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17:10
USPTO invalidates podcasting patent, kneecaps '...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday handed down a final decision invalidating key claims of a so-called "podcasting patent" assigned to Personal Audio, LLC, which was in the midst of leveraging the IP against multiple podcasters.

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17:00
iOS 8.3 How-to: Type like a Vulcan

With Apple’s release of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, there are now over 300 new emojis including diversity options. Apple uses the unicode emoji set, which includes Spock’s Vulcan salute. However, Apple hasn’t added the Vulcan salute — or “raised hand with fingers separated between the ring and the middle finger” symbol as it’s officially named — to the emoji keyboard, so you cannot type it without creating a workaround. There is a trick, however, that can be done by creating a keyboard shortcut.

Live Long And Prosper

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16:50
Apple Watch allows chronically late users to fool...

When unveiling the Apple Watch, Apple heavily touted the fact that the device is an incredibly precise timekeeper. As the Watch has rolled out to retail stores we’ve slowly been finding a few features buried within Settings, including one that relates to the accuracy of the time. In Watch OS, Apple has included the ability to manually adjust the time displayed on the watch face of your device.

Apple notes, however, that only the information displayed on your clock face is affected by adjusting the...

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15:13
How to access the Vulcan salute emoji in iOS 8.3 and...

Thanks to a feature hidden in iOS 8.3, Star Trek fans can apply a Vulcan salute emoji to texts, tweets and messages viewable by other iOS device and Mac owners running Apple's latest software updates.

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14:54
Flir Debuts Triple-Threat Video Cam


Flir Systems on Tuesday made a foray into the consumer market with a new video camera that can be used for home monitoring, sports, and even as a dash cam. The new Flir FX video camera, which supports WiFi, is a compact unit capable of capturing HD, as well as integrating with cloud-based analytics and a set of application-oriented mounts. The mounts allow the camera to be used for a variety of purposes, such as monitoring the inside or outside of a home, capturing sports action, or recording an automobile trip.

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14:21
Oh Samsung

Samsung talking about Apple releasing the Apple Watch:

“It’s with great delight that Apple has followed us into that market.”

It’s like that company doesn’t know when to shut the hell up.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:12
Tim Cook talks to “well bearded man,” says Apple...

Great seeing you again, Tim. Much respect.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:09
External Link: Recovering lost snippets in...

Smile has acknowledged a bug in TextExpander touch 3.2.3 (released on 7 April 2015) that “appears to erase all your snippets”. Fortunately, the snippets aren’t really erased, just inaccessible. A forthcoming update to TextExpander touch will restore them, or, if you use Dropbox for snippet syncing, you can recover them with that. The bug and methods for dealing with it are fully documented in the Smile blog post. The most important takeaway is this: Do Not delete and reinstall the app as this may lose your snippets irrevocably!

 

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13:30
Aperture, iPhoto disappear from Mac App Store...

Aperture and iPhoto were removed from the Mac App Store and are no longer available for download, checks of the storefront showed on Friday, signaling an end to two long-running product lines.

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13:29
comScore: Apple still smartphone OEM leader with 41....

ComScore has released its latest report today, detailing the market share of the major smartphone OEMs and their platforms. Unsurprisingly, Apple is still leading in terms of handsets shipped with 41.7% of smartphones shipped, while Android is still leading the mobile operating system market with 52.8% of the market.

The leaders’ numbers haven’t shifted much, with Apple’s hold on OEM market share only dipping by 0.1% compared to the quarter before, while Android has gained about 0.2% over its competitors. Samsung is the second-place OEM with 28.6% of the market (a 1.1% dip), followed by LG, Motorola, and HTC. LG is up 0.7% percent, but the latter two haven’t seen any significant change since the 3...

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13:15
News: iLounge Weekly coming out Monday, subscribe now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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13:10
Apple, the watch company: Here’s what it’s like to...

Like so many reviewers who didn't get Apple Watches early, I stayed up late last night to order one of them when they became available in the online store. I snagged a 42mm space gray Apple Watch Sport with little trouble—surprisingly little trouble, compared to iPhone launch nights.

I’ve got the advantage of having already seen and worn various Apple Watch models in person, and I know pretty much what they look like and how they'll fit my wrist. Most of you haven't. Your best bet for a pre-launch introduction to the Apple Watch is to go into your nearest brick-and-mortar Apple Store, where Apple will be demoing the watches starting today.

So I can tell you what that experience is going to be like, I scheduled two try-on appointments for the Apple Watch today: one regular appointment for the standard watch, and one fancy appointment to try on the Apple Watch Edition.

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13:09
Gear: Yurbuds Inspire 100/200/300 Sport Earphones

While we rarely review earphones and headphones that cost less than $100 — and never review non-Apple earphones or headphones less than $50 — our new Gear section now gives readers a chance to see some of these inexpensive options. JBL’s Yurbuds brand has introduced a series of new wired sport in-earphones, Inspire 100 ($20), Inspire 200 ($30), and Inspire 300 ($40). There’s also an Inspire 400 set, which we didn’t receive. All…

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12:53
News: Apple vying for artist exclusives for...

Apple has approached more than a dozen artists to attempt to negotiate exclusivity deals for its upcoming streaming music service, Bloomberg reports, with the goal of encouraging users to pay for a subscription in order to gain access to content that would be unavailable through competing services. The list of artists, which includes Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine, among others, have been in discussions with Apple about deals ranging from…

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12:44
Reality Check: Should We Buy an Apple Watch for Its...


Because there are so many Apple-loving fanatics who are hopelessly addicted to their iPhones, the first wave of Apple Watch sales won't give us a reliable indicator as to whether it is a real success... or not so much. Because we're talking about Apple here, there will be a couple million customers who will love it and make it work -- even if, deep down, they're slightly disappointed. Such is the power of Apple and the loyalty of an Apple fan. So -- do the reviews even matter?

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12:37
Mac: CalypsoCrystal CalypsoCase MacBook

If you’re looking for a stylish and elegant way to protect your new 12” MacBook, CalypsoCrystal has you covered with its new CalypsoCase for MacBook 12” ($270). Made from premium Italian leather on the outside and lined with special microfabrics, these cases provide a really luxurious option to store and carry your MacBook. Each case is hand-crafted in limited editions — no more than 500 of each design are made, with a unique serial number on each one — and include a patented smart ejection system for easily sliding your MacBook out with a minimum of fuss.

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12:31
Tim Cook among Apple Store visitors in scenes from...

As the public received its first hands-on time with the Apple Watch on Friday, AppleInsider and others were able to capture a multitude of images from the event, including an appearance by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Palo Alto Apple Store.

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12:18
First look: Going hands-on with the Apple Watch at...

With Apple Watch try-ons now available at Apple retail stores around the world, AppleInsider offers a closer look at the sampling process for the wrist-worn accessory, set to launch in just two weeks.

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12:08
Tim Cook says Apple Watch “orders are great” in...

Tim Cook visited the Palo Alto Apple Store today to check out the Apple Watch buzz, as people around the world attend try-on appointments and (failed to) pre-order Apple Watch online. In an interview with CNBC, Cook said that customer response has been extraordinary and “orders are great”.

The interviewer asks Cook what he wears day-to-day. Cook says he swaps out bands depending on the occasion but likes the Apple Watch stainless steel with the white rubber Sport band. Weirdly, Cook’s watch features a custom red crown that is usually only found on certain Apple Watch Edition models. Photo below …

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11:54
Apps: Implosion, Last Voyage, Glass, Instagram +...

New Games Implosion ($10) — Pushing the envelope of what Apple’s latest iOS devices can accomplish, Implosion delivers a console gaming experience from the visuals to the voice acting and orchestral soundtrack. This futuristic third-person dungeon crawler puts players in the role of one of the last surviving members of humanity who must don the newest War-Mech Series III battle suit to take on a mysterious alien life form, and solve the mysteries…

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11:52
New Apple streaming music service could include 2...

Apple is reportedly preparing to launch its revamped streaming music service with a two-tiered subscription plan that would give families a discount, while engaging in talks to secure exclusive content from artists including Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine.

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11:51
Report: Apple plans $10-$15 tiers for new music...

A new report from Bloomberg today claims that Apple is considering $10-$15 month plans for its upcoming music streaming service while the company approaches high-profile artists to get exclusive content.

The report today follows our own report last month that Apple was planning to relaunch its Beats Music streaming service at its WWDC event in June. At the time we noted that Apple was considering a $7.99 price point, but today’s report suggests Apple could go with paid tiers ranging from $9.99/month for a single user to $14.99/month for a family account....

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11:49
New MacBook available for order, but missing from...

The new MacBook is out today, if by “out” you mean “pretty much in hiding.” You can order one online, but if you were hoping to actually get one in your hot little hands today, you may find yourself disappointed.

At least I did. I have spent the morning calling around to every Apple Store in the Bay Area, and they have all explained, very politely, that I can place an order online or over the phone, but I can’t actually go to the store today and pick one up. I wound up placing an order for a space gray base model, with the earliest home delivery time of April 16–20, including a $10 rush shipping upcharge.

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11:43
Review: Brookstone’s Perfect Drink 3 helps you craft...

Craft cocktails are in the midst of a renaissance, buoyed by rediscovered classic recipes, higher-quality ingredients, and increasingly talented bartenders. Pre-made mixes and artificially-flavored spirits are declining in popularity, as freshly-assembled natural flavors are ascending. But once you’ve had a truly great cocktail at a restaurant or bar, making one by yourself at home may seem challenging. The latest version of Perfect Drink ($40), Brookstone’s “app-controlled smart bartending” solution for iOS users, is here to help.

Perfect Drink has been through a few hardware and software revisions, but the latest-generation accessory and just-released version 3.0 app elevate it to greatness. The core of the product is a precise digital scale — recently upgraded from...

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11:42
The age of notifications

Steven Levy:

A few weeks ago I was crossing the street. It was cold — late February in the Winter From Hell here on the east coast — and I was wearing a heavy coat with an inside pocket for my iPhone. The device buzzed and vibrated. My heart quickened. I ran the remaining few yards to the curb. I pulled off my gloves, fumbled to open the buttons of the coat, and almost dropped my bag in the process. Finally I managed to pull out the phone. On the screen was the following message:

“Braves OF B.J. Upton has changed his name to Melvin”

This was delivered to me in the standard message format, no different than a New York Times alert informing me a building two blocks from my apartment has exploded, or an iChat message that my sister is desperately trying to reach me. Please note that I am not a blood relative of B.J. — sorry, Melvin — Upton, nor am I even a fan of the Atlanta Braves. In other words…this could have waited.

I reflexively deny permission to...

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11:28
How the Apple Watch try-on demo sold me on the watch...

Apple opened the floodgates for Apple Watch preorders overnight, but most of us were buying blindly without experiencing the device up close. After I placed my order for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport (with a white band just like Tim Cook), I booked an early try-on appointment at the nearest Apple Store to make sure I didn’t just make an expensive mistake.

The Apple Store near my office happens to be inside Grand Central Terminal in the heart of midtown Manhattan, which means it’s always a madhouse. I was expecting some level of pandemonium at the Apple Store, but it was completely calm. I arrived two minutes before my appointment, checked in with an employee at the top of the staircase, and was whisked to a separate area of the store for my demo.

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11:26
Apple's Beats adds new silver, gold, and space...

Apple fans wishing they could color match their headphones with their iPhone or MacBook can now do so, as Apple's Beats by Dre subsidiary has updated its popular Solo2 lineup with new silver, gold, and space gray color options.

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11:06
Apple rescinds policy against hiring felons for...

San Jose Mercury News:

Apple has opened the door for construction workers with recent felonies on their records to help build its new campus.

The tech giant has lifted a requirement that people who had been convicted of felonies within the past seven years could not work on the massive Cupertino construction project, Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock told this newspaper Thursday. After the policy came to light this week, Apple came under fire from union leaders and advocates, who say construction jobs are a key source of work for felons trying to transition back into society.

I’m glad they did this. Now I can apply for a job on the Apple Campus 2 construction crew.

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11:02
Moto 360, other smartwatches get price cuts ahead of...

Some rival smartwatches, such as the Android-based Moto 360, saw significant price cuts on Friday in a bid to keep up sales in the wake of Apple opening preorders for the Apple Watch.

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10:00
Scheduling an Apple Watch try-on appointment

The day is here; you'll finally be able to get an Apple Watch on your wrist to see how it looks, determine the size and color you want, and then head home to make your pre-order. But how can you actually schedule your Apple Watch try-on appointment? Both the web-based Apple Store and the Apple Store app can get you in the virtual line for your appointment. Just follow these simple steps and you're on your way!

Apple Online Store

  1. Point your favorite web browser to the Concierge page of the Apple Online Store
  2. Select the state and the store where you'd like to try on an Apple Watch. Note that you'll be able to see which stores have viewing slots available for both the Watch/Watch Sport and for the Watch Edition. Many stores may not have the Watch Edition available for your viewing...
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09:48
Beats Solo2 wireless headphones now available in...

In addition to opening pre-order sales for the upcoming Apple Watch and launching the new 12-inch Retina MacBook, Apple has refreshed its Beats Solo2 wireless headphone lineup with three new color options: gold, silver, and space gray to match your iPhone, iPad, new MacBook, or Apple Watch…

The new Apple-approved finishes join the previously available black, white, red and blue Solo2 versions that launched last fall after Apple bought the headphone maker for $3...

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09:36
9to5Toys Last Call: 13000mAh Power Bank $24, Samsung...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

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09:34
MDC's no longer working

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: FATAL ERROR

Hello,
I tried to start my san recently and it would not function, both meta data controllers would not work. I promoted a client to mdc and the san started up. I can not get the other 2 mdc's to start, they will act as clients and mount the san but will not control the san.
I tried to uninstall and reinstall the software on one of the mdc's but no change.
I am including the logs from the mdc's, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Mike
ps: all computers running 10.4.11 and Xsan 1.4 2 mdc's 3 clients

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09:29
Yamaha AG Series Mixers: Perfect for podcasting,...

MY thanks to Yamaha for sponsoring The Loop this week. Perfect for webcasting, podcasting, gaming and music production, the AG03 and AG06 hybrid mixing consoles/USB interfaces have unique features that make your computer-based audio tasks easier and better. The AG Series offers high-resolution (24-bit/192kHz) audio recording and playback, iOS compatibility and battery operation.

The intuitive “TO PC” switch allows users to route selected inputs back to a desktop or iOS device. The “Dry CH 1-2” allows computer or iOS recording of inputs 1 and 2, while the “INPUT MIX” switch routes all inputs to the computer or iOS device via USB for music production applications. The “LOOPBACK” switch routes all inputs to the stereo USB output along with the USB input from the computer — perfect for podcasters.

Gamers will appreciate the headset/mic interface and direct hardware control of...

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09:23
Time to sell your Android Wear: NextWorth starts...

You don’t want to admit it, but you were talked into being an early adopter of Android Wear or Pebble before Apple Watch was even a thing. Now that Apple Watch preorders have kicked off and the Watch is almost in your hands, it’s time to unload your Android Wear watches before people catch on and resale values plummet.

Good news: NextWorth, one of the leaders in mobile device trade-ins, today announced it will begin paying out for your old Android, Samsung, and Pebble watches (and soon Apple Watches too)....

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09:00
The best juicer

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a list of the best gear for your home. Read the full article at TheSweethome.com.

After pushing almost 25 pounds of leafy, crunchy, pulpy produce through nine top machines, we think the Tribest S...

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08:50
12-inch MacBook now available on Apple Store web...

Amidst the mucho hoopla surrounding the Apple Watch, Apple added the new 12-inch Retina display MacBook to the Apple Store last night.

The new notebook is available with a ship time of one to three days for most models, although the 512GB Gold model currently has an estimated shipping time of three to four weeks.

As always, if you’ve ordered the snazzy new 12-inch MacBook, complete with its USB Type C port, please let us know about your experience, your estimated wait time and what you make of it once it arrives.

Via...

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08:49
AppleCare+ protection plans for Apple Watch range...

Now that the Apple Watch is up for pre-orders, we have a full list of AppleCare+ prices for those who want their timepieces protected.

The prices are both cheaper and more expensive than unconfirmed reports claimed last week. Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport buyers will pay a little less, while Apple Watch Edition buyers will pay more. Here's the breakdown:

  • Apple Watch Sport: Two years of warranty coverage and phone support for $49. Covers two accidental damages over two years with a $69 service fee for each incident.
  • Apple Watch: Two years of warranty coverage and phone support for $69. Covers two accidental damages over two years with a $79 service fee for each incident.
  • ...
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08:48
OS X Yosemite How-To: Move your iPhoto or Aperture...

Apple’s latest app Photos is now available for free as part of OS X 10.10.3 for Mac. The new app is the future of photo management from Apple with support for iCloud Photo Library, burst photos, slow-mo and time lapse videos, and more. Here’s how to migrate your photo library to the new Photos app from iPhoto or Aperture, both of which will no longer receive support for software updates going forward:

After pressing Get Started in the blue box as seen above, you have two different options. If you are brand new to photo organizing on a Mac and have never used iPhoto or Aperture before, (or if you don’t want to migrate your iPhoto or Aperture library to Photos), you have the option to import pictures from your digital camera or SD card, drag files...

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08:35
Here's how much you'll pay to protect that...

Scores of you - an obscene number, maybe - have already pre-ordered your Apple Watch. Perhaps you even sauntered into a well-appointed Apple Store-within-a-store for some valuable shopping advice before you took the plunge. Regardless, after you've m...

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08:32
AppleCare+ plan, service prices for Apple Watch...

How much is your AppleCare+ plan going to be for your snazzy new Apple Watch?

Apple has an answer for that.

With Apple Watch preorders opening last night/the Watchening, specific numbers have surfaced for AppleCare+ and repair fees for out-of warranty watches. These numbers are a bit frightening, as a coverage plan for an Apple Watch Edition model can rise into the thousands of dollars.

The service fee for a Sport is US$229, while the cost is US$329 for a mid-tier stainless steel Watch. Battery service is US$79 per incident, plus US$7 in shipping fees if necessary. Costs can vary according to country — in Canada, the base service fees are US$299, US$419,...

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08:23
The best Apple Watch stands and docks

After months of waiting, the Apple Watch officially went on sale today for preorders, and millions of people are now anxiously awaiting deliveries from Apple. Today, we’re looking at all of the best accessories that have been announced for the Apple Watch, and some of the most interesting options are charging stations: stands and docks. Every solution currently announced relies upon the inductive magnetic charger Apple includes in the Apple Watch box, so what you’re getting is a stand with the ability to manage the Watch and charger.

Inside, I’ll show you a large collection of stands that range in price from $20 to $129, with considerably different levels of sophistication. Some are just basic plastic holders for Apple’s charger, while others have really nice designs made from metal, leather, and wood…

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08:16
Dexcom sensors will be first to offer continuous...


Dexcom announced today that it’s preparing updates to its two mobile apps that will allow users of its Continuous Glucose Monitor System to track everything straight from Apple Watch. The apps will not only let users view their own glucose information, but also invite others– parents or caregivers for example– to monitor the data from their own Apple Watch.

The Dexcom sensors that will work with Apple Watch, the G4 PLATINUM Glucose Monitor System,...

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08:01
News: Report: Apple has spent $38 million on Apple...

Apple has been putting a strong effort into marketing the Apple Watch on U.S. prime-time television, Reuters reports. Since the March 9 Apple Watch event, the company has spent $38 million on its “Watch Reimagined” television campaign — only slightly less, in relative terms, than the $42 million Apple spent on TV spots for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Out of more than 300 airings of the Apple Watch commercial, almost half have been…

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07:59
iRobot hasn't given up on developing Roomba...

You know how long it's been since we first heard that iRobot's making a robotic lawn mower? Nine years. After almost a decade of wondering if we'll ever see Roomba's more outdoorsy sibling, iRobot's finally giving us a glimpse of how the device will ...

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07:58
Apple Watch will be 'digital sixth sense'...

While investment firm UBS doesn't believe the Apple Watch is yet a "must have" device, its importance to the company's bottom line is expected to grow over time as new use cases emerge.

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07:53
Apple Watch Pre-Orders Sell Out Fast

Adam and Tonya Engst happened to wake up at 3 AM, just in time for each pre-order an Apple Watch. But the initial stock sold out so fast that Adam didn’t get the model he wanted, causing him to ponder what might have happened with Apple’s estimation or manufacturing.

 

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07:50
Ask iLounge: How do I share one iCloud Photo Library...

Q: Hi Jesse, I ran across Sharing iTunes & iCloud Accounts in a Family from 2012 and thought it was the best thing I’ve found so far about explaining how to use different iCloud accounts to enable different behaviors in a family with multiple iOS devices. It gets confusing fast, though! Now that Apple has released Photos, I wish you would update/expand that article to cover iTunes Match and the new Photos app. Some case scenarios would be great.…

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07:45
Apple Watch sells out in a matter of hours, shipping...

The Apple Watch sold out in a number of hours last night as the pre-order option for the unit became available on the Apple Store web site. Over the course of the launch, shipping times for all models slipped to 4-6 weeks or later less than 6 hours after pre-orders started at 12:01 AM Pacific today. Apple Watch Sport models were the first to sell out, with delivery estimates shifting to 4-6 weeks, and then June, on the Apple Online Store in the United States.

The stainless steel Apple Watch retained fairly better shipping estimates after the pre-order window opened, with most models available to ship in 4-6 weeks after the first...

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07:45
Google's £799 Chromebook Pixel 2 arrives in the...

Google's original Chromebook Pixel was a gorgeous laptop, but the high price-tag and limitations of Chrome OS made it a niche proposition. For its successor, the company wisely kept the design (if it ain't broke, don't fix it) while updating the inte...

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07:37
Apple Watch already sold out until June

It’s way too early to call the Apple Watch a smash hit, but within minutes of the preorder kickoff at 3:01 a.m. Eastern, many models slipped from an estimated shipping date of April 24-May 8 to sometime in June. Now all Watches are sold out for the next 4–6 weeks.

If you were waiting to preorder until you could try one on in person, you’ll have to wait awhile to deck out your wrist in gold (or fluoroelastomer), and there’s no option to pick up a Watch in-store for now. Apple said Thursday that it expected demand for Apple Watch to be high and supply to be limited, which is why the company is only selling the device online in its early days.

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07:34
Apple's fixed a serious OS X security flaw, but...

There are times in life when you wonder what it is that you've done to deserve such neglect from those you hold dear. It's a feeling that plenty of Mac users will be experiencing today as Apple has announced that it found a serious security flaw in O...

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07:28
News: Apple Watch bands also experiencing delayed...

Apple Watch quickly sold out of its initial launch allotments, and Apple Watch bands are also experiencing a shortage online. A glance at the Apple Watch bands page on the Apple Online Store reveals most bands will now be shipping in May. As of this writing, the 38mm Link Bracelet ($449) and 38mm Milanese Loop ($149) have 2-4 week shipping estimates, while the 38mm Modern Buckle is completely unavailable, in all sizes. It’s currently unclear…

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07:21
Apple Watch repair costs, AppleCare+ plans & try...

As Apple has opened preorders and try-on appointments for the Apple Watch, more details have become clear about the ordering process, including costs for AppleCare+, and the repair service fees for out-of-warranty Watches, which can rise as high as $2,800 in the US for an Edition model.

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07:03
Spying case against UK government heads to Europe...

While it's public knowledge that the UK government has secretly monitored the communications of the British public, questions over the legality of these practices still remain. After an independent UK court first ruled that security agencies, includi...

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07:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Pass the Popcorn

Pass the Popcorn

This week’s roundup includes an app for a service known as “Netflix for pirates.” Don’t worry: We’ve got legit stuff, too.

Adobe Slate

Adobe Slate for iPad lets you add a bit of design flair to your corporate reports and other documents: “Simply tap to select a unique look—beautiful fonts, color and magazine-style design are automatically incorporated. Fluid movement and elegant motion are applied instantly.” You can see photos from your iPad, your Lightroom library, or Creative Cloud files; when done, you can share the document on Twitter, Facebook, email, text message, or as an embed on your website.

To read this article in full or to leave a...

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06:56
Initial Apple Watch stock dries up in minutes,...

Consumers who weren't ready to to order at exactly 12:01 a.m. Pacific time on Friday have missed their opportunity to receive an Apple Watch on launch day, as every model is now unavailable until at least mid-May.

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06:50
Election 'hashflags' are about to invade...

If you hadn't noticed, the upcoming general election is kind of a hot topic in the UK right now, but discussion and debates don't just play out on Question Time. Social media is the perfect place to broadcast your political ramblings, and because you...

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06:34
Apple Watch app developers say it’s all about timely...

Apple was clear with developers from the start that the Apple Watch is all about “quick, easy looks” rather than lengthy interactions, and it seems the message has been taken on board by major brands, reports the WSJ.

“If people use their desktop computers for hours at a time and their phones for minutes at a time, we think people will use the Watch for seconds at a time,” said Shayne Sweeney, an engineering manager at Facebook’s photo-sharing site Instagram, which created a Watch app.

Adam Grossman, founder of the Dark Sky weather app, echoed the comment.

Who wants to keep their wrists up to their face for many minutes?

Expedia’s chief product officer John Kim said the company...

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06:32
Start shopping directly from Bing image search

Microsoft continues to refine Bing in the hopes it can steal some of Google's search-dominance thunder. Today it updated Bing image search results with links to buy the item in the photo you select. The feature is still in beta, but once you select a...

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06:27
The best Apple Watch apps you can download now



You’ll need something to do while you wait for your pre-ordered Apple Watch to arrive — things officially kicked off online at 12:01 PDT last night, or 3AM if you’re on the East Coast like me — so we’re compiling a running list of Watch apps hitting the App Store to keep you busy. When you actually get your Apple Watch — sometime between now and July — will depend on what model and how early you placed your pre-order. 

These apps are either already available on the App Store or plan to...

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06:01
What it's like to shop for an Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is unlike any product the Cupertino company has released before. To succeed, it needs to appeal both as a useful gadget and a luxury timepiece that people want to wear on their wrists. With this in mind, Apple has chosen to display it...

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06:00
9 apps to help you up your selfie game

Taking a selfie, sending it to your computer, editing it in Photoshop, sending it back to your iPhone, and then posting it on Instagram (#nofilter) is a little too much, right? You’re trying a little too hard. Except now your best friend is posting flawless pictures of herself looking like she stepped out of the pages of a magazine—what’s up with that?

A good selfie doesn’t need to be taken with a professional camera, surrounded by professional lighting, by a professional photographer, and then professionally edited. But that doesn’t mean you should throw up a #nofilter picture without making any tweaks. There’s a happy medium: Selfie apps. There are tons of selfie apps for taking selfies, editing selfies, tweaking selfies, and sharing selfies—and they’re there to show off just how fabulous you really are.

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05:59
Apple Watch screen torture test

This video purports to show an Apple Watch screen being put through a torture test.

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05:51
Finding an Apple Watch Edition near you

An Apple product finder, perfect for locating an Apple Watch Edition near you.

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05:46
Apple Watch pre-orders begin with ship times quickly...

Shortly after midnight Pacific Time, Apple began accepting orders for its Apple Watch. Early buyers who were online and purchased immediately when orders went live were able to secure a device for shipment on the April 24th launch date. Within minutes of launch, ship times on most of the 42mm models of the Sport Watch and standard Watch had slipped to 4-6weeks. Within an hour, all models of the Watch were shipping in late May (4-6 weeks) and June. 

Unlike previous product launches that include an online pre-order followed by an in-store launch, the Watch will only be available to purchase online. Customers looking to purchase a Watch must order online and wait for the Watch to ship. 

Apple also began selling its new Macbook both in stores and online. The gold version of the laptop proved to be popular with its ship times slipping from...

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05:43
Get ready to take a right turn!

Some thoughts on the Apple Watch Taptic engine (the mechanism that taps your wrist).

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05:30
Apple Watch and accessibility

Steven Aquino takes a look at the accessibility aspects of Apple Watch.

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05:29
Poll: Which Apple Watch did you buy, and did you get...

You had to be quick to order an Apple Watch this morning. Some models went out of stock within minutes, and shipping dates were soon slipping into May, June and beyond. Within a few hours, almost all models were sold out.

So, with plenty of time to think about it before pre-orders opened, but very little time to actually make your purchase, which model did you buy – and was it the one you really wanted? 

As a smartwatch skeptic, I was a little torn. On the one hand, I’m expecting to simply try it for a week and then return it. On that basis, it didn’t matter which model I ordered as I’d be...

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05:19
∞ MacBook: Details and shipping dates

The new MacBook is available for your ordering pleasure. Read on for details.

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05:13
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch reviews,...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. We discuss the Apple Watch reviews and comb through the initial impressions. Reviews of the new 12" MacBook are also discussed, OS X 10.10.3, Photos for Mac, DJI's new Phantom 3 drone, and more.

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05:12
∞ Apple Watch: Shipping dates, max of 2 per customer

The Apple Watch ship dates are sliding (presumably with demand). And Apple is limiting you to 2 per customer.

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05:07
Amazon can finally test its delivery drones in the US

Amazon's drone team must have heaved a collective sigh of relief: the company only had to wait a few weeks for the FAA's approval this time. The agency has officially granted Amazon's request to test its new UAVs in the US on Wednesday, April 8th. If...

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05:00
Emojis Get Real in New iOS


Apple on Thursday released a new version of iOS that adds racial diversity to its emoji library. In addition to the fair-skinned faces found in prior versions, the new assortment includes brown, black and golden yellow mugs. What's more, there are emojis of same sex couples and families, too. "Emoji have become huge for people. This is how a lot of teens now communicate," said Carolina Milanesi, chief of research and head of U.S. business for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. "For some people, it's important."

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05:00
Chrome Web Store Gives Bad Extensions the Boot


Google recently purged some 200 extensions from its Chrome Store inventory. Extensions and add-ons let users add functions and features to the Chrome Web browser, but bad extensions can expose users to a greater risk of spyware and malware. A major problem with many browser add-ons is ad injectors. The clean-up resulted from an extensive search for embedded code that violates Google's policies, triggered by increasing user complaints. Google has been studying add-on security risks with a team at the University of California, Berkeley.

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04:52
The Apple Watch Edition try on experience [1st hand...

Reader Mark Davies went into the Berlin Apple Store this morning to try on the Apple Watch/Sport models but got a little surprise from the employees. Here’s the first hand account…

So I go to the Apple store here in Berlin thinking I made an appointment to see the Sport and Apple Watch editions. When I get there, they check me in and tell me to wait in the line. When my turn comes a really nice Apple employee asks me which models of the Edition I would like to see. I was surprised obviously, and explained that there is no way I would consider buying one with the price. He proceeds to let me try on the Sport and Watch versions and walks me through the demos. Then he asks if I still want to see the Edition models. I say, “sure, why not”…

He tells me to wait in the corner near the accessories and says...

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04:51
You now have to wait almost a month to get a Gold (...

While it was a case of ‘you snooze, you lose’ for the Apple Watch, almost all models selling out shortly after online sales opened, there’s better news if you’re in the market for the new 12-inch MacBook. At the time of writing, the standard model ships in just 1-3 days in either silver or space gray.

Opt for the gold model, however, and the shipping estimate jumps straight to a month. And it appears Apple isn’t expecting many buyers to care about the relatively weedy performance: the faster 1.3GHz processor model appears to be build-to-order only. Check the button for that and the site displays a message saying “this customized...

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04:47
Britain's new electricity 'T-pylons'...

Electricity pylons might be a vital part of the UK's power infrastructure, but they sure ain't the prettiest of things, especially when towering over otherwise unspoiled countryside. Their design hasn't changed in nearly a century, but soon you could...

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04:12
eBay scalpers out in force within minutes of Apple...

It didn’t take long for almost all models of the Apple Watch to sell out, and with sad predictability it didn’t take that much longer for the eBay scalpers to take advantage of this fact.

At the time of writing, the second most expensive ad was $1700 for a 42mm stainless steel model with Milanese Loop bracelet (a cool thousand bucks over the retail price), the same model with a link bracelet has a starting bid of $1350 and a buy-it-now of $1900 – and even the $349 Sport is being advertised for over $800.

The most expensive Apple Watch advertised isn’t the Edition, however …

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03:50
Don’t think you’re done after paying $10-17k for...

You might think that when you’d laid out between $10,000 and $17,000 for your Apple Watch Edition (low-key box included), and a further $1500 for AppleCare+ to protect it, you could safely extinguish the flames on your credit card and put it away. But nope: according to a company document we’ve seen, if you actually need to claim on AppleCare+, the ‘service fee’ is a cool $1000.

Perhaps that buys you some time with someone in Apple’s executive suite or a celeb or something.

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03:30
16 awesome accessories for your new Apple Watch

Here comes the Apple Watch accessory parade

So, you just preordered your first Apple Watch. Now what? You’ll need some accessories for it, of course! The Apple Watch won’t even ship until April 24, but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers from designing accessories and add-ons for Apple’s latest must-have. From charging stands and display pads to additional straps and Watch bumpers, you have no shortage of extras to choose from. Read on to check out the first batch of third-party accessories for the Apple Watch. 

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03:15
Here’s what the premium Apple Watch Edition box...



Someone has taken pictures of the Apple Watch Edition packaging, which unlike the cheaper models doubles as a charging dock. The pictures show the more premium leather lining of the box. The insert for the charging cable is also visible in the pictures. The Apple Watch is suspended on its side whilst charging, clamped by the adaptor. As shown earlier this week, the Apple Watch packaging is similar but does not use the materials and lacks the charging element.

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02:23
Almost all Apple Watch models sold out, AppleCare+...

 

Update: All Apple Watch models in the US are now at minimum 4 – 6 week shipping estimates in less than six hours.

Whether due to high demand or low supply, all models of Apple Watch have now almost entirely sold out with many slipping delivery date estimates in mere minutes of preorders opening. In the US, the 38 mm Stainless Steel Case with Black Classic Buckle is the only model still on offer with a ‘April 24th – May 8th’ shipping date.

AppleCare+ pricing is now also visible on store.apple.com. AppleCare+ costs $49 for Apple Watch Sport, $69 for Apple Watch and $1500 for Apple Watch Edition. Interestingly, Apple is also offering a ‘combo purchase’ where you can buy AppleCare+ for both your iPhone and your Watch at a bundled price of $100 more...

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01:19
All six Star Wars movies now available on iTunes

As announced, Disney has today released all six Star Wars movies as digital downloads on iTunes. The collection is priced at $89 as a bundle. Each movie can be downloaded separately for $20 a piece.

As part of the promotion, Apple has also launched a special collection featuring films, apps, TV shows, music and books from the franchise. Although iTunes is obviously a convenient option for users in the Apple ecosystem, it is not the cheapest way to buy the series. Other vendors, like Google Play, are offering much heavier discounts, so shop around for better deals.

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00:29
FAQ: Everything you need to know about the Apple...

Apple Watch debuted six months ago, which was plenty of time to think up all kinds of questions that company didn’t answer the first time around. How long does the battery last? How will Apple Pay work? How much do the things even cost?

Apple put the watch on display again at its recent “Spring Forward” event, and this time gave some concrete details. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple Watch before it goes on sale April 24. Got more questions? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check back for the full Macworld review at the end of April....

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00:19
How to preorder an Apple Watch starting right now

It’s after 12:01 a.m. Pacific and 3:01 a.m. Eastern, which means Apple Watch is now available to preorder (and also you should probably be in bed).

Head on over to Apple’s website or the Apple Store app on iOS to reserve the Watch you want, just like you would an iPhone. Apple has allowed prospective buyers to mark their favorite Watches online to speed up the selection process.

Apple let you favorite Apple Watch models for easier preordering comparison.

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00:11
Apple Watch preorders, 12" MacBook sales go...

Apple's online storefront reopened at midnight on Friday to accept Apple Watch preorders and sales of the new 12-inch MacBook, kicking off global sales of two hotly anticipated products.

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00:04
Apple begins Apple Watch pre-orders & 12-inch...

Update: Shipment dates are all over the place for the Apple Watch. Many models are already showing delivery dates in June, while the Edition shows an August arrival date. Some 12-inch MacBook models still ship in 1-3 business days.

As expected, the highly anticipated Apple Watch is now available for pre-order through Apple’s online store. Likewise, the new 12-inch MacBook is now available for purchase through the online store. Pre-orders of the Apple Watch and sales of the MacBook are also live in the Apple Store app on iOS devices. You can also now make appointments to try-on an Apple Watch at...

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00:01
Apple Watch preorders begin: 5 reasons to splurge, 5...

Apple just started accepting preorders for the Apple Watch, which ships April 24, and now you can book appointments to try the device on and see how it works in person. Getting some time up close with the device will go a long way toward helping potential buyers make a decision, but choosing whether to buy now or pass on this round is going to be a tough call.

We’ve covered the Apple Watch announcement and launch events. We’ve combed through the...

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00:01
PSA: Online Apple Watch and MacBook orders have...

Apple has just begun taking orders for the two newest members of its hardware lineup: the Apple Watch and the Retina MacBook.

The MacBook starts shipping now. It starts at $1,299, which will get you a 1.1GHz (2.4GHz Turbo) Intel Core M-5Y31, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. A $1,599 model gets you a 1.2GHz (2.6GHz Turbo) Core M-5Y51, the same 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, and a 1.3GHz (2.9GHz Turbo) Core M-5Y71 is available as a build-to-order option if you need more speed. The MacBook is available in space gray, silver, and gold, same as recent iPhones or iPads.

The Apple Watch doesn't ship until April 24, and you can get it delivered or pick it up from your nearest Apple Store depending on which is the most convenient for you. Pricing for the watch varies wildly depending on which edition, body, and strap you choose, but the ones that most people will actually buy are the aluminum Apple Watch Sport and...

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Thursday April 9

23:56
Drake shows up at Coachella wearing an Apple Watch,...

Just hours before Apple Watch preorders are scheduled to go live on the Online Apple Store, rap star Drake posted to Instagram a picture of himself wearing the hotly anticipated device at this year's Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival.

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20:12
Apple Store goes down ahead of Apple Watch preorders

Apple took down the Online Apple Store late Thursday night as the company made preparations for what is expected to be an onslaught of Apple Watch preorders.

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18:51
Photos and video show first Apple Watch try-on...

Apple Watch is now available to try on at Apple Store locations in Australia and East Asia, and while preorders have not yet gone live, a number of customers are posting photos and video from their sessions.

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18:14
Everything you need to know before preordering Apple...

In just a few hours, Apple will open the floodgates to Apple Watch preorders. With initial supply constraints expected, prospective buyers are urged to have their selections in mind prior to midnight, and AppleInsider has your guide.

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17:07
First Apple Watch displays go live in retail stores...



While most are still waiting for the clock to strike April 10th, Apple Stores in the eastern part of the world have started opening their doors to Apple Watch appointments and potential buyers. Images posted to Twitter and Instagram show lines of customers waiting outside of stores to get their hands on the Apple Watch.

Photos of Apple Stores in Australia show lines full of customers as well as media crews looking to report on the launch. In Japan, Apple Stores have yet to open their doors to customers, but considerably...

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- Solve, The Robot Factory...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on Solve - A colorful graphing calculator, the new Robot Factory kid’s building game and a major update to Unclutter. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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Solve - A colorful graphing calculator [Now free, down from $1.99] Solve solves expressions as you type and features an innovative memory system to store and recall answers. Simply touch the answer to store it and touch the stored answer to use it in an expression.

Where To Go? PRO - Find Points of Interest using GPS. [Now free, down from...

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16:00
Apple Watch screen test shows incredible scratch...

UK electronics repair shop iPhonefixed obtained a 38mm sapphire glass display from the Apple Watch and tested the screen for its durability. The team tried to scratch the display covering by rubbing it on a stone wall as well as marking it with a key, coin and abrasive paper. They even pounded it with a hammer and drilled it with a power drill. At the end of their tests, there were no marks or scratches on the screen.

The sapphire screen will be available on the Watch and Watch edition models, with prices starting at $549 for the 38mm Watch. The $349 Watch Sport edition will ship with ION-X Glass, which offers less scratch resistance, but is more shatterproof and impact resistant than its sapphire counterparts....

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 9, 2015

It's the Thursday before pre-orders begin for the Apple Watch, and here's some of the news of the day:

  • Reviews are in for the 12-inch MacBook with Retina Display, and they're overwhelmingly positive, although not everyone thinks getting a first-generation device is a good idea
  • A UK company releases a video in which a brick, keys, coins, and a power drill couldn't scratch the sapphire display that is used on the midrange and high-end Apple Watches
  • Epson releases a sub-$100 all-in-one printer that is AirPrint and Mac compatible
  • Google's Android Wear app for iOS may be out soon... if Apple will allow it on the App Store, that is

Note that there may not be an AWT News Update tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

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14:00
WALTR gets an update, adds subtitle support and more...

Readers who have been with Apple World Today since the beginning will remember WALTR (US$29.95), as the Mac app's developer -- Softorino -- was one of our sponsors. All of us on the AWT team are huge fans of WALTR, which can take just about any video file format, convert it quickly, and then transfer it for viewing on your iPad or iPhone.

WALTR got an update to version 1.5 today, and it's a doozy. The design of the app has been retouched for a new fresh look, but still retains the drag-and-drop ease of use it's always had. You  never need to worry about whether or not your iPhone or iPad will support a file type; just drag it to the app on your Mac and WALTR takes care of the details, making sure that the video file is converted to a format that is playable on iOS.

New file formats include:
    •    Video:  FLV, M2TS, TS(experimental), DV, MPG, MPEG, MPE, MPEG(old types), WEBM
    •    Audio:  M4B,...

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13:57
External Link: Apple Watch and Accessibility

If you’re wondering how well the Apple Watch might work for people with accessibility issues, Steven Aquino takes a detailed look at the accessibility features Apple has woven into its new wristwear. The report is encouraging, and includes a “definite lubriciousness.”

 

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