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Smartwatch producer Pebble has revealed three new devices it is adding to its range, with all three having a greater focus on tracking the user's fitness than the previously-released timepieces. The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are updates to the existing models that introduce built-in heart rate monitoring for the first time, while the Pebble Core is a compact device that offers fitness tracking but leaves out the smartwatch element entirely out of the equation.
Garmin's latest fitness tracker has been unveiled as one suited to those preferring to wear an analog watch, rather than a smartwatch with a screen for a display. The Garmin Vivomove appears to borrow the concept of a simply-designed analog face that pushes most fitness tracking functionality to the background from the Withings Activité range, with the Vivomove capable of monitoring the user's physical activity while still appearing to be a fairly normal timepiece.
As with most other products, Apple sold fewer of its Apple Watch wearable than it did in the previous quarter, dropping from about 5.1 million in the December quarter to around 2.2 million units between January and March. As a result, the iPhone maker dropped in smartwatch marketshare from 63 percent share to 52.4 percent, still comfortably ahead of all rivals. Samsung, in second place, saw a drop from 16 percent (an estimated 1.3 million units) to 14.3 percent (about 600,000 units).
After relative silence following a confirmation at CES, Samsung now appears nearly ready to offer iOS support for its Gear S2 smartwatch, based on an unfinished app that appeared on an Internet forum. While the leaked app could be fake, the company did confirm that it planned to offer iOS support for the watch, which launched last August, at some point this year. The Gear S2 is a round-faced smartwatch with a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED 360x360-resolution display, powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor running Samsung's own Tizen OS, rather than Android Wear.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster's latest survey of American teens shows that the age group are still very interested in Apple's iPhone. Of the teens surveyed in the bi-annual study, 69 percent said that they owned an iPhone, while 75 percent indicated that they wanted an iPhone as their next smartphone. Both key indicators were up by a percentage point or two over the previous survey. Although teens favored the Apple Watch over other smartwatches on the market, only 12 percent of the same group of teens said that they actually owned a smartwatch of any type.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deals lists, and is major enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. If you've wanted to get onto the smart watch bandwagon but didn't want to shell out for an Apple Watch, there is a solution, with the MacNN Deals store offering a handy discount on the Pebble Time, the company's second-generation wearable device.
In its latest report, industry analyst IDC has reported that Apple -- with a single product priced well above its competitors -- has already become the third best-selling wearables vendor in the world. As a result, Apple is just barely behind Chinese wearables maker Xiaomi, but presenting little threat to wearables fitness brand Fitbit, which shipped 21 million devices (estimated) compared the figure IDC believes represents Apple's first eight months with the Apple Watch, around 11.6 million units.
Garmin has launched a pair of fitness trackers, with new additions being made to the Vivofit and Vivoactive lines. The Vivofit 3 is a band-style fitness tracker that includes Garmin's Move IQ system with automatic activity detection, while the Vivoactive HR is a GPS smartwatch that uses Elevate, the manufacturer's heart rate monitoring technology, which it can use to more accurately calculate calorie burn and the intensity of activities.
The popularity of the Apple Watch is continuing to affect the wearables market in a massive way, with its high sales helping smartwatch shipments beat those of Swiss watches, according to a analysts. A report from Strategy Analytics claims smartwatch shipments increased to 8.1 million during the fourth quarter of last year, exceeding the 7.9 million shipments by Swiss watch manufacturers during the same period, with the Apple Watch making up the bulk of smartwatch orders.
A new report from industry analyst Canalys reports that the Apple Watch has established itself as the industry leader in smartwatches, shipping around 12 million units since its debut last April and accounting for two-thirds of all smartwatch shipments. In part the confirmation of what many analysts already suspected came about because of a strong holiday quarter, with Apple selling around five million Apple Watch units during that period. Separate from full-blown smartwatches, basic fitness bands exceeded 37 million units for calendar 2015.
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NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg