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15:00
AWT News Update: March 12, 2015

JIM DALRYMPLE AND BEARD, 5BY5.TV

In today's Apple news:

  • The Loop editor Jim Dalrymple (at right) took the uninformed author of a Apple Watch hit piece to task on the website and on Twitter. It was glorious.
  • A new Steve Jobs biography coming out in less than two weeks provides some new insights into the late Apple founder and CEO.
  • Apple releases iOS 8.3 beta 3 to its public software beta program, the first time iOS has been included in a public beta.

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14:54
Tim Cook surprises Jim Cramer on Mad Money, talks...

In a **totally unscripted surprise** call to celebrate Mad Money stock analyst Jim Cramer’s 10th year on the air, Apple CEO Tim Cook let loose a slew of compliments to the analyst who has had a controversial past with AAPL stock trading.

Cramer starts off by briefly praising ResearchKit, with Cook reiterating the...

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14:35
∞ Apple Engineer Talks about the New 2015 Macbook

This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

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14:30
Upcoming biography reveals Steve Jobs turned down...

More details about the upcoming biography Becoming Steve Jobs have been revealed through the book’s preview on Amazon (which has since been cut down significantly), revealing several interesting tidbits about the Apple co-founder’s life that were previously unknown (via Cult of Mac).
One example is a story about an offer then-COO Tim Cook made to Jobs when the latter was battling cancer. Cook says that he discovered he shared a blood type with Jobs and decided to undergo numerous...

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13:49
Searching Amazon for Apple Watch

I decided to take a look on Amazon for Apple Watch and see what they had. I was shocked with all of the watches that were listed on the site. Although there were no Apple Watches, there are a few copies.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:43
The wonderful history of the beard

Looking back through history, beard styles often follow particular eras. In fact, you can roughly identify a historical period by its facial hair.That’s true. I wonder what period of history I’m defining.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:26
Apple updates developer guidelines to cover...

Apple has made small but important changes to its official App Store Review Guidelines for iOS developers, addressing consent issues with the company's new ResearchKit platform, along with recurring payments under Apple Pay, and downloads of third-party music and video.

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13:18
iFixit uncovers the Force Touch trackpad in the 2015...

If you can’t wait to get your fingers on the Force Touch trackpad in the new MacBook announced Monday, get thee to an Apple Store. The new trackpad—which simulates clicks by vibrating a taptic engine, even though the trackpad itself isn’t hinged and doesn’t move—makes an appearance in the newly refreshed 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro as well.iFixit tore down a new Retina MacBook Pro and discovered some secrets Apple didn’t reveal at Monday’s special event. For starters, the trackpad has its own chips, including an ST Microelecronics 32F103 ARM Cortex-M based microcontroller and a Broadcom BCM5976 touch digitizer (also found in the iPhone...

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13:09
The CIA Has Been Hacking iOS for Years: Report


The United States' Central Intelligence Agency for years has been working to break iOS security, according to a report published Tuesday. The allegations are based on documents provided by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Researchers working with the CIA have presented their tactics and achievements at Trusted Computing Base Jamborees, secret annual gatherings that have been going on for nearly a decade. They have been using both physical and noninvasive techniques to penetrate Apple's encrypted firmware.

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12:58
How They Got There: Interviews with digital designers

A great looking new book by Khoi Vinh.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:44
Apple Watch activity dial in CSS

Donovan is just amazing with the things he can build in CSS.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:42
Apple Watch: Your Personal Technology Rorschach Test

Will the Apple Watch be the next must-have technology gadget or a complete flop? Is it reasonably priced or expensive beyond any rational calculation? Will it be the sort of device that can be upgraded over time or will it join your old iPod in a drawer in a few years? No one knows the answers to these questions, but Adam Engst suggests that how you answer them says more about you than the Apple Watch itself. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:17
OSMO’s new iPad drawing Masterpiece app draws...

What kind of parent are you if you don’t plunk down $80 for one of these OSMO things right now? I just got one. Amazon reviewers gave it an impressive 4.8/5 stars and it comes with 4 apps. The latest, Masterpiece for iPad [free, App Store] lets kids learn to draw by a type of tracing using the iPad camera illustrated in the excellent Sandwich video above.
After the kids are done you can send it all over the place or print it out. There is a nice video capture feature as well that replays the drawing which looks like it will pump up your kids for the next drawing.
The OSMO game system has three other games at present: Words, Newton and Tangram

It looks pretty cool...

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11:51
Apple extends its public beta program to iOS

iOS 8.2 dropped on Monday—you might have noticed an undeleteable Apple Watch app installed on your iPhone 5 or later—but as a wise Milwaukee native once sang, “Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future.” So true, and so do software updates. And if you are bold, brave person who’s cool with betas, the future of iOS is now.Thursday, Apple announced a public beta program for iOS. Once you sign up at the Apple Seed website, you can get immediate access to the OS X Yosemite Public Beta program (the current seed of OS X 10.10.3 gives you early access to Photos, for example). A link to join the iOS beta may appear.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:47
Apple officially opens up public beta program for iOS


Apple is beginning to open up its first-ever public beta program for iOS. Like the OS X beta program that launched last year, the program should offer pre-release access for minor and major upgrades to the operating system—it will begin with iOS 8.3 and will presumably move on to later versions as they become available.
Not all users are apparently able to access the iOS-related parts of the beta site just yet (we haven't been able to), but 9to5Mac has a good rundown of the sign-up and installation process. Once you've signed up with your Apple ID, you have to install a profile from appleseed....

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11:44
Top 15 hidden Force Click features on the new 2015...


Apple’s 2015 MacBook and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro are both equipped with a new Force Touch trackpad that adds new features within certain apps on OS X. If you’re not familiar with Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad, it’s completely pressure sensitive and can detect a hard press from a soft press. With this, you now have the ability to Force Click (a click with a continued press) on specific items to perform different actions.
We’ve spent the last 24 hours searching through OS X on Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display to find all of the hidden Force Click features that Apple has yet to mention. There are a good amount of uses for Force Click, but these 15 happen to be our favorite…

If you’d like to find out more about the functionality or technology behind...

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11:44
13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2015)...


At Apple’s Spring Forward event on March 9, the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro lineup was refreshed along with the announcement of the new 12-inch MacBook. Today, we’re taking a closer look at one of the refreshed MacBook Pro model to see what has changed…...

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11:29
Apple launches iOS 8.3 public beta

Apple on Thursday officially expanded its public software beta program to include iOS, seeding members with iOS 8.3 beta 3, the same version provided to registered developers earlier in the day.

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11:29
The Linux Kernel's New 'Play Nice'...


Some 60 Linux kernel developers last week adopted a small "patch," called the "Code of Conflict," that attempts to set guidelines for discourse in the kernel community and outlines a path for mediation if someone feels abused or threatened. Linux creator Linus Torvalds posted the appeal for good behavior on his personal git.kernel.org page. Torvalds' call for improved internal developer relations could be little more than wishful thinking, considering his own reputation for fueling heated community exchanges with brash comments.

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11:24
Apple adds App Store guidelines requiring devs...

Apple has added some new entries to its App Store Review Guidelines that developers must follow when developing and submitting apps for iOS devices. Among the new additions, Apple is requiring developers to obtain consent from users for health-related human subject research, obtain explicit authorization for downloading music and video from third-party sources, and disclose policies related to Apple Pay…
For the new health research guidelines, Apple is likely preparing for the roll out of its just unveiled ResearchKit platform as well as deeper integration of health and fitness data from users with the launch of...

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10:42
Swatch signs deals for NFC payments in face of...

Swiss watchmaker Swatch has forged deals with banking firms to add NFC-based payments to its upcoming products, something that may be necessary to mitigate the threat of devices like the Apple Watch.

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10:31
Apple releases iOS 8.3 Public Beta (build 12F5047f...


Apple has updated its Apple Seed website to include many references to iOS device management. It has also updated the name of its program to ‘Apple Beta Software Program’, dropping the specificity of it being for OS X only.
Apple is now offering iOS 8.3 as a public beta. Interested customers can sign up to be part of the program on this website. After signing up, you can enroll into the iOS public beta program. (Note: The program is still rolling out. A link to join the iOS program may not appear immediately upon registration).
9to5Mac reported that this was in the works a few weeks ago, with a launch due for mid-March. In addition, we exclusively revealed that Apple is gearing up to offer the same public beta scheme...

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10:25
How-To: Choose the best external hard drive for your...


I feel old saying this, but having used computers since before external hard drives existed, I can say with certainty that buying a hard drive is easier today than it’s ever been before. For traditional drives, prices are low, options are numerous, and capacities are so high that your only choices are “enough space,” “more than enough space,” and “way more than enough space.” I could point you towards a gigantic 5-Terabyte $139 Seagate USB 3.0 hard drive right now and end this article without another paragraph. Since Apple doesn’t even sell a Mac with that much disk space, you could back up five (or more) computers to that drive without running out of room. Or you could store a decade worth of digital photos alongside a giant media library. For $139!
But buying an external hard drive isn’t necessarily that simple. There are...

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10:13
Sources confirm Apple will finally allow MacBook...

USB-C has become the biggest topic of conversation following Apple’s introduction of the new 12-inch MacBook. After years of separate power, data, and video ports, Apple is now pushing USB-C as a replacement for its own proprietary MagSafe charging solution, as well as other I/O ports included on its previous laptops. Going forward, MacBook users can connect a USB-C multiport adapter to handle whatever accessories they want— USB-C can even support 4k displays using a DisplayPort Alt Mode.
But what accessories will the new MacBook support? Over the last few days, we’ve talked with sources close to the situation to find out what Apple plans on supporting, and whether there will be any limitations for USB-C accessories. The short and amazing answer is that most accessories supporting the USB Type-C specifications should work with your new MacBook. Apple won’t be doing anything to block any specific types...

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10:05
“People familiar with the matter”

John Gruber’s takedown of the WSJ’s “people familiar with the matter.” I love the last line the most.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
iFixit tears down 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, finds...

Image from iFixit.com

One of my favorite parts of any Apple device announcement isn't during the actual event, but afterward when the teardowns of equipment begin. Earlier in the week OWC took apart the new MacBook Airs, and yesterday iFixit performed surgery on a brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

While I'll let you sneak over to the iFixit site to see all of the photos of MacBook Pro guts (and a puppy!), there are some fascinating tidbits that the forensic team...

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09:36
The good news about the CIA targeting Apple

TidBITS:The Intercept’s piece was mostly a condemnation of government tactics, but failed to address what matters to Apple’s customers — whether Apple’s products remain secure and safe to use. Overall, the information is quite optimistic, but the article highlights the complexities of modern security, privacy, and intelligence gathering. We are still in the early days of what is likely to be a generational issue as society continues to adjust to the digital age.As always, Mogull has a well thought out, well written, and well reasoned piece with none of the hysteria you see in other articles about this subject.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:27
Look how much sleeker Apple Watch is compared to...

From 9to5Google: 

The Apple Watch was once again shown off at Apple’s “Spring Forward” event on Monday, and many have been left wondering how the device compares to...

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09:17
Apple releases third beta of OS X 10.10.3 with Force...

Apple on Thursday issued a number of new beta releases for developers, including an OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta with Force Touch trackpad support for third-party apps, as well as new betas of iOS 8.3, Xcode and OS X Server.

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09:08
Don't FREAK out about the latest security...

FREAK is last week’s worry, but installing untrusted applications is a perennial worry. It’s a two-fer (or two-fear) in this column, about security issues new and old.Super FREAKy

Apple released updates this week for a security vulnerability known as FREAK. FREAK allowed a malicious party to force a weaker encryption protocol to be used between about one-third of web servers with security credentials and many secure web clients and commonly used software libraries. That weaker protocol could be cracked cheaply and relatively quickly to reveal the contents of a session between a browser and web server. (You can read the full details about the attack in Jeremy Kirk’s news report.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:02
Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 build 14D98 with Photos...


A few weeks following the previous beta, Apple has released build 1498g of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 release. The next Mac software update includes support for the new iCloud-based Photos app, improved Gmail login, and new, more diverse emojis. To support the new Force Touch trackpad in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and the new 12-inch MacBook, this new build also adds APIs:
This beta of OS X 10.10.3 contains new developer APIs that work with the Force Touch trackpad in the new MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) to allow a new level of interactivity and control within your apps.
Force click. Apps can have any button, control, or region on the screen respond to a press of stronger pressure. This Force click can provide a...

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08:57
Apple releases iOS 8.3 beta 3 for developers

 

Apple has just seeded a new developer build of iOS 8.3. The beta can be downloaded on Apple’s developer website. iOS 8.3 beta 2 was released just over two weeks ago.
Previous betas of iOS 8.3 have shown that the release will include new features like wireless CarPlay, more diverse Emojis, a new Emoji keyboard for input, tweaked login for Google services as well as support for Apple Pay in China. You can find details of these changes in our previous coverage.
We will update this post with any changes found in the new seed …
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08:49
iFixit’s 2015 MacBook teardowns highlight Force...

If the new Retina MacBook's port situation makes you upset, never fear—Apple released new MacBook Airs and a new Retina MacBook Pro on Monday, too. We've got these laptops in for review now, but in the meantime, looking at iFixit's teardowns of both machines is a good way to learn more about them.
Neither laptop has been redesigned, but the Retina MacBook Pro picks up the new Force Touch trackpad that Apple created for the Retina MacBook. The new trackpad doesn't actually "click" the way that the trackpads in the Airs and older Pros do; to save space in the new MacBook design, Apple created a trackpad that doesn't physically move. According to iFixit, the trackpad combines four "springy mounts" with Apple's "taptic engine." These components create...

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08:46
Apple ID errors end, lost sales for App Store,...



The Great Apple ID Snafu of 2015 is over.
And it apparently cost Apple about US$25 million in lost sales revenue.
Over the course of a 12-hour outage between Tuesday and Wednesday, Apple’s iTunes Store and App Store were down due to a DNS error. During this time, users couldn’t purchase apps, songs, movies or books. It took Apple 12 hours to get their systems up and running again, costing the company about US$25 million in lost sales.

Apple customers weren’t able to connect to the iTunes Store, App Store, Mac App Store, iBookstore, or iCloud for about half of Wednesday thanks to the internal problem. Apple commented on the...

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08:42
Apple's all-new MacBook draws taunts from Asus...

While many in the media are enamored with Apple's latest thin-and-light notebook, competing PC makers haven't been so kind, taking to Twitter to ridicule Apple's offering for not being the slimmest, cheapest, or highest-resolution on the market.

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08:35
Poll: Which MacBook are you? Space Gray, Silver or...

If you are like us, probably the toughest decision you are facing this year is figuring out which new Retina MacBook color you will be getting. The buying process otherwise is more like buying an iPad than a Mac with only 2 speed/storage models.
Will you match your Space Gray iPad and iPhone and now Apple Watch? Or, will you sport the same silver of the Macs that actually do some real work? Will you go off the grid and show your lawyer/banker colleagues who is boss with the gold model?
It is a tough and important call because you WILL be judged – you can’t just embarrassingly hide a MacBook in a wallet case like my Gold iPhone.  You’ve had a few days to mull it over. So what’s it going to be?
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08:30
First ResearchKit apps see thousands of signups

During Monday's Apple event, the company announced ResearchKit, an open-source framework for developers to use in creating medical research apps. Tuesday morning, Stanford University researchers found out that over 11,000 people had signed up for a cardiovascular study that is one of the first public uses of the tool.

Interviewed by Bloomberg, medical director of Stanford University Cardiovascular Health Alan Yeung noted that "To get 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study normally, it would take a year  and 50 medical centers around the country. That's the power of the phone."

That's not the only success story - a team at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai had ore than 2,500 people enroll and consent to participate in an asthma study, and the Michael J....

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08:07
Rumor: Apple to incorporate Intel chips in next-gen...



It might be Intel’s turn to be part of the iPhone architecture.
Sources have stated that Apple will reportedly turn to Intel’s new XMM 7360 LTE modem when it launches a special next-generation iPhone model in 2016, suggesting the company is looking to diversify baseband chip suppliers.
Intel’s fast wireless modem, which debuted earlier this month at Mobile World Congress, will be used in an upcoming iPhone variant targeted for release in emerging markets like Asia and Latin America.

The report claims Apple engineers have been traveling “for months” to Intel’s LTE chip research and development offices in Munich, Germany to work on the project. Intel acquired the...

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08:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Retina iMac $2,250 w/ .edu,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

Best Buy 1 Day Sale: iPad mini 3 16GB WiFi $340,...

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07:59
iFixit tears down 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro, explores...



If you were curious as to the components of the recently upgraded 13-inch MacBook, iFixit’s got your answers.
On Monday, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro received an update alongside a refreshed MacBook Air lineup and with it gets the new Force Touch trackpad that Apple debuted on its brand new 12-inch MacBook this week. The trackpad doesn’t actually push in like previous generations, but it provides enough haptic feedback to provide a similar and reportedly improved experience. Here’s what was discovered in the teardown:

The new “Taptic Engine” is powered by an array of electromagnets that rapidly push and pull against a metal rail mounted...

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07:56
Opinion: Why I think the Apple Watch marketing so...


In the run up to the Spring Forward event, many people were expecting to see a lengthy exposition of the Apple Watch, to clarify confusion and offer a clean explanation as to how this product plays an essential role in people’s lives. What transpired was not that, at all. Apple’s event was a grab-bag procession of various product announcements, from Mac to Apple TV, concluding with a review of Watch features alongside pricing and availability details.
It did not help consolidate the vision for the Watch. Apple’s messaging for this product is almost the same as it was back in September. The company has not succinctly provided a reason for the Watch’s existence.
That’s not to say it doesn’t have one. I think the Watch is a great product with a good sales trajectory ahead of it, especially the $349 Sport models. The marketing aspects are lacking, so far. The Watch does not have clearly...

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07:54
Deals: 13" MacBook Pros now start at just $1,...

New MacBooks from Apple this week have triggered aggressive price drops on the mid-2014 models they replace. Meanwhile, readers have an opportunity to win a free MacBook Air and take advantage of a pair of exclusive offers on both 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, many of which include free portable optical drives and Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones.

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07:54
IDC: Apple's iPad shipments could shrink to 60M...

The iPad's share of the international tablet market will likely shrink again in 2015, falling from 27.6 percent to 25.6 percent year-over-year, according to a five-year forecast issued on Thursday by research firm IDC.

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07:31
How the Apple Watch copies Samsung and why you need...

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07:27
The Apple Watch is flirting with feature-bloat,...

If I were Tim Cook right now, I wouldn’t be worrying about Apple Watch sales potential. Oh, it will sell. The new TV spot is inspiring, and the stainless steel polish on these watches looks fan-frigging-amazing. Add in Apple’s trademark surprise-and-delight, and all signs point to long lines on launch day.No, if I were Tim Cook, I’d be more concerned about people using the Watch than buying the Watch. This thing is packed silly with features, and far too many of them have been borrowed from the catalog of smartwatch failures.
Does a smartwatch really need a full suite of fitness features? Certainly not if they just add to the noise.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:17
Thousands have signed up for Apple’s ResearchKit

Bloomberg:Stanford University researchers were stunned when they awoke Tuesday to find that 11,000 people had signed up for a cardiovascular study using Apple Inc.’s ResearchKit, less than 24 hours after the iPhone tool was introduced. “To get 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study normally, it would take a year and 50 medical centers around the country,” said Alan Yeung, medical director of Stanford Cardiovascular Health. “That’s the power of the phone.”As the article points out, there are some concerns regarding the people who would get involved but, overall, the research community seems very excited about the present and future possibilities.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:09
Teardown of Apple's new 13" MacBook Pro...

The new "Force Touch" trackpad Apple introduced for its notebooks earlier this week has begun to arrive in consumers' hands in the refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a teardown of that device shows off the trackpad's construction while shedding light on storage technology shared between the company's computers.

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07:00
Eyefi mobiPRO Wi-Fi SD Card and Cloud service...

Eyefi mobiPRO Wi-Fi SD Card. Photo by Steve Sande ©2015, All Rights Reserved

I’ve tested a number of Eyefi’s Wi-Fi SD cards in my DSLRs over the years, and the product — in terms of hardware, software, and services - just keeps getting better. Today I’m highlighting Eyefi’s new mobiPRO Wi-Fi SD card (US$99.99, on sale through March 15 for $59.99), which I find to be the most useful Eyefi card ever.

As with all of the Eyefi products over the years, the focus is on the SD card that serves not only as a standard storage device for the images and videos you shoot with your digital camera, but as a wireless connection to the world as well.

With 32 GB of Class 10 SDHC storage, the mobiPRO can carry a number of high-resolution images in JPEG or RAW formats, as well as any video shot with your digital camera. But it’s what you can do with those images and video, your iPhone, iPad or Mac, and the Eyefi Cloud Service...

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06:51
Stanford's ResearchKit app gained more users in...

Apple’s attempt to revolutionize medical studies appears off to a strong start. Just one day after the company released the first five apps using the new ResearchKit framework, 11,000 iPhone users signed up for one of the studies.Stanford Researchers were amazed at the response for the MyHeart Counts app that studies heart health by measuring a user’s daily activity, fitness level, and other factors. “To get 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study normally, it would take a year,” Alan Yeung, medical director of Stanford Cardiovascular Health, told Bloomberg Business....

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06:28
With Apple Watch en route, Apple Stores give Jawbone...

Apple keeps whittling down the number of fitness trackers in its retail stores as it makes way for the Apple Watch.The latest victims are Jawbone’s Up24 fitness band and Nike’s Fuelband, which have disappeared from Apple Store shelves in several major cities according to Re/code. Apple has also removed a wrist-worn heart rate monitor from Mio, but continues to sell Jawbone’s clip-on Up Move fitness tracker.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:20
Apple online outage impacts retail outlets in US,...

The extended outage of Apple's online services on Wednesday appears to have impacted not just its online stores, but also its retail outlets, which suffered problems conducting basic business operations.

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05:56
Opinion: Are we bidding farewell to MagSafe, and...

When Apple unveiled the new 12-inch MacBook with just a single port (plus a headphone socket), it was doing not just one radical thing, but a few. Reducing a machine to just one port was the first; dropping MagSafe was the second.
MagSafe has been one of the key features of MacBooks since it was first introduced by Apple in 2006. It is still highlighted on Apple’s website as one of the key design features of both the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

MacBook Air offers innovations you won’t find anywhere else — like the MagSafe 2 power connector, which breaks cleanly away from the notebook if you accidentally trip over the power cord.
The...

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05:10
The significance of Apple’s China-focused rollout

Good insight into the obvious value Apple sees in growing their Chinese presence. Very interesting.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:03
The Good News about the CIA Targeting Apple

The latest revelation from Edward Snowden’s trove of confidential documents shows that the CIA has long been targeting Apple, along with other major technology companies. Security analyst Rich Mogull explains why average users don’t need to worry, and why this news is actually good. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:00
Fitness wearables vanish from Apple's stores

Yeah, those aren't Nike+ FuelBands. Those are iPods. 

Well that's understandable. Now that Apple has announced sales dates for this fitness-focused Watch, rival wearables are disappearing from its stores. Recode notes that the company is no longer selling the Nike+ FuelBand and Jawbone UP, among others, in retail stores and online. 

Our take on the news

Well, yeah. Burger King doesn't sell Big Macs. 

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05:00
First look: Facetune makers take aim at Photoshop...

Facetune is a fixture on the App Store’s top 20 paid apps list, currently sitting at No. 11. It has thousands of rave reviews, because it does something that a lot of people want, which is to fix insecurities. The app smooths out your skin, removes blemishes, whitens teeth, applies makeup, fills in bald spots, and generally makes you look like a Glamour Shots version of yourself.
It can seem a little silly, but the engine behind Facetune is incredibly powerful, and the app’s fans claim it rivals Photoshop for editing images. But, as its moniker suggests, Facetune is designed just to enhance photos of your face. So for its follow-up, Facetune developer Lightricks is back with what it hopes will be another big hit: Enlight for iOS, which launched today.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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04:53
The new MacBook USB-C connection options

Here’s the details on connecting the new, single port, MacBook Pro to a variety of peripherals.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:16
This is the Apple Watch I will wear
04:00
New MacBook: Computing Rethought


The Apple Watch may have dominated Apple's Spring Forward event earlier this week, but an unexpected new MacBook could herald the future of mobile computing. It will be available April 10, both online and at Apple retail stores and select authorized resellers. Thinness, lightness and tomorrow's technology are its salient features. Its 12-inch Retina display is 0.88 mm thick, and the MacBook itself is 24 percent thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air. Its keyboard is 34 percent thinner.

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02:23
Will your new MacBook crash to the ground without...

Perhaps we should have read it as an omen that the MagSafe 2 adapter for older, original MagSafe connectors was listed as discontinued on the Apple Store in the U.S. and Canada last week. It’s back in stock this week, but MagSafe’s future in new Mac laptops is uncertain with the revelation of the single-port MacBook. With just a USB-C connection for power, data, and display, MagSafe may be on its way to sing with the choir invisible.
That’s a shame because Apple has retrained people of all ages, and perhaps some animals, to not worry about Mac laptop power cables. Go ahead! Stand on it, trip over it, yank it—the force of the smallest effort pulls it free....

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02:08
Apple investigating iPhone dock with integrated...

A patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple's interest in a docking solution for iPhone and iPad that supports multiple accessories and incorporates a display, advanced gesture controls, wireless communications and even inductive charging.

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Wednesday March 11

18:21
Apple Inc. has acquired 26 firms in 15 months while...

Riding high the day after detailing a series of new products at its Spring Forward event, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook recapped the company's progress at its annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, with a particular focus on acquisitions, partnerships and achieving the kind of diversity that reflects the company's growing, global audience of employees and customers.

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18:02
Banks ING and OCBC launch new apps with support for...

Dutch bank ING and Singapore's OCBC Bank recently integrated Touch ID compatibility to their respective iOS apps, marking the first time Apple's fingerprint recognition system has been used to protect mobile banking apps in those countries.

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18:02
Swatch Co-Inventor Predicts Apple Will Bring an...

MojoKid writes It seems that these days everything Apple touches turns to gold, hence why the company was able to post an $18 billion profit for its fiscal first quarter of 2015. Be that as it may, can Apple popularize the smartwatch market as others have been unable to do so far? Not only is that the expectation, but according to Swatch watch co-inventor Elmar Mock, Apple is going to bring about an "Ice Age" to the Swiss watch market. Elmar noted that he expects the Apple Watch to quickly reach sales of 20 million to 30 million units per year. For the sake of comparison, Switzerland exported 28.6 million watches in 2014, none of them with smart capabilities. "Apple will succeed quickly. It will put a lot of pressure on the traditional watch industry and jobs in Switzerland...I do expect an Ice Age coming toward us," Elmar said. Analysts for Barclays noted to investors that the Apple Watch launch could result in a 6 percent annual decline in Swatch Group AG's revenue. To keep up...

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17:30
Daily Deals for March 11, 2015, featuring MacPhun...

It's time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo software developer Macphun is offering their popular Focus app for Mac for FREE readers of AWT.

This nifty photo software allows anyone to do a couple of super-cool things: (a) direct attention to the most interesting part of your photo and (b) use tilt-shift and motion blur effects towards...

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16:54
Apple removing Jawbone and Nike fitness bands from...

Ahead of the April 24th launch of its first wearable, Apple has started removing competing health and fitness products from its retail stores. Re/code reports that the company is pulling fitness bands from Nike and Jawbone from its shelves.
It’s not the first time Apple has stopped selling a product to avoid competition. Last year the retailer removed Bose products from its stores after the NFL banned Apple-owned...

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16:35
Pad & Quill introduces line of Apple Watch...

iOS accessory maker Pad & Quill has introduced its line of Apple Watch accessories. The lineup includes the Luxury Pocket Stand (69.99), which doubles as a watch stand and a charger, and the Roll Up Kit ($49.99). You can get both of the aforementioned items in the Luxury Travel Kit and the Luxury Travel Pouch (each $119.99).
As with Pad & Quill’s other products, these handmade Apple Watch accessories are available in a selection of wood and leather finishes. You can...

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16:00
Apple removes Nike FuelBand, Jawbone UP from stores...

Apple has phased out fitness bands like Nike's FuelBand and Jawbone's UP from its retail store offerings as the company prepares to enter the wearables market with Apple Watch.

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15:39
Apple Watch accessories from Pad & Quill

With these timeless thoughts in mind, we crafted The Luxury Pocket Stand for Apple Watch, The Luxury Travel Kit, Travel Pouch and The Roll Up Kit for Apple Watch. A gorgeous celebration of ageless craftsmanship and appreciation for the beauty found in natural resources.They took inspiration for the Pocket Stand from Brian’s grandfather and the pocket watch he used. I’m a big fan of the quality of products this company makes.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:02
Lumoid will rent the Apple Watch starting at $45 a...

You can rent a tuxedo for your prom. You can Rent the Runway for a fancy dress to wear to your best friend’s wedding. And thanks to Lumoid, soon you’ll be able to rent an Apple Watch.
No, not the gold one.
We recently wrote about gadget rental site Lumoid as a source for trying out gadgets like the Jawbone UP24 activity tracker or Google Glass—you can order Lumoid’s wearables in batches of five and see which fits your actual lifestyle the best,...

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14:49
Intel to reportedly supply LTE chips for 2016 iPhone

Apple will reportedly turn to Intel's new XMM 7360 LTE modem when it launches a special next-generation iPhone model in 2016, suggesting the company is looking to diversify baseband chip suppliers.

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14:06
Knock-Off Apple Watches Hit the Chinese Market Less...

schwit1 writes Fake versions of the Apple Watch can be bought for as little as £25 — despite the fact the real thing will set you back more than 10 times that. The flagship new product was only launched in San Francisco yesterday but knock-offs are already available in China. According to CNN Money, they can be found at Huaqiangbei electronics market in the southern city of Shenzhen, and others are being sold nationwide via popular e-commerce websites. Right down to the digital crown, the fakes mimic the design and style of Apple's new offering.

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14:00
AWT News Update: March 11, 2015

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What's new in the world of Apple?

  • The day-long outages of the Mac App Store, iOS App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store have been resolved
  • Google ships a new Chromebook Pixel, this time with two USB-C connectors
  • Jony Ive and Marc Newson (at right) will open the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference in Florence
  • Morgan Stanley and other Wall Street firms expect iPhone sales to be up about 24 percent year over year for the quarter ending March 31.

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13:59
Happy Hour Podcast 005 | Discussing Apple’s 12-inch...


Happy Hour is back and this week we’re discussing all of Apple’s latest announcements. The Spring Forward event brought along a few new Apple Watch details, slight MacBook Pro/Air updates, and the anticipated 12-inch MacBook with Retina Display. In this episode, we’re breaking down the announcements and serving up all of the need-to-know information about Apple’s latest and greatest for 2015. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

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13:32
Nokia's HERE maps returns to iOS App Store...

After being pulled from Apple's iOS App Store in 2013, Nokia's HERE mapping and navigation app is back up for download, complete with offline caching, traffic information, public transit data and more.

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13:22
Amplified: Can you submerge the Apple Watch in...

Jim, Shawn and Dave talk through the Apple Watch Event details!Sponsored by Squarespace (use code GUITARS for a free trial and 10% off).∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:00
RAVPower Savior: A powerful travel companion

RAVPOWer savior and accessories. Photo by steve sande © 2015, all rights reserved

While I still haven't found a need for an external battery pack for my iPhone 6 Plus -- which never seems to run out of energy during a typical day of use -- I'm sure that eventually I'm going to run into a situation where I'm away from a wall outlet for an extended period of time. RAVPower has a good looking and convenient 9,000 mAh battery pack/Lightning charger combo called the Savior RB-PB18 (US$99.99, on sale for $49.99, affiliate link) that we're looking at today.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.33 x 2.76 x 1.10 inch (11 x 7 x 2.8 cm)
  • Weight: 8.6 ounces (243.8 grams)
  • Battery capacity: 9,000 mAh
  • Output: Built-in Lightning cable 5V/2.4A, USB port 5V/1A

Design

As external battery packs go, the Savior RB-PB18 has a...

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12:49
Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson to appear...

Key Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson will be opening up the first ever Conde Nast International Luxury Conference, scheduled for April 22 and 23 in Florence, Italy, according to an announcement made on Wednesday.

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12:47
∞ The truth behind The Guardian’s negative Apple...

Apple Watch is bringing people to their keyboards in droves, writing opinions and asking questions about Apple’s newest device. That’s a great thing—unless you represent many of the world’s larger luxury watchmakers and you write a purely negative article about Apple Watch for The Guardian. [...]

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11:58
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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11:43
Teardown shows new 2015 MacBook Airs sticking with...

A teardown of the latest 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs shows few differences over their 2014 counterparts, and in fact demonstrates a rare decision by Apple to continue using non-adhered batteries.

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11:26
Belkin and Google debut USB-C cables, including low-...


Coinciding with today’s announcement of the dual USB-C port-equipped Chromebook Pixel 2 laptop, Google and Belkin today announced separate collections of new USB-C cables and adapters. These new options go well beyond Apple’s upcoming USB-C accessory lineup for the 12″ MacBook, while also including some familiar options at lower-than-Apple prices. They’re amongst the first USB-C accessories to be announced by major manufacturers, as inexpensive USB-C cables from smaller companies are...

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11:23
Apple SVP Jony Ive and Marc Newson to open Condé...


Apple’s SVP of Design Jony Ive and ‘part-time’ employee Marc Newson will open Condé Naste’s ‘International Luxury Conference’ in April. The pair will be interviewed by Vogue’s international media editor Suzy Menkes. The set topic is the ’21st century definition of luxury and their collaborative work to date’.
The conference will run from April 22nd to 23rd, just before the Apple Watch is released to the general public. No doubt the Watch will be a key talking point at the conference, with both Ive and Newson playing crucial roles in its development. Although Newson was only confirmed to be working for Apple in September, it has transpired that...

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11:19
Security Experts Rap Clinton's Email Practices


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in hot water over her use of a private email server to handle emails for official business. The practice was very risky cybersecurity behavior for everyone involved, critics have alleged. In taking her mail outside the State Department's systems, Clinton appears to have violated agency rules. Employees who use private email for official business should turn that correspondence over to the department so it can be stored on the agency's computers, the department's Foreign Affairs Manual stipulates.

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11:17
DODOcase, Twelve South join rush to announce Apple...

Two more Apple accessory makers have each announced third-party stands for the Apple Watch: DODOcase this week unveiled the Charging Stand, while Twelve South is developing the HiRise.

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11:00
Rob Griffiths makes the all-in-one Apple Watch...

Trying to figure out just how much the various combinations of Apple Watch case, band, and colors cost or weigh can drive you to drink. Rather than do that, Rob Griffiths visited all of the various sources of information about the Watch and put together the definitive spreadsheet. You can download it here

Among his findings:

  • The lightest watch is the Classic Buckle Apple Watch at 56 grams, while the heaviest is the Apple Watch Stainless Steel Link at 125 grams.
  • Oddly enough, the Watch Sport bands vary by color. The black band is the lightest at 37 grams, while the heaviest is the white band at 47 grams.
  • You can't get a 38mm leather loop or a 42mm modern buckle band in the Apple Watch family, and there's no 38mm classic buckle or...
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11:00
The Week In iOS Accessories: Watch, out!

Watch, out!The Apple Watch is almost here. So this week’s roundup of accessories includes a few new wrist-based items that you won’t want to live without. Plus, the usual speakers, batteries, and more.BiteMyAppleThe $45 Twist World Travel Adapter is “an ultra-portable universal adapter” with four USB ports, designed to plug into wall sockets in 150 countries around the world: You’ll be able to charge your iPhone and iPad almost anywhere you choose to travel. Drop an additional $5, and you can buy the MacBook-compatible version.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:30
Belkin announces a line of USB-C cables for the new...

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When you pick up your new USB-C-equipped MacBook on April 10, rest assured that soon (sometime this summer) you'll be able to pick up a variety of charge and sync cables for it from Belkin

The company announced a flock of cables (not to be confused with A Flock of Seagulls) today, all helping MacBook fans to connect to existing and future devices. Belkin says that the cables will be available for between US$19.95 and $29.95. There's also a USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet adapter listed with no suggested pricing. The details from Belkin are as follows:

USB-C Cable

  • Transfer power and data between new systems and devices with USB-C ports
  • Supports USB 3...
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10:15
Apple on track to sell record 54M iPhones in March...

The latest data from Morgan Stanley suggests Apple is on target to set a new record and sell at least 54 million iPhones in the current quarter, which concludes later this month.

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10:13
Podcast: Hands-on impressions of the Apple Watch and...

We recorded this the day after Apple's big event, so obviously there is a lot to cover! Glenn and Susie chat about whether the watch's materials really matter, and why of course there's no trade-in program...unless you count eBay. But the new MacBook really did steal the show, so we geek out about that too, from the trackpad's taptic feedback to the smaller keyboard's bigger keys. (Yes, really. Bigger keys.) And what's up with that port? Glenn is glad you asked.

Show notes

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10:07
The all-in-one Apple Watch spreadsheet

Robservatory:I am fascinated by this new business Apple’s going into; the sheer number of products and prices is pretty amazing: By my count, Apple will be shipping 38 separate models of watches. There’s a gallery page at Apple’s site where you can page through all of the watches, and get the details on each specific model. You can also view the watches in the store, where you can find pricing info. Both of these solutions, though, require lots of paging and scrolling to get all the details. I was curious as to how all the watches compared, so I pulled data from those sources and made one massive spreadsheetRob Griffiths has done the work so you don’t have to.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:55
Apple: “DNS error” responsible for ongoing iTunes,...


DNS problems at Apple have knocked the iTunes Store and the iOS and OS X App Stores offline today, preventing users from downloading new apps, app updates, or media from iTunes. Apple confirmed the source of the issue in a statement to CNBC.
"We apologize to our customers experiencing problems with iTunes and other services this morning," the statement reads. "The cause was an internal DNS error at Apple. We're working to make all of the services available to customers as soon as possible, and we thank everyone for their patience."
Trying to sign in on a Mac results in the angry red STATUS_CODE_ERROR message seen in the screenshot above. On iOS, you'll just be prompted to input your password over and over again, the same behavior you'd see if you were entering an incorrect password for your Apple ID.
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09:48
iFixit dismantles the early 2015 MacBook Airs, finds...

iFixit has just dismantled the refreshed early 2015 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models that Apple unveiled earlier this week, featuring new Intel Broadwell CPUs, improved graphics and other minor tweaks. Although the models mostly remain the same apart from the spec bumps Apple announced on stage, iFixit gives us its usual rundown on changes it discovered…
Inside, iFixit found that the new MacBook Airs have the same A1465 and A1466 model numbers as their predecessors, and no noticeable changes to the laptop’s construction. That also means the Air “remains glue-free—a lone survivor...

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09:38
Apple issues apology as iTunes & App Store...

Apple on Wednesday issued a rare public apology to customers, as the company's high-profile digital storefronts continue to suffer hours-long global outages sparked by what Apple is calling an "internal DNS error."

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09:30
Twelve South announces the HiRise stand for Apple...

A few days ago we pointed out some Apple Watch accessories from San Francisco-based Waterfield Designs. Today, we're jumping to the other side of the country and Charleston, South Carolina, where Twelve South has announced the HiRise stand for Apple Watch (US$49.99).

While the HiRise won't ship until May, the images on the Twelve South website make it apparent that this will be a must-have accessory for almost any Apple Watch owner. The stand holds any Apple Watch -- even those with closed-loop metal bands -- and features a nook for the charging cable. Everything is held at a slight angle, making it possible to interact with the Apple Watch while it's charging on the HiRise. 

It appears that two finishes are available -- black or aluminum brushed metal. There's a...

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09:19
Users around the world report errors with Apple ID-...



It’s probably not a good day to be on Apple’s network team.
Or at least there’s a lot of yelling involved.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Apple services are experiencing major issues.
It started with iCloud. Users were unable to sign in to their iCloud mail accounts, then all of iCloud went down in an outage that lasted from just before 5 a.m. Eastern to around 9 a.m. Now iCloud is back up, but customers can’t make purchases in iTunes, the iOS and Mac App Stores, and the iBooks Store. iTunes Connect is also offline and reporting errors.

Basically, if a service requires an Apple login, you might have trouble accessing it this morning. The problems aren...

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08:57
No Fuel? No Problem - Solar Plane Completes 2nd Leg...


Fueled solely by the sun, the Solar Impulse 2 has completed the second leg of its historic journey around the world, landing in Ahmedabad, India. A decade-old dream is actualizing for the team. The solar plane began its historic flight in Abu Dhabi on Monday and landed early Tuesday at Muscat, Oman. The second leg took 15 hours, with the Solar Impulse 2 flying across the Arabian Sea and arriving late Tuesday night in Ahmedabad. The entire trip, consisting of 11 stops, will take about five months to complete.

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08:45
Tim and Steve chat about the Apple event on OWC...

For your listening pleasure, OWC Radio host Tim Robertson (@mymac) and chatted yesterday for a good long while about what transpired during Monday's Spring Forward event. That podcast is now available, and you can hear Tim and I expound on any number of things -- like the MacBook, Apple's ResearchKit, and even the opening video showing the launch of a new Apple Store in China. 

One other fun bit was talking about the wonderful Apple community, how much we miss Macworld/iWorld, and the need for live events in order to meet with old friends and make new ones. Sigh... 

Click the button below to hear the show, or look for OWC Radio in the iTunes Store...

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08:38
Google takes bigger step into retail with branded...

Google is taking a deeper step into the retail world with a newly-launched "store within a store," located in London, that will give the company a venue to promote products such as Android phones, Chromebooks, and the Chromecast.

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07:57
∞ Apple Watch’s “killer app”

I’ve seen some comments over the past couple of days from people wondering what the “killer app” for the Apple Watch will be. I’m pleased to tell you that it’s here—it’s called iPhone. [...]

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