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MacRumors Roundups: What We Expect for the iPhone 5S, 5C and iWatch

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Last fall, we launched a series of roundups to help visitors more easily stay on top of the latest rumors for several of Apple’s product lines, condensing months’ worth of news and rumors into a single frequently-updated page for each product. For various reasons, those roundups fell out of date.

After taking some time to completely rework both the look and functionality, we are relaunching our Roundups feature today with coverage of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iWatch. More roundups are coming soon to expand our coverage of Apple’s products as the company heads into to a busy season of iPhone, iPad, Mac, and software updates.
The goal of each roundup is to simply answer the question of “What are you expecting” for any given product. That opinion is certain to change over time as new rumors are revealed, and the roundups will be updated regularly to reflect that.

Our roundup index page includes a full list of our available roundups ordered by most recently updated. Roundups are also accessible directly through the “Roundups” tab in the navigation bar on all MacRumors pages. by engadget

 
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Apple Restricting Vacation Time for AppleCare Employees From September 15 to 28

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Apple appears to be cutting down on available vacation time for its AppleCare employees between September 15 and 28, a two week period encompassing the prospective September 20 release date for the iPhone 5S and 5C that was first leaked earlier this month. iOS 7 is also expected to be released that week.

An internal document shared by AppleInsider reportedly shows the amount of time off available for AppleCare employees during the month of September, which appears to drop beginning on September 15.

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    An internal company document shared with AppleInsider purportedly shows time off available for AppleCare employees for the latter half of September. As can be seen in the calendar, available time off drops off significantly starting Sunday, Sept. 15, and continues through Saturday, Sept. 28.

    The image provided shows the calendar being accessed via virtual private network from an internal Apple employee domain. Potentially identifying portions of the picture have been cropped out.

Multiple carriers have also initiated similar vacation blackout dates on some of the same days, with T-Mobile employees reporting a September 20 to 22 blackout and Verizon employees reporting September 18 to September 22 blackout dates.

Apple likely has a longer blackout period for its AppleCare employees in order to offer extended support to both iOS 7 users and new iPhone owners. AppleCare employees began training on support issues related to iOS 7 yesterday and that training is likely to continue up until the OS is distributed to the public.  by engadget

 
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Ceton Echo Windows Media Center extender won’t support Android after all

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Around nine months ago Ceton unexpectedly announced plans to support the Android operating system and apps on its $179 Echo Windows Media Center extender, but now that’s not happening. According to the company, Android is “up and running” on Echo hardware in its labs — we saw screenshots back in February — but early beta tests with home users showed a problem with an internal component. That flaw apparently causes a failure to update in some cases, and since efforts to find a workaround have been so far unsuccessful Ceton is shelving the project (presumably alongside its Q DVR). There’s no question this is disappointing for Echo users that expected the feature, but the possibility of a bricked box seem worth avoiding. We haven’t talked about the Echo much since it came out of beta with a fix for 1080i output issues — if you’re an owner then let us know if you were (still) waiting for Android, or if you’ve moved onto another solution like Roku, Ouya or Chromecast. by engadget

 
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Transparent gel speaker plays music through the magic of ionic conduction

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It may be hard to believe, but that transparent disk in the photo above is actually a fully functioning speaker. A team of researchers at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have pioneered a never before seen application of ionic conductivity by creating a see-through artificial muscle that can produce sounds spanning the entire audible spectrum. While ionic conduction isn’t a novel idea, it’s been considered impractical due to the fact that ionic materials react poorly to high voltage. The team, which included postdoctoral research fellows Jeong-Yun Sun and Christoph Keplinger (pictured above), circumvented that obstacle by placing a layer of rubber between two sheets of transparent conductive gel, allowing the system to work with both high voltage and high actuation, two qualities necessary for sound reproduction. Theoretically, soft machine technology such as this can be used to do much more than play Grieg’s Peer Gynt, particularly in the fields of robotics, mobile computing and adaptive optics. To watch it in action, check out the video after the break.  by engadget

 
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Google quietly acquired smartwatch maker WIMM Labs

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Ok, so here’s the deal: WIMM Labs was one of the earliest entrants into the smartwatch space, way back in 2011. While the Android-based WIMM One failed to set the consumer market on fire, it apparently caught Google’s eye. In the summer of 2012, the company put a simple message up on its site declaring that it had entered an exclusive partnership with an unnamed entity for its technology and would thus be ending sales of its devices. Now it appears that partner was Google — a Mountain View spokesperson just confirmed the acquisition to us.

The company’s immediate plans for WIMM are not yet public but, according to GigaOM, most of the staff stayed on board and are now working with the Android team. The obvious use would be in developing Google’s own rumored smartwatch product, which would likely incorporate many of WIMM Lab’s SDKs and existing platform tools. However, it’s worth noting that the company doesn’t consider itself merely a maker of app-running timepieces, but a manufacturer of wearables in general. We wouldn’t be shocked if some of WIMM’s tech and experience was put to good use in Glass. by engadget

 
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Oregon Scientific’s Meep! X2 kid’s tablet gets gutted at the FCC

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Since it’s been nearly a year since Oregon Scientific’s MEEP! kiddy tablet arrived on the scene, it makes sense that we’re due for a refresh. We did see a listing for the MEEP! X2 pop up earlier this month, but the device’s arrival at the FCC is the first concrete sign that the slate will arrive stateside. The documents reveal that the unit packs a microSD slot, HDMI-out, Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, while French site Maginea claims that it will feature a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A9 CPU, a 7-inch 800 x 480 display, 1 GB RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. Naturally, we can’t confirm the legitimacy of those last specs, so enjoy this gallery of teardown images instead.  by engadget

 
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 reportedly landing on Three UK September 16th, Sony Xperia Z1 coming September 24th

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The two most anticipated smartphones of next week’s IFA show, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1, haven’t been officially announced, but neither manufacturer has made any secret of their existence. So, we aren’t at all surprised to see that the two devices are starting to become common knowledge amongst the employees at various carriers. An anonymous tipster who claims to work for Three UK has sent us images of an internal doc which shows when the carrier will begin selling the pair of devices, with the Note 3 arriving on the 16th of September and the Z1 following on the 24th. Even if this is accurate, we still can’t be sure Three will be the first to launch them — nor can we account for any potential delays — but it’s at least a solid indicator that the phones will arrive sooner rather than later. We don’t have much longer to wait before we find out, but it’s something to chew on over the weekend.

[Thanks, Anonymous] by engadget

 
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