Apple Hires Burberry’s CEO To Head Its Retail Operations

burberry-appleEver since Apple’s failed use of J.C. Penny’s retail expert for about three months, a new figure to lead its retail position has been in need. Enter, Angela Ahrendts, currently CEO of Burberry, who has been recruited to fill a position that will be created just for her when she switches companies next spring — as a senior VP reporting directly to Tim Cook and responsible for the “strategic direction, expansion and operation” of Apple’s retail stores.

This should be interesting. Press release, after the cut.

HP Chromebook 11 Review: Sacrifice, If Not Anything Else

The HP Chromebook 11This is the HP Chromebook 11. If the Pixel represents the pinnacle, top-of-the-class Chrome OS-based laptop, than the Chromebook 11 built by HP is the polar opposite: inexpensive, made of plastics and magnesium, and with the internals akin to that of a tablet.

Priced at $279, the Chromebook 11 has the bare essentials to function as a laptop, but is that enough for it to be worthy of the name? Better yet, does $279 buy you an actual machine?

HTC Launches The One Max: A 5.9″ Screen Smartphone With A Fingerprint Sensor

one-maxAttempting to keep the original class bestowed by the original HTC One, the One Max implements a larger 5.9-inch LCD, weighs 217 grams and is over 16 centimeters long and 10.3mm thick with BoomSound front-facing speakers.

To power this monster HTC included a 3,300 mAh battery, along with 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage with up to 64GB more via microSD. Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5, LTE support in Europe and Asia (with a Verizon and Sprint release coming in November or December),the 4 megapixl UltraPixel camera without image stablization, lastly the Snapdragon 600 processor (with 2GB of RAM).

One more thing: there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back. So, yeah.

iPhone 5S Users Come Across “Blue Screen Of Death” Reboots

IMGP2976There is a slight irony about this: Apple’s latest iPhone, the 5S has an unexpected failure message: the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD). An error typically seen on Windows computers, the BSOD would usually be followed by a restart, or unexpected restarts during device use.

So far, the trigger seems to be multitasking apps, and the current release of iOS 7.0.2 does nothing to fix the issue; instead it fixed the lock screen bug of days past.

In that case, it’s time for a quick bug fix, Cupertino.

Via: Apple Support

Arma 3 Will Get Its First Campaign Episode On October 31st

arma3_survive_screenshot_01For those of you playing the near-future military simulation Arma 3, its producing studio Bohemia Interactive, will begin the first chapter in a three-part update that brings a singleplayer campaign to the game.

Set in the Mediterranean, Ben Kerry, a regular soldier who’s part of a NATO peacekeeping operation will begin to see various challenges with maintaining a healthy position, with enemy forces from the East quickly approaching.

Despite being more of a strategic gamer, I cannot wait for the arrival of this update. Keep in mind the image you see above was an screenshot taken in-game, and with the right scenarios, might ultimately be breathtaking.

Via: Bohemia Interactive

T-Mobile Unveils Free Global Coverage In 100 Countries

tmoglobalEntering Uncarrier 3.0, T-Mobile has unveiled a new global policy for its customers: free global coverage in 100 countries. Plans to launch the service will be launched later this month, on the 31st, but as far as it is known now, this only applies to postpaid subs on the Simple Choice Plan.

As John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile has detailed for today’s event, support of the 100 countries includes Anguilla to Vietnam– at no additional charge to the customer. This meaning that customers with qualifying plans won’t need to sign up or pay for basic service, and that data speeds in those 100 countries would be equivalent to 2G.

However, those of you who don’t want to put up with the slow data speeds can opt for a day pass at 100MB for $15, one week and 200MB for $25 or two weeks and 500MB for $50. In order to preserve the rational of the system, only travelers can take advantage of free plans, with each period abroad being no longer than six weeks, and during a three-month period, six weeks must be spent in the US.

As the event moves around, and concert go-ers get ready for Shakira, this will be quite an event.


Nest Designs The Protect: An Intelligent Smoke Alarm

nest-protect-xlFinally, an intelligent smoke alarm.

Nest, creators of the intelligent thermostat for homes that can be controlled via your smartphone while you’re out and about, have ventured into the world of smoke detection. Specifically, the Nest Protect, a $130 smoke alarm with three states: green for functional, yellow for potential problem, and red for an emergency. It feature voice alerts with an interactive sensor for the hand, allowing you to dismiss the alarm if you’ve been cooking something in the kitchen.

The alarm also has a function outside of its primary one: if several are installed in rooms of a home, you can have them light up as a pathway between rooms, besides controlling it all with your smartphone, tablet, or other Nest devices.

This is technology, doing good.

Via: Nest