can use Logitech Gaming Software to reassign any command or macro to one of the 11 programmable buttons thanks to the 32-bit ARM processor controlling Proteus Core’s onboard memory.

Superior Controls
While most gaming mice feature a monolithic key-plate that can flex and warp, Proteus Core has individual left and right keys that provide a rigid and stable platform, resulting in more precise, durable, and satisfying clicks. To further enhance feel, speed, and accuracy, we use mechanical micro-switches under every key. And our exclusive dual-mode hyper-fast scroll wheel has been improved to offer enhanced click-to-click precision and lightning-fast scrolling for the Web.

Pricing and Availability
The Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse is expected to be available in Singapore mid- April 2014, for a suggested retail price of SGD$99.00.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What To Do If Identity Theft Happens To You

Identity theft can happen to anyone, anywhere, any time. Receiving that dreaded call or alert can swiftly send you into a fury, leaving you unsure how to proceed or regain control of your financial security. One thing is certain: your identity has been compromised and there is fraudulent activity on your account(s). Though the news can be overwhelming, there are several steps you must immediately take in order to protect yourself and your credit.

1. Place A Fraud Alert



Your first call to action should be contacting one of the three credit reporting bureaus, Experian, TransUnion or Equifax, to have a fraud alert placed on your credit report. By placing this alert on your account, businesses must first verify your identity before extending any line of credit in your name. The report will remain on your credit report for 90 days, and you'll be provided with one free credit report from each of the reporting companies.

Quick Tip: Take the time to educate yourself on the topic. Identity theft is a complex landscape and the best way to stay out of trouble is to remain informed. You can easily implement several basic preventive steps into your regular routine by strengthening your passwords, shredding sensitive documents, checking website and URL authenticity and reviewing website privacy terms or policies.

2. Cancel Your Cards



The next step is canceling your cards. This extends from debit or personal checking accounts to credit cards. It can often be hard to determine exactly how the breach occurred, and there are cases where individual debit and credit card numbers were obtained and distributed. Once you've contacted your bank, they will continue to monitor your accounts for any suspicious activity. Drop by your neighborhood branch and snag a temporary card to use in the interim.

3. Contact Your Local Authorities



Reach out to your local authorities and provide them with details of the fraud. Include information such as specific charges and dollar amounts, where the fraud occurred, dates the charges were made, and how your identity (if you're aware) was compromised.

4. Order A Free Credit Report



Obtaining a copy of your credit report is important not just from a security standpoint, your credit score and report can also affect mortgage rates, credit approvals and rental or job applications. By ordering a free report annually, you're in a position to catch any suspicious activity and keep an eye on your credit score.

5. Protect Your Information



Expand your security precautions to all the digital areas of your life, including your laptop, tablet or any cloud storage space. Consider equipping your digital accessories with firewall and spyware software programs. Never provide your personal bank information or social security number via email or text. Take the extra step by employing a service that prevents identity theft before it happens, by monitoring and tracking your information from impending threats. Remember, there are countless ways an e-commerce breach can occur, be mindful and careful with any and all personal materials.

Friday, April 11, 2014

JAWBONE® LAUNCHES UP24TM IN SINGAPORE

 Jawbone® today announced the launch of UP24™ in Singapore. UP24™ is the newest hardware option for the UP® system – the wristband, app and data service that helps you understand how you sleep, move and eat so you can make choices to live better.

The new UP24 wristband connects wirelessly to your iOS® or AndroidTM device via Bluetooth® Smart to provide continuous feedback and in-the-moment notifications to help you achieve your goals. The UP App uses your own data to deliver insights and celebrate milestones while challenging you to accomplish more each day and also gives you individually tailored reports on how your sleep and activity interrelate. In addition, the standalone iOS app UP Coffee™ tracks caffeine intake over time to demonstrate the impact of caffeine on sleep.

Designed for the way you live, UP24 features the same sophisticated form factor and technology that current UP users love. The smooth, hypoallergenic, medical-grade rubber exterior features a new, stylish textural design, and like UP, UP24 is small and comfortable enough to wear throughout each day and night.

“The UP community has already logged more than 500 billion steps and 50 million nights of sleep. It's an astounding amount of data," said Travis Bogard, vice president of product management and strategy at Jawbone. "While data is good, understanding is better. UP24 is the first lifestyle tracker to help people make real sense of their data, understand their patterns over time and make smarter choices. UP pushes timely information to you to help turn your intentions into action – a gentle nudge suggesting an earlier bedtime if you want to meet your sleep target or an alert that you have nearly reached your steps target for the day.”
The UP App for iOS and Android encourages and motivates you to take small steps that can turn into long-term progress – all based on your unique data from your UP or UP24 wristband:
·         Today I Will: The UP Insight EngineTM delivers simple, achievable opt-in commitments called “Today I Will” focused in one of three categories – sleep, movement, or water intake – that challenge you to accomplish a suggested goal in a day’s time.
·         Streaks & Milestones: As you continue to achieve your goals over time, the UP App rewards you with celebrations of your short-and long-term progress.
·         Activity Alerts:  When using UP24, you’ll receive relevant move notifications from the UP App throughout the day. These personalized nudges are delivered at a time and place relevant to you – based on your data – all enabled by UP24.
·         Sleep Recovery: UP and UP24 users can get the benefit of the bands’ revolutionary sleep tracking system even if they occasionally forget to put their band in Sleep Mode.
·         Activity Log: The UP App lets you reflect on your recent activity by giving you a snapshot of the steps, sleep, workouts and meals you’ve logged since you last visited the app.

The UP App for iOS also includes additional features which analyze data from your UP or UP24 band to provide you with tailored insights around how your sleep and activity interrelate as well as reminders.
·         New Insights:  After consistently tracking sleep and activity for several weeks, the UP Insight Engine will generate a personalized assessment of your steps and sleep.
·         Reminders: To stay on track, the UP App allows you to set tailored reminders that prompt you to conduct a desired task at a desired time. Customize your own reminder to complete a workout, get ready for bed, or take a pill, and UP will remind you with an app notification and gentle band buzz.

UP Coffee
In recognition of the millions of coffee and tea lovers worldwide, Jawbone has launched the UP Coffee app to help people track their caffeine intake and understand the impact on their sleep.

UP Coffee is available on iOS as a standalone app, but when it is linked with data from your UP or UP24 band, UP Coffee analyzes how your caffeine intake affects your sleep patterns. The standalone application helps you understand more about your caffeine choices by correlating caffeine intake and projected sleep time. Simply log a coffee, tea, energy drink or other caffeinated beverage in the UP Coffee app to see a visual display of where you fall on a spectrum from “Wired” to “Sleep Ready” at any given time. After tracking both caffeine intake and sleep for 10 days, UP Coffee can tell you things like the amount of sleep you lose on average for every 100mg of caffeine you ingest.

Available in Singapore on 10 April 2014  
The UP24 band comes in three sizes (Small, Medium, and Large) and two colors (Onyx and Persimmon), and will be available today for a recommended retail price of S$249 at Jawbone.com, and at Apple and Apple Premium Resellers, Apple online store, Sprint Cass, Challenger, Harvey Norman and Courts stores beginning 10 April 2014.

Google's impressive Project Ara technology detailed in a new video

Project Ara is getting closer and closer, with Google hosting its Ara Developers Conference between April 15-16, but the Mountain View-based search giant has decided to show off a behind the scenes look at its development process in a new video.


The video introduces you to some of the crew of the Ara team, where you get to have a tease of some of the prototypes floating around, and how some of these pieces will gel together in the end to make your own personalized smartphone. We should see more details at the Ara Developers Conference in just a couple of weeks time.