Best App Sale Android app

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Nobody likes paying more than they have to, but when it comes to finding the best deals and sales on mobile apps, it’s not so easy. There’s so many apps and new ones come out daily. It would take hours to chase them all down and who has time like that on their hands?

The new Best App Sale application is available for free (with displayed ads) and shows you the best sales on apps & games for your Android device, the Steam store (for PC games and apps) and for your Playstation devices on PSN (PS3, PS4, PSVita, PSP).

The Best App Sale application is enabled for social media sharing, and actual prices displayed may vary depending on where you live. By using the discount percentage, download count, or all apps and games by the same developer filters, you’ll be able to find the exact type of app you’re looking for.  You can filter for up to 33 different categories and if advertisements bother you, there’s a premium upgrade available.

If you’re a bargain hunter and like to shop for good deals and bargain-basement prices, the Best App is a ‘must have.’ This is a good challenger to more established deals applications, too.
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Best App Sale Features:

  • new sales alerts
  • Only the best apps, games and wallpapers are included
  • Like and comment sales
  • Price history for the app
  • price drops of selected apps alerts
  • filter by discount, downloads, category
  • Share sales with your friends or colleagues through social media
  • Get notifications about other versions (e.G. free, lite, HD)
  • Go to developer homepage and app trailer

Best App Sale Ratings and Reviews

Received a 4.0 out of 5.0 rating with 92 reviews.
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Most of the reviews were five star with a total of forty-eight; there were eighteen four star ratings, fourteen three-star ratings, six two stars and six one star ratings.

Google Play download for Best App Sale here.

Android download for Best App Sale here.

Some of the low-ratings were based on price, such as this one:

Great for finding apps on sale. Price history graph is also shown. Curious why Google Play does not have a built-in feature like this. Beware of worthless apps. Not all apps on sale are good.  I hate the ads put into the recent release. You can turn them off by buying a subscription. I don’t think that when people search for App Sales that they are looking to spend more. I hope that someone makes an ad free version. (A Google User – Gave a one star review)

Ads Ok, extortionate $4 annual subscription fee not ok…. And…. The pricing history graph needs to be longer than 60 days…Not really useful at all as is. 180 days as a minimum, or just have a schedule of price changes like “appshopper” does for ios apps. – 1 star for that. – 2 stars for the extortionate subscription fee. This should be a one off fee. And minus another 1 star for the constant subscription fee pop-ups.

As I see it, you can’t have it both ways.  The developer needs to make money either by advertising or charging for an advertisement-free version. Has it come down to four dollars for an app is considered ‘pricey’ and extortionate? Four bucks doesn’t seem unreasonable to me. :)

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Issues– Apple Still Working out Some Kinks

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In its launch weekend, Apple sold 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units in the U.S. but the release did not come without problems. Granted, some of the problems are more serious than others, but the forums are ablaze with comments – some good, some not so good.

What seems to be the big issue? We’re glad you asked.  Here is what people are saying. Keep in mind that some of the problems with the phones are really compatibility issues with iOS 8.

IOS 8 Related Problems

Device owners voiced complaints through forums, social media and in Apple’s own support forum about problems connecting iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones to Bluetooth speakers, keyboards, headsets and car audio systems. The problems ranged from refusal to connect, partial connection with no audio and disconnection of new incoming calls. In an effort to correct problems, Apple made some hasty fixes and provided a quick release of IOS 8.01 with less than satisfactory results.

While it brought some improvement, device owners still experienced Wi-Fi glitches, battery drains and slow performance.  The second update of iOS 8.0.2 was released to correct the problems created by the first update, such as Wi-Fi calling and HealthKit but similar complaints continue to blossom and grow in the support forums.

Bendgate

The excitement with the sleeker and slimmer smartphones seems to have died down as consumers have discovered that the device bends when put in the rear pocket. Have you heard about Bendgate? If not, here’s the skinny. There’s a certain point on the inside of the chassis beneath the volume buttons on the iPhone 6 Plus smartphones that when you apply pressure in just the right place – the phone warps or bends.

The news of this glitch went viral when a single video by Lewis Hilsenteger from Unbox Therapy demonstrated on camera just how easy it was to bend his iPhone 6 Plus. This published video with 45 million views sparked one of the biggest viral moments this year in the tech community and put some egg on Apple’s face.

Here’s a video on how to fix your bent iPhone6 Plus phone.

#Hairgate

The latest gripe flying around in the forums is about #Hairgate. An anonymous author of a post on the 9To5Mac blog complains that his/her got stuck between the glass and the aluminum of the phone when pulling the phone away from the ear after making a call.

One man even got his beard caught. Either way, hair on the head or chin – it’s got to hurt.

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Shorter Battery Life

iOS updates or restores can use a lot of battery power and some people are noticing a shorter charge with their new iOS install or iPhone. This article by Rene Ritchie gives you lots of tips on what to look for and what to do if you’re experiencing battery life problems.

Click here for tips

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release

Apple came out with two new phones this year, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. If you’re wondering what the big difference between the two is – besides the obvious difference in size – here’s the scoop.

The new iPhone 6 series of phones by Apple have gotten a lot closer to the sizes used by Android phones like the LG G3 and the Note 4. Keep in mind that that if you’ve been a dedicated iPhone user you may want to ‘try before buy’ to make sure you’re comfortable with a bigger phone.

Since the iPhone6 Plus has a higher pixel density than the iPhone6, any existing apps and games will need to be to be re-scaled and could have jagged edges or strange-looking bits until Apple fixes the scaling issue with desktop-grade software. That shouldn’t pose a problem since developers should start creating 1080p versions of apps right away.

iPhone users can now add third party keyboards and use widgets. Apps can be accessed from the new notification center and the ability to work across Mac and iOS devices has been made easier.

Apple’s new models have a faster CPU performance due to a change in the system architecture. The improved M8 co-processor can now track motion which is making fitness lovers happy.

Look at our chart below to see the differences between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus as well as the similarities.

 

iPhone6 iPhone 6 Plus Both
6.8mm thick, 129g 7.1mm thick, 172g a steel Apple logo and an Ion reinforced glass front
The iPhone 6 plus is a little bit larger, but both are very nice slim phones.
4.7-inch 1334 x 750, “Retina HD” LCD 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LCD, optimization in landscape Both use IPS displays –Apple’s standard.
The iPhone 6 Plus has a much bigger screen than the iPhone 6. It uses a 5.5-inch display compared to iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch one.
326ppi display 1080ppi
Resolution is higher in the iPhone 6 Plus, and so is pixel density.
8MP camera, 1/3.06-inch sensor, true-tone flash,f/2.2 aperture dual-LED flash, phase detection. 8MP camera, 1/3.06-inch sensor, true-tone flash,f/2.2 aperture dual-LED flash, phase detection, OIS The sensor has been redesigned. Both phones use phase detection which is faster than the contrast detection normally used in phone cameras.
iPhone 6 Plus offers optical image stabilization where the iPhone 6 uses software stabilization which is not the same thing. The iPhone 6 Plus should be able to take much better low-light pictures.
iOS 8 iOS 8 Both run on iOS 8 and should deliver the same UI experience similar to the old iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C.
App Store Access App Store access
Some initial concerns about scaling apps are anticipated for iPhone 6 Plus’ larger screen.
Apple A8 64-bit and M8 co-processor Apple A8 64-bit and M8 co-processor You get the same processor in both phones, a dual-core 1.4GHz 64-bit CPU
16GB , 64GB , 128GB , no micro SD card support 16GB , 64GB , 128GB , no micro SD card support Both have increased storage, from 64GB to 128GB; and neither offers expandable memory.
1,810 mAh battery, 11 hours video, 11 hours browsing 2,915 mAh battery, 14 hours video, 12 hours browsing iPhone 6 makes a slight improvement over last year’s iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 Plus makes a bigger improvement and is closer to top Android phones.

 

Apple iCloud Hack of Celebrity Accounts

Here’s a question for you. What do Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kirsten Dunst have in common? They’ve all had nude photos of themselves stolen and then leaked on the Internet. Ooops!

Over a couple of days the list grew to 100 celebrity women — and one man — whose photos were supposedly downloaded and stolen by a hacker. Many of the personal images were nude or sexually explicit. The stolen photographs were posted onto 4Chan and then Reddit and from there went viral.

So what happened?

Speculation is that Apple’s Find My iPhone feature is the culprit. This feature doesn’t limit the number of password attempts. Hackers can make rapid-fire attempts until they correctly guess an account’s password. That is exactly what many are saying happened here.

Security experts suggest if Apple used a two-step verification process this breach never would have happened. With a two-step verification you need a password and a verification code (which is sent to your phone, email, or a secondary device) in order to log in. A hacker would need access to the secondary verification device, along with the password, in order to break into the iCloud camera roll. That’s not a very likely scenario.

What does Apple have to say about this tangled mess? They’re not taking the blame. After a 40-hour investigation, they concluded there was no breach of its data servers. They say celebrity accounts were compromised by targeted attacks, using common hacking techniques like phishing or answering security questions in order to get passwords.

What is Apple going to do?

Apple plans to strengthen security measures in two weeks to add alerts when they notice suspicious activity. They will send push notifications if someone tries to change the iCloud account password, upload backed-up account data to a new device or the first time they log into their accounts from an unknown device.

Apple is working with FBI’s Los Angeles office to determine who is behind the release of the celebrity photos. If found, the hacker is looking at jail time. In 2012, Christopher Chaney pled guilty to accessing protected computers without authorization, damaging protected computers, wiretapping and aggravated identity theft when he hacked into Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera’s email accounts. He’s serving a 10-year federal prison sentence.

What can you do?

It seems pretty simple. Don’t take photos you don’t want the world to see. Twenty-one year old actress-singer Keke Palmer’s mother said her daughter was on the list, but never took or kept nude photos on her phone or elsewhere. She was taught early in her career about the dangers. Oh, Mom! , do you really believe that?

Or you could try Rihanna’s strategy. She was probably on the list, but shares revealing photos of herself so much on Twitter and Instagram that there’s no news there.

To be on the safe side whether you have naughty pictures or not – turn on the two-step verification for all your Apple devices. You pictures don’t have to be naked to be stolen.

New iPhone 6 Screen Will Repair Itself When Scratched

iPhone Screen RepairWhen it comes to innovative ideas and groundbreaking improvements to current technology, Apple doesn’t disappoint. Whoopee! – They have finally decided to do something about its devices being so fragile. They have filed a patent that uses a self-healing technology similar to LG’s G-Flex handset. This new patent, along with some of the other technology Apple plans on using, will impact our viewing experience in a big way on iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.

The patent describes a technology that would work as an added coat to “heal” imperfections created when the display panel lighting gets scratched.

Apple’s new coating can be spread anywhere on the device. This flowing material will stream into marks and scratches, and essentially make them disappear. This patent was published by United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this year as “Systems and Methods for Preventing Light Guide Plate Scratching”.

According to the mobile and technology news source, BGR, they report that “Apple’s new technology could potentially offer a solution that completely eliminates the artifacts and imperfections in displays. These artifacts (which are much more pronounced on larger screens such as TVs) are often created when the lighting behind a display panel gets scratched, and Apple’s addition of a self-healing layer has the potential to eliminate these artifacts.”

The website, Patently Apple, reported that the iPhone 6 may have one of the most gorgeous display rendering ever seen in a mobile device. Now, that’s quite a statement. If true, this new feature will work along with the Quantum Dot display technology, which many believe will replace the Retina panel. The result? The iPhone 6 will perform with sharper color and brightness and a significantly smoother appearance.

This new technology is certainly something that many will welcome on larger displays, like the iMac and iPad. But with Apple’s interest in the technology along with the many rumors that are circulating about the iPhone 6 having a bigger screen, it looks like all their products will benefit.

As if that wasn’t enough, even more Apple rumors are floating around. Word around the Internet is that they plan on using sapphire glass to make the future screens and give them strength that would be unparalleled in the market.

Things to Consider When Your Phone Contracts Ends

This article appeared recently in the Associated Press on August 17, 2014 and since my phone contract ends in September the information was timely. I too, have an unlimited plan, and will have to rethink my options.

Here’s what AP had to say:

If you accept any of the new offers presented for phone contracts, you’d have to give up Verizon’s or AT&T’s unlimited data plan, which lets you use the phone’s cellular data connection as much as you want without overage fees.

The author of the article said, “I am paying more to keep my unlimited plan, so I’ll have to explain my reasoning. Whether or not you’re still on an unlimited plan, you’ll have similar things to consider when your phone contract expires.”

Things to consider when your contract ends:

  • AT&T stopped offering unlimited plans to new customers in 2010, and Verizon stopped in 2012. If you are an existing customer and decide to keep or renew your current plan, you are allowed to maintain an unlimited data plan. But once you leave, there’s no going back.
  • Verizon has also stopped giving subsidies on new phones. Customers will have to pay full retail price for the phone when the contract is up. That can be pretty pricey. If you are an AT&T unlimited-plan customers you’ll be able to get subsidized phones only if you extend your contract for two years.
  • New customers are allocated about 2 gigabytes for a single phone line each month. That’s a lot for most people, but having an unlimited amount provides customers with a peace of mind. There’s no worrying about connecting to different Wi-Fi services or using your phone for Web surfing.
  • Some of that cost can be recouped when traveling if the hotel charges for Internet access.
  • The author also pointed out that, “I also consider the extra cost to be insurance. I have no idea what high-data apps and services might come along. I wasn’t streaming video much when the two largest carriers stopped offering unlimited plans. Now, that’s my primary way of watching television.”
  • Both Verizon and AT&T will slow down service for its heaviest users — the top 5 percent or users who reach 3 gigabytes or 5 gigabytes depending on the type of phone.

Should I switch carriers?

T-Mobile and Sprint continue to offer unlimited plans but are more likely to be guilty of slow or, non-existent service.

The author of the article says, “For me, Verizon has been dependable, and there’s no reason to fix what isn’t broken.”

I’m not sure if I agree. I have to put it all on paper and figure it out. With an unlimited data plan, I haven’t bothered keeping track of how many gigabytes I’m guilty of using. How about you? What are you going to do when your plan is up?

10 Tips You Should Know When Using Voice Commands on Your Computer

Would you like to be able to tell your computer “Answer Skype” when Skype rings and you’re in the middle of typing a report in Word without interrupting your typing AND still be able to talk on Skype? If the answer is yes, read on.

More people use voice commands on their mobile phones than ever before and the use of voice commands on the computer are rising as well.

The biggest complaint in the past has been that voice recognition software simply doesn’t work well and it’s more frustrating than helpful.  But according to Vlad Sejnoha, chief technical officer at Nuance, maker of the Dragon speech-to-text software for Windows, Macs, iPhones and iPads “You need not talk like a robot to be understood by one.”

Things have come a long way and if you follow these then ten tips when using voice recognition software the results may just amaze you.

TIP 1: Train the Program to Recognize YOUR voice

This is the very first step you should do. Windows 7 Speech Recognition and most Speech Recognition software includes a training module so the computer learns to understand the nuance of your diction, articulation and pronunciation as well as your voice patterns.

TIP 2: Speak Naturally

Vlad Sejnoha says, “Dragon’s software learns speech styles and tics over time, and you want to aim for a natural speaking flow. And it helps to think out what you’re going to say before you say it.”  Keep in mind at the beginning it’s not going to be perfect but the more you use it, the more accurate it gets.

TIP 3:  Correct Mistakes

Review content for all typos and bad punctuation and fix any mistakes.  That’s how the software learns.

TIP 4: Invest in a Good Microphone

One of the most important elements of speech recognition is the quality and position of the microphone. If your voice commands can’t be heard clearly your computer will never learn to understand your commands.

TIP 5:  Speak Your Punctuation

Remember to speak your punctuation. For example, you’ll need to say, period at the end of every sentence and question mark at the end of each question. At the beginning of each sentence you’ll say, “Capital” (and then the letter).

TIP 6: Show Numbers

This is a great little tip.  If you have a screen full of links and buttons you don’t have to always say the words.  Try using this command, “Show numbers.”  WSR Macros will superimpose numbers over every control in the window. Then you can just pick the one you want by saying the number and OK to confirm. It’s much quicker.

TIP 7: What Can I Say?

Not sure what you can say?  This friendly command will help you out.  When you ask your computer, “What can I say?” a list of available commands is displayed. Some important commands to remember are: -Start listening,-Stop listening, Open (and then the program name), Scroll up, and Scroll Down.  Memorize or write down the commands you use most frequently.

TIP 8: Update Dictionary

Add any frequently used words that the voice recognition program doesn’t understand, especially proper names or departments, to the speech dictionary.

TIP 9: Spell it

If the computer is having trouble recognizing a word you are saying, try this. Say “Spell it.” The Spelling screen opens up and you spell the word and then confirm with an “OK.”

TIP 10: Give it a Whirl for Free

Basic VR is built into Windows 7 and 8, so you can try it on a new PC for free. And Mac OS X Mavericks has pretty reasonable VR built in. So give it a shot.  When it’s free, there’s little risk.

Regardless of whether you use the built-in tools in Windows 7 or a third-party program like Dragon NaturallySpeaking, voice recognition lets you work with your PC intuitively and efficiently. Sure, there’s a bit of a learning curve–for you and the software –but in the end, it’s worth the effort.

Do You Love or HATE Your Cell Phone’s Voice Recognition Option?

The use of cell phone speech-recognition technology is a growing field and has come a long way and is improving all the time. Still, it has a way to go before we can talk and be heard without mistakes.

When you think about it it’s a wonder this feature works at all. You’re expecting your phone to understand different accents at varying distances from its microphone.  You’re asking it to understand your voice with all types of noise competing in the background.

What if you had a couple of cocktails and have started to slur your words?  Do you think Siri or other voice recognition software would understand Midwesterns’ use of the word “Druthers?” Such as, if I had my druthers. Or, would it know “Tough tomatoes!” means tough luck?

It’s a lot to ask from a little piece of software tucked inside your phone and it’s no wonder people become frustrated and have been known to yell and scream at automated voices coming from their cell phones.

Here are some funny examples, of voice recognition gone terribly wrong:

What I actually said to my computer: Frappuccino.
How my voice software translated it: Fred Pacino.

Siri even has a sense of humor!

New York Times reporter, David Pogue, wrote a recent article in which he reviewed Google’s Moto X phone. He’s a funny guy! I had to laugh when he wrote about the voice recognition’s personality.

“And then there’s the issue of personality: Siri has it, Android doesn’t.”

“We’re talking about wisecracks, jokes, attitude, addressing you by name. If you ask Siri, “Who’s your daddy?” she replies: “You are. Can we get back to work now?” Say, “Beam me up, Siri,” and she says: “Please remove your belt, shoes and jacket, and empty your pockets.” Say, “Talk dirty to me,” and she replies, “Humus. Compost. Pumice. Silt. Gravel.”

My ten year old son does this all the time with my phone when we’re driving and he gets bored.  He asks my phone questions and then berates it for the replies.  It keeps him occupied for a good ten minutes at a time.

But Apple haters (yup, they’re out there) practically spit up a fur ball when you mention Siri’s personality.  Pogue reports the anti-Apple group says, “It’s not useful! It’s a parlor trick! It strains me to avoid profanity in describing how stupid you sound!”

According to Lifehacker.com, the best way to get voice assistants to work is to keep your sentences short and to the point. So, don’t stop mid-sentence, don’t ask more than one question at a time, and forget about niceties, like please and thank you.

Lifehacker also says, “You also want to speak quickly. It’s a natural tendency to speak to your voice recognition apps in the same way you would a puppy: slow and methodically. But, it’s actually best to speak quickly. Speak naturally and clearly, but don’t strain to enunciate your words or speak incredibly slowly.

This much is true: Cellphone speech recognition technology is getting more reliable, quickly. Pretty soon, we’ll be talking more to our phones than our friends!

What do you think?  Do you have a crush on your voice assistant or would rather crush your voice assistant?  Tell us your thoughts.

 

Do You Miss The Keyboard On Your Cell Phone?

With all the crazy texts and autocorrects, don’t you sometimes miss the keyboard on your cell phone?  The virtual keyboard drives me nuts sometimes and apparently I’m not alone.

Ryan Seacrest is a man who knows what he wants, at least when it comes to his technology. He wants a keyboard on an iPhone.  The average person would figure out which was more important, a hardwire keyboard (Blackberry) or an iPhone (but no keyboard) and settle for one or the other. But not Ryan. He’s decided he wants it all and dumped $1 million to build one.

His keyboard, called the Typo, attaches to the iPhone without covering up the screen and without adding much bulk and weight, two adjectives you definitely don’t want to use when describing your cell phone. The Typo is a two-part case made from soft-touch rubberized plastic designed to slip over your iPhone. Installation is fast, simple and easy and once installed it feels similar to a BlackBerry-style keyboard.

In fact, it may feel a little too similar to a BlackBerry-style keyboard. In a recent article in PC Magazine, they say:

“The Typo Keyboard is the sort of product that makes you wonder, ‘Why did it take this long?’ Even as demand for keyboarded phones wanes, nearly every one that has come out in the past several years has been a bulky, horizontal slider. Very few have had the traditional slab BlackBerry-style form factor.

“Well, there’s one good reason: lawsuits. BlackBerry has already sued Typo for copying its keyboard design. The uncertainty surrounding the Typo’s ultimate legality has caused a run on supply: The first batch of pre-orders sold out according to a Bloomberg report. “

According to The Boy Genius Report, he likes the keyboard. “Typo is absolutely incredibly amazing. It perfectly mimics the hardware keyboards we were used to over the last 5 to 10 years, and when you think of the engineering that went on to get this entire package working, it’s equally amazing. Typo’s keys offer a satisfying clickity clackity sound, they are well placed, number keys are in a number pad configuration, and there is also a backlight. I can just fly using this keyboard.”

If you are a die-hard BlackBerry fan, you’ll find lots to like in the Ryan Seacrest-backed, Typo ($99 direct).  It looks and feels almost identical to the real thing.

What do you think? Will keyboards get better or will we go back to hard keyboards? Sound off in the comments!

 

Beats Electronics Gets a Sliver of the Apple Pie

Regaining the ‘cool factor’ is going to cost Apple $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in equity as it acquires Beats Electronics, bringing Beats high-end headphones, music streaming service, and music industry connections into the company. Apple’s purchase of Beats is a big payday for Beats co-founders, music mogul Jimmy Lovine and rap star Dr. Dre. But what’s in it for Apple iPhone and Ipad fans?

The tech giant said it is buying Beats Electronics LLC for $3 billion to bolster a music business that has lost some of its mojo, as streaming-music services encroached on the downloads dominated by Apple’s iTunes service.

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks wears Beats headphones before a preseason football game last August. - John Froschauer/AP

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks wears Beats headphones before a preseason football game last August.
- John Froschauer/AP

According to a recent article written by Sam Sanders for NPR, he reports, “Beats by Dre headphones are flashy, cool, a fashion statement. One critic called them the Air Jordans of headwear. Most reviewers, however, say Beats headphones aren’t actually that good.”

Why would Apple spend $3 billion for this technology, if the audio quality is not great?

Because Apple is more interested in the technology than the sound. Apple wants to make smart headphones with sensors to monitor your temperature, pulse, perspiration; sensors for athletic tracking applications; position sensing to detect when your head is moving; and the ability to give you cues to where things are. It’s sort of like ‘Wii for everyday use.’

It’s much easier for Apple to integrate that new technology with a company like Beats — which already has a big headphone infrastructure — than for the company to build it up from scratch, says Dan Frakes, senior editor of MacWorld.

“They just sort of accelerated the process from the logistical standpoint,” Frakes says, “because now they’ve got the resources to design and produce something.”

The Wall Street Journal adds this,

“Apple will continue to use the Beats brand, a rare move for a company that has almost always focused on its Apple brand. It became one of the world’s largest technology companies by creating huge, new consumer electronics categories with the iPhone and iPad. But it hasn’t introduced a breakthrough product since co-founder Steve Jobs died in 2011. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the acquisition will help Apple bridge divides between Silicon Valley and Hollywood.”

A small European company called, Bragi, raised over $3 million in their Kickstarter campaign to make smart wireless earbuds called The Dash. Jim Ninesling, head of U.S. operations for Bragi, explains that smart headphones won’t just monitor things like heart rate — they’ll actually be able to tell what the wearer is doing.  You don’t have to tell it that you’re biking or swimming. It knows by your body movements.

Ninesling says, “People realize smart headphones and other wearable technology — like bracelets that monitor sleep patterns — are going to be big. Speculation is that the wearables industry will exceed $30 billion, Ninesling says. “I’ve heard estimates as high as $50 billion in sales revenues by 2018.”