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Tuesday April 28

10:22
Apple says it will reject Apple Watch apps that just...

Apple has today added a new guideline to the App Store Review Guidelines, the first clause specifically targeted at Apple Watch development. This rule that Watch apps that only tell time will be rejected has actually been enforced since Apple started accepting WatchKit submissions as many developers complained to find their apps had been rejected for this reason. The documentation change now formalizes this rule into an official policy.

The Apple Watch does not currently allow third-parties to create custom watch faces. Users are limited to the choice of ten faces that come pre-installed. Most of these faces can be customized with different features...

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09:30
Apple fitness lead Jay Blahnik hosts Apple Watch...


As Apple continues its marketing campaign for the Apple Watch along with its release, the company has shared a recent interview with Christy Turlington Burns hosted by fitness lead Jay Blahnik at the Regent Street Apple Store in London.

Turlington Burns ran in the London Marathon on Sunday wearing the Apple Watch. Since her appearance...

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09:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 3 $250, JBL AirPlay...

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:

iPads: mini 3 16GB Wi-Fi $250 (Reg. $399), Air 2 Wi-Fi 64GB...

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08:00
Spigen unveils affordable new Apple Watch stand and...

As lucky early adopters get their hands on the world’s first Apple Watches, Spigen has unveiled a collection of accessories designed to hold and protect them. The lineup includes the most aggressively-priced metal stand we’ve seen from any company, as well as affordable protectors that can keep an Apple Watch looking new — important if you want to guard against the bumps and scratches of everyday life, maximizing its trade-in value.

Spigen’s lineup starts with the S330 Watch Stand, an aluminum frame that resembles Apple’s classic iMac and Thunderbolt Display stands, and continues with five different cases and two anti-scratch screen protectors. They’re all currently available for pre-order, shipping in May…

The...

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07:55
How to make instant sense of the Apple Watch user...

There are a whole bunch of ways to help you get to grips with the Apple Watch user-interface, from online videos to in-store workshops to personal setup to comprehensive flow charts to the full user guide. But having had mine for a few days, I thought I’d put together the instant overview I wished I’d had on day one.

I’m not attempting to cover everything the watch can do, or anything close to it – merely give you the 1-minute overview of where you find things so you’ll be up-and-running as quickly as...

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07:53
Google Calendar

 April 28, 2015 7:53:00 AM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Calendar. We will provide more information shortly.

Only Google Apps for Government customers are affected.

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07:35
How to watch the live stream of the 2015 NFL Draft...

Courtesy: NFL.com

You’ll need the NFL Mobile app for iOS if you plan on catching the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft from your mobile device, and Verizon today has shared that it will exclusively carry the broadcast for its subscribers on iPhone. Verizon’s exclusivity deal doesn’t extend to the iPad version of the app, though, so non-Verizon customers can still catch the draft’s live broadcast from the tablet app after verifying with a supported cable provider.

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05:14
Apple CEO Tim Cook on why he’s still optimistic...

(Credit Quartz)

Tim Cook has once again defended the iPad in the face of continued falling sales, arguing that the “underlying data” paints a more positive picture than the pure sales numbers, and predicting that there will be future iPad growth.

As Quartz noted, the 23% year-on-year fall in iPad shipments to 12.6M means that iPad revenue actually dropped below Mac revenue for the second time since 2011. Cook again acknowledged that other Apple products cannibalize iPad sales, the iPhone 6 Plus a strong competitor on one side and the MacBook Air and new 12-inch MacBook on the other, but said that there were a number of...

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05:00
20 Apple Watch apps worth a flick of your wrist

Calling them “apps” is a bit of a misnomer because third-party apps don’t really run natively on Apple Watch – yet. They’re more like extensions or views of apps that are running on your iPhone, but I digress. Watch apps are a little laggy at launch – get used to looking at the spinning flower – but there are times when viewing little bits of information on your wrist can be useful, especially notifications. Most importantly, it doesn’t come with all the baggage and distractions that turn your iPhone into a blackhole of time that you can never get back. After spending the weekend with Apple Watch, here are a few of the initial standout apps.

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04:05
China finally overtakes U.S. in iPhone sales,...

Pundits have been predicting for several successive quarters that iPhone sales in China would outstrip those in the U.S., and Q2 2015 was when it finally happened, reports Reuters.

Apple […] sold more iPhones in China than the United States for the first time […] increasing its revenue in the country 71 percent to $16.8 billion, although that was helped by gift-buying for Chinese New Year.

Tim Cook said that the iPhone was responsible for the bulk of Apple’s revenue in China, though he did also note that Mac sales were “unbelievable,” up 31% year-on-year. As with other markets, the iPhone is usually the first Apple product people buy, but...

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Monday April 27

22:10
Swedish armored vehicles get F1-inspired active...

BAE Systems recently announced that it has adapted the active damping suspension originally made for F1 cars to a Swedish Combat Vehicle, the CV90. This is reportedly the first system of its kind for a tracked vehicle, although BAE has been working o...

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21:48
Apple Watch sapphire rivals those of classic...

There’s certainly a benefit to Apple’s use of sapphire crystal on Apple Watch. It’s extremely scratch resistant (even though stainless steel may not be) and will hold up over time, but how does it compare to sapphire crystal used in traditional watches? In a new video published by Unbox Therapy, Apple Watch was put up against a Tissot watch to see if Apple’s standards for sapphire crystal match up with traditional...

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20:34
Audi makes eco-friendly diesel from carbon dioxide...

In an ideal, pollution-free world, everyone would be driving electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars. Audi knows society isn't quite there yet, however, so it has a stopgap if you still get around using conventional vehicles. The automaker recently prod...

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18:42
China, iPhone 6 lead another record Apple quarter

Apple achieved its second straight quarter of record results as demand for the new iPhone 6 surged and China became Apple’s second most important market after the U.S.

The company sold 61.2 million units of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus during the first three months of 2015, blasting past the 44 million it shipped during the same quarter of last year when the iPhone 5S was still new.

Those sales helped Apple to a net profit of $13.6 billion, up by almost 33 percent, on revenue of $58 billion for the quarter, up 27 percent. That’s above the $55 billion Apple had said it was expecting and the $56 billion consensus expectation from financial analysts.

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17:55
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17:55
Treyarch: Black Ops III More Ambitious Than World at...


Activision on Monday announced the launch date for Call of Duty: Black Ops III -- Friday, Nov. 6. The company is departing from its tradition of Tuesday releases. Instead of conflicting with school and work schedules, the Friday release will give players the weekend to dive into the sci-fi shooter and get a feel for the new gameplay mechanics.
Some may groan at Black Ops III's futuristic story arriving just a year after Advanced Warfare. However, Treyarch's Black Ops III works a slightly different angle.

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17:40
Apple Watch preorders cause spike in Apple phone,...

As can be expected from a major product launch, Apple Watch preorders and first weekend sales caused a spike in wait times for customers trying to reach Apple's service centers.

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17:17
Apple Plans to be Part of Coming Big Media Changes

Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear he wants his company to play a role in the rapidly changing market for entertainment content. He said as much during the company's second quarter earnings conference call on Monday, and called out HBO Now as an example of giving customers what they want.

The Mac Observer Spin: Now that Apple TV has a place in our living rooms, Tim Cook wants to make sure that's our go-to choice for TV shows and movies. He says major changes are coming to the market, and that has to have Comcast, Time Warner, and Dish taking notice. The customer loss will be slow, but it'll come unless they figure out how to change with the market instead of resisting what's coming.


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16:35
Best Buy will accept Apple Pay despite allegiance to...

During Apple’s Q2 financial call today, the company mentioned that big-box retailer Best Buy would be supporting Apple Pay in stores later this year, and Best Buy will allow customers to make purchases within the company app using Apple Pay starting today. The news is notable because of Best Buy’s alliance with MCX, or the Merchant Customer Exchange, a retailer’s association that wants to start its own mobile payments platform called CurrentC.

MCX and CurrentC made headlines in November, just after Apple Pay launched, when many MCX members—including Best Buy, 7-11, and CVS—...

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16:26
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27...

Notable software releases this week include Nicecast 1.11.4, iMovie 10.0.8, OmniFocus 2.1.3, Hazel 3.3.5, iMac Graphics Update 1.0, Fantastical 2.0.3, KeyCue 7.5, BusyCal 2.6.6, and BusyContacts 1.0.3.

 

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16:26
ExtraBITS for 27 April 2015

For your ExtraBITS reading pleasure this week, Apple will exchange Apple Watch bands, iFixit rips apart the Apple Watch, Comcast abandons its bid for Time Warner Cable, the mysterious Error 53 is killing iPhones, and YouTube has dropped support for the second-generation Apple TV.

 

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16:15
Tim Cook on Poor iPad Sales: ‘It is what it is’

During Apple's 2015 Q2 Financial Report, Tim Cook glossed over the poor state of iPad Sales with some interesting remarks. He doesn't appear to be very concerned about negative sales growth and remarked, "It is what it is."


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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Display Desktop, and the...

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 Display Desktop, the new R.B.I. Baseball 15 and a major update to OOTP Baseball 16. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Guide Pro for Minecraft [Now free, down from $1.99] Now that you have downloaded Minecraft, what do you do? The answer is simple, download the this app so we can help you out!

My Followers for Instagram (Original Edition) [Now free, down from $0.99] Ever wondered who unfollowed you on Instagram? With My Followers On Instagram, you can find that out and much more.

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15:50
The ultimate guide to how and where to use Apple Pay

It’s official: Tim Cook named 2015 as “the year of Apple Pay.” Apple’s flagship mobile payment platform is off to a running start in the U.S., with support for an impressive number of banking partners and retail stores that’s practically growing by the day. And iPhone users are rampantly using it—Whole Foods Market has seen mobile payments increase by more than 400 percent since Apple Pay launched in October 2014.

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15:42
∞ A crack in the consortium

Remember the MCX Consortium, the competing transaction processing system from Walmart, et al? One of their high profile members is Best Buy and they just agreed to take Apple Pay.

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15:30
AWT News Update: April 27, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Apple annouces record financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter
  • Apple has made 27 acquisitions over the past six quarters
  • The company is adding another $50 billion to its capital return program
  • A research firm estimates 376,000 Apple Watch pre-orders were delivered over the weekend
  • Three Made for iPhone hearing aids are now controllable from the Apple Watch

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This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 27, 2015. Our sponsor this week is Juicy Bits Software, developers of the new WhereNotes app for iPhone and Apple Watch. Providing fast and simple...

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15:26
After Hours Market Likes Apple’s Record Q2 Earnings

Shares of Apple Inc. traded higher in the after hours market, as investors voted with their dollars on the company's second quarter results. $AAPL was trading at $134.40 per share, a gain of $1.75 (+1.32 percent), as of this writing.


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15:18
Transcript of today’s Tim Cook earnings call

Serenity Caldwell did her thing, giving us a transcript of today’s call.

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15:05
Automatic Labs Sponsoring TidBITS

Please welcome our latest TidBITS sponsor, Automatic Labs, makers of the Automatic car adapter and iPhone app for helping you drive smarter, safer, and with fewer hassles!

 

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14:45
News: Notes from Apple’s Q2 2015 earnings call

Kicking off Apple’s conference call announcing its record-breaking numbers for Q2 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook reported that the company had its strongest March quarter ever, with 27% revenue growth overall, and 55% year-over-year growth in iPhone revenue. Cook also noted that Apple has seen a higher rate of switchers to the iPhone than in previous iPhone cycles, cited strong success of the iPhone in emerging markets with 63% year-over-year growth,…

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14:43
Apple aiming to launch Apple Watch in second-wave of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced during the company’s Q2 earnings call this evening that he anticipates Apple Watch will launch in additional countries by late June. As of right now, Apple Watch is only available in 9 countries. A report earlier this month claimed that Apple would launch Watch in a second-wave of countries on May 8th, but we quickly debunked that rumor.

Cook went on to say that Apple is quickly leaning about customer preferences when it comes to Apple Watch. This includes the varying popularity of the Sport, Apple Watch, and Edition variations. Cook also touted throughout the call that there are more than 3500...

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14:30
Watch App Store -- First impressions of Third-Party...

The Apple Watch arrived last Friday, and the device has not left my wrist since I pulled it out of the box. I’ve used it continuously, so much that I’ve drained the battery dry each day. Besides checking out all the features of the Watch, I also spent a good deal of time browsing the Watch App Store. Read on to find out what I think about the Watch App Store and which apps landed on my device first.

Watch App Store First Impressions

My first impressions of the App Store are mixed. There are a lot of apps at launch and I enjyed browsing through them, but only a handful really interest me. This isn’t a negative reflection on the app developer community, but rather the nature of this new device and my expectations for it.

First and foremost, my experience with the Watch App Store is jaded by my expectations for the Watch. When browsing through the app store, I looked at apps with the perspective of "what can this Watch app do for me" and not "ooh, my favorite...

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14:22
Amplified: I Smashed The Watch

Jim and Dan talk all about the Apple Watch.

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14:16
Best Buy to gain Apple Pay support in-app today, in...

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during the company’s earnings call that Best Buy will gain support for Apple Pay in its iOS app today and will begin accepting it in retail stores later this year. Best Buy’s decision is big news because the electronics chain was previously part of the coalition of companies working on the ill-received “Current-C” mobile payment system.

#ApplePay...

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14:08
Apple’s Q2 2015: iPhone 6 is still star of the show...

Apple's earnings report for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 has arrived, and while the numbers are different the story is pretty much the same as last quarter. iPhone sales are way up, and they account for over two-thirds of Apple's revenue. Macs continue to grow at a respectable rate, while iPads take another sharp year-over-year tumble.

Apple broke quarterly records with $13.6 billion in profit and $58 billion in revenue, compared to $10.2 billion in profit and $45.6 billion in revenue in Q2 of 2014. It maintained a gross margin of 40.8 percent. These results easily beat Apple's guidance for the quarter, which predicted revenue between $52 billion and $55 billion and profit margins between 38.5 and 39.5 percent...

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14:00
Apple's killer Q2: 61.2 million iPhones sold, $...

Apple continues its strong fiscal year with record-breaking second-quarter iPhone sales: The company sold 61.2 million iPhones in the quarter ending March 28, which also happened to be the second biggest quarter for iPhone sales ever. (The first? Last quarter, when the Cupertino company sold 74.5 million iPhones.)

Apple raked in a profit of $13.6 billion off $58 billion in revenue, beating analyst expectations and its own. Apple forecast internally that it would hit $55 billion and analysts expected $56.08 billion from the company during the second quarter, up from $45.6 billion during the second quarter of 2014.

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13:59
Apple: "Record Second Quarter Results"

Photo by RomarioIen/iStock / Getty Images

Apple announced the results of its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28, 2015 and as expected, the company once again reported record results.

The company had quarter revenue of $58 billion with a quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion ($2.33 per diluted share). Those results compare to last year's second quarter favorably -- one year ago, those numbers were $45.6 billion with a net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share.

So what was the fuel in this rocket? Record second quarter sales of iPhone and Mac, aided by record performance of the App Store. Over 61 million iPhones were sold (compared to over 43 million in the year-ago quarter), 12.6 million iPads, and 4.6 million Macs. Those Mac unit numbers are up 10% year over year.

Apple expects its fiscal 2015 third quarter figures to be as follows: revenue between $46 and $48 billion, gross margin between 38.5 and 39.5 percent, operating expenses...

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13:58
Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28. The company posted quarterly revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 69 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac, and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles, and we’re off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of Apple Watch.”

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13:57
Apple Expands Capital Return Program to $200 Billion

Apple today announced that its board of directors has authorized an increase of more than 50 percent to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of $200 billion of cash by the end of March 2017. As part of the revised program, the board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $140 billion from the $90 billion level announced last year. In addition, the company expects to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units. The board has also approved an increase of 11 percent to the company’s quarterly dividend, and has declared a dividend of $0.52 per share, payable on May 14, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 11. “We believe Apple has a bright future ahead, and the unprecedented size of our capital return program reflects that strong confidence,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While most of our program will focus on buying back shares, we know...

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13:50
Apple Watch First Impressions

We’re not pretending to review the Apple Watch formally, but we wanted to share our first impressions after a weekend of use by six of our regular contributors.

 

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13:49
Live blog: Apple’s Q1 2015 earnings call

As promised, Apple will hold its quarterly conference call with investors and analysts at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET to discuss its fiscal year 2015 second quarter results. These numbers include sales of 61.1 million iPhones, 12.6 million iPads, and 4.5 million Macs. Apple also reported $58 billion in revenue during FY 2015 Q2. During the latter half of the call, analysts and investors will have the opportunity to ask Tim Cook and company questions regarding today’s results and Apple’s future. While today’s earnings do not include Apple Watch sales and Apple doesn’t plan to disclose sales numbers, expect Tim Cook to at mention the company’s latest device. Stay tuned for our live coverage below:

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13:45
Apple boosts capital return program, increasing...

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Expanding upon its previously announced programs to return cash to investors, Apple today announced that it will use a total of $200 billion of cash by the end of March 2017 to fund the repurchase of Apple stock and the payment of dividends. The enhanced capital return program authorizes the purchase of an additional $50 billion of Apple shares, now totaling $140 billion, settles vesting restricted stock units, and increases Apple’s stock dividend by 11% to $0.52 per share. Apple’s dividend will be payable May 14, 2015 to shareholders holding Apple stock as of May 11, 2015.

Apple notes that it has already returned over $112 billion to shareholders, including $80 billion through repurchases of Apple stock. The program will be funded in part using domestic and international debt markets.

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13:44
HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone [...

Finally, learning and practicing a new language is easier and more intuitive than ever before. Introducing HelloTalk, the language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. You just pick the language you want to learn—there are over 100 from which to select—and almost instantaneously you’ll be in touch with native speakers of that language … and you’ll start learning and practicing immediately.

HelloTalk isn’t a course you strictly follow; rather, you learn and practice at your pace and in the manner that best meets the way you learn. Practice foreign languages with people around the world. Simultaneously speak and type the language you’re learning. Record your voice before speaking to your HelloTalk friends and compare your recording to standard pronunciations. Change your friends’ audio messages to text for better understanding, and receive help to improve your grammar. Easily translate whenever you don’t understand, and so much more....

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13:41
Apple Makes Even More Money in Q2 2015

Surprise! Apple had yet another record quarter for Q2 2015. But while the iPhone and the Mac saw strong growth, iPad sales are slipping, and the number of Apple Watches sold so far remains a mystery.

 

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13:41
Apple adds $50B to capital return program, to...

Apple on Monday announced a significant expansion of its stock buyback and dividend program that will see the initiative grow to $140 billion from $90 billion, including an 11-percent bump in the quarterly dividend.

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13:36
Apple sells blockbuster 61M iPhones, nets $13.6B...

Apple on Monday reported yet another record breaking quarter, selling more than 60 million iPhones in the three-month period ending in March, a significant 40 percent year over year increase.

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13:35
Apple announces Q2 2015 revenue of $58b: 61.1m...

Apple is out with its Q2 2015 earnings results today reporting $58 billion in revenue including $13.6 billion in profit earned during the first three months of this year.

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28, 2015. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 69 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Aside from revenue and profit, Apple disclosed sales numbers or revenue for the these categories:

  • iPhone: 61.1 million units
  • iPad: 12.6 million units
  • Mac: 4.5 million units

Totals:

  • Revenue: $58 billion
  • EPS: $2.33 per share
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13:35
∞ Apple reports $13.6 billion profit for second...

Apple on Monday posted revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, for the company’s second fiscal quarter. These results compare to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion in the year-ago quarter. [...]

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13:31
Apple published 2 new Press Releases
13:30
News: Apple Q2 2015: Record $58B revenue, 61.1M...

Apple reported its second quarter 2015 financial results today, selling 61.1 million iPhones and 12.6 million iPads. The company posted quarterly revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. In Q2 2014, Apple had revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share. Gross margin was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent a year ago. International sales contributed to 69…

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13:12
Oh Samsung

Some people might not care. Like painting the back of the fence or finishing the underside of the cabinet, it’s a detail that only people who take tremendous pride in craft really care about. And, of course, people who look for just exactly that kind of quality.

Quality matters. Lining up ports matter. The details matter.

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12:32
Sapphire screen cover hampers Apple Watch display...

The best screen image quality can actually be found on Apple's entry-level Apple Watch Sport, as the costlier stainless steel and Edition versions feature sapphire covers that degrade image quality with higher reflectance, a display expert claims.

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12:27
Apple Watch gets dunked and drilled, but comes out...

The Apple Watch is getting the initiation that inevitably comes to all new gadgets: the torture test. 

Yes, there are those willing to spend money on a top-flight gadget just to see how far you can push its before it breaks.

Why this matters: Apple has some bold claims about the Apple Watch’s craftsmanship, highlighting “scratch-proof” sapphire crystal and an aluminum build on the Watch Sport that the company says is 60 percent stronger than standard alloys. When you’re spending several hundred dollars on the latest technology, you want to know it lives up to the promise. Fortunately, there are always some out there willing to destroy their devices so you don’t have to.

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12:25
Unread 1.5

Unread is a really nice RSS reader for iPhone and iPad. I have it on my devices.

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11:51
Release Notes Conference

You need more than technical chops to succeed as an independent developer. You need business sense as well. So this October, join some of the most experienced entrepreneurs and leaders in our community as they gather to talk about the business of iOS and Mac development.

This is going to be a great conference. I’ll be speaking, but I’m also looking forward to hearing the other speakers and meeting some new people.

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11:34
Data suggests just 376,000 Apple Watch preorders...

Only about 22 percent -- or 376,000 -- of U.S. Apple Watch preorders actually shipped between Friday and Sunday during the device's launch weekend, according to estimates produced by research firm Slice Intelligence.

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11:34
Apple seeds OS X 10.10.4 beta 2 to developers,...

Apple on Monday released the second beta version of OS X 10.10.4, the upcoming refresh of its flagship desktop operating system, to both registered developers and consumers enrolled in the company's public beta program.

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11:23
Report: Apple Watch Sport display outperforms the...

We found the Apple Watch’s touchscreen display to be bright and beautiful right off the bat, but how does it really perform? According to a report done by research group DisplayMate, it stacks up nicely—but oddly enough, the Apple Watch Sport’s toughened “Ion-X” display performs better than the sapphire crystal found on the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. DisplayMate found that the sapphire display reflects about twice as much ambient light as glass—8.2-percent reflectance compared to the Watch Sport’s 4.6 percent—which leads to a washed-out look with reduced contrast and color saturation when looking at the Watch under bright light.

To...

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11:18
News: Apple releases second iOS 8.4 beta to...

Apple has released its second beta of iOS 8.4 to developers, a release that continues to focus on Apple’s new Music app introduced in the original iOS 8.4 beta. Featuring a build number of 12H4086d, the release is also accompanied by a new Xcode 6.4 beta to support the new APIs and development environment. The release notes for this latest beta indicate both improvements and limitations in App Extensions, CarPlay, App Store, iTunes Store, MFi…

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11:04
Facebook Messenger for iOS adds cross-platform video...

Facebook continues to add new capabilities to its Messenger app today with the launch of a new video calling feature. A new video icon at the top of conversation threads will initiate a call, allowing participants to communicate across platforms over Wi-Fi or LTE connections.

The addition puts Facebook in competition with Apple’s FaceTime, Microsoft’s Skype, and other similar services. Interestingly, web-based video chat has been available on the desktop for some time, and was previously powered by Skype.

Video calling will be available on an updated version of Messenger...

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11:02
Apple releases OS X 10.10.4 build 14E11f for...

In addition to releasing the second beta versions of iOS 8.4 with the all-new Music app, Apple today issued a new pre-release build of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 for testers. The latest build comes in at 14E11f. The update is available for both developers and public beta testers.

Apple released the first preview version of OS X 10.10.4 earlier this month to registered developers and AppleSeed testers with today’s build adding public beta testers as well.

The update, measuring in at 941 MB, continues to highlight “stability, compatibility, and security” as areas of improvement.

The latest Yosemite pre-release builds...

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10:50
DisplayMate: Apple Watch has ‘excellent’ display,...

Screen technology analysis firm DisplayMate, best known for comparing the display performance of phones, tablets, and laptops, today published an extensive report on the screen inside the 42mm Apple Watch. Describing the screen as “excellent,” DisplayMate’s Dr. Raymond Soneira also explained the relative benefits of the Ion-X glass found in the $349+ Apple Watch Sport versus the Sapphire Crystal used in the higher end Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition models, notably praising the lower end model’s glass as superior across a number of tested categories.

“Apple has done a great job with the OLED display on the Apple Watch,” Soneira says, noting that it’s Apple’s first OLED screen. “It provides very nice, pleasing and accurate colors and picture quality,”...

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10:46
Instagram puts three filters and emoji hashtags at...

Tired of your go-to Instagram filters? Meet Lark, Reyes, and Juno, Instagram’s newest additions to your creative toolbox.

The new filters are inspired by outdoor adventures, the company said Monday. Lark is designed for landscapes shots, emphasizing blues and greens while desaturating reds. Juno punches up warm tones and whites, perfect for people shots, while Reyes adds a “dusty, vintage look” to your outdoor images.

After the popular photo-sharing network added five filters last December, the ensuing excitement from the Instagram community was so great that the company plans to regular roll out new filters. Two of those five additions, Ludwig and Crema, have become Instagram’s most-used filters. (I can already tell Reyes is going to be a personal favorite.)

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10:34
∞ Jony Ive and Marc Newson on the Apple Watch

Really interesting video from the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference. I love listening to Ive talk. It’s not just the British accent but you get the sense he has thought a lot and deeply about these things.

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10:25
Review: Apple Watch

Apple Watch is Apple’s first smartwatch and represents the company’s much-anticipated foray into the wearables market. Credible reports on the existence of an Apple-designed smartwatch started to surface in early 2013, with most people generally referring to the proposed device as “iWatch.” Apple CEO Tim Cook continually referred to “new categories” in a number of interviews before Apple Watch was officially revealed…

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10:24
Apple TV gains NBC Sports Live Extra channel amidst...

Exclusive NBC Sports content, including the NHL playoffs and this week's running of the Kentucky Derby, is now available on the Apple TV with a new dedicated channel.

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10:21
The Weather Channel brings real-time alerts for rain...



The Weather Channel app is today bringing new real-time alerts for rain, snow, and lightning strikes to both iOS devices and the Apple Watch.

For rain and snow alerts, the app will be offering up what the company says are “exact, to-the-minute timing of when rain or snow will start based on their GPS location,” while the app will also notify users of lightning strikes nearby with a new lightning map...

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10:19
Instagram introduces three new filters and support...

Instagram announced today that three new photo filters will be making their way to the photo sharing app later today through an update on the iOS App Store. The new filters are called Lark, Reyes, and Juno, and are focused on enhancing outdoor photography.

These new filters are just the first of many, as the app’s development team has promised to add new filters more regularly in future updates.

From the Instagram blog entry:

Inspired by weekend adventures outdoors, Lark, Reyes and Juno are a family of modern, subtle filters that brighten and enhance your photos in refined, beautiful ways. Lark...

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10:10
Apple TV adds NBC Sports channel with live event...

Apple has refreshed its channel lineup on the Apple TV to include NBC Sports Live Extra. The channel provides “thousands of live sporting events that air on NBC, NBCSN and Golf Channel” for free. Aside from live content, the channel includes loads of highlights and replays of sporting events to view at no charge; NBC Sports Live Extra users can activate the full channel (including content from CNBC, USA, and NBC) by verifying a cable subscription.

NBC has previously offered the streaming channel to iPhones and iPads through the NBC Sports Live Extra app available for free on the App Store. The new channel joins a long list of existing sports-related services on Apple TV including ESPN, MLB.TV, NBA, and NFL...

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10:05
Apple seeds second beta of iOS 8.4 to developers

Apple on Monday started seeding a second iOS 8.4 beta to developers, bringing more refinements to the company's future update for iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

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09:47
Apple released a new iOS OTA Firmware

Apple just released OTA iOS 8.4 (beta) (Build 12H4086d) for:

  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,1)
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09:08
Brean Capital kicks off coverage of Apple stock with...

Brean Capital began coverage of Apple stock on Monday, calling for a $160 price target, and for revenue to beat Wall Street consensus for the next three years, driven by higher-than-expected iPhone sales.

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09:01
Apple Pay to host Discover payments beginning this...

This fall, you will be able to use Apple Pay for your Discover card transactions.

Just try not to carry a balance.

Discover announced on Monday that it will enable Apple Pay support for credit and debit cardholders at eligible financial institutions in the United States this fall. Discover will also support in-app purchases made using Apple Pay on compatible iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch.

Customers with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or paired Apple Watch will be able to make payments at thousands of participating retailers and vendors throughout the United States. The accounts will continue to receive current benefits, including Cashback Bonus and Freeze It...

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08:54
Discover finally joins the Apple Pay party this fall

Discover was noticeably absent when Apple Pay launched last fall, but the credit card company is finally on board with mobile payments—or it will be soon.

This fall, Discover card users will be able to use Apple Pay at participating stores and in apps with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. The process of adding, authenticating, and using a Discover card with Apple Pay is the same as with cards from other financial institutions (check out our guide here).

To...

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08:44
News: Major hospital links HealthKit data to patient...

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has turned on access to HeathKit data for more than 80,000 patients, the largest integration yet for Apple’s move into the health industry, Bloomberg reports. Patients can now allow Cedars-Sinai’s My CS-Link app to access HealthKit’s monitoring of weight, blood pressure, glucose levels, steps taken and many other kinds of data, passing that information along to the patient’s doctors. How that information…

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08:31
Here’s the Airlines Supporting Apple Watch

The number of airlines with an Apple Watch app is growing, which means TMO's list tracking them is getting longer. Read on to see if your favorite airline us up to speed with Apple Watch support.


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08:30
Three days with the Apple Watch: What we think of...

Today the editors of Apple World Today -- or should we call it Apple Watch Today? -- are sharing their thoughts after three days of living with Apple's most personal device ever. If you also have a Watch and wish to share your thoughts or have any questions about the experience of using one, please let us know in the comments.

Steve Sande

Lucky me, living in the Western U.S. I somehow got my Apple Watch before the rest of the crew and was able to do both an unboxing video and show how the pairing process looks from the standpoint of the iPhone

As fate would have it, the arrival of the Apple Watch coincided with a very busy and stressful time in my life; my 86-year-old father ended up in the hospital with neuropathy due to worsening diabetes. Between making sure his stay in the hospital is a short one before going into rehabilitation near me...

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07:54
News: Daily Deal: Griffin WatchStand Apple Watch...

Today in iLounge Deals we’ve got a special offer for all of those current and soon-to-be Apple Watch users—Griffin’s WatchStand Apple Watch Charging Dock for $26.99 – 10% off the regular price. Allowing you to charge your Apple Watch in style, WatchStand provides a sleek and convenient charging dock and stand that seamlessly holds the magnetic Apple charging connector in place, allowing you to simply lay your watch against the…

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07:37
News: Apple Pay adds Discover cards

Apple’s last holdout among the major American credit card companies will be joining Apple Pay this fall, Discover announced. Discover members adding their card to Apple Pay will be assigned a unique Device Account Number to avoid storing their actual card number on the device, but cardholders using Apple Pay will still receive all of the usual benefits of using their card, including Cashback Bonus and the Freeze It security tool for stopping…

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07:33
AAPL’s numbers today are going to be huge, analysts...

With Apple set to reveal its fiscal Q2 earnings after market close today, analysts are expecting double-digit year-over-year growth in all categories except iPads. Fortune‘s roundup says that analysts predict revenue of $56.84B, up a massive 24.5% year-over-year, and above the top end of Apple’s $52-55M guidance. Earnings per share is predicted to be $2.21, up a third on the previous year, with gross margin just shy of Apple’s top-end guidance at 39.4%.

Double-digit growth is expected in both iPhones and Macs. For iPhones, the prediction includes sales just under 56M, 32.6% higher than the same quarter last year, while Mac sales are forecasted to...

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07:29
Discover Coming to Apple Pay this Fall

Discover card users are about to join Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit card users in the Apple Pay game. The company will be adding support for Apple's wireless payment system for the iPhone and Apple Watch this fall.

The Mac Observer Spin: Discover's announcement will no doubt make its card holders happy. OF course, they probably would've been happier if Discover had been on board when the iPhone 6 with Apple Pay support first launched.


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07:26
Apple Watch battery details posted, specs now...

If you were curious about the Apple Watch’s battery life, Apple just posted the specs.

The company posted a technical specification web page, complete with details as to service and recycling for the wearable’s batteries. The page states that the Watch should hold 80 percent of its original capacity at 1,000 “complete” charge cycles — meaning charging from empty to full. Typically, batteries last longer if they’re only partially depleted before being recharged.

That performance is identical to iPads and MacBooks, though those devices have much greater starting capacities. By comparison, an iPhone is designed to retain 80 percent capacity at about 500 charge cycles,...

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07:14
Can Microsoft Take Back Momentum From Google and...


Microsoft is holding its Build event this week, marking the beginning of its major push to launch Windows 10. Build is in San Francisco this year, which effectively puts it right in the back yard of both Apple and Google -- a nice "in your face" move. I was the featured launch analyst for Windows 95 two decades ago and there, even though the post launch was hardly flawless, Microsoft ripped Apple a new rear orifice, wounding the company so badly that one of the founders eventually had to return to save it.

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07:13
News: Apple enables iTunes donations for Nepal...

Apple is accepting Red Cross donations via iTunes to help survivors of the Nepal earthquake that claimed more than 3,000 lives last week. The link is featured prominently on the iTunes home screen, leading users to a simple page soliciting donations of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200. Apple assures users that 100 percent of the money raised will go to the American Red Cross, but since Apple is keeping the donations anonymous, users won’t get…

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07:12
Apple internal documents point towards expected...

The good news is that you’ve got your paws on your spiffy new Apple Watch, it’s in the mail or it’s due to ship soon.

The bad news is that the band on the Sport or Leather Apple Watch band isn’t the hardiest of warriors and can be expected to become discolored or deformed over time.

And Apple knows it.

An internal Apple document states that users can expect some discoloration for Apple’s fluoroelastomer Sport and selection of leather bands over time with normal wear and tear. Apple notes that discoloration of leather bands is “due to sweat or lotions” and an “expected behavior”. Apple’s...

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06:57
Liveblog: Apple’s Q2 2015 earnings call happens...

It's that time again: Apple reports its financial results for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015 today at 5pm Eastern. As usual, you can join us live for coverage of the call, a breakdown of what the results mean for Apple's various product lines, and plenty of charts mapping out the data.

Remember, this quarter runs from the beginning of January to the end of March, so this will be Apple's last quarter without the Apple Watch. Going forward, watch sales will be lumped into the "other products" category with the iPod, Beats headphones, Apple TVs, AirPorts, and other peripherals, so we won't necessarily get specific details on Apple Watch Sales. Cook and company may mention something about Apple Watch sales on the call today, but we wouldn't be surprised if he declined to mention an exact number.

As for the rest of Apple's products, don't expect many surprises. We got three new MacBooks—...

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06:55
News: Apple’s third-generation Siri built on Mesos...

Apple has turned to the open-source Mesos platform to run the third generation of its Siri app, the Mesosphere blog reports. Apple engineers said the company’s first move away from traditional infrastructure has made Siri more scalable, reduced latency and made it easier for engineers to deploy services that the app uses to answer questions from millions of iPhone and iPad users each day. The new Siri consists of around 100 different services…

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06:38
T-Mobile, Sprint make calling & texting Nepal...

Update: Sprint too.

Many tech companies are attempting to help victims of the devastating Nepal earthquake this week and the latest is T-Mobile. The carrier announced that it’s making calling and texting Nepal free in order to aid relief efforts:

In the wake of the devastating Nepalese earthquake, many T-Mobile customers are trying to stay in touch with their family and friends in Nepal.  T-Mobile is making this easier by waiving and crediting fees for all calls and text messages to and from Nepal from Saturday, April 25 through Saturday, May 16.  Calling and texting to and from Nepal without charges applies to all postpaid...

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06:29
Major LA hospital integrating HealthKit data into...

LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is now integrating HealthKit data into patient records to provide doctors with a more comprehensive picture of the health of the patients they are treating, reports Bloomberg.

The hospital updated its online medical records system this weekend, turning on access to HealthKit for more than 80,000 patients, Darren Dworkin, chief information officer at Cedars-Sinai, said in an interview.

“This is just another set of data that we’re confident our physicians will take into account as they make clinical and medical judgments,” Dworkin said.

Tim Cook said back in February that he thought this type of use of...

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06:28
Apple’s iTunes Store gets Red Cross Donation Page...

Following the devestation of the Nepal earthquake, Apple added a special Red Cross donation page to its iTunes Store. The donation page lets you give up to US$200 for relief support for the earthquake victims, and Apple is skipping its usual 30 percent transaction cut so the entire amount of your donation goes to the Red Cross.

The Mac Observer Spin: Nepal's 7.8 magnitude earthquake was devastating, and the aftershocks have made the situation even worse. It's great to see Apple offering ways for us to support survivors of natural disasters.


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05:55
Discover cardholders get Apple Pay support starting...

Discover announced today that it’s made a deal with Apple to join the other three big card companies already offering support for the company’s new payments service, Apple Pay. That means that starting this fall, Discover cardholders will finally be able to add their cards to the service and make contactless, NFC-based payments using iPhone and Apple Watch, as well as make payments within apps supporting the platform on all iOS devices.

Discover credit cardmembers will still receive all of their...

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05:37
Where’s Siri’s voice? and other odd things about the...

Apple has packed a ton of features into the Apple Watch, successfully producing the best smartwatch on the market. The device isn’t perfect, though, and has it own set of quirks. Here are a few hard-scratchers that I’ve found in my first few days of using the device.

Silent Siri

One of the most useful yet disconcerting features of the Apple Watch is Siri. Siri on the Watch is powerful, almost as powerful as her iPhone counterpart, but she lacks one major feature — a voice. The first few times I used Siri I thought my Watch was broken because Siri was silent. She wasn’t talking to me! As I found out later, Siri not readily available on the Watch. Yes, you get the same snarky and informative responses via text, but it is just not the same without her sweet voice.

If you really want her voice back, you can use VoiceOver to enable Siri. VoiceOver helps you navigate...

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05:31
Apple moves to third-generation Siri back-end, built...

Apple is now on its third-generation system for handling Siri queries, moving to the open source Mesos platform, according to the Mesosphere blog. Apple reportedly made the announcement at the Bay Area Mesos meetup last week.

During a presentation, Apple engineers said that the switch to Mesos would reduce latency, assist scalability, and made it easier to deploy new services as Siri’s capabilities are expanded … 

The engineers said that Siri comprises around 100 services on a Mesos cluster spanning many thousands of nodes. Siri’s move to Mesos – also used by other large tech companies, including Twitter and...

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04:38
A skeptic’s Apple Watch diary: Day 4, the halfway...

I gave my first impressions of the Apple Watch on Friday. Three-and-a-half days in, and halfway into my one-week experiment, it’s time for an update. You may want to get a cup of your preferred hot beverage before reading this piece: it’s a long one!

It appears I was entirely alone in my uncertainty over whether or not the watch would win me over.  Strangers commenting here, and friends commenting on Facebook, spoke with one voice: I was, they all confidently predicted, going to keep it.

Are they right? Let’s begin by updating my first impressions … 

Looks

Several readers pointed out that while I considered it chunky, it isn’t actually...

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04:35
1.7M US Apple Watch orders to date, 22% of them...

Slice Intelligence, which earlier estimated first-day US Apple Watch pre-orders at just under a million, said that the number has now reached 1.7M, and that 376,000 of them have shipped – around 22% of pre-orders. KGI has estimated worldwide shipments of 631,000 in Q1, with Q2 shipments expected to hit 3.8M.

Slice gathers its data by scanning the email inboxes of more than two million participating online shoppers and extrapolating its numbers from there. Of those panel members who ordered an Apple Watch, 22% of them were given a shipping date of Friday to Sunday inclusive …

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03:56
Apple responds to Nepal earthquake by soliciting Red...

With well over 3,000 confirmed deaths in Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal, Apple is inviting iTunes users to donate to the American Red Cross. The appeal allows donations from $5 to $200, with 100% of the funds donated being passed anonymously to the Red Cross … 

As the time of writing, the confirmed death toll in the disaster was 3,617, many other having seen their homes destroyed.

As most iTunes users already have a credit card linked to their account, it’s a particularly quick and easy way to donate.

Apple has responded in the same way to a number of previous disasters, including Typhoon Haiyam in the Philippines, the earthquake and...

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01:22
Nicecast 1.11.4

Reduces audio pipeline latency and updates Instant On to version 8.0.7. ($59 new, free update, 8.6 MB)

 

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23:22
iMovie 10.0.8

Fixes a bug that caused iMovie to crash on launch. ($14.99 new, free update, 2.0 GB)

 

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21:22
OmniFocus 2.1.3

Provides fixes for multiple crashes. ($39.99 new, free update, 37.7 MB)

 

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Hazel 3.3.5

Adds support for importing images into Photos for Mac. ($29 new, free update, 9.0 MB)

 

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B&H Photo has Mac Pros on sale for up to $260 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 3.7GHz 4-core Mac Pro: $2799, $200 off MSRP - 3.5GHz 6-core Mac Pro: $3719.99... Read more
Apple refurbished Time Capsules available for...
The Apple Store has certified refurbished Time Capsules available for $100 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each Time Capsule, and shipping is free: - 2TB Time Capsule: $199, $100... Read more
Intel Compute Stick: A New Mini-Computing For...
The Intel Compute Stick, a new pocket-sized computer based on a quad-core Intel Atom processor running Windows 8.1 with Bing, is available now through Intel Authorized Dealers across much of the... Read more

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*Apple* Support Technician IV - Jack Henry a...
Job Description Jack Henry & Associates is seeking an Apple Support Technician. This position while acting independently, ensures the proper day-to-day control of Read more
*Apple* iOS Specialist - TCML (United States...
AppleiOS Specialist Senior Apple /iOS Administrator/Engineer responsible for configuration and distribution of desktop, laptop and mobile devices to State Employees Read more
*Apple* Client Systems Solution Specialist -...
…drive revenue and profit in assigned sales segment and/or region specific to the Apple brand and product sets. This person will work directly with CDW Account Managers Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Support Technician IV - Jack Henry a...
Job Description Jack Henry & Associates is seeking an Apple Support Technician. This position while acting independently, ensures the proper day-to-day control of Read more
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