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Monday April 27

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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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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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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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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10:24
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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10:05
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)
  • iPad 2 (GSM) (iPad2,2)
  • iPad 2 (CDMA) (iPad2,3)
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi, 2012) (iPad2,4)
  • iPad mini (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,5)
  • iPad mini (GSM) (iPad2,6)
  • iPad mini (CDMA) (iPad2,7)
  • iPad 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,1)
  • iPad 3 (CDMA) (iPad3,2)
  • iPad 3 (GSM) (iPad3,3)
  • iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,4)
  • iPad 4 (GSM) (iPad3,5)
  • iPad 4 (CDMA) (iPad3,6)
  • iPad Air (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,1)
  • iPad Air (Cellular) (iPad4,2)
  • iPad Air (China) (iPad4,3)
  • iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,4)
  • iPad mini 2 (Cellular) (iPad4,5)
  • iPad mini 2 (China) (iPad4,6)
  • iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,7)
  • iPad mini 3 (Cellular) (iPad4,8)
  • iPad mini 3 (China) (iPad4,9)
  • iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad5,3)
  • iPad Air 2 (Cellular) (iPad5,4)
  • iPhone 4s (iPhone4,1)
  • iPhone 5 (GSM) (...

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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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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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07:33
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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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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06:38
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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Sunday April 26

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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21:22
Hazel 3.3.5

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

 

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17:34
Help aid Nepal with American Red Cross donations via...

Apple:

Aid Nepal earthquake relief efforts by making a donation to the Red Cross.

As I have recently discovered, every little bit helps. Even if you only have $5 to spare, it adds

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:44
Rumor: Apple deliberately delayed Tidal app updates...

Apple may be intentionally slowing the release of updates to Tidal's iOS app in an attempt to weaken the music service ahead of an impending relaunch of Beats Music, a report said on Saturday.

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14:55
Apple Watch Apps can’t Track Heart Rate and it’s all...

Using Apple Watch to track your health and fitness activities is great, unless the companion app you rely on doesn't log your heart rate-and that means any third party app. As annoying as that is, there's a real reason behind Apple's decision, and it isn't one they'll likely change soon.


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14:07
xsan volume interrupted while deleting data or...

Forums: Troubleshooting

Dear Concerns,

I am facing a problem in XSAN 2.1.1 volume. My XSAN volume gets interrupted whenever i delete data from it or move large number of files from one folder to another within a volume. Plus MDCs are updating metadata journal quite slow. (takes 4 to 5 seconds for updating any newly placed files)
Sometimes when i create a folder on volume from one mdc or client, other mdc and clients show it zero kb and as a ghost folder until i restart that client or mdc.

Anyone could please help me on this :(

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13:45
XSAN 2.1.1 volume intrupted while deleting or moving...

Forums: SoftwareTags: Xsan

Dear Concerns,

I am facing a problem in XSAN 2.1.1 volume. My XSAN volume gets interrupted whenever i delete data from it or move large number of files from one folder to another within a volume. Plus MDCs are updating metadata journal quite slow. (takes 4 to 5 seconds for updating any newly placed files)
Sometimes when i create a folder on volume from one mdc or client, other mdc and clients show it zero kb and as a ghost folder until i restart that client or mdc.

Anyone could please help me on this :(

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10:00
'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' is fast,...

Developer Treyarch has a good record of keeping things fresh in Call of Duty. The company started working on the franchise back in 2005. With World at War it added zombies, Black Ops went to Vietnam, Black Ops 2 traversed time and added branching nar...

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09:19
Embracing a wireless future: What it's like to...

In writing our review for Apple's impressive new 12-inch MacBook, the reality of using the ultraportable notebook didn't fully set in until I realized I couldn't actually finish the publication of said review without turning to my MacBook Pro.

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09:04
Best Apple analyst posts AAPL Q1-Q2 estimates: Macs...

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the few analysts we feel credible, has his Apple numbers ready for Q1 2015. The analyst projects iPhone, iPad, and Mac shipments to be 58.2 million, 10.1 million, and 4.5 million respectively. He also estimates that Apple Watch shipments are currently at 631,000 units.

Kuo believes that iPhone shipments have peaked and that Apple will see a quarter over quarter decline of 21.8 percent in Q1 and an 11.6 percent quarter over quarter decline in Q2 for shipments of 51.4 million, which would still represent a record quarter for the company. The morale of the story here is that Apple is still selling a lot of phones and there’s no need to worry yet.

iPhone shipments have peaked. We estimate iPhone shipments to decline 21.8% QoQ to 58.2mn units in 1Q15, milder than the seasonal pattern. While...

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09:04
MGG 550: Photos Isn’t Always Easy

You have questions about Apple's new Photos app and John and Dave have your answers. The answers are not always easy and not always exactly what you want, but your two favorite geeks will get you there as smoothly as possible. Also some fun (and geeky!) discussion of typing filenames (with spaces, no less) from the Terminal, as well as dealing with pesky WiFi signup screens when traveling. Oh, and Dave got his Apple Watch, too. All this and more!


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08:32
Apple's Next Frontier Is Your Body

Lashdots writes: Amid the unveiling of the Apple Watch, Tim Cook's wrist distracted from another new product last month: ResearchKit, an open source iOS platform designed to help researchers design apps for medical studies—and reach millions of potential research subjects through their iPhones. Alongside the company's new frontiers, like the car and the home, Cook told Jim Cramer last month that health "may be the biggest one of all." As Fast Company reports, Cook says Apple's devices could could help pinpoint diseases within decades—and position the company at the center of a "significantly underestimated" mobile-health industry.


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06:08
∞ How to turn your Apple Watch gold (or any other...

Casey Neistat takes an Apple Watch and does his best to turn it into a poor person’s gold Apple Watch Edition.

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06:00
Review: Misfit’s Bolt LED bulb promises iPhone and...

Two of the hottest product categories at this year’s CES were home automation and wearables, which Apple is now tackling with HomeKit and the Apple Watch. As has historically been the case, the price premiums Apple has set for its products have left plenty of room for more affordable alternatives. Misfit, a company co-founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley, is now competing in both categories: the just-released Bolt Wireless LED Smart Light Bulb ($50) joins a small collection of Bluetooth-controlled lights, while its late 2014 wearable fitness and sleep tracker Flash ($33-$50) is in the...

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05:50
Lining up for the Apple Watch, the new model

Why is Apple pushing the Apple Watch lines to other stores?

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05:27
The definitive guide to Apple Watch icons

This post was written for developers, but if you are interested in the design side of Apple Watch, you might find this interesting. No programming required.

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05:18
The math behind the iTunes Affiliate Program

If you are a developer with an app in progress or already in the App Store, the iTunes Affiliate Program is an absolute no-brainer. But this logic also applies for any other iTunes content, even free content.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:14
Users discover stainless steel Apple Watch scratches...

Now that the stainless steel Apple Watch is becoming widely available, owners are beginning to post photos showing their shiny steel Watches have already developed scratches on the casing. Since Apple’s videos touted its steel as specially cold-forged to achieve superior hardness, people have been surprised to discover that the finish is easily scratched – many comparing it to the back of an iPod. While this isn’t shocking for 316L stainless steel, it is concerning to customers who just spent $549 or more on the mid-range Apple Watch. But don’t panic! As I’ll explain below, you can easily fix the scratches yourself for around $5…

First off, let’s get one thing straight: the fact that the steel Apple Watch can scratch is not a surprise or “...

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04:39
Consumer Reports initial tests unable to scratch...

I can’t remember if we’re still mad at Consumer Reports for Antennagate but they seem to be doing a thorough job at testing the Apple Watch as evidenced in the video below. Notable from their Day 1 tests is that the Apple Watch Sport screen does scratch but only after going pretty far down the Moh’s hardness scale (7-rated) into the unlikely to ever happen category.

The Sapphire Apple Watch however wouldn’t scratch under any circumstances, though it doesn’t appear that Consumer Reports had a diamond pick to test it against. Regardless, for intents and purposes, you likely will...

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02:45
Some things i’ve done with the Apple Watch in the...

Eric Alba:

Checked my watch for the time, noticed my battery is at 43%, either that or it’s 43F degrees out, I’m drunk.

Looks like the Apple Watch is quite versatile.

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Saturday April 25

18:35
iPhone and Mac to shine in Apple's Q2 2015...

After a gangbusters fiscal quarter one, Apple could see moderate gains highlighted by strong performances from iPhone and Mac over the three-month period ending March, according to noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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14:29
Apple Not Allowing Fart Apps on Apple Watch

Bad news for fans of flatulence: Apple is not allowing fart apps on the Apple Watch. Good news for anyone with a sense of humor advanced past the age of 12: Apple isn't allowing fart apps on the Apple Watch.


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13:23
How to Convert iPhone Photos to Black And White

In part 2 on his series on Black and White photography on the iPhone, Vern Seward discusses the best ways to convert your color photos to black and white.


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12:48
Quick Tip: How to Take an Apple Watch Screenshot

Taking a screenshot with the new Apple Watch is very easy, and Bryan Chaffin explains how.


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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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07:52
How to Eliminate Drop Shadows in OS X Screenshots

Carefully composed screenshots are essential for technical writers, but OS X adds a drop shadow to screenshots that can cause headaches. Josh Centers explains how to get rid of these pesky drop shadows, both temporarily and permanently.

 

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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. 

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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

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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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17:14
Skype updated w/ support for replying to messages...



The list of iOS apps with Apple Watch support continues to grow this evening. Skype has now rolled out an update that includes support for Apple’s newest device and bumps the app to version 5.12.2. From the Apple Watch, users are now able to reply to messages and start new chats directly on their wrist.

Replying to messages with the Skype app on Apple Watch is a similar process to that of the built-in Messages app. Users can either choose from a predetermined list of responses and emoticons, or use their voice and dictate a message to the Watch. Furthermore, the...

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17:09
Apple Watch How-to: Setup and pair your Apple Watch...

After much anticipation, the first batch of Apple Watch orders began arriving to customers today. In this how-to article, we will discuss how to setup the Apple Watch and pair it with your iPhone.

The first thing you need to do is power on the device. To do so, press and hold the side button for two to three seconds until the white Apple logo appears, as shown in the picture above. When it is booted, you must select the language of the device by tapping on your answer.

The next screen on the Apple Watch tells you to open up the Apple Watch app located on your iPhone...

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16:08
Jony Ive & Marc Newson discuss the design,...

As the Apple Watch arrives in the hands of customers, Vogue has shared a video interview with Jony Ive and Marc Newson, in which the two discuss the design process of the device. Ive and designer Newson both discuss the reasons that customers may purchase the Apple Watch, as well as their own opinions on the design and the choices that went into the design process. The interview, conducted by Suzy Menkes, was held at the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference in Florence, Italy.

Marc Newson, when asked about the reason for Apple making a watch, said that the wrist seemed like the obvious next step for Apple and its future. “The wrist has always...

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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

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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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10:57
How to pair your new Apple Watch with your iPhone

Once you get your Apple Watch out of the box, the first thing you'll need to do is pair it with an iPhone to start using its features. AppleInsider offers a closer look at exactly how the pairing process works.

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