LG G Watch giveaway on Google I/O, SwiftKey now free, iOS 8 is all about user privacy, TouchPal for iOS first and more tech news


Exclusive: LG G Watch will be given away at Google I/O 2014:

So what specifically can we expect when it comes to Android Wear? Although we don’t have all the details, sources directly familiar with the situation tell us that the Moto 360 will be shown off at the event. As for the LG G Watch? As expected, the device is essentially a reference device for Android Wear and will not only be shown off at Google I/O, it will be given away to all those that attend Google I/O 2014 this year!

That's nice. The LG G Watch design looks very much like the old Sony Smartwatch 2 though, but I guess the Android Wear experience will be better?


iOS 8 demonstrates Apple’s commitment to user privacy | MacUser:

Tim Cook mentioned only very briefly during his Keynote at WWDC last week that Apple is committed to protecting the privacy of its users.

Yeah I notice that too during the WWDC 2014 keynote. Apple has done a lot for the users privacy in iOS 8. They clearly are head of the competition when it comes to that.


SwiftKey Blog - SwiftKey Keyboard goes free - with new themes, emoji and more:

We’ve got big news! From today, SwiftKey Keyboard is free on Google Play – and with this update, it’s packed full of new features, including support for over 800 emoji and more than 30 new themes.

To thank our users who have paid for SwiftKey Keyboard in the past, we’re offering you a Premier Pack of 10 new premium themes to download, worth $4.99, for free! All users, including newcomers, can download an additional three free themes from the store, and there’s more content coming soon.

So SwiftKey goes free, and for us that has already paid for it, we get a “premium theme pack” as a thank you… Hopefully it will be free for iOS 8 too when it's ready.


Apple’s talks with the FDA provide further evidence for a wearable device — Tech News and Analysis:

On December 12, 2013, five Apple executives met with four Food and Drug Administration officials in Washington DC. At the time, the topic of the meeting wasn’t made public. But thanks to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by Apple Toolbox, we can now read a summary memo. In short: They were talking about what specifically would trigger FDA regulation of, say, a purely hypothetical Apple wearable device.

Yep, but as I said before, it doesn't have to be an iWatch, I believe it is Smart EarPods that uses the lightning connector.


More pictures of the iPhone 6′s front and back appear online as Apple ramps production | 9to5Mac:

On Weibo6, user dreamerJimmy has posted more shots of the supposed iPhone 6 design, which has shown up in photos time and time again in recent weeks. The new images are of reasonable quality, though and indicate how the larger phone would compare physically with the current iPhone 5s. The user has a good reputation for leaks, posting accurate images of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c months before their unveiling.

If it's still just a prototype, then it's by far the best build I've seen yet.


The Great Smartphone War: Apple vs. Samsung | Vanity Fair:

For three years, Apple and Samsung have clashed on a scale almost unprecedented in business history, their legal war costing more than a billion dollars and spanning four continents. Beginning with the super-secret project that created the iPhone and the late Steve Jobs’s fury when Samsung—an Apple supplier!—brought out a shockingly similar device, Kurt Eichenwald explores the Korean company’s record of patent infringement, among other ruthless business tactics, and explains why Apple might win the battles but still lose the war.

A very interesting read about the ongoing war between Apple and Samsung. Personally I think Samsung is the biggest copycats in the world.


Explaining iOS 8’s extensions: Opening the platform while keeping it secure | Ars Technica:

Keep this in mind, because it's going to come up a bunch: Extensions greatly increase the list of things third-parties can do, and for many common use cases they'll be functionally indistinguishable from Intents. The changes stop far short of Android's “anything goes” mentality, though, largely in the name of preserving iOS' security model.

Great and thorough article that explains the great new extensibility feature in iOS 8. This is the feature I'm most excited about in iOS 8, and it will be interesting to see how that will change my automated workflows in Apps like Editorial and Drafts.


TouchPal, the First Keyboard App Running on iOS 8 - MarketWatch:

TouchPal ( www.touchpal.com ), an innovative and award-winning keyboard developer, today announced that it made the first 3rd-party keyboard running on iOS 8. It also released a video demonstrating the beta version running on iOS with gesture input.

So the third-party keyboard TouchPal was the first gesture based keyboard released for iOS 8. That was fast, the iOS 8 is still only on it's first beta.

  1. A post about the new LG G Watch running android wear 

  2. A post about apple focusing on user privacy  

  3. News about Swiftkey is from now on free  

  4. A post with more info about a wearable device from apple 

  5. More leaked photos of the iPhone 6 

  6. Chinese social network  

  7. A great post explaining the war between apple and Samsung 

  8. A great article that explains the new extensibility feature in iOS 8 

  9. A gesture based touch keyboard