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MLB At Bat app redesigned, updated with new features for Spring Training

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The MLB.com At Bat app for iPhone and iPad gets a big update today in time for Spring Training bringing Spanish language support, new features, and all the details on what content will be available. Most of the app has also been redesigned including all new UI’s for team pages, scoreboards, and the newsreader.

Also new in the app for version 8.0.0 and 2015:

• New UI for all 30 team pages & the league-wide scoreboard (iPhone only)
• Player search expanded to include all active and historical MLB player cards (iPhone only)
• Re-designed UI for the newsreader (iPhone & iPad)
• Team-by-team statistical data filters (iPhone only)
• Native resolution to optimize At Bat for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
• Easy access to every game with new team schedule navigation (iPhone only)
• Application available in Spanish language, requires device language set to Spanish (iPhone & iPad)

As for Spring Training content, here’s what you’ll get with the usual $2.99/month or $19.99/year subscription:

  • Watch live streaming of more than 200 available Spring Training games with an MLB.TV Premium subscription (iPhone, iPad, select Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire, Fire Phone)
  • Listen live to available Spring Training radio broadcasts (all)
  • Multi-platform live audio access for At Bat Premium subscribers (portable to Mac or PC with a valid MLB.com account)
  • Universal support for At Bat Premium subscribers, with accessibility on iPhone, iPad and other supported smartphones and tablets
  • Track batter-by-batter action for every Spring Training game (all)
  • Comb through sortable batting, pitching and fielding statistics (all)
  • Stay on top of breaking news, schedules, interactive rosters and player stats for every team (all)
  • Customize At Bat’s home screen to feature your favorite team (all smartphones)
  • Access to a video library archive, searchable by player, team or keyword (all smartphones)
  • Classic games video archive, featuring dozens of baseball’s most legendary games (all)

The updated MLB.com At Bat app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.


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CyClip is an Apple Watch bike handlebar mount arriving April 30th

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An upcoming product called CyClip will act as a bicycle handlebar mount for the Apple Watch. Currently in development by a company called Var out of Michigan, the team plans to launch the product shortly after Apple launches the Apple Watch in April.

CyClip provides a simple and elegant solution to a simple problem. Just install and then click in your watch module. Taking it off is also easy, just push in the release mechanism and then remove the watch… We use all metal die-cast parts that meet the demand of the road. The adapter secures to your handlebar using hardware compatible with standard bike tools.

The company shared a few features for CyClip not shown on its website including the ability to mount a battery pack for charging on-the-go. It will also have “an adapter that will allow the watch to fit over the entire unit with the band attached as well as to clip inside the unit without the watch band.”

The company hasn’t yet announced pricing, but it hinted at a price tag below $50. It’s accepting sign-ups on its website for those interested in learning more. It plans to have the CyClip available by April 30th.

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Yesterday Apple scheduled a press event for March 9th where it will likely take time to give us a refresher and new details about Apple Watch ahead of the device’s launch in April. While Beats previously offered a bike mount of its own for the Beats Pill Bluetooth speaker before Apple acquired the company, we haven’t heard much regarding official accessories for Apple Watch. We reported, however, that Apple does plan to have at least its own straps available to purchase separately at launch.


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CyClip is an Apple Watch bike handlebar mount arriving April 30th

Var-CyClip-Apple-Watch-01

An upcoming product called CyClip will act as a bicycle handlebar mount for the Apple Watch. Currently in development by a company called Var out of Michigan, the team plans to launch the product shortly after Apple launches the Apple Watch in April.

CyClip provides a simple and elegant solution to a simple problem. Just install and then click in your watch module. Taking it off is also easy, just push in the release mechanism and then remove the watch… We use all metal die-cast parts that meet the demand of the road. The adapter secures to your handlebar using hardware compatible with standard bike tools.

The company shared a few features for CyClip not shown on its website including the ability to mount a battery pack for charging on-the-go. It will also have “an adapter that will allow the watch to fit over the entire unit with the band attached as well as to clip inside the unit without the watch band.”

The company hasn’t yet announced pricing, but it hinted at a price tag below $50. It’s accepting sign-ups on its website for those interested in learning more. It plans to have the CyClip available by April 30th.

CyClip-01 CyClip-02 CyClip-03

Yesterday Apple scheduled a press event for March 9th where it will likely take time to give us a refresher and new details about Apple Watch ahead of the device’s launch in April. While Beats previously offered a bike mount of its own for the Beats Pill Bluetooth speaker before Apple acquired the company, we haven’t heard much regarding official accessories for Apple Watch. We reported, however, that Apple does plan to have at least its own straps available to purchase separately at launch.


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Swiss watchmakers debut first luxury smartwatches ahead of Apple Watch

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Apple Watch is launching in April, and Apple just scheduled a March 9th press event where it is expected to give it a proper introduction, but between those two dates Swiss watchmakers will finally unveil their own smartwatches that will likely compete with Apple’s high-end Apple Watch collection.

Frederique Constant-smartwatch-02The first two watches announced come from Swiss watch brands Frederique Constant and Alpina (via Bloomberg). The parent company of the brands, Union Horlogère Holding, has teamed up with Fullpower Technologies, the company behind tech in Jawbone, Nike Fuelband, and other wearables, to give their luxury wristwatches fitness smarts. The watches will be marketed as Swiss Horological Smartwatches and offer features closer to a fitness tracking wearable opposed to a full-on smartphone-like experience that the Apple Watch and others aim to offer. The watches will pair with a companion smartphone app, but don’t have a display of their own. 

While Swiss-made and from reputable watchamkers, pricing will reportedly start on the low-end for luxury swiss watches at around $1000. The gold-plated Frederique Constant model (pictured right) will sell for $1300.

Another Swiss smartwatch announced today by Mondaine (pictured above, bottom right), the Helvetica No1 Horological Smartwatch, also uses the MMT technology.

MMT is only showing the few models above, but it plans to unveil the full collection later this month at Baselworld, a jewelry tradeshow in Basel, Switzerland that Swiss watchmakers often use to show off their latest creations. The event just so happens to be scheduled for right before the Apple Watch launch.

Kicking off on March 19th, we expect that we might get the first glimpse at luxury, swiss-made smartwatches that could compete with Apple Watch. TAG Heuer, Swatch and other brands have already confirmed that new collections with smartwatch features are on the way. At the very least we’ll get a look at the full collection to accompany the two models unveiled by MMT above.


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Apple hiring hardware engineers to work on display & projection systems for virtual reality environments

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We discovered late last year that Apple was hiring software engineers with experience in virtual reality gaming and user interfaces, but new job listings this week point to Apple’s interest in the development of hardware for virtual reality.

Apple is seeking a Senior Display Systems Engineer for “display systems design and development related to VR environments.” More specifically, Apple is looking for someone experienced in monitor and projection technologies to help it with “extremely high fidelity VR environments.” From the job listing:

-Specify and test novel display systems for virtual environments.
-Work with vendors to develop custom display solutions.
-Design and select appropriate hardware and software components to optimize fidelity in a variety of VR environments
-Develop software to support displaying rendered image sequences on the display hardware.
-Work closely with software, electrical and mechanical engineers during testing and integration.

A second job listing posted by Apple this week is seeking a Senior Display Software Engineer to support graphics software engineering efforts for VR environments. The engineer will “own the display pipeline from rendered image sequences to display hardware.”

The job listing also mentions “Experience with motion capture systems,” which immediately makes us think of the acquisition of PrimeSense Apple made back in 2013, the company originally behind the sensor’s used in Microsoft’s Kinect.

Late last year Apple posted job listings looking for app engineers to work on virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. We mentioned at the time that Apple has its own patent for a virtual reality headset that’s not unlike products currently on the market such asGoogle’s recently launched Cardboard experiment, Pinc, and Samsung’s Gear VR. Earlier this month the company was granted that patent (pictured above). 

While the job listings for app engineers were looking for those experienced with Oculus Rift and other VR hardware, these new job listings are the first hint that Apple might be looking into developing hardware for the experience too.


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