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This video shows the iPhone X’s crazy app switching swipe

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The iPhone X is about to be released, and somehow, either officially sanctioned or otherwise, a handful of videos have appeared showing different functions of the device. What follows is a short video showing the novel way users will switch apps on the iPhone X.

Since the iPhone X does not have a home button, Apple engineers had to rework several control schemes including switching between apps. On an iPhone with a home button, users would double tap the button, causing iOS to switch to a card-like view of the running apps. Users would then swipe between them. But on the iPhone X, the user interaction is a bit more native.

The video above shows that to switch apps on the iPhone X users need to create an arch while swiping on the home screen. This causes the running app to be pushed aside and the previous running app to take it’s place. It’s a carousel of apps.

This isn’t the only way to switch between apps though. If a user swipes up on the home screen, it pulls a screen similar to that found on Home Button-equipped iPhones (and the Palm Pre).

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The new Casio G-Steel B100 is a smartwatch that hides its brains

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Casio has been doing some interesting stuff lately. With their latest Edifice model they began toying with the idea of an analog watch that connects to your phone and can set itself to any timezone automatically. This decision to focus on function over OLEDs is a good one and the G-Steel B100 is the latest example of this move.

The B100 is a slim, rugged watch with a multi-layered architecture designed to look cool/withstand massive abuse. Nearly every feature of this watch is modified on the phone, from the time/world-times to alarms and timers.

The dial at noon shows the current day of week as well as function activity. A sundial at 6 o’clock shows a second time zone while a small dial shows AM/PM for that zone. There is a date window at 5 o’clock.

When you want to swap timezones you open the app and set things up the way you want them. You can even swap between current zone and the second zone instantly, the hands snapping into place like magic.

That, as they say, is that. The watch also has a “find phone” feature that lets it buzz your phone and the entire watch is set to various atomic clocks via the Internet, ensuring you’ll never go out of sync. Finally, it includes a nice, bright LED light at the bottom of the face which lets you light things up quite nicely. It charges via solar through the front crystal.

Sometimes a watch is just a watch. Can this watch sense your steps? Locate you on a raft in the middle of the ocean? Tell you to breathe? No. But it can swap between time zones seamlessly and wake you up in some far-off place. Casio’s simplicity in this case is its strength, a strength born of not being all things to all people. While this watch is almost an analog accident in a digital world, it’s nice to see that some things stay the same.

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Apple doubles down on wireless charging with its latest acquisition

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Apple is doubling on wireless charging, the technology that debuted in this year’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X, after it scooped up New Zealand-based company PowerbyProxi in its latest piece of M&A.

Ten-year-old PowerbyProxi is a spinout of the University of Auckland and it is focused on developing wireless charging and power transfer products. That spans wireless control systems, wireless sensors and robotics, as well as areas more obviously suited to Apple such as wireless battery charging.

The deal, which was first reported by Stuff New Zealand, was confirmed by Apple in rare direct statement. Regular watchers of the Cupertino-based company will know all too well that it is usually rather non-specific when it makes acquisitions — see this recent deal for French company Regaind for a typical example.

“We want to bring truly effortless charging to more places and more customers around the world. Our Auckland team will be a great addition as Apple works to create a wireless future,” Apple told TechCrunch in a statement attributed to Dan Riccio, senior vice president of its hardware engineering division.

“The team and I are thrilled to join Apple. There is tremendous alignment with our values, and we are excited to continue our growth in Auckland and contribute to the great innovation in wireless charging coming out of New Zealand,” Fady Mishriki, founder and CEO of PowerbyProxi, added via an accompanying canned comment.

The deal is officially undisclosed but Stuff New Zealand reported that it could be above $100 million.

That would represent a good return for investors, which include New Zealand VC Movac and German industrial firm Darmstadt, who funneled a total of $9 million in capital into the startup. Another less predictable beneficiary is Samsung. The Apple nemesis backed PowerbyProxi via its Samsung Ventures unit some four years ago.

PowerbyProxi’s expertise — which includes over 50 staff and more than 300 patents — are sure to super charge Apple’s wireless efforts. The company’s first wireless charging pad, AirPower, is due for release next year while there will also be a wireless charging compatible version of its AirPods, too. You can bet that more Apple products will lose the wires in favor of wireless power options in the future.

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