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Tuesday March 10

09:18
Labels say 'no' to Apple on cheap...

Record labels are reportedly standing firm against Apple's plan for an $8 per month streaming music service, and may even consider new listening caps for Spotify.

Citing unnamed insiders, Billboard reports that labels are rethinking the value of streaming music now that services like Spotify have taken hold. While labels had been eager to establish new revenue sources after the decline of the CD business, some are now worried that these services still aren't bringing in enough money. It's a sentiment echoed by artists such as Radiohead, Bjork, and Taylor Swift, who have withheld some or all of their songs from Spotify.

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09:05
Uncovered documents point towards CIA-sponsored...

When the CIA sponsors a full-on “jamboree” focused on breaking the security found in the iPhone and iPad, there’s something to be said for that.

According to recently obtained top-secret documents, security researchers were gathered at a CIA-sponsored “Jamboree” event wherein attendees discussed strategies for exploiting security flaws in household and commercial electronics. The conferences have spanned nearly a decade, with the first CIA-sponsored meeting taking place a year before the first iPhone was released.

By targeting essential security keys used to encrypt data stored on Apple’s devices, the researchers sought to...

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09:00
LaCie announces USB Type-C mobile drives to match...

Now that Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook is out, the mad dash is on among peripheral makers to create fancy new accessories to match the fanless, USB Type-C-loaded laptop.

On Tuesday, LaCie announced an update to its Porsche Design Mobile Drive line. The Seagate-owned storage maker announced the portable hard drives will soon come with a USB Type-C connector. The new drives will be available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities and are expected to go on sale before the end of June.

One thing the drives won’t have is USB 3.1—the blazing fast, next-gen version of USB that promises up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds. Instead, the drives will come with USB 3.0 interfaces and maximum transfer speeds of 100MB/s.

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08:29
Select Marriott Hotels, Etsy to begin accepting...

This summer, you’ll be able to use Apple Pay at certain Marriott hotels in the U.S.

In addition, Marriott Rewards members will be able to load their Rewards benefits via co-branded credit cards into Apple Pay.

The first batch of Marriott hotels to get Apple Pay include The Ritz-Carlton New York at Central Park, The Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C., EDITION Miami, JW Marriott Chicago, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, New York Marriott Downtown, San Jose Marriott, Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. Live and Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. Live.

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08:23
Apple secures Safari against FREAK attacks

Apple on Monday patched the FREAK flaw in both OS X and iOS, issuing updates for both operating systems to protect users of its Safari browser.

In a pair of accompanying advisories, Apple noted the FREAK fix as one of several in iOS 8.2 and OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion. The OS X update was labeled 2015-002 to identify it as a multi-edition fix.

“Secure Transport accepted short ephemeral RSA keys, usually used only in export-strength RSA cipher suites, on connections using full-strength RSA cipher suites,” Apple stated in both advisories. “This issue, also known as FREAK, only affected connections to servers which support export-strength RSA cipher suites, and was addressed by removing support for ephemeral RSA keys.”

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08:16
Apple releases Security Update 2015-002 for OS X 10....

It’s not a huge security update, but it came out yesterday and is probably worth snagging.

Late Monday, Apple released Security Update 2015-002, a 4.8 megabyte update containing updated security fixes for the OS X 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10 operating systems.

The update, which addresses vulnerabilities such as the “FREAK” attack, can be located and installed through OS X’s Software Update/App Store features and requires a quick restart to install.

Full technical notes for Security Update 2015-002 can be found here and if you’ve tried the update and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the...

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08:08
Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's...

An anonymous reader writes The Verge has an interesting editorial about the USB Type C connector on the new Macbook, and what this might mean for Apple's Lightning and Thunderbolt connectors. The former is functionally identical to USB Type C, and the latter has yet to prove popular in the external media and "docking" applications for which it was originally intended. Will Apple phase out these ports in favour of a single, widely-accepted, but novel standard? Or do we face a dystopian future where Apple sells cords with USB Type C on one end, and Lightning on the other?


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08:07
Apple confirms 8 GB of space on Apple Watch, will...

This is interesting

Apple confirmed that all three editions of the Apple Watch will ship with 8GB of internal storage. Apple Watch users will be limited to up to 2GB of songs and up to 75MB of photos that are locally stored on the device and can be listened to or viewed without a paired iPhone. Songs can be synced using the Apple Watch companion app on compatible iPhones running iOS 8.2 or later.

2GB of music works out to anywhere from 200 to 500 songs depending on the audio quality, while the report claims that 75MB of photos will equal to over 100 photos that are automatically compressed for reduced file size on the Apple Watch.

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08:00
Accessible Apple: Springing into accessibility, 2015...

Via Apple livestream of the 3/9/15 spring forward event

Yesterday's Apple Spring Forward event blew my expectations clean out of the water. Yesterday morning, we saw Apple make a lot of announcements that have far-reaching implications for universal accessibility. These include, but are not limited to, the Apple TV, ResearchKit, the new MacBook, and the Apple Watch.

The two primary announcements regarding the Apple TV made today were HBO Now and the price reduction. HBO Now, a service allowing subscribers to access HBO's current and archived content for $14.99 per month, brings the Apple TV one step closer to replacing...

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07:58
Rumor: In lieu of upcoming iTuns music streaming...

This is the cost of a company getting to be a certain size or have a certain influence on its surrounding industries.

Apparently, Apple is unlikely to offer a free, ad-supported tier for its upcoming streaming music service. It also seemed like Apple was going to try to undercut competitors like Spotify by offering its service for US$7.99 per month. Now, it’s looking like Apple might not be able to use price to catch up to Spotify — a report from Billboard indicates that the record companies are unsurprisingly unhappy with Apple’s attempt to make streaming music even cheaper. As such, it sounds like Apple is no longer...

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07:52
WaterField Designs shows off ultra-slim Zip Brief...

Now that the 12-inch MacBook we first unveiled in January has been officially announced, we’re starting to see new accessories designed especially for Apple’s redesigned notebook. San Francisco-based WaterField Designs has a brand new ultra-slim bag fitted specifically for Apple’s new Retina 12-inch MacBook…

The Zip Brief features “leather with waxed canvas or ballistic nylon” on the outside as well as an exterior, angled pocket for toting...

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07:49
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath comes to Mac, syncs game...

After a remastered release of critically acclaimed console game ‘Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath’ on iOS devices last year, today the title officially arrives for Mac users via the Mac App Store.

New for the Mac version of the game: iCloud integration so you can save and continue playing on iOS, gamepad support and fully mappable keyboard/mouse controls, Game Center achievements/leaderboards, and support for all Mac resolutions including Retina displays and the new 5K iMac.


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07:39
Apple Watch will fight obsolescence with a...

Battery longevity could be a problem for Apple Watch users, but at least there’s a replacement plan in the works.

An Apple spokesman told TechCrunch that the Apple Watch’s battery is replaceable. It’s unclear how much a fresh battery will cost, or what the replacement procedure will be. (We’re guessing you won’t be able to do it yourself at home.)

Fresh out of the box, Apple is promising up to 18 hours of normal use on a charge. But all batteries lose capacity over time, and it’s not unusual for a mobile device to store just 80 percent of its original capacity after several hundred full recharge cycles. For the Apple Watch, that means an 18-hour battery could dwindle to 14 or 15 hours, at which...

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07:38
Opinion: Why I’m not the target for the new ultra-...

Mark Gurman nailed it, so there were few surprises for 9to5Mac readers in yesterday’s launch of Apple’s new, ultra-portable 12-inch MacBook. But one thing we didn’t know for sure then was whether the new machine would be a cut-down, entry-level MacBook or a high-spec premium one.

The answer, we now know, is neither–or both. It’s cut-down in some respects, specced-up in others. A lower-spec CPU, but more RAM and SSD storage. A lower-spec GPU, but a higher-res screen. It loses Thunderbolt, but gains USB C. Clever things done with battery space and power-efficiency, but potential gains in battery-life wiped out by the smaller, thinner form-factor.

It makes for a slightly odd positioning in the line-up … ...

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07:35
Chinese Apple Watch knockoffs now available for sale

If you don’t want to wait a month for your Apple Watch, you can buy a Chinese knockoff right now.

Knockoff versions of the Apple Watch can be found at Huaqiangbei electronics market in the southern city of Shenzhen, and others are being sold nationwide via popular e-commerce websites.

The fakes mimic the design and style of Apple’s new offering, right down to the digital crown. With names like “Ai Watch” and “D-Watch,” they cost between 250 yuan and 500 yuan (US$40 to US$80).

Most run an Android operating system that has been made to look like an Apple interface. They even have snazzy Apple-like icons on the home screen.

The early availability of knockoffs...

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07:20
Apple airs its first MacBook promotional videos

Shortly after wrapping up its Monday press event, Apple published two official videos showcasing the company's new 12-inch MacBook notebook. The two videos, available now on YouTube, were shown during the company's Spring Forward event on Monday.

The shorter video is a one-minute look at the aesthetics of the machine, while the longer video is narrated by Jony Ive and takes a closer look at the Force Touch trackpad, the butterfly keyboard design and other technology that the notebook introduced.

Apple's next generation MacBook will be available starting April 10 with a starting price tag of $1,299 for the base model with a 1.1GHz Intel Core M processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD.

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07:18
Apple Watch includes 8 GB of storage, allows 2 GB of...

In our report last week, we reported that internal models of the Apple Watch included 8 GB of storage. We have now confirmed with the company that the shipping units do indeed ship with an 8 GB storage capacity. However, there are some important limitations.

As a user, you are only allowed to use a subsection of that total space for certain types of data. As confirmed with Apple, users are only allowed to store up to 2 GB of music on the Watch and up to 75 MB of photos for the Photos app. Note that all three collections — Sport, Watch and Edition — feature the same 8 GB memory capacity.

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06:45
Wall Street expects high margins, respectable sales...

Analysts on Wall Street came away generally pleased with this week's announcement of Apple Watch launch details, viewing the new platform as a way to extend the company's valuable ecosystem and generate more revenue from high-margin products.

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06:38
Apple Watch battery will be replaceable to extend...

In the event that the Apple Watch battery needs to be replaced, Apple technicians will be able to swap the component out, although the company hasn't elaborated on how the replacement process will be handled.

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04:59
CIA has waged 'secret campaign' to crack...

Classified documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the Central Intelligence Agency has been engaged in a multi-year coordinated effort to crack the security of Apple's iOS platform, which powers and protects the iPhone and iPad.

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04:41
∞ The new Apple Watch ad

This is the best kind of ad. Just show off the product, show what it can do. Simple. Perfect.

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04:22
Thunderbolted: USB-C is our new connection overlord...

When news of a new Mac notebook leaked two months ago, one of the aspects that seemed most absurd was the omission of multiple ports. Instead, there would be just one hole. Weirder still, it would be USB-C, a format never before seen in a Mac and unfamiliar to most people, as it was only unveiled in production equipment last September.

Turns out, it wasn’t absurd at all. With the new 12-inch MacBook, Apple has gone all in for all-in-one, using USB-C to provide power, display output, and USB connections. Thunderbolt is gone. The SD card slot is gone as well. And the MagSafe component of the power connection has disappeared into very thin Air—I mean, thin MacBook. (Magnets? How do they work?)

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03:34
Accessibility improvements Apple should make in iOS 9

For many visually impaired users, myself included, it was a rough transition from the “classic” iOS 6 to the top-to-bottom redesign of iOS 7. While I still take issue with some of the design changes iOS 7 brought, I’ve grown accustomed to them and can’t imagine going back to the old style. If anything, I feel the iOS 7 and iOS 8 look is much more aesthetically pleasing overall.

Still, as someone with low vision, I continue to struggle with the legibility of iOS in various parts of the system. With iOS 9 in the works, here are six things I’d like to see Apple tweak in an effort to make iOS more visually accessible.

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00:58
Hands on: Why trying an Apple Watch made me want to...

I had a $17,000 Apple Watch Edition strapped to my wrist today. Rose gold. 38mm. Rose gray strap that felt like butter, with a modern buckle also in solid 18-carat gold. It was beautiful. But as luxe as the materials are, my hands-on demo time with the Apple Watch made me confident that I can go with the entry-level Apple Watch Sport and be just as happy.

Why? It’s the software, silly! The Apple Watch’s apps, glances, and notifications are so easy to use and well-thought-out that once I started tapping, pressing, and scrolling around the tiny display, I quickly forgot what materials were in the case and strap. Here’s...

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Monday March 9

21:00
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18:58
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18:13
Thinnest-ever Apple MacBook hands-on

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18:02
12-inch MacBook hands-on: Great keyboard and...

What’s lighter than Air? The all-new MacBook. Apple’s newest, goldest laptop is lighter and thinner than the MacBook Air, and sports a gorgeous Retina display like the top-of-the-line MacBook Pros. But this isn’t an Air or a Pro. It’s just a MacBook, and yet... it changes everything.

The first thing I noticed during my hands-on time is the MacBook’s screen. The colors are bright and vivid, and the 2304x1440 resolution shows all the detail you’re used to seeing on a Retina display. The bezel around the screen has shrunk significantly. The screen doesn’t go completely edge to edge, but it’s pretty darn close.

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18:00
Apple's March 2015 press event now available to...

Apple today held its March 2015 press event and used the occasion to unveil a new MacBook model and confirmed the launch details for the Apple Watch. The company also introduced the medical-oriented ResearchKit and announced a partnership with HBO that brings the HBO Now streaming service exclusively to the Apple TV. If you missed the original live stream when it happened, you now can watch the event in its entirety on Apple's event website.

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17:35
Thinnest MacBook, a la carte HBO, and Apple Watch:...

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17:14
AppleInsider podcast goes deep inside Apple's...

In a special AppleInsider podcast episode, we get reactions from Daniel Eran Dilger, who was at Monday's event that ushered in a brand new 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, and extensive details regarding Apple Watch specs and pricing.

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17:01
Apple Watch hands-on: Apple's first-ever reveal...

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17:00
Apple Watch band pricing starts at $49, climbs to $...

Interested in the Apple Watch and wondering what your final cost will be once you've made your band and Watch selection? You now can visit Apple's online storefront and browse all 38 variants of the Watch, including the 10 Sports models, the 20 Watch versions and the 8 Watch Edition models. The quoted price based on the watch collection, case size, and band option you choose.

You also can check out the "Bands and Accessories" section that lists the available bands and their prices. Pricing on the Watch straps start at $49 for the Sport band and climb to $449 for the Link bracelet. Apple also is selling extra charging cables in 1 and 2 meter lengths for $29 and $39, respectively.

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16:36
Apple addresses 'FREAK' attack in latest...

Apple on Monday rolled out a security update for OS X, as well as separate updates for iOS and Apple TV, that addresses a number of recently discovered vulnerabilities, including a widely publicized SSL/TSL flaw dubbed "FREAK" that could in some cases allow malicious users to intercept secure communications.

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16:24
Mega Poll: Are you buying an Apple Watch? If so,...


Apple today gave us the full rundown on the Apple Watch, revealing new details including all of the available variants and their prices. The Apple Watch Sport is going to start at $349 (as we already knew), but the mid-tier Apple Watch is going to start at $549, while the top-end Apple Watch Edition will be starting at $10,000 (and go all the way up to $17,000).

There are a total of 38 models listed in the Apple online store, and this is a pretty wide range of options to choose from considering they’re all functionally identical. But the question, knowing the prices and models available, is this: Are you...

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16:18
AppleCare+ warranty for Apple Watch to cover two...

If you ding your brand-spanking-new Apple Watch, there IS some forgiveness for it.

As long as it’s the low-end watch and not the super-mega-premium Apple Watch model.

The Apple Watch Sport and the stainless steel Apple Watch will be covered by a limited one-year warranty for hardware repairs and up to 90 days of complimentary support from Apple, the same coverage offered for the iPhone, iPad and many other products. Meanwhile, the more expensive 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be backed by two years of hardware coverage and complimentary support.

AppleCare+ will also be available for all three Apple Watch models,...

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16:17
Apple Springs Bevy of New Products at Watch Event


The Apple Watch wasn't the only new product to take the stage at Apple's media event on Monday -- Apple also introduced an all-new sleek MacBook. In addition, Apple nabbed the chance to be the exclusive launch partner for HBO's new streaming subscription service. Among the event highlights: Apple Watch will be available for preorder April 10, sale April 24; Apple Watch Edition starts at $10,000; All-new super slim MacBook has a 12-inch Retina display; HBO Now streaming service will launch on Apple devices in early April for $14.99/month.

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16:00
Some thoughts on the heart of the new MacBook

New MacBook, image from Apple.com

My first thought today when I saw the new MacBook was "damn, that's thin!" The second was some fleeting thought about how nice the Space Gray version looked, and the third thought was about the speed of the new laptop. I did a quick search for information on the Intel Core M SoC (System on a Chip) used in the new device and it actually looks pretty good despite the slow clock speed. Remember, it's not all about clock speed...

Although it's not clear from Apple's web page about the new MacBook, it appears that it is using the Intel Core M-5Y70 Broadwell SoC. It generally putters along at about 1.1 GHz (1.3 GHz available), but can spike up to 2.4 GHz (2.9 on the top end model) in Turbo Boost mode. The graphics chip of this system is the Intel HD Graphics 5300.

The new MacBook Air starts off with a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 SoC, also from the 14nm Broadwell family. It will...

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15:53
Apple Watch announced, device to be available for...

And now, the big kahuna.

On Monday, Apple announced the Apple Watch, which will become available for pre-order on April 10.

The wearable device ranges from US$249 with a smaller 38mm watch band and goes for US$399 with a 42mm watch band. The Sport model features a stainless steel alloy that’s apparently 80 percent harder than normal stainless steel, leaps up to US$549 for the 38mm model with Apple’s most pedestrian wrist band, and tops out at US$1,049 for 38mm versions with high-end fashion bracelets—like the Space Black Stainless Steel Link version.

For those of you who are made of money, an 18K gold version...

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15:45
Video: Apple's 'Spring Forward' event...

Apple's "Spring Forward" event on Monday was jam-packed full of information about upcoming products, including the Apple Watch and the all-new MacBook with Retina display. AppleInsider offers a quick video summary of all the news.

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15:44
ExtraBITS for 9 March 2015

In this week’s collection of links, Apple replaces AT&T in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Oracle’s Java now comes with a nasty surprise in the installer, and it turns out you can proof EPUBs with the iBooks Web Inspector.

 

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15:41
Watch this: All the Apple Watch info from today...

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15:39
Apple reportedly backs down in push to lower...

As it continues to negotiate with music labels on a rumored Beats Music relaunch, Apple has reportedly surrendered on one of its key initiatives: lowering the cost of the rebooted service to $8 per month.

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15:39
Hands-on with the Retina MacBook: One-port wonder


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SAN FRANCISCO—Apple announced a new MacBook today—not MacBook Air, not MacBook Pro, just MacBook. It’s the first one of those that Apple has offered since it killed the plastic MacBooks earlier this decade, and while those computers were low-cost alternatives to the MacBook Pro and then the MacBook Air, this laptop is a much different beast.

It’s Apple’s first fanless MacBook. It’s the first to use Intel’s ultra-low-power processors in the form of the Broadwell-based Core M. It’s got a Retina Display. It’s not a cut-down budget model, and it’s not quite a MacBook Air replacement. We got a chance to take the laptop for a test drive at Apple’s event today, and here’s what it’s like to use.

Look and feel

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15:38
iOS 8.2 uses your home screen as an Apple Watch...


I don't have one yet, though! Good thing I can learn about it via the official, undeletable Apple Watch app.

During Monday's Apple press conference in San Francisco, Tim Cook announced that iOS 8.2 would immediately begin rolling out to compatible iDevices—as in, any device that could already run the original version of iOS 8. Along with expected bug fixes, the update's biggest addition was support for the upcoming Apple Watch. It's a fact that users are now being bonked over the head with thanks to the creation of a dedicated, mandatory app.

Apple, along with its smartphone-making peers, has a long history of...

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15:24
Apple Pay to land in Marriott hotels this summer,...

Adding to Apple Pay's expanding footprint, Marriott and Etsy announced separately that they will offer physical and digital support for Apple's payments service in the coming weeks.

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15:22
Apple TV price dropped to $69, HBO Now offered...

Not only did Apple wrangle HBO into their corner, they’re dropping the price of the Apple TV.

Following Apple’s announcement that HBO Now is coming exclusively to Apple TV, company CEO Tim Cook said the price of the set top box is dropping from US$99 to US$69. The price cut was made, according to Mr. Cook, to make Apple TV more accessable to an even larger audience.

The set top device received a US$30 price cut following HBO Now exclusive channel announcement.

News of Apple TV’s price drop came during the company’s “Spring forward” media event Monday morning. The event also included the news of HBO Now’s April launch for US$14.99 a month...

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15:22
AWT News Update: March 9, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about Apple Watch at today's Spring Forward Event

All the news you need about Apple's Spring Forward Event held today, in about three minutes. We touch on:

  • News about Apple TV
  • The new 12-inch Retina MacBook
  • MacBook Air gets updated
  • Apple creates ResearchKit for health research
  • Watch pricing and availability news

Be sure to give us a review in the iTunes Store when you get a chance!

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15:20
Apple releases Apple Watch app with iOS 8.2 update

The Apple Watch app includes a walk-through on pairing your Watch to your iPhone. Too bad we don't have a Watch to pair just yet.

As Tim Cook promised during Monday’s Apple Watch event, Apple just released iOS 8.2, and with it comes the first glimpse of the Apple Watch app. You’ll find options for pairing your Watch with your iPhone, videos about the Apple Watch, and a place for future third-party Apple Watch apps. 

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15:11
Apple Watch Available in Nine Countries on April 24

Apple today announced that Apple Watch will be available April 24 to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, and the U.S. Apple Watch brings an entirely new way to receive information at a glance and interact with the world through third-party apps designed specifically for the wrist. “Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait for people to start wearing Apple Watch to easily access information that matters, to interact with the world, and to live a better day by being more aware of their daily activity than ever before.”

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15:09
Apple Unveils All-New MacBook

Apple today unveiled the all-new MacBook, a thinner and lighter line of notebooks available in gold, silver, and space gray aluminum finishes. MacBook features a 12-inch Retina display; a full-size keyboard; the all-new Force Touch trackpad; a compact USB-C port for data transfer, video out, and charging in a single connector; and a new battery designed to deliver all-day life. “Apple has reinvented the notebook with the new MacBook, and at just 2 pounds and 13.1 millimeters, it’s the thinnest and lightest Mac ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every component of the MacBook reveals a new innovation. From its fanless design, ultrathin Retina display, and full-size keyboard that’s 34 percent thinner, to its all-new Force Touch trackpad, versatile USB-C port, and breakthrough terraced battery design, the new MacBook is the future of the notebook.”

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15:09
Apple Watch's IPX7 water resistance good for...

One of the last remaining questions surrounding the Apple Watch was answered Monday, when Apple revealed that its forthcoming wearable would be rated to the IPX7 waterproofing standard.

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15:08
Apple Updates 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina...

Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air. “Today, the popular 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, 11-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Air all received significant upgrades,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been updated with the latest processors, more powerful graphics, faster flash, longer battery life, and the all-new Force Touch trackpad. We’re also bringing the latest processors and graphics and faster Thunderbolt 2 to the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air, as well as up to two times faster flash to the 13-inch MacBook Air.”

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15:07
Apple Introduces ResearchKit, Giving Medical...

Apple today announced ResearchKit, an open-source software framework designed for medical and health research that can help doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps. World-class research institutions have already developed apps with ResearchKit for studies on asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. “iOS apps already help millions of customers track and improve their health. With hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world, we saw an opportunity for Apple to have an even greater impact by empowering people to participate in and contribute to medical research,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “ResearchKit gives the scientific community access to a diverse, global population and more ways to collect data than ever before.”

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15:00
HBO NOW Premiering in April; Subscription Available...

Apple and HBO today announced HBO NOW is premiering next month, making an HBO subscription available directly to Apple customers for the first time ever. iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV users can purchase HBO NOW directly in-app as a standalone service to watch HBO’s original programming, Hollywood hit movies, documentaries, sports, and comedy specials for $14.99 a month. “HBO NOW offers a new generation of HBO fans many of the best TV programs in the world without a cable or satellite subscription,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Now, with the same simplicity as buying an app, customers can subscribe to HBO NOW and instantly start viewing their favorite HBO programs as they air — this is huge.”

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15:00
I really want stainless steel, I can afford aluminum

Watch Sport at left (42/38mm), Watch at right (42/38mm)

Today we were finally given access to the pricing ranges for the Apple Watch, and I know that for me, the pricing was a bit of a shock. That $349 number that had been bandied about for months for the Watch Sport? Wait a second -- that's only for the 38mm version. For the bigger 42mm size, you'll need to cough up $399. 

While the pricing of the mid-range stainless steel Watch started right where I thought it would be -- $549 -- that price is for the 38mm model with the Sport Band. The pricing goes up to $599 for the 42mm version, and you can pay anywhere up to $1049 (38mm) or $1099 (42mm) depending on what band you decide to purchase.

What seemed somewhat reasonable now seems absurd. There's not that much difference in terms of the looks of the Space Gray aluminum case Watch Sport with a black Sport band and the stainless steel case with a black Sport band, except one is matte finish (Sport) and one is...

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14:59
First look: Apple Watch companion app debuts in iOS...

With the release of iOS 8.2 on Monday, countless iPhones have been upgraded with compatibility for the forthcoming Apple Watch. Here's a closer look at the new Apple Watch companion app.

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14:44
Apple introduces 12-inch MacBook, offers...

This may be the MacBook you’ve been waiting for.

On Monday at its “Spring Forward” media event, on Monday, Apple revealed a new 12-inch MacBook, a radical revamp that shakes up the winning MBA design by dumping virtually every conventional port—Thunderbolt, the SD card slot, a power connector, everything—in favor of a pair a single USB Type-C connection and an audio jack.

The overhaul slims the notebook down to a mere 2 lbs. and 13.1mm—the slimmest MacBook by a full 24 percent, according to Apple’s Phil Schiller. This is in addition to a new, full fanless design, which Apple has never done before.

The display on...

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14:43
iMovie for OS X gets support for Photos beta in...

Apple has released an update to the OS X edition of iMovie, making several minor but important changes, including integration with Yosemite's new Photos app, which is bundled with the current OS X 10.10.3 beta.

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14:30
Etsy, Marriott to support Apple Pay

Hotel chain Marriott and retail site Etsy have both announced their intentions to support Apple Pay following the company's announcement's this morning. 

First up, the Marriott has announced that three U.S. locations will support the service in the near future, including the Ritz-Carlton at Central Park, the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, and the Courtyard Chicago Downtown.

Meanwhile, Etsy detailed its plans to support Apple Pay, noting that "...sellers who already accept Direct Checkout, currently available in 22 countries, will automatically be eligible to receive payments via Apple Pay from US buyers."

Our take on the news

Expect the figure that Cook quoted today -- 700,000 participants -- to grow by leaps and bounds. The popularity of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are now doubt a factor behind the adoption rate. Now imagine that Apple Pay is even...

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14:29
First look: Hands-on with Apple Watch and working...

Apple spilled additional details about its hotly anticipated Apple Watch wearable on Monday, and AppleInsider was there to take a first look at the device that could soon dominate a burgeoning smartwatch market.

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14:00
AWT special deal: Macphun Focus... for free!

This week we have a special deal partner -- Macphun, the makers of many wonderful photography apps for Mac. To help celebrate one month of Apple World Today, they'd like for you to get a free copy of their Focus app (regularly US$9.99) and introduce you to the rest of the lineup of Macphun apps. Just click that image above and you'll be whisked to their web page for the free copy.

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13:54
Apple's new 12" MacBook uses iPad-style...

Alongside its all-new, ultra-slim MacBook, Apple on Monday also revealed some additional accessories including a redesigned power adapter that takes its cue from the iPad and a set of breakout adapters for the device's lone USB-C port.

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13:47
Apple Unveils More Apple Watch Details

Apple revealed more, but not all, about the Apple Watch in its “Spring Forward” event today. Notably, you’ll be able to pre-order an Apple Watch on 10 April 2015, with delivery two weeks later. But you might not like the prices.

 

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13:41
First look: Hands-on with Apple's all new 12...

Following the redesigned 12-inch MacBook's unveiling on Monday, AppleInsider was on hand to take a first look at Apple's latest thin-and-light, which comes in three colors including gold.

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13:03
∞ A new level of respect for Apple

Like most people that attended Apple’s event on Monday, I was waiting for news of the Apple Watch, but I was distracted early on by another, incredibly important announcement: ResearchKit.

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13:00
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12:49
How apps like Instagram and Uber will work on Apple...

An Apple Watch without the essential apps you want on your wrist would be useless, so Tim Cook and co. made sure that must-haves like Uber, Instagram, WeChat, American Airlines, Shazam, and a slew of others were ready to go at launch.

Apple has its own native Watch apps, like Workout and Activity for fitness-tracking, but to install third-party Watch apps, you’ll need iOS 8.2, which is now available as an over-the-air download. The upgrade has a few new features, including the Apple Watch app, which is where you’ll find the Watch app store. Apple will feature all the apps and games you’ll need to get started when you unbox the Watch—just don’t expect them to be like iPhone apps.

To read this article in full...

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12:44
iOS 8.2 is now available with Apple Watch support

Apple has released iOS 8.2 with support for the Apple Watch, plus additional improvements. As of this writing, it's available over the air and should be accessible via iTunes later today. The update is compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s, as well as iPad.

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12:42
Apple’s golden year gallery: Apple Watch and the new...

ars.AD.queue.push(["xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:[], collapse: true}]);The Apple Watch has existed for a while, but as of Monday, it finally has a list of prices and release dates to match. More importantly to us, the models are now being demonstrated as finished products, meaning we are getting to test how they interact with our iDevices just feet away from where Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new products' April 24 release date.

While our intrepid reporter Andrew Cunningham covers his wrist in as many Apple Watches as he possibly can—we hope he puts three of them on at once—we've put together a gallery of both the Apple Watch and today's surprise announcement of a Macbook refresh. (Added to the beloved gold...

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12:31
ResearchKit

“iOS apps already help millions of customers track and improve their health. With hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world, we saw an opportunity for Apple to have an even greater impact by empowering people to participate in and contribute to medical research,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “ResearchKit gives the scientific community access to a diverse, global population and more ways to collect data than ever before.”

I didn’t see this one coming, but I’m really glad Tim and company decided to do it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:29
Apple’s new MacBook

“Apple has reinvented the notebook with the new MacBook, and at just two pounds and 13.1 mm, it’s the thinnest and lightest Mac ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every component of the MacBook reveals a new innovation. From its fanless design, ultra-thin Retina display and full-size keyboard that’s 34 percent thinner, to its all-new Force Touch trackpad, versatile USB-C port and breakthrough terraced battery design, the new MacBook is the future of the notebook.”

So Apple has the MacBook Air, MacBook, and MacBook Pro lines again. I spent some time with the new MacBook today and it is stunning. I want that gold one.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:25
Apple Watch available April 24

“Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait for people to start wearing Apple Watch to easily access information that matters, to interact with the world, and to live a better day by being more aware of their daily activity than ever before.”

It was a great keynote and a very interesting product.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:15
Waterfield Designs announces Time Travel Apple Watch...

That took no time at all. Waterfield Designs just announced the new Time Travel Apple Watch Case ($49 - $59) and the $17 WatchPad to accessorize your Apple Watch.

Time Travel is a beautiful padded case for carrying your charger, spare watch bands, a Bluetooth earpiece or your iPhone, and even the Watch when it's not being worn.

It comes in black, camel, grey, red, forrest green, cowboy brown, or black ballistic leather and will ship shortly after April 24. 

The WatchPad is a simple protective charging pad available in black or grizzly leather:

It's available now!

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11:50
Apple announces exclusive HBO Now streaming service...

Apple kicked off its March press event by introducing the new HBO Now, a standalone streaming service that will be available exclusively for Apple TV owners. The subscription service will debut in April with a monthly cost of $14.99. As part of this partnership, Apple is lowering the price of the Apple TV to $69.

Our take on the news:
This partnership bodes well for the future of the Apple TV. With such a high-profile exclusive deal, Apple will continue to keep the Apple TV in its product lineup with a hardware update hopefully coming sometime this year.

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11:49
Apple Watch starts at $349 for 38mm Sport, while...

If you’ve got your heart set on an Apple Watch, be prepared to pay some of the highest prices in the wearables universe when you pre-order on April 10. The absolute cheapest model—the 38mm anodized aluminum Sport model—costs $349, and you’ll pay another $50 more if you need the 42mm version for your largish wrist. 

The sweet-spot Apple Watch, made of a stainless steel alloy that’s apparently 80 percent harder than normal stainless steel, leaps up to $549 for the 38mm model with Apple’s most pedestrian wrist band, and tops out at $1,049 for 38mm versions with high-end fashion bracelets—like the Space Black Stainless Steel Link version. Add another $50 to all these iterations if you have a wrist that requires a 42mm watch case.

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11:43
Apple's "Spring Forward" Event Debuts...

samzenpus (5) writes There was a lot of news at Apple's Spring Forward keynote today. Here's a list of some of the most eye-catching announcements.
HBO Now standalone streaming service coming to Apple TV and iOS apps in early April for $14.99 a month.Lowered price of Apple TV to $69.Apple Pay accepted at up to 100,000 Coca-Cola machines by the end of the year.ResearchKit Announced: Is open source and allows medical researchers to create apps, and use the iPhone as a diagnostic tool.New MacBook: Lightest ever at 2 pounds, 13.1mm at its thickest point. 2304x1440 display, consumes 30% less energy. Fanless, powered with Intel's Core M processor. 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0. and 9 hours of web browsing battery life. Supports many protocols through one connector USB-C. Ships April 10, starting at $1,299.iOS 8.2 is available todayApple Watch: Accurate within 50ms of UTC. Read and delete email, built-in speaker and mic so you can receive calls. It tracks your movement and exercise. Use...

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11:34
Apple Watch available on April 24 with $349 starting...

Apple today confirmed that it will begin accepting pre-orders for the Apple Watch starting April 10, with in-store displays also available on that day. The Watch will go on sale starting April 24th with a price tag of $349 for the 38mm Watch Sport and $399 for the 42mm Sports model.

The stainless steel Apple Watch offers the widest variety of bands and a starting price tag of $549 that can climb to $1049 depending on band choices for the 38mm model. The 42mm version again is available for an additional $50 ($599-$1099). The gold Apple Watch edition will be priced from $10,000 and available in select retail stores.

Besides a lengthy product demonstration showing Uber, WeChat and other apps, Apple also confirmed that the Watch will deliver all-day battery life (18h) under most circumstances.

Our take on the news:
Get those credit cards ready and prepare to grab your Apple Watch. I'm sold on the device and will be there on day one, will...

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11:26
Apple Watch starts at $349, launching April 24

SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday, Apple finalized and solidified the release plans for the Apple Watch, telling customers to get ready to line up for the wearable device on April 24. The cheapest option, the Apple Watch Sport, will start at $349 for the 38 mm model and $50 more for the 42 mm model.

Meanwhile, the stainless steel Apple Watch will start at $549 for the 38 mm model, and that price will balloon all the way to $1,049 "depending on the band you pick," Apple CEO Tim Cook told the San Francisco crowd. The stainless steel 42 mm model will cost $50 more. Both models will be available for pre-order from Apple Stores and Apple's website beginning April 10; select stores will also begin hosting Apple Watch previews on that date. A far more lucrative Apple Watch Edition, priced "from $10,000" with solid-gold cases and custom-designed bands, will be made available in "select retail stores" in the near future as well.

"[Apple Watch is] the most...

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11:22
Apple releases iOS 8.2 today with Apple Watch...

SAN FRANCISCO—iOS 8.2 has been in development for several months now, and today Apple is formally releasing the update to the public. It's available as an over-the-air update or through iTunes for any device running iOS 8, including the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; all iPads except the first-generation model; and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

The biggest feature update is support for the Apple Watch. The device will work with the iPhone 5 and newer models, but it will not work with iPads or iPods. Once you've tethered a watch to your phone, a new companion app will allow you to change the watch's settings, organize its Home screen, and make other changes. We'll take a longer look at this companion app when the time comes to review the Apple Watch itself.

For those of you with other iDevices and/or no particular interest in the Apple Watch, there are still plenty of reasons to install the update. HomeKit is automation geared and...

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11:20
Apple Releases iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch Support

Apple has updated iOS to version 8.2, which includes a new Apple Watch app for the upcoming wearable.

 

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11:17
Apple's radical 12-inch MacBook is the slimmest...

There’s a reason Apple hasn’t changed the MacBook Air’s core design for years now: It’s basically perfect—the epitome of a thin-and-light laptop, from its luxurious, razor-thin exterior to its majestic glass trackpad. But even perfection can’t coax Apple into sitting on its heels.

On Monday, Apple revealed a new 12-inch MacBook, a radical revamp that shakes up the winning MBA design by dumping virtually every conventional port—Thunderbolt, the SD card slot, a power connector, everything—in favor of a pair a single USB Type-C connection and an audio jack. That, paired with numerous other advances, helped the 12-inch MacBook become the slimmest, lightest MacBook ever—and it's silent, too.

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11:09
New 12-inch MacBook Joins Updated MacBook Air and...

With the release of the new 12-inch MacBook, Apple has made the lightest, thinnest notebook Mac ever. The new notebook also features a completely redesigned trackpad and keyboard, Retina display, and a single USB-C port for all your charging and connectivity needs. But it’s more expensive than the MacBook Air and offers significantly less performance than the equivalently priced 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

 

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11:00
Apple updates non-Retina MacBook Airs and the 13”...

SAN FRANCISCO—As expected, Apple has just updated its MacBook Air lineup with new Broadwell-U processors from Intel. Those CPUs were released later than originally scheduled—this is the first time the Airs have gotten a real refresh since June of 2013, though Apple gave them a small CPU clock speed bump and price cut in April of 2014.

The base includes a 1.6GHz (2.7GHz Turbo) dual-core Core i5-5250U and an Intel HD 6000 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB PCI Express SSDs. We examined this CPU and GPU in...

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10:54
Apple unveils the Macbook, the lightest and thinnest...

As part of its March press event, Apple unveiled a new ultra-thin laptop simply called the Macbook. The 12-inch notebook with edge-to-edge display weighs a svelte 2 pounds and measures only 13.11mm thick. It also features a new full-device keyboard that's been overhauled with new butterfly mechanism to improve the tactile feedback and slim down the keyboard. Each key has an individual LED to improve the backlit feature.

Apple also updated its trackpad in the new MacBook with a new pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad. The casing features a new unibody design that allows the MacBook to shed its fan, making this model the first MacBook ever without a fan. Another unique feature is the single-port USB-C connector that supports USB, DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA.

The MacBook will be powered by a 1.3 GHz Intel Core M processor with a turbo charge that'll boost processor speed to 2.9 GHz. The new Mac will deliver all-day battery...

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10:49
Private, Public Teamwork Needed to Fight ISIS on...


Social media firms should team up with the United States government to work out appropriate responses to extremism on their sites, recommends a Brookings Institution report released last week. The Institution's J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan last year launched a study to define and describe the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter. Among other things, they found that ISIS ramped up its efforts on Twitter following the suspension of many supporters' accounts. Twitter froze at least 1,000 such accounts between September and December.

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10:35
Apple reveals new 12” retina-display MacBook

It was a foregone conclusion that Apple would be releasing a watch today at the company's event at the Yerba Buena Center, but we weren’t sure if there would be time for anything else (ha ha!). However, the company did in fact squeeze in something besides just the new timepieces: there are new MacBooks coming as well.

Instead of going with a Broadwell i5 or i7 like with the MacBook Air, the new MacBook will start with a 1.1GHz Intel Core M that sips 5W of power. It will come standard with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage, and it will start at $1,299. An upgraded 1.2GHz Core M CPU (which will boost up to nearly 3Ghz under load) and 512GB of storage will run $1,599. The new models are expected to start shipping on April 10, and they even come in three colors: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.

As rumored, The new MacBook—which appears to be called just that, the "MacBook"—features a 12-inch 2304x1440 pixel "Retina" display....

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10:27
Apple unveils ResearchKit, a new open source program...

As part of its its March press event, Apple announced the new ResearchKit that turns the iPhone and HealtKit into powerful medical research tools. The software framework is designed to benefit medical research and can pull data from the Apple Watch and the Health app on iOS. Apps will be able to monitor asthma, assess Parkinson symptoms and more. Participation will be optional and data will be stored and transmitted securely. Partners in the ResearchKit program include Mount Sinai Hospital, Standford University and other major medical research hospitals and universities. The company will debut the first five ResearchKit apps today and will be making the open source development kit next month.

Our take on the news:
This is big announcement for Apple as it moves it health initiative from simply monitoring your activity level to helping the medical community understand illnesses as well as help cure diseases. Not...

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10:22
Tim Cook discusses iPhone, Apple Pay

At this afternoon's Spring Forward event, Apple CEO Time Cook announced that his company has sold 700 million iPhones to date, making it the top selling smart phone in the world. That's a lot of iPhones and, fortunatley for Apple, a lot of happy customers. Tim noted that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are enjoying a 99% customer satisfaction, according to a recent survey.

Tim also briefly discussed Apple Pay. After just three months, the program has expanded from six supporting banks to over 2,500. Retail participation has nearly tripled in that same time period to almost 700,000 participants. Finally, Cook noted that Coca-Cola is rolling out vending machines that support Apple Pay. No more struggling with crinkled dollar bills!

Stay with Apple World Today all day for coverage and insights related to today's announcements.

Our take on the news:

Cook-led Apple is a...

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10:16
Apple Announces HBO Partnership, Cheaper Apple TV

Apple had no new Apple TV hardware to offer at today’s “Spring Forward” event, but it’s dropping the price of the existing model and partnering with HBO for a new service that will make cord cutters cheer.

 

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09:00
Today in the App Store -- Ghostnote for OS X,...

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 CrazyTalk7 PRO, the new Ghostnote for Mac, and an update to outdoor app Yonder. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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08:30
Rumor: Power Reserve reportedly offers significant...

This could prove helpful.

The Apple Watch’s battery life should be significantly better in the shipping product than some early accounts suggested, one report says, while the device itself could fundamentally change the way users interact with their iPhones.

Citing sources who have spent “extended time” with the product, TechCrunch reports that Apple has been working on improving longevity, such that during a normal day of periodic use, the Watch should still have roughly 25 percent of its power left.

While people will still have to charge the device overnight, they should be able to make it through a full day on a single charge....

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08:15
Should you buy an Apple Watch? A flowchart

Here's a great tongue-in-cheek flowchart meant to guide your Apple Watch purchase decision. I love the no-nonsense start:

Do you have at least $349 to spare? > No. > Don't do it.

Answer "Yes" and the chart gets more convoluted and entertaining. Just don't be "that guy" (or woman). You'll see what I mean. 

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08:12
Apple Store down in advance of “Spring Forward”...

As expected, the Apple Store has gone down in advance of the Apple Watch announcement.

Not that this hasn’t happened before, but this tends to be a very strong indicator that something new will be available to buy after the event. It’s also expected that you’ll be able to order a next-gen MacBook after the event is over, as the 13-inch MacBook refresh reported is the most likely reason as to why the Apple Online Store is now saying ‘We’ll be back soon’. These products seem to be the most likely to be ready to ship immediately after announcement. There is also a good chance that this product refresh may not even feature during the presentation, but appear online...

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08:09
HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone [...

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

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

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07:30
News Hub: Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ Apple Watch event


Yerba Buena this morning via James Martin

Today’s the day. Apple is holding its “Spring Forward” event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California. We’ll be using this article as a news hub linking out to the latest updates from the event in live blog style. We’ll also post any late breaking news here, so stay tuned for all of the updates. The event itself begins at 10 AM Pacific/ 1PM Eastern time.

 

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07:17
How much does Apple Watch cost? Give us your last...


It’s your last chance to guess what Apple Watch will cost ahead of today’s ‘Spring Forward’ event where CEO Tim Cook and company are expected to fill us in on pricing, availability, and hopefully preorders.

We know Apple Watch will start at $349, likely for the Sport model, but what we’re really interested in is the starting price for the most expensive model(s): the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition and the stainless steel Apple Watch with stainless steel band (pictured above).

Polls for both of these are below, but feel free to tell us your predictions for pricing on the entire lineup in the comments. Our own roundup of what we expect to...

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06:59
How to watch Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ Apple Watch...

If you’re planning to watch the livestream of today’s Spring Forward event, be careful you don’t get caught out by daylight savings time! You may think you know what time 10am California time is in your country, but the time difference changed yesterday, hence Apple’s name for the event.

The USA put its clocks forward one hour as it started daylight savings time over the weekend, but the UK and the rest of Europe haven’t yet made the switch, meaning the difference between local time and Cupertino time has changed by an hour.

So, if you’re watching from the UK or Europe, here’s the time the event starts:

  • UK: 5pm (7 hrs ahead of CA)
  • Central European Time (most European countries): 6pm (8 hrs ahead of CA)
  • Eastern European Time (Finland, Estonia,...
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06:55
Apple to increase shuttle bus driver wages by 25%

After boosting the pay of its security guards, Apple will also grant its shuttle bus drivers at its Cupertino headquarters 25 percent raise, it was announced on Monday.

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06:54
Online Apple Store down ahead of today's Watch...

Apple's online Apple Store has gone down ahead of today's Spring Forward event, which is believed to be all about Apple Watch. This is typical of Apple, as the company often adds an option to buy or pre-order new hardware after press events. 

It's possible that Apple will add Watch pre-order to the store or even surprise us with a new laptop. We'll know for sure this afternoon starting at 10:00 AM PT. You can watch the event live online or on your Apple TV. Be sure to follow our live blog while you do, for real-time summaries of the news plus commentary and insight.

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Lyn is a lightweight and fast image browser and viewer designed for photographers, graphic artists and Web designers. Featuring an extremely versatile and aesthetically pleasing interface, it... Read more
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Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup, and prose. You'll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features, and amazing performance. Goto Anything. Use Goto Anything to... Read more
WALTR 1.0.11 - Drag-and-drop any media f...
WALTR is designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone format for native playback. It supports a huge variety of media file types, including MP3, MP4,... Read more

MLB Manager 2015 (Games)
MLB Manager 2015 5.0.14 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 5.0.14 (iTunes) Description: Guide your favorite MLB franchise to glory! MLB Manager 2015, officially licensed by MLB.com and based on the award-... | Read more »
Breath of Light (Games)
Breath of Light 1.0.1421 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.1421 (iTunes) Description: Hold a quiet moment. Breath of Light is a meditative and beautiful puzzle game with a hypnotic soundtrack by... | Read more »
WWE WrestleMania Tags into the App Store
Are You ready to rumble? The official WWE WrestleMania app, by World Wrestling Entertainment, is now available. Now you can get all your WrestleMania info in one place before anyone else. The app offers details on superstar signings, interactive... | Read more »
Bio Inc's New Expansion is Infectin...
Bio Inc., by DryGin Studios, is the real time strategy game where you infect a human body with the worst virus your evil brain can design. Recently, the game was updated to add a whole lot of new features. Now you can play the new “Lethal”... | Read more »
The Monocular Minion is Here! Despicable...
Despicable Me: Minion Rush, by Gameloft, is introducing a new runner to the mix in their latest update. Now you can play as Carl, the prankster minion. Carl has a few new abilities to play with, including running at a higher speed from the start.... | Read more »
Dungeon of Madness (Games)
Dungeon of Madness 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Dungeon of Madness is an action game where you rotate tiles to create our own route. Help the hero by connecting the... | Read more »
Filters for iPhone (Photography)
Filters for iPhone 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Photography Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Jump'N'Shoot Attack (Games)
Jump'N'Shoot Attack 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A mobile game for gamers! Join Louise Lightfoot, the legendary "Master of Jumping and Shooting", on her mission to save... | Read more »
Space Bounties Inc. (Games)
Space Bounties Inc. 1.4 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.4 (iTunes) Description: SuperGameDroid: 4/5 "Satisfying futuristic RPG combat, high replay value, and a heavy dose of nostalgia make Space... | Read more »
Gamebook: Pocket RPG (Games)
Gamebook: Pocket RPG 1.0.11 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.11 (iTunes) Description: Walk into the Land of Lanthir Lamath ruled by wicked skeletons and fight for your life in a thrilling adventure.... | Read more »

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Logitech Says MX Master Is Its Most Advanced...
Logitech’s new MX Master Wireless Mouse incorporates the best of Logitech’s many computer mouse innovations into a striking hand-sculpted design. The company claims that the MX Master creates a new... Read more
Save up to $300 on a new Mac, $30 on an iPad,...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad at The Apple Store for Education and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free,... Read more
Apple refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs available...
The Apple Store lowered prices on Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs recently, with models now available starting at $679. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and... Read more
Mac Notebook Evolution; A Desktop Replacement...
More often than not right from the beginning, Apple’s Macs have tended to skew toward small. The original Macs were called “compacts,”, and notwithstanding a few exceptions like the honking Big Mac... Read more
13-inch 1.4GHz/128GB MacBook Air (Apple refur...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 13″ 1.4GHz/128GB MacBook Airs available for $759 including free shipping plus Apple’s standard one-year warranty. Their price is $240 off original... Read more
YEP! Alternative Browser for iOS Now Supports...
Pfaeffikon, Switzerland based Power App AG has announced the release of an update to their Yep! Web Browser (v1.3.0) for iOS8 iPhone and iPad. Yep! hit the App Store shortly after the release of iOS... Read more
15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to...
B&H Photo has the new 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $250 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $... Read more
Clearance 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros availab...
B&H Photo has leftover 2014 13″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $250 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.6GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1098... Read more
Clearance 2014 MacBook Airs on sale for up to...
B&H Photo has MacBook Airs on sale for up to $180 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 11″ 128GB MacBook Air: $789.99 110 off original MSRP - 11″ 256GB... Read more
Apple refurbished Time Capsules available for...
The Apple Store has certified refurbished Time Capsules available for $100 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each Time Capsule, and shipping is free: - 2TB Time Capsule: $199, $100... Read more

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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - D...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Systems Engineer - Pre Sales, Educat...
…is responsible for proactively providing technical expertise to drive sales of Apple solutions into assigned accounts. The SE architects, validates, and assists in Read more
Sr. Technical Services Consultant, *Apple*...
**Job Summary** Apple Professional Services (APS) has an opening for a senior technical position that contributes to Apple 's efforts for strategic and transactional Read more
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