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Apple Watch, Surface Pro 3 and Blackphone make Time's Top 25 new inventions of 2014

Apple Watch, Surface Pro 3 and Blackphone make Time's Top 25 new inventions of 2014
Even though it has yet to sell one unit, the Apple Watch has been named one of the top 25 inventions of 2014 by Time magazine. Time says that the watch "wholly reimagines the computer for the wrist, using a novel interface that combines a touchscreen and physical buttons." The magazine also notes how Apple considers its smartwatch to be a fashion statement in addition to being a technology icon. Some of the features of the wearable pointed out by the newsweekly include receiving and sending messages, getting directions, making mobile payments, and tracking fitness metrics. The Apple Watch is rumored to launch on Valentine's Day next year.

Also making the top 25 is the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The business oriented tablet with a 12-inch screen, can be turned into a laptop using the optional Type Cover, and by employing the built-in "kickstand" on the back of the device. With Intel inside, 4 or 8GB of RAM on board, and as much as 512GB of native storage available, the specs crush those on the typical tablet. When Microsoft runs a comparative ad with the Surface Pro 3, it compares the device with a MacBook Air instead of the Apple iPad.

Also on the list is secure handset Blackphone. This phone runs a forked version of the Android OS, eliminating any feature that could make the phone vulnerable. Call are encrypted as are texts and the browser history. Blackphone isn't perfectly secure, however. As company CEO Toby Weir-Jones says, "It’s dangerous to assume anything is a magic invisibility cloak."

Inclusion on Time's list has nothing to do with sales. While the Surface Pro 3 got off to a slow start, things are reportedly picking up. But the Apple Watch won't go on sale until next year, and the Blackphone handset serves a niche market.


source: Time via MicrosoftNews, WMPoweruser

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posted on 23 Nov 2014, 01:03 40

1. Drsarcastic (Posts: 131; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


The Apple Watch? REALLY?!? Invention? *sigh* It never ends does it...

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 01:59 21

8. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1385; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


I honestly don't consider any of them as an invention.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 02:38 3

12. Penny (Posts: 1647; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Came here to say this. 25 cool new tech products of 2014? Sure, absolutely. Inventions are something else.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 10:34 1

38. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


The Apple watch is just an expensive ugly smartwatch, the Surface Pro 3 is just a tablet with a lot of features, and the blackphone is a secure android phone. I'd consider that the most work was put into the blackphone, then comes the surface pro 3, and then the AW.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 10:41 1

40. dimas (Posts: 1975; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Times science writers must be asking their own mothers on what they think are inventions.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 09:41 1

32. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Precisely! And any of the far-more-capable android watches are far more innovative/"inventive" than the iwatch, if an electronic wrist-worn device must be on the list. Heck, the Microsoft Band is an even better choice, if only because it works on all three major platforms, and is therefore agnostic of what device the user has, if any at all. Plus it's already on sale and well-received, decently priced, and well-designed/clever.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 10:58

41. mildorzalost (Posts: 141; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


Apple just have one thing: the name, and the fame and prestige than comes with it... Just that

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 12:36

44. TBomb (Posts: 703; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


It's not even released yet... has it even been made "official" to released or just a rumor like the article says?

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 13:23

46. actuallyknowathingortwo (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


Am I wrong or does the date say 2014? Apple isn't even selling the iWatch to the masses yet how does it qualify as an invention when its an apple version of smart watches that are already out?

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 17:55 1

56. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 494; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Clearly it's a paid-ad.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 20:10

57. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


It's a iTime world afterall. I'm surprise iTime didn't mention the GALAXY EDGE with the curved screen typical. EDGE is a invention

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 01:19 9

2. koko1 (Posts: 103; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


apple must be in everything
we must create companies that dose not kiss apple a$$

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 13:50

48. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


man of the match : lionel messi (if you know ehat i mean)

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 01:33 17

4. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


How the f**k is the Apple Watch an invention??? It wasn't even one of the first smartwatches. iSheep...

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 20:11

58. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


You mean iTime

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 01:34 17

5. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


And today is the day where I started not to trust TIME

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 06:56

22. sgodsell (Posts: 3348; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Come on be kind to that magazine. Its an old magazine which will be lost in a few years because hardly anyone is still buying old newspapers or magazine's. Have some respect for the dead. Come on their eyes have to be going, because even through Apple announced the Apple Watch. No one has one until February of 2015.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 09:50

35. 14545 (Posts: 1468; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Meh, I haven't trusted them for years. This is just another in a long line of failings by that chitty magazine.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 01:41 3

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Lol non of these three are innovative imo. Apple Watch has nice detachable straps, but other than that it's just another smartwatch.
Surface 3 is just a Windows tablet, it has no innovation whatsovever. Just a big Surface 2 with different aspect ratio and a pen.
Blackphone is pretty secure (not 100% though), but everything else in it is meh.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 07:39

27. 87186 (Posts: 264; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


um, the SP3 isn't innovative? what other tablet out there is giving you i3, i5, and i7 processors in a device that thin? It's the THINNEST device Intel has put a chip inside of to date. also, it's not just a big Surface 2. the SP3 runs the full professional version on Win 8.1. the SP3 supports 4k and has higher resolution than most other tablets.

even the apple watch shows signs of innovation. I just don't believe it should be on this list due to the fact that it's not even out yet!

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 07:56 2

28. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1385; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Innovation and invention are two different thing bro. Like, Edison invented the bulb and apple innovated the smartphone with their first iPhone.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 13:24 1

47. 87186 (Posts: 264; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


looks like you have a tough time with reading comprehension. try again, "bro".

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 01:36

68. blazee (Posts: 407; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


"what other tablet out there is giving you i3, i5, and i7 processors in a device that thin? It's the THINNEST device Intel has put a chip inside of to date."

That's your definition of innovation, who has the best Intel chipset? Who cares if its intel in a tablet or not? Qualcomm and exynos make better chips for tablets and phones anyway..... Your comment reeks of fanboism

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 01:56 8

7. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 779; Member since: 11 May 2013)


HAHA!!! WTH!! "include receiving and sending messages, getting directions, making mobile payments, and tracking fitness metrics" really am I reading an article regarding innovation? wooh all of these have been in android smartwatches esp samsung :D

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 02:27 2

10. palmguy (Posts: 510; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Should add when connected with an iPhone only it's possible to do those things. A $300 attachment.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 03:52

14. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


There's something to consider here. I see a lot of people here seem to discredit what Apple did with the Apple Watch, that's a huge misconception. I can second Time's call with respect to a few key points.

For one, Apple designs their own SoCs and with the Apple Watch they designed a custom SoC (the S1 to the uninitiated) which was dedicated to the smart watch, unlike what other manufactures with Android Wear have done which is take an old SoC from phones and throw it in the watch.

This same thing was done with the "best Android Wear smartwatch" the Moto 360. The result? A watch with bad performance and optimizations. You can light up the Moto 360 and for a second it shows the time from the last time you turned it off until it re-adjusts itself. That is definitely not "smart" nor is it even watch-like.

Also we need to reserve most judgments on the Apple Watch because it still needs to get out there but we've already seen ho Apple intends to make this a solid product

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 06:05 5

16. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


ur just stupid for that comment. now go drown in apple juice

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 07:20 1

23. sgodsell (Posts: 3348; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Do you even think before typing that crap. First of all I will give you some credit that no one has the Apple Watch because its not even under production right now. You even acknowledge that they don't even have the processor that is going to be used in the new Apple watch until next year. Apple only just released the SDK for their watch last week. As far as your statement regarding Android Wear having bad performance and optimizations. You are so wrong. I have a Moto 360 and their is nothing wrong with its performance. Their have been updates to Android Wear recently which have added better battery life and performance. Not to mention features that allow all Android Wear devices to be standalone MP3 players paired with a Bluetooth speaker or headset.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 08:12

29. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Sorry, where exactly did acknowledge Apple not having designed the S1? Didn't they like demo those units weeks ago?

Software updates don't equal having custom designed a chip, it's more like throwing a bunch of hacks together with duct tape and Elmer's glue. Especially when compared to someone who actually goes out there and does the engineering to make a solid product, get it?

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 08:43

30. chebner (Posts: 214; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I agree we do need to reserve judgement on the Apple Watch until it's released. That's one of the primary reasons it shouldn't even be on the list. I'm sure Apple does intend for it to be better than other smartwatches, but no one knows if they'll succeed. And even if it does succeed, is it really an invention?

Innovation, maybe. Invention, NO! So what if they're designing a new SOC for the Apple Watch. How is that an invention? They are just making a chip that is designed specifically for a smartwatch. I guess you could call it innovation, but unless they INVENT some radically new tech that allows it to run a full month on a single charges it is not invention, it is just an optimized processor.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 09:53

36. 14545 (Posts: 1468; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


How can you give apple credit for anything yet? IT ISN'T EVEN ON THE MARKET. You don't know for what they may fail in their implementations. That just proves the bias. You can't claim something to be the most inventive of the year when it isn't even available to buy that year. I say this as a person who believes smart watches are the dumbest thing ever invented.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 20:30 1

61. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


You obviously, do not own a motorola 360. Its battery life is fantastic, unlike the AW. You say we have to reserve our judgement until the AW is released, right? So that means it is also unfair to call it one of the greatest innovations of 2014, right? The AW is ugly, expensive, has a poor battery life and requires a $1000 mid range phone to work.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 02:00 9

9. Settings (Posts: 1501; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Woah! Is it April 1 already?

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 02:29 3

11. RareCandy (banned) (Posts: 61; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


Real man wear Apple watch :)

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 02:42 6

13. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1385; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Really?????
It's a nice smartwatch but design doesn't please me much except some of those straps. Motorola's and LG's offerings looks alot better .

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 06:06

17. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


facetious

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 07:23

24. sgodsell (Posts: 3348; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Real men will actually buy a smart watch that they can actually get their hands on and actually buy with real money. Apple is still trying to make their processor for their watch. Their watch won't be available till February or March time frame of 2015.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 11:12 1

43. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Real men don't wear fashion accessories..
And that is how apple is promoting it....

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 20:12

59. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Who would wear a 400$ P.O.S. Smart Watch when u have the MOTO 360 & LG R THOSE are REAL watches when you're just spending for a fasion accesory

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 05:57

15. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Well they took eight years to build it, so no freaking wonder lol.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 06:06 4

18. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


it still suuuuuuccckkksss!!!!.......

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 06:25 1

19. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


I agree with them, the Apple watch is a revolutionary product. Yes, there are many other smart watches out there but nothingn matches the quality and functionality of the Apple watch.

Is just like Apple pay, other android phones had Google wallet but this service was crap and restricted in the US only, Apple pay on the other hand will be used worldwide and people will love it.

People should understand that it doesn't matter who does it first, it matters who does it the right way. Both Apple watch and Apple pay will be the products the mass will use.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 07:32 4

26. 87186 (Posts: 264; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


no, it's that fact that whenever apple does something it's labeled as "new", "innovative" or "best". the fact that a product that isn't even out yet made this list just proves my point.

as soon as apple pay dropped retailers started backing it, hence the mass acceptance. no matter how poor of a service or product, apple for some reason has the masses by the gonads.

apple's OS and iOS 8 was riddled with errors, yet you didn't see media coverage nor the hatred that you saw when another OS with the same number hit the market. keep in mind that OS wasn't riddled with critical errors, just a different UI and the media jumped all over it and basically told people not to like it.

it's all very sad, really.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 09:46 1

33. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


You're overlooking the Microsoft Band, though. Already on sale, simple yet clever, easy to use, and works on all three major platforms if the user wishes to connect their phone and/or tablet to it (and maybe even computer), or nothing at all (with slightly reduced functionality). It's not a confusing array of miniscule buttons, and is well-priced, unisex, and requires only a few moments to setup, and just a few minutes to charge (like while showering and shaving, for instance).

The iwatch, like all apple stuff, is overrated and overpriced, and a technological mousetrap.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 09:56 2

37. jcass5467 (unregistered)


Shut up Tim cook

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 20:36 1

63. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


So , poor battery life and ugly design is revolutionary? Okay. Who in their right mind would buy an ugly $300 watch that only works with a smartphone? Android wear smartwatches have more apps, better battery life and design, better software and features that are unrivalled. Oh and of course, indipendent use. You want the best? Get a moto 360 or an lg r watch. Btw, Apple market share is pathetic in Europe. Apple Pay is yet another useless Apple feauture

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 01:44

69. blazee (Posts: 407; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Actually the functionality of apple watch suck, because there is none, as there is no apple watch lol

And actually apple pay will suck and google pay will be used around the world. Yes I am also a future teller like you

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 06:40

21. greenelektron (Posts: 530; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


I want to read the whole article. I just can't accept the term "invention". Maybe the more appropriate term here is " innovation ".

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 09:49

34. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I believe the word you're looking for is "product", but then the iwatch couldn't be on the list since it won't enter production until next year, if then.

Personally I hope the iwatch goes the way of the Nexus Q, essentially vaporware and so useless it's scrapped almost immediately.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 07:26

25. 87186 (Posts: 264; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


this is asinine.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 09:11 3

31. theguy2345 (Posts: 1196; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


I hate it when mainstream media tries to talk about technology. They always get it wrong, and being a techie it just makes my blood boil. When they announced windows ten, the news said it would run on Xbox one. It was just a giant facepalm.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 10:39 2

39. dimas (Posts: 1975; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


iWatch, Surface Pro and Black Phone? None of these 3 gadgets deserved to be called inventions. Time's starting to lose it's credibility, good thing I stopped subscribing to them years ago. And because of this news, I am not going to open their website again 'til they straighten their crappy articles.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 20:14

60. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


and half of million consumers doesn't even know what the heck is a BLACK PHONE that's not available on a carrier

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 11:01

42. dorianb (Posts: 592; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I think we should all take our valid points & post them on TIME.COM comment sections so they'll know how foolish many think they are.

They will not get the point with us posting our thoughts here.
:simple observation:

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 13:14 1

45. kurama. (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Sep 2014)


How in the f**king world are those even invention. Ohh cmon who does this ratings. Stupid American media. Who made that baised media a standard. Now this is just plain stupid.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 14:21

50. medicci37 (Posts: 1271; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Time magazine reads like it was written by a advertising agency. & if it wasn't for doctors office subscriptions they'd probably be bankrupt

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 15:00

54. B-power (Posts: 242; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


The Applewatch isn't even out het so it should not be on this list.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 20:35

62. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Nophone deserves it more

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 21:58

64. darkkjedii (Posts: 20086; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Handle your biz Apple, and let these armchair hater hate on. All they do is troll Apple articles, give em more bait.

posted on 23 Nov 2014, 22:41 1

66. kevin91202 (Posts: 526; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


An American magazine votes for an American watch. Oh those silly Americans...

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