Apple CEO TIM COOK discusses the iPhone 7 during an Apple media event on September 7, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. (Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS)
New in technology this month
September was a big month for new technology gadgets. Apple’s annual press conference launched the iPhone 7, but there were other must-have tech products released this month too.
Sept. 7 was the long awaited Apple press conference that officially announced the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The already predicted iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were revealed with a new Jet Black color and no headphone jack. Each new iPhone comes with a wired set of headphones and a headphones adaptor that can be plugged into the charging port of the iPhone. Apple’s own wireless headphones will be released in October.
Pokémon Go Plus
With complaints of draining cell phone batteries, "Pokemon Go" released a new product called Pokémon Go Plus, a wristband that tracks your steps and notifies when Pokémon are nearby. As long as the wristband is connected to your phone via Bluetooth, every step you take is recorded in the app without it being open. The Pokémon Go Plus wristband is sold online for $35.
Snapchat announced they are releasing their own version of smart glasses called "Spectacles" for $129. Users can shoot ten second, 115-degree view video and upload them to their Snapchat account. With the launch of the new product, Snapchat officially changed its company name to Snap Inc.
Live stream of the Presidential Debate
The first presidential debate was live-streamed over Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. With the viewership shattering records with 84 million viewers, 2.5 million people watched the debate live on YouTube. The remaining three presidential debates will also be live-streamed.
Unable to compete with Apple and Samsung, BlackBerries will no longer be made in the U.S., CEO John Chen said. The company instead struck a deal in Indonesia and will continue marketing, and hopefully grow their brand there. According to a report by Bloomberg, the company had earnings of negative 15 cents. They hope this move will bring the loss down to 5 cents, or ideally they will break even.