Last week, we wrote1 about how the NBA just had a record-breaking year in terms of adding new fans on social media. This week, the NBA is back at their digitally-engaging ways as their NBA Game Time2 app is now available for the Apple Watch.
Like the mobile version of the app, the Apple Watch version of NBA Game Time allows fans to receive updates of scores, check schedules for all 30 teams using the watch s force touch capabilities, get notifications from their favorite team, and go back and forth between their phone and watch seamlessly.
At this point not all teams have their own team-specific Apple Watch apps yet. Teams are scheduled to be added but as of now, the teams with their own apps are the Hawks, Nets, Hornets, Cavaliers, Warriors, Warriors, Pacers, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Bucks, Timberwolves, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, 76ers, Suns, Trailblazers, Spurs, Raptors, and Wizards.
This announcement comes at a very good time for the NBA, as the playoffs are in full swing.
With many more high-intensity, star-studded games coming up in the next few weeks, fans with the Apple Watch will be able to use the app to follow up-to-the-minute updates on the games that everybody will be talking about.
This is the latest league to offer a version of their app on the Apple Watch platform and it should not be long before we see more of the traditional sports mobile apps become available for the Apple Watch.
Already a popular app, NBA Game Time, which also had a record year in terms of downloads, should get even more downloads now.
It is only a matter of time before the NBA takes another step forward with the app as they await more teams to have their own team-specific app for the Apple Watch.
Do you prefer the leather over metal and glass? Source: Supplied
IF you think back about standout phones of 2014, most people s first thought would be Apple s brilliant iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. But one other company also stood above the pack, and that was LG with its G3.
It was the first mainstream device with a quad-HD display, had almost no bezel which meant despite it having a 5.5-inch display it was no bigger than devices with much smaller ones. The camera was great and LG s software kept mostly true to an Android device.
On Wednesday LG will announce the follow up to its fantastic G3 to take on Samsung s return-to-form Galaxy S6 and the reigning king of Aussie mobiles, the iPhone 6.
Here s what we think we know about the next great mobile device.
Thanks to a bunch of leaks, it looks like we already know the design of the G4. Rather than the aluminium design taken by Apple and HTC or the all glass route Samsung and Sony have chosen, LG looks to be going leather. Real leather too, not the fake plastic leather we ve seen on previous devices before (we re looking at you, Samsung).
If leather isn t your thing though, the back of the device is interchangeable, allowing you to swap it with traditional plastic. Under the front glass, there also looks to be carbon-fibre to spice things up.
Buttons will still remain on the back, while the device itself seems to have a slight curve.
Leaked images of the G4 reveal the carbon-fibre front. Source: Supplied
A quad-HD resolution is going to be front and centre with the G4. That means it will be roughly four times the resolution of 720p high definition, so pictures, movies and text will be clearer than ever.
LG has promised colours and brightness will be better than ever, which we hope is true as that let down last year s G3 display.
Size wise, LG is most likely going to stick with 5.5-inches like it did last year, with a similar sized bezel which will make it feel more like a device with a 5.1-inch screen
LG is betting big with their camera. They ve already released some details, including the move to a bigger 16-megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. The rule with aperture is the smaller the number, the better.
Aperture controls the light, and the smaller the number, the more light the lens lets in so the more detailed the picture. It also means that the shutter doesn t have to stay open for as long, so you re less likely to get blurry pictures. If the teaser video is anything to go by, it looks seriously impressive.
For the record, the iPhone 6 has a f/2.2 aperture lens, while the Samsung Galaxy S6 has an f/1.9 aperture lens.
The front facing camera also looks like it ll receive a significant bump, with rumours suggesting it will have an 8-megapixel snapper for great selfies.
Another LG video has revealed the user interface on top of Google s Android for the G4.
Its colour palette looks cartoonish, however it seems to be a fairly light design which should help keep the device nice and snappy. New features known so far include automatic individual ringtones and the ability to double tap the volume key wherever you are on the phone to take a picture.
We know that it will have a fairly large removable battery and expandable memory. Things that both the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 lack.
A fingerprint sensor is also rumoured to feature to compete with Apple and Samsung s devices.
Price wise, you can expect it to be just as expensive as other high-end rivals, so think $900+ thanks to the horrible Aussie dollar at the moment, while release date is rumoured to be towards the end of May 2015.
A big, removable 3000mAh battery in the back. Source: Supplied
How would you like to rent an Audi R8 V-101 for a day? How about for 28 days? Well, provided you have at least $33,460 and can commit to being proximate to San Francisco at the beginning and end of your rental period, you can now do that thanks to the Audi On Demand service currently being beta-tested.
Think of it as a car-rental service, only one that features solely Audi products and that s geared toward the non-budget-conscious.
Actually, Audi On Demand falls somewhere between an extreme take on the overnight test drive and car-sharing service Zipcar. Via an iOS app (available now via iTunes2), users in the San Francisco area can schedule themselves into an Audi for between one and 28 days. (Audi says the service will spread to other cities in the coming years; we have an inquiry in at Audi for more details.) An Audi On Demand concierge then delivers the car to the place of the user s choosing, even sticking around to explain how to set up the car if necessary. We say if necessary because technically, the Audi reserver need not even be around when the car is dropped off.
Similar to car-sharing services multi-user entry systems for rentals, Audi On Demand vehicles allow users to lock, unlock, and start their reserved rides via the smartphone app (or a physical key card). Better still, no membership is required, and a Bay Area FasTrak toll card is included.
We ve heard that when you tickle a digital Audi, it giggles like the Pillsbury Dough Boy.
Every Audi available for use comes in the well-equipped Premium Plus trim level, and, as Audi puts it, you can grab anything from the A4 sedan to the Audi R8 supercar. That s right, you can rent an R8 (or an R8 Spyder) and not just any R8, but the one with the V-10.
Sweet. So far, the Audi On Demand website displays 10 cars for rent, including an A5, S5 cabriolet3, RS5 coupe4, Allroad5, Q5, A6, S7, A8L6, R8, and R8 Spyder7. Several vehicles can be had with either a gas or TDI diesel engine, and they re all available to anyone 25 and older with a valid driver s license.
Well, make that anyone . . . with some cash.
While stuff like the Allroad, A5, and A6 are semi-reasonably priced at between $165 and $200 per day, things begin to make less sense at the top end of the line. The R8 coupe demands $1195 per day (add $90 per day for the Spyder), an RS5 costs $440, and the A8L rings in at $425.
It s worth noting that those prices include drop-off and pickup for the cars, but not fuel; delivered with a full tank, the cars must be returned with either a full tank or the expectation that the customer will shell out current weekly average market price for however many gallons of juice are required. Oh, and insurance isn t included, either. You can use your personal or corporate insurance (if it covers rentals ), otherwise you can pay for insurance through the Audi On Demand app.
You can even get a Loss Damage Waiver to absolve yourself of all financial responsibility for your borrowed Audi.
Audi renters can choose from among various colors and trims what they seen on the screen is what they ll get in their driveway.
Still, the program is surprisingly hands-off in its approach. Audi does impose a 200-mile-per-day limit on the RS models, R8s, and the A8, but even then, we found some creative ways to circumvent these aspects of the pricing structure. For example, say we wanted to rent an R8 coupe and drive it from San Francisco to our Ann Arbor, Michigan, office and then back again and to do that for as little money as possible.
Were we to follow the daily mileage limits, it would take us 24 days and $14,340 (not including fuel, lodging, insurance, etc.) in rental costs to make the round trip. Were we to say the heck with that and take the $1.00-per-mile overage fee that kicks in past 200 miles per day, we could make the round trip for the low, low price of $10,471 (again, not including a bunch of other costs). Goofy rental-agreement runarounds aside, Audi On Demand could prove an invaluable sales tool.
Just think: For the relatively small investment (compared to, say, the price of a new Audi), you can borrow one for a day or two and see if you really want it, no salespeople, no forms, no commitment.
Or you could drop some cash to make a splash at your high-school reunion.