Ars Technica’s Moto 360 Review

Ron Amadeo reviews the Moto 360, complete with benchmarks comparing it with the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.

The Moto 360 is a big step forward for smartwatches, but it’s still not the excellent hardware we’re looking for. There’s a great design here, but it’s marred by a power-hungry processor that can’t keep up with Android Wear. The battery life and performance is a deal breaker. For a “convenience” product that is supposed to be all about fast access, having it be slow or dead really defeats what little purpose a smartwatch has.

It’s disappointing to see a watch that was so hyped fail so miserably at basics.

Dropbox Introduces a More Powerful Pro Plan

Dropbox now has just one “Pro” paid plan that costs $9.99/month and comes with 1TB of space, along with these new features:

  • Passwords for shared links
  • Expirations for shared links
  • View-only permissions for shared folders
  • Remote wipe

This makes Dropbox Pro pretty solid, but the entry barrier is still high for most users. I’d love to pay for ~100GB of space for around $1.99/month.

LIFX App for iPhone v1.8

I love my LIFX bulb and the team has been adding some great new features to it, like LIFX Cloud and today’s update to their iPhone app brought some amazing new features.

Scene Alarm (wake up naturally in the morning with gently increasing light), Geofence (switches on your favourite scene when you arrive home), On Vacation setting (simulates an occupied home by switching lights on and off randomly when you’re away) and Hold-to-breathe (identify a bulb or group in-app with a tap-and-hold see it pulse gently).

Free Apple TV with Tata Docomo Broadband

Tata Docomo’s Broadband services are currently offering a Free Apple TV with every yearly subscription to any of their “Lightning Plans”. These are their broadband plan offerings with download speeds ranging from 20Mbps to 100Mbps and the offer is applicable only for Karnataka, Mumbai, Maharashtra & Goa circles.

The minimum monthly rental for these plans is Rs. 2199, so you’d be shelling out Rs. 26,388 + taxes upfront for this offer.

Enter Pyongyang

“Enter Pyongyang” is another stunning collaboration between city-­branding pioneer JT Singh and flow-motion videographer Rob Whitworth. Blending time-lapse photography, acceleration and slow motion, HD and digital animation, they have produced a cutting‐edge panorama of a city hardly known, but one emerging on the visitor’s landscape as North Korea’s opening unfolds.

Two-step Verification for Apple ID Now Available in India

In today’s day & age, securing your online accounts has become very important. Many major web services today offer multi-factor authentication, commonly known as two-factor authentication or two-step verification. Services like Google, Dropbox, Evernote, App.net, etc. have offered 2FA as an option for quite some time now. Apple on the other hand has had this option available only for a limited subset of users. With over 800 Million iTunes accounts, Apple has the largest database of Credit Card powered accounts on the web.

Today, Apple enabled support for Two-step verification for additional countries, including India. Here’s the complete list:

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I highly recommend heading over to http://appleid.apple.com and enabling this option for your account.

Unlike other services, Apple has a unique way of delivering the code to you. Most services that I know of use either a unique code that is generated on the user’s device or send the code via an SMS to the user’s phone. When you enable two-step verification for your Apple ID, Apple asks you to register one or more “trusted devices” that will can receive the code. This can either be your own mobile phone capable of receiving SMSs or it could be your partner’s or parents’ phone. Additionally, you can also add any iOS device that has “Find My iPhone” enabled, which can receive the code via a system modal dialogue box. For example, if you have an iPad without a SIM in it, it can still be added as a trusted device.

Next time when you attempt to sign in with your Apple ID, after you’ve entered your password, Apple presents all these trusted devices as an option to you. You can select which device you want to receive the code on and proceed.

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In case you have forgotten your password or don’t have access to any of your trusted devices, Apple also gives you a Recovery Key to gain access to your account. Make sure you keep it safe.

[h/t 9to5Mac]