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MesoGlue Is A Metallic Glue That Replaces Hot Solder

SMDlong If you’ve ever soldered or welded, you’ll know that things get pretty hot. MesoGlue intends to fix that. It’s a room-temperature metallic glue that lets you stick parts together with reckless abandon and electrical control. The most interesting part of the entire system is that it allows us to solder parts onto boards without heat which will lead to press-fit electronics… Read More

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John Biggs

January 11th

Gadgets

LG’s Watch Urbane Luxe Is 23-Karat Gold Bonkers

Android Wear watches are cool and all, but none of them are especially fancy. (Even the new Moto 360 , with its flat tire screen.) Until now, at least. An alligator leather wristband, 23-karat gold plating, and a $1000-plus price tag mean the LG Watch Urbane Luxe is a particularly niche geek accessory.

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Campbell Simpson - Gizmodo Australia

September 5th

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Volcano zone reservoirs could hold huge amounts of gold and silver

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The heat is on for prospectors in what could be the next gold rush. According to a recent study in the journal Geothermics, a team of geologists has discovered a mother lode of gold and silver inside super-heated reservoirs within New Zealand’s Taupo Volcanic Zone. Extreme heat from the volcanoes’ magma plumes is heating water, producing acidic underground reservoirs and springs that in turn dissolve the surrounding rock. This then allows the embedded gold and silver to come loose and collect in the water. If successfully drilled, one well could yield as much as $2.7 million in gold a year.

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September 2nd

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Visualizing a modern Apple Wireless Keyboard [Gallery]

2-1iPadOver the weekend, we learned some preliminary details about Apple’s planned updates for two of their most popular Mac accessories, the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse, in the form of FCC filings. Aside from new and improved connectivity thanks to Bluetooth 4.2, both accessories appear to have design deviations from their existing models, as detailed by the rough sketches accompanying the FCC filings. Based on these sketches, I decided to more fully visualize the changes Apple could be planning for an all new and more modern wireless keyboard based on other modern Apple product designs.

Long Time Coming

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The Apple Wireless Keyboard as we know it today is a dinosaur in terms of technology products. It was first introduced alongside its larger, wired counterpart way back in 2007, not long after the first iPhone debuted, and the iPod, now removed, still reigned supreme in the navigation on Apple.com. In 2009, the wireless model was updated slightly to use one less battery, and a smaller wired keyboard was introduced. In 2011, two function keys received updated graphics to coincide with UI changes in the then new Mac OS X Lion. Aside from those tweaks, everything about the keyboard has remained the same for 8 long years. It’s safe to say that a refreshed design is in order. Let’s take a look at what’s changed since then.

Keyboard Back White DisplayMacs no longer ship with optical disc drives. Yet every wireless keyboard still ships with an eject button in the upper right corner of the keyboard. This is no longer useful on newer Macs as software can control occasional uses with external SuperDrives, and makes absolutely no sense when paired with an iPad, another popular use of the keyboard.

With the Apple Watch, Apple introduced the font San Francisco, an all new, custom typeface that has been making its way across the product lines, most recently as the keycap font for the new MacBook and coming soon Mac and iOS devices with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. The Apple Wireless Keyboard and MacBook Pro still use the older VAG Rounded font.OldNewFinally, along with the 12″ MacBook came the butterfly mechanism, an improvement to both the stability and space efficiency of individual key caps. This allows each individual key to be 40% thinner and 17% larger than on previous Apple keyboards. Naturally, this change should trickle down to the wireless keyboard.

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The FCC filing sketch for the new Apple keyboard appears to show a design that ditches the cylindrical AA battery compartment on the rear of the device, in favor of a flat, low profile design with four rubber feet, and a small power button on the top edge. While the final design could deviate from the drawing, this change would make sense. The flat profile would imply improved typing ergonomics similar to MacBooks, reducing upward bending of the wrist. Ditching the AA battery power source in favor of a rechargeable, internal battery could also play into Apple’s continued efforts towards environmental conservation, reducing the need for disposable batteries, and perhaps finally allowing the abandoned Apple Battery Charger to retire.

Colors

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Apple’s new found love for the Silver, Space Gray, and Gold trifecta of colors has permeated to almost all of their products, from the new MacBook, to Beats headphones, to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, all the way down to Apple gift cards. This new, colorful world would only be truly complete with keyboards to match. With an increased number of wireless keyboards being used with iOS devices, it would be fantastic to have matching finishes available across the line. Both white keys like are currently found on Apple’s keyboard and black caps like the ones found on MacBooks would work well, but Apple would likely choose one or the other. iOS devices in both silver and gold typically use white as their accent color.

Below you can view galleries of how each color configuration could look. Which is your favorite?

Silver + White Keys

Keyboard Front White Keyboard Back White Keyboard Angle White

Silver + Black Keys

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Space Gray

Keyboard Front Gray Keyboard Back Gray Keyboard Angle Gray

Gold +Black Keys

Keyboard Front Gold 1 Keyboard Back Gold 1 Keyboard Angle Gold 1

Gold + White Keys

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Michael Steeber

August 18th

Apple

Mac

‘This is Ludacris’: Rapper shows off his diamond-encrusted Apple Watch

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Rapper Ludacris tonight has showed off a unique twist on the Apple Watch: a model encrusted with diamonds around the face’s bezel. Ludacris wore the gear to tonight’s Teen Choice Awards on Fox, and he posted a couple of pictures of the device on Instagram. It appears that taking the custom route allowed Ludacris to one-up his colleagues who were able to secure all-gold Apple Watch Editions with gold Link Bracelets from Apple in the run-up to the Apple Music launch. A close up shot of Ludacris’s Apple Watch is below.

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Mark Gurman

August 17th

Apple

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Tim Cook: Apple Watch attracting more developer interest than early iPhones and iPads

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In an interview with the Chinese language edition of Bloomberg Businessweek, Tim Cook noted that developers are showing more interest in the Apple Watch than they had in the iPhone and iPad at a similar early stage.

Developers are working on more than 3,500 apps for the gadgets, he said. That’s well ahead of the 500 apps available for the 2008 edition of the iPhone and the 1,000 for the first iPad in 2010, he added.

Cook also confirmed what most had assumed: the gold color introduced for the iPhone, iPad and now MacBook (and presumably real gold for the Watch) was “in part” driven by the popularity of the color in China. Greater China now accounts for a whopping 29% of Apple’s revenue … 

Cook also noted that Apple is supporting a tech education program in Chinese schools. More than 180 schools have trialled a program which covers everything from composing music in GarageBand to teaching hearing-impaired children to use smartphones. Apple hopes to expand the program by 50% by the end of the year.

IDC recently predicted that total wearable sales – covering everything from basic fitness bands up – would hit 72M units this year, noting that smartwatches are closing the gap on entry-level devices.


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Ben Lovejoy

June 22nd

Apple

Mac

KGI: Top 11 new iPhone features for 2015 include Rose Gold option, Force Touch, 12MP Camera, 2GB RAM, more

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A special Top 11 list today from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on the next iPhone (6s? 7?) that will be released later this year. Counting down:

  1. Force Touch will be the biggest upgraded selling point, but also one of the main bottlenecks of the supply chain. Force Touch can enrich user experience due to more input methods and support of handwritten signatures, which is beneficial for expanding in the commercial market
  2. Screen will remain at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, with resolution the same as existing models. There will be no new 4-inch model
  3. There will be an additional casing color, rose gold, matching the rose-gold Apple Watch Edition
  4. The camera will have a pixel upgrade, likely to 12MP
  5. One microphone will be added near the speaker to enhance voice quality
  6. The A9 processor with upgraded 2GB LPDDR4 will be adopted
  7. The bending issue will be improved by using different casing materials and internal mechanical design changes
  8. If drop test issues can be resolved, the 5.5-inch model will have a limited number of units with sapphire cover lens
  9. The recognition rate of Touch ID will be improved further in a bid to promote Apple Pay
  10. Gesture control support
  11. It’s expected that mass production will start in mid-to-late August. Total shipments will be 80-90mn in 2015, with a 2:1 ratio of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.

Some thoughts:

It is interesting that drop tests are what’s limiting sapphire and not GT Advanced production issues we saw last year. Also, Force Touch and gesture support would need to be an OS level upgrade. Will Apple reveal these features (on purpose or accidentally) with iOS 9 in June or wait for a point upgrade in the September timeframe when iPhone and eventually iPad hardware is expected.

As for Rose Gold, it will be interesting to see if Apple is bringing its “Edition” high end line to iPhones along with its premium prices. I hope not.

The 2GB of RAM is a given because the iPad Air 2 had 2GB of RAM. DDR4 is fast. Samsung and LG both released smartphones with amazing cameras this year already. It will be interesting to see how Apple’s 12MP version compares.

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We’re still a long way away but it seems like we may have an interesting September.


Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: Apple Inc, Gold, iPhone, iphone 6s, iPhone 7, KGI, Ming-Chi Kuo

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Seth Weintraub

May 12th

Apple

Mac

Video shows first hands-on with $400 gold-plated Apple Watch

Earlier this week, a few aftermarket services emerged that claimed to gold-plate an Apple Watch for as little as $399. Now, the first users who have taken advantage of the Watch Plate service have started receiving their gold-plated Apple Watch devices back. Among them is YouTuber Keaton Keller of TechSmartt.

The video above shows Keller’s gold-plated stainless steel Apple Watch and it looks remarkably nice. As mentioned before, the process runs $399 and is relatively simple. You simply have to ship the company your own stainless steel Apple Watch and they will gold plate it and send it back to you within 3 business days. The company says it is using 24 karat rose gold or 24 karat yellow gold during its process. For his Apple Watch, Keller chose the yellow gold option.

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In the video, TechSmartt shows the unboxing process of the gold-plated stainless steel Apple Watch. The video also shows how the service will gold plate the clasp of the classic leather band, as well.

Aftermarket gold plating is looking an increasingly valid option for those who want the high-end look of the $10-$17k Apple Watch. Spray paint, of course, is also still an option. And you can use our DIY guide to make your own Edition style charging case to go with it for less than $10.


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Chance Miller

May 10th

Apple

Mac

Apple to require more secure, stringent return process for Apple Watch Edition

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Beyond a unique sales process and exclusivity to select stores, even returning the Apple Watch Edition will have its own special process. Bringing the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition back to an Apple Store for a refund will require the device to be scrutinized under micro-inspection by Apple Store staff, according to sources. While the return process itself is unique, the return timeframe will be the standard 14 days like most of Apple’s other products…

When an Edition is brought into the store to be returned, the Watch will first be visually inspected by a member of the floor staff to ensure that the luxury device is in proper condition and is not cracked nor engraved. Next, an allocated Genius Bar staff member will inspect the Watch with special tools, including microscopes and a gold weight scale, to ensure that no gold has been removed from the Watch to be sold on secondary markets.

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Critically, only Apple Store managers can process Apple Watch Edition returns, and the process can only be conducted once the device is approved for return by the aforementioned Genius Bar staff member. Exchanges, on the other hand, must be handled over the phone with the Apple Online Store team, and this applies to the stainless steel Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport in addition to the gold Edition versions.

Apple tells employees to handle Apple Watch Edition returns with “extreme care,” and that the watches must be stored in dedicated “tamper-evident Apple Watch Edition return bags.” Additionally, both the Genius Bar member who inspects the Watch and the store manager must sign the return bag to ensure that the process was properly completed. The watches will then be stored in the store safe and then securely returned to Apple corporate.


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Mark Gurman

April 21st

Apple

Mac

Apple favorite Beyoncé shows off exclusive Apple Watch Edition w/ gold link bracelet at Coachella

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Following an Apple Watch with gold link bracelet, an exclusive combo that Apple isn’t offering to consumers, surfacing on the wrist of designer Karl Lagerfeld, today Beyonce is flaunting the same model at Coachella, as shown in these images posted to her website. 

While so far Apple has been quiet about the exclusive Apple Watch models, it appears that the company is giving out a limited run of exclusive strap colors to celebrities and influencers like Beyonce and Lagerfeld. Beyonce has teamed up with Apple in the past on exclusive releases for iTunes and other promotions, and many other musicians and celebrities with ties to the company have also been spotted with the device ahead of its April 24th release. 

In addition to the all gold— we’re assuming 18k like the gold Apple Watch Edition— link bracelet, a collection of Sport bands in dark blue, red, yellow, and various skin and earth tones were spotted at an event hosted by Apple’s Jony Ive and friends during Milan Design Week.

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It’s unclear if Apple has plans to offer these bands down the road to all consumers, but it’s definitely an interesting idea to offer these limited edition models to a select crowd of influencers— limited edition models are something many traditional mechanical watch makers offer to increase the collectibility of certain pieces.


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Jordan Kahn

April 20th

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