Apple is looking to hire physiologists who can design and run user studies related to cardiovascular fitness & energy expenditure. This job listing effectively confirms rumors that Apple s iWatch will be laden with health-tracking sensors and features. The job listing, first spotted by 9to5Mac, calls for someone who has experience with indirect calorimetry and exercise testing, which suggests the iThing is now in the testing phase. Apple wants to run user studies to test various health factors, including calories burned, metabolic rate, aerobic fitness level measurement/tracking.
At this point, we can just about assume Apple s next iPhone will have a sapphire screen. Foxconn has apparently been producing small batches of iPhones with sapphire displays, and Apple CEO Tim Cook has admitted that its plant in Mesa, Arizona will be making sapphire glass. But what is so special about these sapphire screens? Apparently not even a concrete block can damage sapphire.
Apple is working on its own content delivery network (CDN), a move which could improve iCloud s performance. According to a report from Dan Rayburn at StreamingMediaBlog.com, Apple has made key hires in the industry and is currently working to build its own CDN. Apple has traditionally relied on third-party CDNs, such as Akamai or Level 3.
The next HTC One, codenamed the HTC M8, will reportedly come in four colors, according to a tweet from XDA TV producer Shen Ye spotted by PhoneArena. The colors will reportedly be the same as the original HTC One black, red, blue and gray and won t include gold.
Apple is facing yet another lawsuit, this time from three residents in Massachusetts who claim Apple collected their zip codes and profited from selling them to third parties. The plaintiffs Adam Christensen, Jeffrey Scolnick, and William Farrell claim they had to provide their zip codes when making credit card purchases at an Apple retail store, which would violate the Massachusetts Unfair Trade Practices Act. This law states that retailers cannot force customers to provide more information than is necessary for credit card companies to verify the purchase.
The successor to the HTC One will reportedly feature a larger screen and twin sensors for the rear camera. Bloomberg s sources say the screen will measure at least 5 inches diagonally and will feature a similar design to last year s well-reviewed HTC One. The twin sensors will improve the camera s focus, depth of field, and image quality.
Google s Niantic Labs the same labs that brought you the augmented reality game Ingress has teamed up with publisher HarperCollins to create another location-based augmented reality game. The game will accompany James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton s new Endgame book trilogy.
Two ex-Googlers just received $18 million from Accel and Google Ventures for a vague-yet-ambitious-sounding project called Nextbit that has something to do with mobile. Its basic website doesn t reveal much more and only says that it is looking to build something bigger and that it is building the groundbreaking technology that will take (mobile) to the next level.
According to a report from Re/code, Microsoft is still searching for its next CEO and it could keep searching for a while. Right now, unnamed sources tell Re/code, the biggest obstacle is chairman Bill Gates schedule. He presents his annual letter for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on January 20 and heads to the World Economic Forum at Davos on January 22 and he won t want to distract from his philanthropic efforts by announcing a new CEO.
We thought HTC s rough year ended earlier this week with Nokia s patent win against HTC, but the bad news just keeps coming. Now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that several HTC employees, including a top executive, have been indicted for leaking company secrets, taking kickbacks and falsifying expenses. HTC vice president for design Thomas Chien was charged with leaking details about an unannounced HTC smartphone design. It is alleged that Chien leaked the details to individuals in Beijing that he was planning to form a new company with.