Kevo Plus: Lock manufacturer Kwikset unveiled Kevo Plus, an extension of its Kevo platform. The upgrade allows existing and new Kevo smartlock owners to lock and unlock their doors from anywhere in the world. Other new features include real time activity monitoring and the ability to distribute an unlimited number of Anytime and Scheduled eKeys to other users of the app. The Kwikset Bluetooth enabled deadbolt is available starting at $198 through Kwikset.com or Amazon.com. The Kevo deadbolt and iOS app work with your iPhone so you never have to fumble around with physical keys ever again.
After regaining some ground during Christmas week, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock slipped again last week. The share price opened Monday at $113.91 and closed the week on Friday at $109.33. Prices fell again today, closing at $106.25. There doesn't seem to be anything in particular to warrant the recent drops. iPhone 6 demand is higher than ever and this should be a record breaking quarter, billionaire investor Carl Icahn still thinks Apple shares are dramatically undervalued and the Apple Watch launch is just around the corner.
Aside from Apple, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has high expectations for the Apple Watch. In fact, in a blog post last week, he wrote that the "Apple Watch will mark the tipping point when wearables go from niche to mainstream," and that the wearable market would go from $1 billion to $20 billion in the next few years. He also believes phablet sales will be up 50% in 2015.
Zagg, the creators of the popular invisibleSHIELD screen protector, has unveiled their latest iPhone accessories at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. First up is the "Zagg Speaker Case for iPhone 6". The case is equipped with a detachable Bluetooth speaker and offers up to “8 hours of additional talk time" thanks to its 1800mAh battery pack and built-in USB outlet.
Zagg also announced the "Pocket" -- a wireless keyboard stand for the iPhone. The keyboard promises to deliver a similar typing experience as a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard while still folding into a pocket-sized 9” X 2.5” X .5” rectangle for easy transport.
'Twas slow for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) news last week; while there were several work days, I suspect the vast majority was still in holiday mode for the last few days of 2014 and the first couple of the new year. There were still several items of note though.
Apple's acquisition of Beats was further justified when Nielsen SoundScan released its year end statistics last week. The numbers showed a big trend toward streaming audio and a drop off in music purchases. According to the data, there were 164 billion streams in 2014, compared to 106 billion in 2013, a 54% increase. Album sales dropped 9%, to 117.6 million, while song sales dropped 12%, to 1.26 billion.
It was a slow week for App Store releases since Apple's iTunes Connect was shutdown from December 22-29, but there were a few noteworthy jailbreak tweaks released to Cydia over the holidays. Here's a quick look at some of the tweaks and the few apps released to Cydia and the App Store from 12/29/14 to 01/04/15. The App Store should start filling up again with new apps and games now that it has been open for one full week.
Apple's Free App of the Week is Icycle: On Thin Ice. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 01/09/14. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook so you never miss a new App Store or Cydia release.