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Saturday April 25

09:13
Apple Watch vs Apple Watch Sport: Unboxing and full...

If you’re still debating on which Apple Watch model to order, we may have a bit of help/advice to offer. Apple Watch Sport is the cheapest option to go for, but what exactly will you be missing over one that’s more expensive? Well, we took the plunge, picked up a few of them, and put together a helpful comparison video between these models…

First off, it’s important to note that not only is there a difference in materials between the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport, there’s also a major difference in presentation. Apple Watch is packaged to seem like more of a premium product over its sporty brother. That’s not to say...

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09:02
How to change and customize your Apple Watch clock...

Apple Watch comes with a number of watch face options -- from digital themes to analog lookalikes and beyond -- many of which can be further customized with sub-features called complications.

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08:00
From garage to campus: a look at the digs of tech...

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon: These juggernauts are at the forefront of the tech industry. And with that success comes an ever-expanding workforce, and the need for a place to put them. To keep pace with growth, these companies have ...

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07:50
First 12″ MacBook 1.3GHz benchmarks: top model...

Following Apple’s shipments of the first 1.3GHz versions of the 12″ MacBook this week, benchmarks have started to appear online for the new Intel Core M-5Y71 machine. Geekbench 3 shows the following results for each model, which vary based on the testing mode (32/64-bit) and number of processor cores used (single or multiple cores).

MacBook 1.1GHz

  • 32-Bit: Single-Core Average 2212, Multi-Core Average 4070
  • 64-Bit: Single-Core Average 2428, Multi-Core Average 4592

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07:30
Three Scenarios for Home Automation

Ever wondered what Home Automation is really all about?


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07:00
External Link: Apple to Offer Band Swaps for the...

Have you received your Apple Watch, only to find that you hate the band? The good news is that Apple may be willing to exchange it. According to internal Apple documents obtained by MacRumors, Apple is planning to allow Apple Watch customers to exchange just the band, instead of having to return the entire watch. However, there are a few restrictions: you must swap bands inside the 14-day return window, the new band must be from the same collection as the watch, and the watch must have been purchased directly from Apple. Also, the swap won’t be handled entirely in store — Apple Store employees will verify your eligibility, then initiate the swap online, and a new band will be shipped to you.

 

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06:00
Review: ChargeTech’s ChargeAll Portable Power Outlet...

The first time I found an AC wall outlet under my seat on an airplane, I realized that I could use my MacBook Pro with its wall charger for hours, even if I’d partially discharged the battery before boarding. Later, when I rode a bus with an AC outlet onboard, the freedom to enjoy my laptop for hours made the long trip feel brief. But I’ve had far more trips without AC outlets than with them, and there have been plenty of times when my MacBook could really have used a recharge mid-trip.

That’s why I’m genuinely excited about ChargeTech’s ChargeAll Portable Power Outlet ($150-$200), which primarily exists to give you access to an AC outlet literally anywhere you might be — something that I can’t believe has taken so long to become available. There are two versions, one with...

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05:27
Apple Watch Edition at Apple Watch Sport (+can of...

It is what is on the inside that counts, right? All Apple Watches are the same under the skin and Casey Neistat, semi-famous for other Apple launch videos, decided he was going to turn his $399 Apple Watch into a $399 Apple Watch with gold spray paint on it. The idea is that passersby would think it was an Edition, and all that comes along with that, I guess.

To be honest, the spray paint better matches the “Aluminum Gold” iPhones, iPads and now MacBooks but I have to imagine the button/crown and some of the sensors will take a hit.

 

Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Aerosol paint, Apple watch, Casey Neistat, YouTube...

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04:54
Apple Watch survives remarkably well in kitchen...

The Apple Watch Sport’s Ion X glass has been put through a torture scratch test and we’ve seen it survive 15 minutes under water but now that Apple Watches are being shipped en masse, we’re going to see many full-on torture tests.  The first such test is from Cnet which takes it through some (admittedly unlikely) kitchen destruction scenarios.

The Apple Watch and its white band survived admirably through the gauntlet but you could tell this video was going to end with a broken watch and it finally broke when smashed with a iron skillet. OK, sure. 

I don’t know about you guys but this test gives me a lot of confidence in the...

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02:38
Apple emails watch owners with links to guided tour...

Apple has started emailing early buyers of the Apple Watch with links to the guided tour videos on its website. The email highlights the videos for Messages, Siri and Digital Touch, but provides individual links to each of the other videos. It also contains a link to the user guide … 

Apple first started adding videos to the Apple Watch section of its website in early April, adding Phone...

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Friday April 24

21:02
First look: Third-party apps on Apple Watch

Apple launched its first wearable with an App Store filled with more than 3,000 third-party titles, a figure expected to grow exponentially in the months ahead. AppleInsider offers a look at some of the first offerings.

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19:52
Apple Watch Sport unboxing and size comparison (...

Apple Watch has undoubtedly been a long time in the making, but it’s finally here. Today we’re taking a look at the Sport models to see exactly what you get for between $349 to $399. Apple’s strategy for rolling out this product line hasn’t been favored by everyone, but if you were one of the lucky people to place a preorder two weeks ago, here’s what you can expect…

Apple Watch Sport comes in an anodized aluminum case and your choice of either Silver or Space Gray as...

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18:44
Sony and Samsung Both Offered to Pay James Bond to...

Sony and Samsung both offered to pay James Bond actor Daniel Craig to use their smartphones in the next installment of the series, Spectre. According to stolen Sony emails posted to Wikileaks, both companies offered Daniel Craig US$5 million to use their devices in the film. The negotiations fell apart over marketing fees and because the actor and Specter director Sam Mendes both felt, "James Bond only uses the 'best.'"


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18:26
The Hubble telescope’s most iconic image, explained

Vox:

In April 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope — which was launched into orbit exactly 25 years ago — took its most iconic image: the Pillars of Creation. These gigantic towers of dust and gas, 7,000 light years away, are named because the immense force of gravity causes them to condense into clumps of matter that will become new star systems.

In fact, billions of years ago our own solar system may have been born through the same process — so when you look at this upgraded 2014 version of the image, you’re also looking back at the very distant history of Earth.

We’ve all seen this image a hundred times but the details in this story are really fascinating.

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17:59
Full video of Vogue interview with Apple designers...

British Vogue on Friday posted full video footage of a recent interview that had editor Suzy Menkes talking with Apple design gurus Jony Ive and Marc Newson about Apple Watch and its place in the luxury market.

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15:39
XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood Headphones: $23.99

We have a deal today on the XTC Headphones, in-earphones made of wood. They have a built-in microphone for taking calls, and the silicone inserts are designed to isolate you from outside noise. They retail for $50, but with our deal you can get them for $23.99.


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15:30
Four Things To Get You Started With Apple Watch

Waiting for your new Apple Watch to arrive? Waiting for it to charge? Waiting for version 2? Whatever your situation, Kelly has collected all manner of information to help you get up and running when it actually does show up.


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15:29
Bushel: Free easy-to-use cloud-based tool for Apple...

My thanks to Bushel for sponsoring The Loop this week. For some people, IT is a task and not a career. Bushel is a simple-to-use cloud-based tool that anyone can leverage to manage the Apple devices in their workplace. Bushel allows you to easily set-up and protect all of the Apple devices that you distribute to your team, or those that your team already has. Provide access to company email accounts, automatically install work apps to every device all at once, and separate and protect your team’s personal data from company data. And if a device is ever lost or stolen, you can even remotely lock it or wipe company data completely. Do all of this and much more, without any help from IT. All wrapped into one seamless interface so you can manage those Apple devices when you want, wherever you are. Bushel makes the complex simple, so you can focus on what matters most, all while taking back your nights and weekends. Your first three devices are free forever, and each additional device...

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14:38
First look: Digital Crown on Apple Watch ushers in...

With Apple Watch, Apple was presented an opportunity to reimagine and improve upon the ways in which a user interacts with ultra-small format devices. It delivered in spades with Force Touch, haptic feedback, a custom UI and a keystone tactile technology called the Digital Crown.

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14:31
Level up with “Take Control of the Mac Command Line...

The second edition of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal” adds 50 pages with more advanced topics and showcases 52 real-world “recipes” for tasks that are better done at the command line. It’s an essential reference for any Mac user who wants to work more effectively with Unix commands.

 

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14:30
Today in the App Store -- Wants and Needs, Calcy...

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 Wants and Needs, the new Calcy Calc for the Apple Watch and a major update to Sortly. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Wants and Needs - (Gratitude / Journal / Diary / Notes / List) [Now free, down from $1.99] Wants and Needs is a brand new app designed with YOU in mind. Organize your personal goals, ambitions, and expressions of gratitude into three simple categories: Wants, Needs, and Thanks

Jog Log - GPS Running, Walking, Cycling, and Workout Tracker [Now free, down from $1.99q] Start running smarter, farther...

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14:26
Apple Watch Sport unboxing

I received my white Apple Watch sport and took several photos while unboxing it. Without further ado, here's a gallery. 






















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14:21
Apple details Watch battery life, upgrades band...

In tandem with Friday's launch of the Apple Watch, Apple updated its website with details on the battery life of the device, and simultaneously updated its online store to make shopping for Watch bands easier to navigate.

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14:00
Apple Watch chips laid bare in X-ray, microscope...

Following Friday's Apple Watch teardown, the experts at Chipworks posted a close-up look at the parts that make it tick, including X-ray imagery of Apple's new S1 system-on-chip design.

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13:59
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

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

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13:30
AWT News Update: April 24, 2015

It's Apple Watch Day! Here are some of the stories we're covering on the podcast today.

  • Apple Watch is arriving for many pre-order customers, check out the site for a lot of Watch-specific content
  • Screenshots are quite easy to take on the Apple Watch, and we'll tell you how
  • New Watch app is designed to assist those coping with epilepsy
  • Accessibility try-ons are now a full-fledged Apple Watch experience thanks to our very own Alex Jurgensen
  • iMac Graphics Update 1.0 arrives for some 2013/2014 iMacs

The full text version of the podcast script is available below.

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It’s Apple Watch Day! This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 24, 2015. Our sponsor this week is It’s...

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13:29
The Week in iOS Apps: Laughs and inspiration

Laughs and inspiration

This week’s roundup includes apps to inspire you, help you reach your goals, and even have a chuckle or two along the way.

Clear

Somewhere in your past is a tweet that will someday come back to haunt you. Clear for iOS connects to your social media accounts, hunts down and flags questionable posts, and lets you immediately delete them. Going for a job interview? Running for president? You might want this app.

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12:59
Apple Watch Launches

An anonymous reader writes: The Apple Watch's release date has arrived: retailers around the world have quietly begun putting them on their shelves, and customers are beginning to receive their shipments. Reviews have been out for a while, including thoughtful ones from John Gruber and Nilay Patel. Apple has published a full user guide for the software, and iFixit has put up a full teardown to take a look at the hardware. They give it a repairability score of 5 out of 10, saying that the screen and battery are easily replaced, but not much else is. Though Apple designated the watch "water-resistant" rather than "waterproof", early tests show it's able to withstand a shower and a swim in the pool without failing. Ars has an article about the difficulty of making games for the Apple Watch, and Wired has a piece detailing its creation.


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12:55
Apple’s iPhone 7 Will Make Current iPhones Obsolete

Now that the MacBook and Apple Watch are shipping, it's time to start thinking about the iPhone 6s (or iPhone 7 according to some rumors). Just when we think the iPhone can't get any better, Apple seems poised to blow us away. Again.


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12:53
Apple Watch products that will make people hate you...

People hate you. They see that Apple Watch on your wrist and they hate you because they don’t have one. But don’t let the haters stop you from proudly wearing your Apple Watch. In fact, you should go one step further. Pimp that Watch like it’s nobody’s business. All you need are the right accessories, and they’re right here.

Brikk Lux Watch Omni

Brikk Lux Watch Omni, for the understated gentleman

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12:41
Apps: Does not Commute, Pursuit of Light, Tiltagon,...

New Games Does not Commute (free) — We were pretty impressed with Mediocre’s efforts last year on their Smash Hit game (no pun intended), so naturally we were intrigued by their latest new title. While a big departure from last year’s game, Does not Commute is fun and interesting in its own right, and its clear that Mediocre has put some nice depth and creativity into it. The premise seems deceptively simple — navigate a car through…

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12:29
News: Apple Watch unboxing gallery posted

iLounge has posted an unboxing gallery for the Apple Watch. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at the device, along with some comparison photos between the 38mm and 42mm Sport models.

We’ll be putting the device through the paces throughout the weekend, so be sure to check back for our full review on Monday....

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12:15
Apple Watch App Store live, iOS store updated

Apple has made the Watch App Store live in the Watch iPhone app, with "more than 3000" apps ready to go, according to The Wall Street Journal. To start browsing, simply launch the Watch app for iOS (it's installed with iOS 8.3) and tap the "Featured" icon in the bottom toolbar.

To "install" an app on your Watch, you actually install it on your iPhone, which takes care of the rest. You can identify an iPhone app that supports the Apple Watch in several ways. First, you'll see "Offers Apple Watch App for iPhone" just beneath an app's title in the store:

You'll also find screenshots of the app running on the Watch:

Have fun exploring the store and your Watch this weekend. Looking for some killer apps to get started with? Don't miss our ...

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12:12
Roundup: The best and most interesting third-party...

With newly-delivered Apple Watch units now on the wrists of the lucky, users will undoubtedly be looking to try out the best launch-day apps for their latest purchase. AppleInsider offers a roundup of some prominent and essential launch-day apps, divided by category.

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12:00
Accessible Apple: Apple Watch Setup with VoiceOver,...

Introduction

Earlier, I detailed how to get an Apple Watch Try-on Appointment if you have an interest in looking at the device's accessibility features. In this installment, I will detail some tips and tricks to help VoiceOver users completing the pairing process used for linking an Apple Watch with an iPhone.

Background

I was originally going to write an end-to-end guide on pairing the Apple Watch with an iPhone. However, before I could, Twitter user Caitlin McMarrow pointed me to Apple's Apple Watch VoiceOver Setup guide. I will dedicate the remainder of this guide to address tips and tricks I found while pairing an Apple Watch with an iPhone 6.

Pairing With VoiceOver

My notes below are written to...

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12:00
External Link: iFixit’s Apple Watch Teardown

A new Apple product hasn’t officially arrived until the boffins at iFixit tear it apart and document every component — which they now have. This may come as a surprise, but the Apple Watch isn’t super easy to repair. And the idea of upgradeable watches can be put to rest: you have to tear the entire watch apart to reach the S1 chip.

 

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11:30
Apple Watch 101: Unpacking, pairing, and poking


The Apple Watch Sport comes in a long rectangular case. From what we've seen, watches with loop bands are shipping in square boxes, and Apple Watch Editions come in fancy leather charging cases.

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Our Apple Watch arrived this morning.

However you feel about smart watches as a concept or the Apple Watch in particular, the fact of the matter is that this wearable already has momentum behind it by virtue of being a brand-new product from the world's biggest consumer electronics company. Developers...

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11:30
Video: Apple Watch unboxing and pairing process

In between doing the happy dance around my house this morning, I've been busy receiving, unboxing, and grabbing video of a 42mm Space Gray Apple Watch (Aluminum Sport Edition). The unboxing was performed live on Periscope and became part of the video below, which the pairing was performed afterward. 

Enjoy watching this short video, and please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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11:30
First look: The official AppleInsider app for Apple...

Early adopters of the Apple Watch can receive alerts fir breaking Apple news and browse the latest headlines thanks to the official AppleInsider app, which includes support for the new wrist-worn device.

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11:28
My first hour with Apple Watch: Unboxing, pairing,...

It arrived earlier than I expected, a narrow rectangular box with nothing particularly special or Apple-like about it. But that nondescript brown package belied the brilliant white box inside, which contained an equally bright 38mm Apple Watch Sport with silver aluminum face and blindingly white band.

I gingerly lifted the Watch out of the box, much like I’ve done with new iPhones, not wanting to scuff or smudge the device in any way. There’s really nothing like a gleaming new gadget that hasn’t been yet been marred by dirty hands. (Yeah, my Watch face is already covered in fingerprints.)

Apple is offering personal setup appointments online and in-store for people who want a little extra assistance, but setting up your own Apple Watch is even more simple than getting started with an iPhone.

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11:08
Ask iLounge: Why can’t I see the iPad-style...

Q: I just upgraded to a new iPhone 6 Plus as I liked the larger screen, and the ability to get sideways iPad-like views for things like Mail. However, these don’t seem to be working for me. Whenever I turn my iPhone sideways, I just get the normal landscape view, kind of like I had on my iPhone 5. Is there somewhere special I need to turn this on? I’ve pored over all of the settings and can’t seem to find it anywhere. I can’t…

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11:05
Dev Aims to Light the Way for Apple Watch Gaming


Coinciding with the official Apple Watch launch on Friday, a slew of apps and games are making their debuts. One of the early hopefuls is WayForward, which last week unveiled its Watch Quest, hoping to get a jump on the competition. Some developers have been awaiting the opening of the WatchKit APIs in full before they put the might of their software engineering ability into the Apple Watch. The WatchKit API limits developers to creating widget-like glances, Watch notifications, and side-loaded apps powered by the might of a paired iPhone.

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11:00
Apple World Today's Great Big Guide to Apple...

The Apple Watch is on its way to customers who, like me, are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Apple’s next breakthrough device. The debut of the new hardware also brings with it a fresh round of innovation in the App Store as Apple opened up the Watch for developers to utilize in their apps.

In the months since the Watch's annoucnemnt, developers worldwide have been thinking creatively about the device and how it can be used to enhance the lives of millions of customers who will be wearing the device on their wrist. Here are some of the early Watch apps that are the culmination of this creative coding. Each app one listed below will be available for you to download and check out as soon as that Watch is up and running on your wrist.

Communication

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10:56
Apple revamps Apple Watch Bands website to make...

Apple has updated the watch bands page on its website to provide an easier selection process for potential buyers. The page now lists each individual band under its own section with a brief description and price. Shoppers will then be able to select an appropriately-sized band for their watch.

Previously the site looked like any other collection on the store with a grid view that featured little more than a photo. The new design gives users a closer look at the clasp of the band without the watch hardware present.

The old bands page

For watch bands that are available in multiple colors, like the Sport, Leather Loop, and Modern Buckle, users can use a color selector below the image to change the design. In the old...

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10:50
Apple Offers Online Personal Setup Assistance for...

Apple is taking its online-focused launch for Apple Watch a step farther by offering buyers Personal Setup sessions through their computer. Apple Watch owners scheduled to receive their new smartwatch today started receiving emails touting the Web-based setup help along with a link to sign up for a time slot.


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10:22
TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-24: Getting Inside...

It's Apple Watch delivery day, which means we finally get to see what's inside Apple's brand new smartwatch. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet talk about how Apple designed the insides of the Apple Watch, and debunk the idea that Apple designed an internal-upgradable device. They also explain how to navigate the Apple Watch interface, and Bryan gives us a great musical interlude.


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10:11
Apple Watch launches quiet, most inventory spoken for

It’s Friday, April 24th, the long-awaited day of the Apple Watch launch/the Watchening.

And it’s pretty quiet out there.

Unlike many of Apple’s product launches, there isn’t much inventory of the device in the stores, the lion’s share of the inventory has been spoken for via massive pre-order sales numbers and the few stores that have units in stock are apparently experiencing long lines from customers eager to get their hands on the item.

Over at the 4th Street Apple Store in Berkeley, California, it was business as usual. Pulling in at 8:45 AM, I noticed no line whatsoever and employees arriving, knocking on the door and being let in to prepare for their...

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10:00
Critical HTTPS bug may open 25,000 iOS apps to...

At least 25,000 iOS apps available in Apple's App Store contain a critical vulnerability that may completely cripple HTTPS protections designed to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks that steal or modify sensitive data, security researchers warned.

As was the case with a separate HTTPS vulnerability reported earlier this week that affected 1,500 iOS apps, the bug resides in AFNetworking, an open-source code library that allows developers to drop networking capabilities into their iOS and OS X apps. Any app that uses a version of AFNetworking prior to the just-released 2.5.3 may expose data that's trivial for hackers to monitor or modify, even when it's protected by the secure sockets layer (...

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10:00
Accessible Apple: Apple Watch Try-Ons, The Complete...

Introduction

This is the first in a mini-series of posts on the Apple Watch's accessibility features. In this installment, I will look at Apple's newly implemented solution for offering accessible Apple Watch Try-ons.

Background

As I hinted in my article detailing the inaccessibility of the Apple Store's demo watches and in a later piece where I looked at the workaround discovered to enable some accessibility features on the demo units, Apple has been hard at work developing an experience plan for users interested in the Apple Watch's accessibility features. I am pleased to report that this plan goes into effect today, April 24...

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09:30
Apple offers online personal Watch setup

Apple has been sending emails to customers scheduled to receive their Apple Watch today, urging them to schedule an online Watch setup with an employee. Apple describes the service thusly:

"It’s a video session where we show you how to set up Apple Watch with your iPhone, walk you through some key features, and answer your questions. We’ll also point out some great apps, and help you personalize your device."

To partipate, you must have an Apple Watch, an iPhone 5 or later and a computer or iPad to view the video. Apple's email includes instructions for booking a session. 

Apple has done One-on-One sessions for customers at Apple Stores, but this is the first I've seem offer such...

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09:07
Apple Watch teardown findings: 205 mAh battery,...

The Apple Watch is surprisingly easy to repair in some ways, but don’t expect to upgrade the internals over time.

That’s the conclusion from iFixit’s Apple Watch teardown. While dismantling Apple’s first smartwatch didn’t turn up any major surprises, it did clarify a few details that Apple isn’t so eager to discuss on its own.

For instance, the 38mm Apple Watch has a 205 mAh battery, which is much smaller than the 300 mAh batteries inside Motorola’s Moto 360 and Samsung’s Gear S smartwatches. Still, Apple is managing to squeeze 18 hours of typical runtime from the Watch, partly because the AMOLED display remains off when it’s not in use, and only lights up individual pixels as needed. (Apple says the 42 mm Watch should last a bit longer, but the exact battery size is still a mystery.)

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09:00
Three great apps for tracking a package

It's Apple Watch day! Many people will receive their shiny new Apple Watches today while many more will play the waiting game. Apple hit the April 24 delivery target for quite a few customers, while others still have weeks of waiting ahead of them. This post is for the latter group.

There are many apps available for tracking a package, and these are our favorites by far.

Deliveries ($4.99, universal) has been my favorite for years. It offers support for more than 25 delivery services, including UPS, FedEx, USPS, Amazon and more. Pending deliveries are color-coded to match each services's branding, so it's easy to see what's coming from UPS (brown), FedEx (purple) and so on at a glance. Deliveries also supports the Today widget in iOS 8's notification center. It's a great little app.

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09:00
Sky Guide for Apple Watch brings space to your wrist

Every 90 minutes and some change, the International Space Station (ISS) completes a circuit of the Earth. Two Seattle developers want you to remember the wonder of humanity’s continuous presence in space for nearly 15 years, and raise your wrist and wave digitally.

Chris Laurel and Nick Risinger of Fifth Star Labs are among the early adopters of WatchKit, and support all the possible interactions in their first Watch-ready release. Sky Guide was one of the first apps Apple advertised as supporting Apple Watch, and the two started work on special features the day WatchKit was released.

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08:54
iMac Graphics Update 1.0

Fixes a bug related to opening very large JPEG image files on specific iMac models released since late 2013. (Free, 772 KB)

 

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08:35
Billings Pro on Apple Watch

There are a ton of apps coming out for Apple Watch, but if you’re a business user, you might want to take a look at Billings Pro.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:24
iFixit Apple Watch Tear Down Kills Hopes of Upgrades

Apple Watch deliveries have barely started arriving, and iFixit has already stripped one down to its screws. What they found inside pretty much kills hopes and rumors that Apple will offer internal component upgrades when future models come out.

The Mac Observer Spin: Sorry gang, no upgradable internal components in your brand new Apple Watch. Considering how much is inside one, it's likely Apple found a way to use Timelord technology, which seems completely appropriate.


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08:00
Apple releases three new advertisements for the...

Apple today released three new advertisements - Us, Up and Rise - to coincide with the Apple Watch launch. Rather than focus on the underlying technology that powers the Watch, each ad has a different theme that showcases how the Watch can be used in everyday life. You can watch the three advertisements in the videos below.

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07:51
iFixit: Replacing the Apple Watch’s battery is easy...

For as much as we've heard about the Apple Watch in the last month, we've heard almost nothing about the stuff that makes it (figuratively) tick. Apple mentioned the S1 "System in Package" back in September when it unveiled the watch, but the company has said almost nothing about it since, and we didn't know anything about battery capacity or the other components. Today, the teardown mages at iFixit have answered at least a few questions in their teardown of a 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, though concrete information about the S1's inner workings continues to elude us.

Some components were actually fairly easy to remove and replace. Though it's difficult to disconnect the display cable, the watch...

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07:35
∞ Deconstructing an Apple Watch emoticon

Taking apart one of the Apple Watch animated emoticons, all from my Mac with no special tools.

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07:27
Australian users test Apple Watch, find unit is more...

The Apple Watch is apparently a bit more waterproof than had been imagined.

After snagging their Apple Watch units, a few Aussie Apple Watch buyers over at FoneFox put the wearable through a variety of waterproof tests to see how much moisture the unit could take before failure.

The first test is a basic splash test followed by a five minute simulated shower complete with shampoo and soap, at the end of which the Apple Watch comes out noticeably unscathed and completely responsive to inputs on both its touch interface and digital crown. It should be pointed out that all of the tests were completed with a 38mm Apple Watch Sport.

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07:15
Apple Watch passes water torture test with better...

The folks at FoneFox took their Apple Watch and subjected it to a variety of water torture tests to see how the Watch would fare. Apple says the Watch is water-resistant and only capable of withstanding water-based activities such as washing your hands, doing dishes and so on. In their almost 4-minute video, the folks at FoneFox show that the Watch is much more capable than Apple claims.

Surprisingly, the water-resistant Watch is capable of withstanding a two-minute shower, submersion in a bucket for five minutes and even a swim in a pool. You can check out how the Watch passed with flying colors in the video below.

Please note that while FoneFox's results are impressive, we do not recommend doing any of these things at home. Our official recommendation is to follow Apple's guidance in regards to the Apple Watch and water.

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07:10
External Link: Comcast Gives Up on Time Warner Cable

Comcast Corporation has officially given up on its $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. The Federal Communications Commission was reportedly concerned about the ramifications of the top two cable companies merging, which would have given Comcast control of up to 50 percent of American broadband access.

 

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07:09
iFixit begins teardown, analysis of Apple Watch

It’s the teardown you’ve been waiting for.

The coolest of felines over at iFixit finally got their mitts on an Apple Watch and a full teardown reveals that the much-vaunted heart rate monitor is actually capable of acting as a pulse oximeter, allowing it to calculate the oxygen content of your blood by measuring how much infrared light is absorbed. This feature could become useful in future generations, but is not yet utilized in the first generation of the Apple Watch.

The teardown revealed that even the antenna connecting the Digital Crown to the rest of the watch is apparently made of gold, even on the low end models of the device.

iFixit’s efforts demonstrate the...

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07:09
Apple Watch App Store Open for Business with 3,000...

With Apple Watch finally showing up on people's doorsteps, Apple opened the doors to its smartwatch-specific App Store. More than 3,000 compatible apps are available already, and more are on the way.


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07:00
News: FoneFox posts Apple Watch waterproof testing...

Australian site FoneFox has posted a YouTube video demonstrating the water resistance capabilities of the Apple Watch Sport. The video begins by showing general splash tests — which the Apple Watch unsurprisingly survives — and then moves on to taking the Apple Watch through a two-minute shower, dunking it in a bucket of water, and then swimming with it in a pool for 15 minutes. While the Apple Watch was not usable while underwater due to the…

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06:58
∞ An Android fan’s take on Google vs Apple

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06:45
News: iFixit posts Apple Watch teardown

iFixit has already begun its expected teardown of Apple Watch, this time posting the results in real-time as the site proceeds through each step. While the teardown is still ongoing, iFixit has already made some interesting observations by examining the innards of Apple’s new wearable device, including the nature of the device’s construction, how tightly integrated and packed in the circuitry is, and the likely proprietary nature of the…

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06:44
News: Daily Deal: Hand Pen Stylus for 40% off

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Hand Stylus for 40% off – only $14.95. Masterfully designed to provide maximum precision, Hand Stylus features a slim 4mm retractable rubber tip that’s perfect for taking notes, drawing, typing, playing games, and more. Auto-rotating functionality helps ensure the tip wears down evenly, and the small size lets you easily select items even on smaller screens. The tip can also be easily replaced…

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06:00
The promise—and massive challenge—of making games...

When the iPhone was first announced in 2007, Apple didn't sell the pocket computer as a gaming device. Many observers were skeptical the smartphone would ever become an important part of the game industry, scoffing at its lack of physical buttons and limited hardware power compared to handhelds like Sony's PlayStation Portable. The App Store that would make games widely available on the device wasn't even available until the follow-up iPhone 3G, released one year later.

Of course, the iPhone (and its smartphone ilk) is one of the most important platforms in the gaming business today, with hundreds of thousands of titles ranging from casual megahits to hardcore console ports to indie darlings to forgettable shovelware and everything in between. The phone's role in the market has become so important that...

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05:50
Photos on the Mac: Comparing Edited Images to...

Wondering where the trick of holding down Shift in iPhoto to compare edits went with the new Photos app? Hey, this Quick Tip has you covered. Not sure what we mean about the thing that holding down Shift used to do? Hey, this has you covered on that, too, and you may just find that it's your favorite "new" ability with the Photos program.


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05:47
Apple Watch release brings debut of all-new folding...

Apple has turned its penchant for slimness to the famously brick-like U.K. power plug, replacing its old fixed-pins model with an all-new version featuring folding pins and a more rounded design.

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05:35
Apple Watch found to be compliant with Qi wireless...

The inductive charging capabilities of the Apple Watch are based on the established Qi open standard, as shown by the fact that the Apple Watch charger works with the competing Moto 360 smartwatch.

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05:30
Developer creates service to pair Watch owners with...

The tight inventory of the Apple Watch had one unfortunate side effect — many Watch developers were unable to secure a unit for delivery on April 24th. Such is the case for Francis Dierick, whose Fysikal app has been ported to the Watch and released without being tested on the Apple Watch itself. This testing won’t happen anytime soon as Dierick lives in a country where the Watch is not yet available.

Instead of complaining to Apple or ranting on Twitter about this situation, Dierick decided to do something about it and created Watch Testers, a service that’ll pair Watch developers with Watch testers. Developers who need their app tested and Watch owners who are willing to do some testing can sign up at watchtesters.com. For testers, all it...

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04:41
Apple debuts three new ads showing Apple Watch use...

Commemorating the launch of the Apple Watch on Friday, Apple launched three new ads showcasing how the device can be useful in normal daily life situations.

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03:50
Apple Watch launch in Paris greeted with long line...

Apple is introducing its new Watch across a limited number countries today, but only a few stores will have the device available for sale. Among that short list is Colette, a fashion boutique just a few blocks from Apple's own retail store at Carrousel, beneath the Louvre.

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03:48
The Apple Watch is out and more goodies are coming...

The Apple Watch is out and more goodies are coming our way…

Whether or not you will be wearing a brand new Apple Watch today, you can feast your eyes with this incredible variety of accessories, stands, band adapters, cases, screen protectors, and other creative solutions for your wrist.

Adappt

Developed by four Italian students, the Adappt ($9 to $3,450) is a sturdy, fashionable adapter that lets you use wristbands other than the Apple’s original models.

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03:45
Staff Picks: 8 Apple Watch apps we can't wait...

The Apple Watch’s killer app is, well, its apps—nearly 3,000 available on launch day. While we don’t want to clutter our watch home screens with apps we’ll never use, the Macworld staff did find some gems waiting to work with the go-to apps we’re already using on our phones every single day. These are the apps we can’t wait to use on our wrists.

One note about screenshots: Apple Watch apps typically have dark backgrounds that blend seamlessly into the black bezel around the Apple Watch’s screen. That means developers can place text and graphics right up to the edge of the screen, instead of leaving padding (since the bezel acts as the padding). If a screenshot looks oddly designed seen on its own here, chances are it’ll look just fine in context on the watch itself.

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03:04
Shop different: What's a new product launch...

There was a time when Apple launches didn’t light up headlines around the web. When the original iPod was released back in November of 2001, for example, the only people lining up were at Apple Stores in Littleton, Colorado, and Newport Beach, California—and most of them weren’t looking to fork over $399 for an mp3 player. They just wanted one of the free grand-opening T-shirts.

But ever since the iPhone, Apple launches have become major events, prompting long, snaking lines, week-long camp-outs, and blocked-out vacation days for Apple Store employees. Lines and crowds have become so commonplace that Apple routinely sets up rope stanchions and orders cases of water to keep things orderly.

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00:39
Shipping times for Apple's 15" MacBook Pro...

Days after apparent supply constraints slowed ship times for certain Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro models to 1-2 weeks, the Online Apple Store on Friday extended those estimates to 2-3 weeks.

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Thursday April 23

23:42
References to 'iTunes Subscription' pop up...

References to a heretofore unknown "iTunes Subscription" service showed up in the iTunes desktop client on Friday, potentially revealing a few details of a rumored Apple-branded streaming music solution said to launch sometime this year.

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20:59
Apple Watch gets teardown treatment, unannounced...

Just hours after Apple Watch first reached early-bird buyers in Australia, a device teardown hit the Web revealing a litany of miniature parts and an unannounced data port thought to be used for diagnostics work.

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20:55
iFixit tears down the Apple Watch Sport revealing...

As the Apple Watch slowly starts arriving to customers, the folks at iFixit have gotten their hands on the device and have started the teardown process. As usual, the site has shared detailed images of the teardown process and anecdotes along the way.

The images give us the first look inside Apple Watch Sport, including a look at the Taptic Engine and Digital Crown. iFixit also notes that the antenna features Apple’s classic gold treatment as also seen on the...

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20:55
iFixit tears down the Apple Watch Sport revealing...

As the Apple Watch slowly starts arriving to customers, the folks at iFixit have gotten their hands on the device and have started the teardown process. As usual, the site has shared detailed images of the teardown process and anecdotes along the way.

The images give us the first look inside Apple Watch Sport, including a look at the Taptic Engine and Digital Crown. iFixit also notes that the antenna features Apple’s classic gold treatment as also seen on the...

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19:46
Cablevision offers 'Cord Cutter' packages...

It looks like Cablevision is covering all of its bases. Today the company announced "Cord Cutter" packages that include a free digital antenna and access to its Optimum WiFi network. Additionally, Cablevision is offering the option of adding HBO Now ...

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18:19
Customers line up at boutique fashion retailers,...

Prospective Apple Watch buyers are queuing up outside high-end fashion outlets scheduled carry the device on launch day, an odd scene for those accustomed to seeing those same lines at Apple's own stores for a big product debut.

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16:53
Visual Primer for Navigating Apple Watch

Apple Watch is very nearly here, and in the meantime you can check out how the interactions fit together using the latest episode of the Maccast and an image created by a Reddit user showing how the interface is used in different situations.


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16:00
AWT News Update: April 23, 2015

On today's podcast:

  • Apple Watch shipping notices were sent out to a good number of early pre-order customers today
  • Apple's Watch App Store has launched with over 3,000 apps already available
  • It appears that the planned Comcast / Time Warner merger may be dropped
  • Apple confirmed that monaural (mono) audio is coming to the Apple Watch, a boon for people deaf or hard of hearing in one ear
  • The new One Drop app seeks to improve life for those with diabetes
  • Recent Apple World Today interviewee Laura Legendary has posted the first part of her series on the Watch's fashion appeal from an accessibility perspective
  • Microsoft has added Apple Watch support to PowerPoint for iOS

See the full script of today's show (with links) below.

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15:46
∞ App Store for Apple Watch is live

You can now see what apps are available for the Apple Watch, even if you don’t have one of the devices. Just open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, which comes with the latest iOS update, and you can browse the available apps. Currently there are over 3,000 apps for Apple Watch. I expect that to increase very quickly.

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15:40
Comcast Reportedly Dropping Plans to Buy Time Warner...

Comcast is planning to drop its proposed buyout of Time Warner Cable. According to multiple news outlets citing a variety of unnamed sources, Comcast is backing the deal in the wake of intense scrutiny from antitrust regulators in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).


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15:39
Fantastical 2.0.3

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15:30
Researcher Discloses Methods For Bypassing All OS X...

Trailrunner7 writes: For years, Apple has enjoyed a pretty good reputation among users for the security of its products. That halo has been enhanced by the addition of new security features such as Gatekeeper and XProtect to OS X recently, but one researcher said that all of those protections are simple to bypass and gaining persistence on a Mac as an attacker isn't much of a challenge at all. Gatekeeper is one of the key technologies that Apple uses to prevent malware from running on OS X machines. It gives users the ability to restrict which applications can run on their machines by choosing to only allow apps from the Mac App Store. With that setting in play, only signed, legitimate apps should be able to run on the machine. But Patrick Wardle, director of research at Synack, said that getting around that restriction is trivial. "Gatekeeper doesn't verify an extra content in the apps. So if I can find an Apple-approved app and get it to load external content, when the user runs...

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15:26
KeyCue 7.5

Adds the capability to omit keyboard shortcuts for both specific applications and system-wide shortcuts. (€19.99 new, free update, 3.4 MB)

 

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15:07
ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery: $49.99

Here's a deal on a killer gadget called ZeroLemon SolarJuice-it's a 20,000mAh portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices, and you can charge it using the on-board 1.2W solar panels. I think that's super cool. 20,000mAh is a ton of power, enough to charge your iPhone 6 more than seven times. If that's not enough, it has a built-in LED flashlight. This thing retails for $100, which is a good price, but through our deal you can get it for $49.99.


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15:04
Take Your Apple Watch Face and Love It!


Apple is known for fantastic product design, but it's not known for customization. The first iPhone hit the world nearly eight years ago, and yet our "customizable" home screen options are limited to the organization of app icons and some wallpaper choices that can produce color tints through translucent layers. So all of us future Apple Watch owners likely will have to settle for a handful of Apple-developed watch faces. I've been hoping for months that Apple would let third-party designers rethink how to show time through watch faces.

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13:54
YouTube Marks 10 Years of Nondisruptive Revolution


YouTube on Thursday celebrated its first full decade. It was 10 years ago to the day that cofounder Jawed Karim uploaded the site's first video. It was a humble beginning: a 19-second clip of elephants, with Karim declaring that the pachyderms have "really, really long trunks." In fairness, it may have been in keeping with other notable firsts. In speaking for the first time on a telephone, Alexander Graham Bell said, "Mr. Watson -- come here -- I want to see you." Thomas Edison's first phonographic recording was "Mary had a little lamb."

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13:46
Apple issues fix for iMac JPEG crashes, updates...

Apple on Thursday released a pair of small but important software updates, one dealing with iMac kernel panics triggered when previewing JPEG files and another adding WatchKit compatibility to TestFlight's iOS beta-testing platform.

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13:00
Throwback Thursday: Apple QuickTake 100

APPLE QUICKTAKE 100 DIGITAL CAMERA. PHOTO ©2015, STEVEN SANDE

We decided to pass on the Wearables Wednesday column yesterday since you’re all probably getting your fill of a certain wearable, but there’s definitely time for a Throwback Thursday.

Today, rather than showing you some of those old Mac magazine ads and articles, I’m showing you one of the favorite toys in my “Museum of Antique Technology” — the Apple QuickTake 100 digital camera.

This camera was first introduced to the public in 1994, and I recall being thrilled by it when Apple took photos of WWDC attendees and printed out MacWorld Magazine covers with our pictures on them. Between the slowness of transferring the images to the Mac and the dreadful crawl of the color printer they were using, it took well over an hour to pick up my photo…

The QuickTake 100 is widely believed to be the first successful consumer digital camera,...

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12:55
Just Mobile’s New USB Battery Charger Goes a Step...

Some USB battery chargers are just ho-hum with nothing special about them. But the Just Mobile TopGum 6000 mAh charger takes everything a step further. It features a magnetic charging stand with two input modes, dual similtaneous outputs, a hideaway Lighting connector and even a gold color option.


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12:49
Review: Zagg Pocket Keyboard

Zagg's Pocket Keyboard ($70) is a foldable Bluetooth keyboard designed for use with smartphones and small tablets, such as iPhones and iPad minis. A small ledge flips out to hold the device during use; though as a Bluetooth keyboard it could conceivably be used with a larger iPad, the keyboard ledge won't accommodate an iOS device that large. According to Zagg, Pocket Keyboard takes up more than 85 percent of a desktop keyboard's typing space. The tri-fold keyboard charges using an included micro-USB cable — Zagg makes no claims regarding expected battery life.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:41
How to get your Apple Watch tracking number from UPS...

I got my tracking number! But not from Apple, like Caitlin did this morning. If you are eagerly mashing refresh on your email account and your “my orders” page at the Apple Online Store, I sympathize—I probably refreshed both about a squillion times today. Caitlin Jealousy was at an all-time high.

This tweet from Adam Christianson gave me hope, however.

Just checked UPS and looks like my Apple Watch will be here Friday! W00t! No word from Apple yet. pic.twitter.com/Im8XRQrcN0

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