'Smart vibrator' maker settles suit from outraged users

The makers of an internet-connected sex toy that harvested data about its users’ intimate moments have settled a lawsuit from outraged customers.

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Cloud Platforms and the Connected-Device Value Chain

Internet of Things cloud platforms offer device makers and companies the opportunity to greatly expand the value of products and services. These devices are reshaping the value chain by altering product design and development, manufacturing, marketing, supply chain management and service after the sale. They also generate new support activities, such as product data analytics and security. While connectivity and cloud support require additional product costs for device makers, business value expands greatly.

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'iPhone 7,' 'iPhone SE' case photos proliferate from China based on alleged Apple designs

Article Image Case makers are betting they already know the design of Apple’s impending 4-inch iPhone, as well as its next-generation “iPhone 7,” with a multitude of protective accessories available to purchase from China.

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Fitbit Leads Surge in Wearable Sales

Wearable device makers shipped more than 27 million units globally in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of nearly 127 percent over the year-ago quarter, IDC reported Tuesday. Vendors shipped a total of 78.1 million units in 2015, up 171.6 percent over 2014, according to the “Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker” report. Fitbit led the growth, followed by Apple and Xiaomi. While fitness trackers have dominated the market, the future for wearables will expand beyond counting steps and calories, according to IDC’s Ramon Llamas.

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Rumor: Apple testing dual-lens camera modules from Largan, others for future iPhones

Article Image Taiwan’s Largan Technology and camera lens makers in China and Japan have sent dual-lens camera samples to Apple for testing, aiming for inclusion in Apple’s next Plus-sized iPhone, a report claimed on Tuesday.

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Kenwood & JVC announce new receivers ready for Apple CarPlay

Article Image Two more aftermarket receiver makers, Kenwood and JVC, have announced dash units compatible with Apple’s CarPlay platform.

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Apple acquires facial recognition, expression analysis firm Emotient – report

Article Image Apple has reportedly acquired Emotient, makers of artificial intelligence software that analyzes facial expressions to determine the subject’s emotional state.

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Amazon pulls hoverboards from its site after fire reports

Evidently spooked by recent reports of hoverboards going up in flames, Amazon is calling on makers of the self-balancing electric scooters to prove their machines are safe.

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1Password to change file formats after key file found to contain unencrypted data

Article Image 1Password makers AgileBits have promised to change one of the default file formats in the software in response to a blog post by Microsoft engineer Dale Myers, who revealed that an AgileKeychain file was displaying unencrypted metadata.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook among first investors in water saving shower head startup Nebia

The makers of a new water conserving shower head can count Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook among their first investors, who took a personal stake in the company after trying the eco-friendly product.

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Adidas buys fitness app maker Runtastic for $239 million

Runtastic, makers of one of the most popular fitness-focused apps on Apple’s App Store, announced on Wednesday that they have been acquired by athletic apparel company Adidas for a reported $239 million.

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Apple, Samsung & carriers working together on 'e-SIM' standard for mobile data plans

The two largest handset makers in the world –?Apple and Samsung — are said to be working with some of the largest carriers around the globe on a new, so-called “e-SIM” standard that would replace traditional SIM cards, and make it easier for customers to sign up for new data plans.

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First look: Mophie's aluminum & leather, cable concealing Apple Watch Dock

Mophie is one of the biggest accessory makers out of the gate with a docking station for the newly released Apple Watch, and AppleInsider offers an exclusive first-hand look at the soon-to-be-released hardware.

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Watch Band Guidelines Good News for Apple Accessory Makers

The guidelines make recommendations for accessory makers interested in making bands for the new smartwatch. “A well-designed band will securely attach to Apple Watch while not interfering with its operation,” the guidelines explain. To be compatible with the watch’s heart rate sensors, bands should “provide sufficient adjustability for the user to achieve a snug, yet comfortable, fit that prevents movement of Apple Watch relative to skin,” the guidelines also say.

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Hands-on with alleged 'iPad Pro' case gives comparison to Apple's iPad Air

Whether or not a new 12-plus-inch iPad becomes an actual product, case makers are betting on leaked design specifications, and a new video offers an idea of just how big a so-called “iPad Pro” might be.

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OnePlus, Cyanogen call it quits, go their separate ways

Upstart phone manufacturer OnePlus (makers of the OnePlus One) and Cyanogen Inc are calling their partnership off. Future OnePlus devices will ship with its own operating system.

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First look: Beastgrip Pro lens adapter platform for Apple's iPhone

Beastgrip, makers of the camera mount used to shoot a Bentley car commercial, are back with a Kickstarter for a much-improved version of their camera mount, Beastgrip Pro. AppleInsider was given an opportunity to test out the prototype hardware ahead of the crowdfunding launch.

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