bmw i3Last week there was an interesting rumor which suggested that Apple and BMW were apparently in talks at one point, with Apple being interested in using BMW’s i3 electric car as the base of their own electric car. The rumors then suggested that eventually the talks fell through, and now according to a report from Reuters, we know why.

According to their sources, the reason the talks fell through was because Apple was more interested in developing an electric car of their own, as opposed to working with BMW and possibly licensing some of their technology. It was also suggested that it was because BMW played their cards too close to their chest as they did not want to end up being a mere supplier of hardware to tech giants such as Apple. Read full post →Apple And BMW Car Talks Could Resume In The Future

apple watchHow is the Apple Watch doing? According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, not so well. The publication reports that according to analyst Mark Li who works at Bernstein Research, it seems that a comment made by one of Apple’s suppliers has hinted that the Apple Watch might not be selling as well as it should.

The supplier in question is Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering who is responsible for assembling the system-in-package component for the wearable. According to an ASE subsidiary, it seems that even shipping 2 million units a month to Apple did not even reach break-even volume. They also added that they do not expect to hit the break even point in the third quarter ahead of the holidays, hinting that Apple isn’t ordering enough units, which in turn might hint at the lack of demand. Read full post →Supplier Hints At Poor Apple Watch Sales

Things around the home do seem to get smarter and smarter these days, and hence, it is far from surprising to hear that there is a new smart mirror in the pipeline that is known as the Wize Mirror. The Wize Mirror intends to play the role of a seasoned primary care physician who tend to be able to notice symptoms in a patient by simply taking a look at them. Signals to watch out for are skin tone, heart rate, and body temperature, and the Wize Mirror will make use of a camera, sensors and other technologies to do the same.

Read full post →Wize Mirror Keeps Tabs On Your Health

softbank-pepper-rentBusiness is all about opportunity cost – most businesses would like to own their premises, but reality dictates that rental is the way to go until one makes such a huge profit and finds a suitable seller. Having said that, one’s business would also need to make adequate profit to cover the costs of operation – rental include. Hence, it is not surprising to hear that renting a robot might actually be beneficial in the long run as this novelty would certainly attract more customers to your premises which might then be translated to sales. SoftBank of Japan is pleased to take in pre-orders for the enterprise model of its Pepper humanoid robot from October 1 onward, calling it “Pepper for Biz”, where it will have an asking price of 55,000 yen (approximately $440) each month to rent.

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Last year Apple and IBM announced a partnership in which it would see Apple make a bigger push in the enterprise market. Earlier this year, IBM was reportedly planning on purchasing as many as 50k MacBooks to give out to employees by the end of 2015, but now thanks to a leaked internal memo video obtained by MacRumors, that number appears to have jumped to as much as 200,000.

The video features IBM’s CIO Jeff Smith who said that he had met up with Apple’s CIO Niall O’Connor and talked about the possibility of purchasing more MacBooks for their employees. According to the transcript, “And I said, ‘Well who’s your largest corporate customer?’ And he said ‘Well, that customer has got about 25,000 MacBooks a year.’ And I said, ‘Well we could be 150-200,000.’ And he goes ‘Jeff, that’s a great idea! We’re gonna come here, you know, next week…you bring your whole team,’ and that’s exactly what happened.” Read full post →IBM Reportedly Plans To Buy Up To 200k MacBooks For Employees

There are several different virtual reality headsets in the market that we can already get our hands on. This includes the likes of the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard, where the latter can either be built by yourself or you can purchase pre-built ones by other manufacturers. If there’s one thing these headsets have in common is that they rely on smartphones to power it.

Now if you’re looking for another VR option, you’re in luck as a company by the name of Paralo has launched their own VR headset called the PLAY. Just like the Gear VR and Cardboard, the PLAY VR headset is basically a mount for your smartphone that you wear on your face, and together with specialized software it helps create a virtual reality experience for the wearer. Read full post →Paralo’s PLAY Is A VR Headset Looking For Funding On Kickstarter

hangouts inviteWhen you get a message from a stranger on the internet, you might be suspicious and rightfully so. However sometimes it might be a friend or co-worker that you don’t have on social media yet, so it isn’t always a dangerous or fishy situation. That being said, one of the ways Google has been managing such messages is through invitations.

Basically if someone you don’t know messages you on Hangouts, an invite would pop up asking to chat, meaning that if it is really someone you don’t know or suspect might be a bot, you just ignore it. However in a recent update to the Hangouts app for Android, Google has introduced a new feature in the form of customized invites. Read full post →Google Hangouts For Android Gets Customized Invites

victory-motorcycle-empulse-ttVictory Motorcycles has definitely taken another step into the future with the unveiling of its very first, fully electric motorcycle that is known as the 2016 Empulse TT. Make no bones about it, the Empulse TT is a road-legal electric streetbike that will be based on Brammo’s Empulse R, and this is a continuation from their efforts at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Zero race, where the Empulse-powered racebike came out tops where the fastest US electric motorcycle is concerned.

Read full post →Victory Motorcycles Introduce 2016 Empulse TT Electric Motorcycle

exploding-kittensExploding Kittens, the most backed Kickstarter project of all time when we talked about it earlier this year, has started to see the card game ship. Just how huge was the funding? Well, with an original funding goal of just $10,000, it seems that the entire Kickstarter project managed to gather a whopping $9 million down the road.

Read full post →Exploding Kittens Card Game Starts To Ship

middle-finger-emojiAh, how would our communication be like without any kind of emoji? Certainly it is a bigger step compared to emoticons,and with the launch of Windows 10 by Microsoft, there is also an accompanying updated set of illustrated characters, where among them include flipping the bird. What’s that? Oh, the middle finger, basically, which can be considered to be an offensive gesture in many cultures, although it has since become more flippant and humorous rather than offensive these days.

Read full post →Middle Finger Emoji Arrives On Windows 10