Apple Snags Luxury Watchmaker Exec Ahead of Rumored iWatch Launch

Apple has dropped just about all pretense as to whether or not it's working on a smartwatch by hiring one of the most high-profile executives in the luxury watch industry. "Our sales director left yesterday because he took a contract from Apple to launch the iWatch," Jean-Claude Biver, head of LVMH's luxury-watch division, which includes Swiss brands TAG Heuer and Hublot, told CNBC on Friday See also: Apple Testing iWatch With NBA Star Kobe Bryant, Report Says The executive Biver mentioned was not named, but a source in contact with 9to5Mac claimed that Apple hired Patrick Pruniaux, TAG Heuer's vice-president of sales and retail Read more...More about Apple, Watches, Iwatch, Tech, and Apps...

Android L Is a Game Changer for Developers

In our latest Ask a Dev video, Android engineer Justin Holmes discusses the big changes that have come with Google's Android L announcement at last week's Google I/O. The newest version of Android, codenamed Android L for now, will bring developers 5,000 new APIs, a new application runtime, 64-bit support and Material Design. See also: Google Overhauls Android With L Developer Preview Material Design is an entirely new design language for phones, tablet, and the web. It cements Google’s focus on cross-platform design, which allows for more consistent user experiences. And for times when you need a little extra juice, the Android L release also introduces Project Volta, which improves battery life and adds a battery-saving mode. Read more...More about Tech, Apps Software, Dev Design, Gadgets, and Ask A...

How ‘Dynamic Perspective’ Brings 3D to the Amazon Fire Phone

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Amazon phone on Wednesday, now officially known as the Fire Phone, most expectations centered around the long-rumored 3D feature Ending the speculation, Bezos finally unveiled the Fire Phone's 3D technology on stage at the Seattle event, completing the story that was first teased when Amazon posted a video of amazed users fiddling with a mysterious device two weeks ago See also: Amazon's Fire Phone Is Not Friendly to Wearables...Yet Amazon calls its 3D display technology Dynamic Perspective. As the name suggests, the tech will dynamically change your viewing experience depending upon your perspective, as well as how you hold and move the phone. The display is meant to give viewers a sense of looking deeper into the screen (technically called positive parallax) rather than creating images that "jump out" (negative parallax). Read more...More about Amazon, Jeff Bezos, Smartphones, Tech, and Apps...

9 Resources to Fully Leverage Design Program ‘Sketch’

Bohemian Coding recently released version three of popular OS X design program Sketch, featuring a powerful set of tools for precision design work. The new release means a revamped interface, with new icons, visible search bar, layer filtering, one-click flip transformation, a redesigned inspector, automatic slices, improved exporting and importing, and lots more. Sketch is now a serious rival to Adobe Photoshop, providing power, flexibility and speed in a lightweight, easy-to-use package. As it's built exclusively for the Mac, it takes full advantage of the power of Quartz, Retina screens and usability features like Auto Save and Versions. Read more...More about Sketch, Mac App, Tech, Apps Software, and Dev...

Adobe Shows Off Touch-Optimized Photoshop CC for Surface Pro 3

At Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 launch event, Adobe showed off a sneak peek of a new touch-optimized version of Photoshop CC Michael Gough, the VP of experience design at Adobe, took the stage to show off how Photoshop CC works on Microsoft's latest tablet. See also: Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Could Be a Laptop-Killer The big news is that Photoshop is now optimized for touch. Previously, Photoshop CC worked on touch devices — including the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 — but most of that support was limited to the pressure sensitivity for the pen accessory. That's frustrating, especially for users who might see a Surface Pro as an alternative to something such as Wacom's Cintiq or Cintiq Companion, which provide similar capability for creative professionals. Read more...More about Microsoft, Adobe Photoshop, Wacom, Tech, and Apps...