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16:13
First third-party Apple Watch magnetic charging...

Is this the first third-party Apple Watch charging cable? Apple hasn’t yet announced official plans for a third-party accessory program for Apple Watch, but that hasn’t stopped accessory makers from creating stands, charging docks, straps, and other accessories for the device. This charging cable...

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16:00
AWT News Update: May 4, 2015

May the Fourth Be With You! There's some futuristic Jedi mind control of your home devices coming soon. For that and other news of Apple, check out today's podcast.

  • YouTube disappeared from second-generation Apple TVs last night
  • Facebook may become your go-to source for content from news providers in the near future
  • General Electric announces a HomeKit-compatible color-changing LED light bulb
  • Belkin updates its WeMo app to give the LED light bulbs it sells full IFTTT compatibility

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Steve Sande here from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 4, 2015. Many thanks to our sponsor this week, Rage Software, developers of...

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15:47
Facebook Responds to Critics by Unlocking Internet....


Facebook on Monday announced that it will expand Internet.org to ensure that it doesn't conflict with the principles of a free and open Internet. CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to criticisms of Internet.org and outlined plans to make the free service even more open. "Soon, we're going share an open technical spec, and any compatible service will be available through Internet.org across the whole world," he said. "This will give people even more choice and more free services, while still creating a sustainable economic model."

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15:34
How to start and monitor a workout on Apple Watch

One of the highlight features of the new Apple Watch is its fitness tracking abilities, which lets users track movement throughout the day, keep tabs on wellness goals and monitor specific workout routines.

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15:32
Jewelers start gold plating Apple Watch to undercut...


It’s no secret that the price of the Apple Watch rapidly increases if you want a gold model. The Apple Watch Edition with an 18 karat rose gold case starts at $10,000 and ranges to $17,000 for yellow gold models with a gold-plated band. Jewelers, however, looking to take some of Apple’s high-end Watch market, have now started offering their own take on the gold Apple Watch…

First, Watch Plate offers to gold plate your own Apple Watch for $399. The process is relatively simple. You simply FedEx them your stainless steel Apple Watch and they will gold plate the device and ship it back to you, all within 3...

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14:16
Apple hires new general contractor to finish Campus...

Apple is signing on a new general contractor to help finish Campus 2, the company's upcoming ring-shaped headquarters being constructed in Cupertino, Calif., according to a Monday report.

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14:01
FOSSers Puzzle Over Significance of Open Source .Net...


Microsoft last week released a preview of the next version of its .Net Core runtime distribution, fulfilling last fall's pledge to open source .Net and take it cross-platform for Mac and Linux. "Windows 10 is and will be a standard .Net platform, and improving the interoperability of .Net builds bridges from those platforms to Windows 10, effectively augmenting the developer community available to Microsoft and exposing the portfolio of apps they create to Microsoft platforms," said Black Duck Software's Bill Weinberg.

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13:52
GE announces Siri-controlled, color-changing LED...


GE announced today that it’s introducing HomeKit enabled LED lighting products offering Siri-controlled solutions for both the home and enterprise. With support for Apple’s new HomeKit framework, users will be able to control the lights from their iOS device using Siri.

The company noted that the new line of GE HomeKit lighting will also include its GE Align technology that “tunes the light spectrum to help promote the body’s natural sleep cycle by controlling the blue concentration of light output.”...

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13:29
Apple Watch's Hidden Diagnostic Port To Allow...

MojoKid writes: Apple's Watch launched two weeks ago to some unbelievable hype and coverage in the press. However, it appears one feature flew under the radar and Apple actually had just one more trick up its sleeve. You see, on one side of the watch face is a hidden door that exposes a 6-pin port. It's assumed that this could be used for diagnostic purposes, but with an Apple Watch in hand, a company by the name of Reserve Strap was able to verify that it could also be used for charging. This seems pretty huge and strange at the same time: why would Apple keep such a thing quiet, when the Apple Watch's battery-life isn't what most people would consider impressive? Even more interesting is the fact that Apple didn't make use of this port to release its own charging straps — watch straps that carry a charge themselves. Apple's lack of transparency here doesn't much matter, though, as the aforementioned Reserve Strap is planning to get such a product to market as soon as possible....

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13:27
Apple stops iOS 8.2 code signing, prevents...

Apple has stopped signing the code for iOS 8.2, meaning that anyone wanting to downgrade from iOS 8.3 through iTunes will no longer be able to do so, accounts indicated on Monday.

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12:41
GE to develop new LED bulbs that work with Apple...

General Electric on Monday announced plans for a new color-changing LED light bulb, due to ship sometime later this year, that will come out of the box with support for Apple's HomeKit system.

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12:02
Microsoft prepping Continuity-like features for...

Just over a year after closing its acquisition of Nokia's phone division, Microsoft is reportedly set to reenter the high-end handset space with a pair of new Lumia devices that will feature powerful internals and carry the mobile banner for Windows 10.

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12:00
Droplr goes freemium and gets an all-new iOS app

Back in 2009, Droplr hit the world as a file sharing and collaboration tool, and all was good... until the team started charging for its service. With a number of other sharing tools already available -- like Dropbox -- a lot of us who were along for the ride stopped using Droplr. I really missed being able to just upload a file and have a link to it copied to my clipboard, but I couldn't justify the subscription cost. The app and service has a core of about 150,000 users who continued to use Droplr, and now it's back with a freemium model and new iOS app.

Droplr Free can be used by anyone free of charge, and those images, files, and GIFs that you're sharing will expire after a week. For many people, this is perfect and the service will work just like it used to. 

The premium version is called...

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11:55
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4...

Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1, Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.5, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.1, Default Folder X 4.7.1, Pixelmator 3.3.2, and BBEdit 11.1.

 

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11:55
ExtraBITS for 4 May 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, Adam Engst discusses the Apple Watch on the Tech Night Owl Live, Apple confirms that tattoos can interfere with the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensors, and the company offers an unexpected recommendation for Apple Watch owners suffering from sticky digital crowns.

 

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11:29
Google acquires Timeful time management iOS app to...

Google today announced that it’s acquiring Timeful Inc, the company behind the Timeful app that offers a central location for time management, calendar functions, to-do list and scheduling features.

While the company confirmed that you will be able to continue downloading the Timeful app from the App Store— the app is iOS only— it also said that it will focus “the team’s attention will be on new projects at Google.” That means the Timeful team will begin implementing features of Timeful into Google apps, the company confirmed. 

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11:13
DNS Borked itself

Forums: Networking

I am running an early 2008 Xserve w/ SL10.6.8 to host Primary DNS, AFP/NFS/SMB,DHCP & OD for my domain, over the weekend DNS somehow borked itself and I've got no clue why. I would like to simply restore from TM but I use network-based TM and am not comfortable with going that route yet. I would like to see if there is some way to put DNS back without a full system restore.

If I go to DNS in server admin on the primary server DNS is running but it shows 0 zones primary and secondary. When I checked in /private/var/named I can see the db's in the folder; EX:
bak.foo.local.
db.1.1.1.in-addr.arpa.
db.1.1.10.in-addr.arpa.
db.foo.lan.
named.local
named.ca
localhost.zone
zones/db.foo.lan.zone.apple
zones/db.1.1.1.in-addr.arpa.zone.apple
zones/db.1.1.1.in-addr.arpa.zone.apple

The...

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11:10
Adobe Adds Dazzle to Lightroom


Adobe's recently launched new version of Lightroom for its Creative Cloud Photography platform improves performance of the photo manager and adds new HDR, panorama and facial recognition features. Lightroom's mobile support also is bolstered in the latest version of the program. Further, it has new capabilities for creating slideshows from stills and video. "The more Adobe can offer within [Lightroom], the less photographers will need to find elsewhere," noted photographer David Guenther.

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11:00
Today in the App Store -- Over, FlatOut 2 and adidas...

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 Over, the new adidas go fitness app and a significant update to Today in History app. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Hello Moto HD: A Fun Car Racing Game [Now free, down from $0.99] One of the most addictive and entertaining physics based driving game ever made!

Over [Now Free, down from $1.99] Over is the app for adding text and artwork to your photos. Designed with mobile creatives in mind, Over features standard and custom-made fonts and well-crafted artwork combined with a sleek design, easy-to-use functionality, and immediate...

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10:38
Opinion: The secret Apple Watch port should probably...

photo credit: iFixit

This weekend, my colleague Jordan Kahn broke the news that “accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps and faster charging,” which is entirely true based on already-expressed developer interest. There is indeed a six-pin port nestled inside one of the watch band recesses, completely covered with a metal panel to obscure its functionality. Unfortunately, Jordan’s story has been picked up elsewhere to support the claim that the hidden port will be “a goldmine for accessory makers.” I hate to take issue with these reports, as the concept — exploiting a hidden port to make new accessories — is exciting, but I have one word for people who are planning to build or buy accessories reliant upon that port:

Stop.

Stop...

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10:17
May the 4th be with you: Apple offers collection of...

To celebrate Star Wars Day— yes, that’s why everyone keeps saying “May the 4th be with you” today— Apple is offering a number of discounts on apps and in-app purchase content from Disney, Konami, and others.

Below we’ve put together links for all of the Star Wars App Store content on sale today, including both Apple’s iOS collection and other iPhone, iPad, and Mac titles discounted for the occasion:

iOS apps on sale:

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10:00
Daily Deals for May 4, 2015, featuring FX Photo...

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

AWT Featured Deal

FX Photo Studio - Camera & Photo Editor with Filters, Effects, Frames plus Color Editing for Perfect Pictures [On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] FX Photo Studio is the biggest collection of photo filter effects available on iPhone, with stickers, borders, fonts, textures and frame effects to help you snap the perfect photo.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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09:58
A new website for web designers and developers [...

A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers.

You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Webdesigner News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web.

They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality news, fresh tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration posts, videos and more.

With frequent updates throughout the day, you’ll always find something interesting and fun to read.

Click here to visit the Webdesigner News website...

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09:40
Charter pursues Time Warner Cable merger in wake of...

Following Comcast's unsuccessful takeover bid, high-level talks have reportedly taken place between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable over a possible merger, in spite of the bad blood between the two companies.

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09:35
Droplr launches new Mac and iOS apps, introduces...


File sharing service Droplr announced today that it is launching new versions of both of its apps alongside a freemium account option. Users will now be able to sign up and use Droplr to share large files for free, but will only be able to store their files for one week. After that, the links will expire. Users subscribed the Droplr Pro service will be able to keep their files forever, and will get access to other settings to customize the file sharing process.

Along with the new account types comes a family of redesigned applications to support them. The iOS app, seen above, has been reworked with support for the latest iOS features, such as sharing extensions. When you upload a file through the...

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09:29
Apple reportedly wants free Spotify dead to pave way...

As Apple works toward a relaunch of its Beats Music streaming service, it’s reportedly pushing labels to kill off the free version of Spotify.

It’s a bold move by Apple if The Verge’s unnamed sources are accurate, coming less than two years after a judge found that the company colluded with ebook publishers to raise prices before the launch of iBooks. Apple is appealing the iBooks verdict, but must comply with an antitrust monitoring program in the meantime. While it’s unclear if the monitor is involved with Apple’s music dealings, the U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly looking into the matter now.

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09:02
9to5Toys Last Call: Star Wars May 4th Deals, 6′ MFi...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

  • 6-foot MFi Lightning USB cable (variety of colors)...
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09:00
AWT Health Club: A week with the Apple Watch

For this week's Apple World Today Health Club column I thought I'd take a close look at how useful -- or not -- the Apple Watch has been as an activity tracker over the past week. The short answer? It's great!

Activity App

The Apple Watch/iPhone Activity apps were the focus of last week's AWT Health Club post, so I won't go into detail about the, but I'm finding that my fondness for the Watch app is growing as time passes. Unlike some other fitness trackers or apps that I've used previously, Activity lets me know with a glance at my Watch just how much progress I've made during a day in terms of the three critical factors -- movement (calories burned), exercise (30 minutes goal per day), and standing and moving for at least a few minutes each and every hour.

Activity doesn't nag me incessantly; rather, it's there to remind me...

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08:59
Holy Crap: Microsoft Is Building Tomorrowland!


One of the movies I'm really looking forward to this month is Disney's Tomorrowland. My first real job was at Disneyland, and I was so in love with the place I often would come back and work a second shift for free. Epcot, the city of tomorrow, was supposed to be Walt's final legacy but his untimely death ended that vision. That city of tomorrow never came to be, except finally -- at least in concept -- in the Tomorrowland movie. Imaginary Tomorrowland is an amazing place, where people go to create amazing things.

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08:52
Reserve Strap, other outfits, eye Apple Watch...

Sometimes it’s the lesser known ports that allow for the best peripherals.

A number of third party vendors are looking to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch’s lugs to charge the device. One accessory maker discussed this approach, opening up the possibility of a “Made for Apple Watch” program down the line.

“Our engineers have been able to independently confirm that the 6-pin diagnostic port underneath the Apple Watch case can be used for charging,” the designers of battery band Reserve Strap wrote in a recent post. This is an undocumented functionality, and there is no word on whether Apple will allow...

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08:33
iFixit posts Apple Watch repair guides, tools now...

For the brave of heart, iFixit has the Apple Watch repair manuals you’ve been hankering for.

The tech outfit has posted manuals as to how to replace the battery, screen, adhesive, and NFC antenna. The guides provide step-by-step instructions on how to replace the Apple Watch’s OLED display and battery, alongside additional steps for repairing the adhesive and NFC antenna that can be damaged as a result of opening the casing.

The OLED display and fused glass digitizer repairs will require a sharp, curved knife and opening pick to pry out and remove the internal battery, disconnecting the display data and digitizer cables, and remove the screen....

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08:29
YouTube app vanishes from older Apple TV models,...

The YouTube app has disappeared from many second-generation Apple TV units, users noted on Monday, with both the home screen icon and references to the app in Settings vanishing overnight.

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08:12
Rumor: 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” to incorporate Force...

A source close to the story has stated that Apple is indeed working on a larger 12.9-inch iPad. The upcoming iPad, commonly referred to as the “iPad Pro”, is rumored to incorporate a number of changes including a Bluetooth stylus accessory with pressure sensitivity, support for Force Touch input, and a USB-C connector.

Its expected arrival date is currently unknown.

The source stated that Apple is expected to include an NFC radio within the new 12.9-inch iPad. While tap-to-pay functionality in an iPad is unlikely, the inclusion of NFC could allow for an “iPad Pro” to serve as a payment receiving terminal for Apple Pay.

The inclusion of...

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08:06
iFixit publishes light saber teardown for Fourth of...

Because it’s the Fourth of May, iFixit is nifty and you should be aware of what’s inside your light saber.

The coolest of felines at iFixit have published a full teardown of Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi’s light saber.

The teardown revealed that there wasn’t a need for specially designed tools, the Adegan crystal is remarkably easy to access and it’s an easy unit to dismantle, repair, reassemble and get back to fighting the Sith with.

Via The Mac Observer and...

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07:49
Apple Watch diagnostic port can be used for charging...

Third parties are able to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch's lugs to charge the device, according to one accessory maker, opening up the possibility of a "Made for Apple Watch" program down the line.

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07:25
Review: Urban Armor Gear, the military-spec iPhone...

Scuff marks created during my own drop-tests …

The problem with buying a protective case for an iPhone or iPad is that you never know for sure just how protective it really is until it is needed to do its job. Even a drop-test video only shows you how well the case worked with that one drop on that one occasion.

The Urban Armor Gear (UAG from now on) iPhone and iPad cases are a little different. They are certified to a military standard known as MIL-STD-810G 516.6. In this test, a device is dropped from a height of four feet – the typical fall for a device dropped while using it – a total of 26 times. The tests cover falls into each corner, the face and back. To pass, the device must remain fully functional afterwards, with no damage at all to the screen.

This isn’t the same as no damage at all, of course, but it certainly lends confidence. And if that weren’t enough, UAG decided to demonstrate its confidence in the case by dropping an...

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07:25
Obvious always wins

In app layout, out of sight is out of mind. And that’s not a good thing. Great read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:20
∞ Reserve Strap: An Apple Watch battery band with a...

Super clever design, high price, here’s hoping this product makes its way to market.

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07:10
Rage Software's EverWeb: This week's...

One thing that we've enjoyed so far here at Apple World Today is that many of our sponsors are companies that we have had a long-time relationship with. That's the case with Rage Software, the developers of EverWeb (US$79.95). 

We first became aware of EverWeb when Apple suddenly dropped support for iWeb, a website development tool that had become quite popular due to its ease of use and ability to use Apple's hosting service. People using iWeb were suddenly left in the cold, until Rage Software stepped in and saved the day.

The EverWeb Mac OS X application works as a quick and easy way to create beautiful and functional websites. You don't need to have any technical skills or web design background to use EverWeb to create a website that looks good on any device. The app can be used to...

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06:56
Apple pulls YouTube from older 2nd-gen Apple TVs...

Following up on our report from April that Google planned to end YouTube support for older Apple TVs and iOS 6 and earlier devices due to API changes, Apple has officially removed the YouTube channel from pre-third-generation Apple TVs. YouTube’s main menu icon has disappeared, along with the Settings menu option to hide or show it along with other channels. Current-generation models continue to have YouTube access.

Apple introduced the third-generation Apple TV in March 2012, noting that it was capable of operating at up to 1080p resolution, which was at that point the only major difference between the new model and its 720p predecessor. A later update to the Apple TV’s operating system further differentiated the 1080p and 720p models, refreshing the icons and fonts on the 1080p version while...

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06:45
Review: Apple Watch as a design piece

Precision. That’s the word that immediately came to mind the minute I picked up my Apple Watch for the first time. Something about this device felt different, on an almost subconscious level, from any other Apple product I’ve used before. Perhaps I was just caught up in the moment. After all, the Watch is the first totally new product to come out of Apple since the introduction of the iPad, which feels like so many years ago. On the other hand, I knew from the onset that I planned on buying the Apple Watch mostly for its design. I wasn’t so much interested in all of the software features it could offer me, I just couldn’t imagine not having this shiny little box on my wrist. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the Apple Watch strictly as a design piece.

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06:41
Apple Watch review: Beautiful form, frustrating...

Susie Ochs, Executive Editor of Macworld, points out poky performance in her Apple Watch review. Solid review but, as to poky performance, this will get better, all by itself.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:40
DOJ to review secret cell phone tracking programs,...

The United States Department of Justice has reportedly decided that the use of controversial cell phone tracking devices --?widely known as "stingrays" --?by its agencies must be more closely monitored, and is preparing to launch an extensive internal review while publicly revealing more details about the secret programs.

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06:14
Apple efforts to end free streaming music on Spotify...

As it prepares to launch a new streaming music service, Apple is said to be pressuring music labels to force rivals like Spotify to abandon their free tiers -- something that has apparently brought scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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06:13
A template for an excellent idea

Matt Gemmell noticed that his local Apple Store did not have any in-store seminars teaching blind or visually impaired people how to use Apple devices. Here’s what he did about it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:05
Popular YouTube series 'Kids React!' takes...

Kids React! is  a popular YouTube series from The Fine Brothers that showcases kid's reactions to old technology. In the latest episode, the crew of young reactionaries ditch the traditional technology and examine the Apple Watch. The results are predictably hilarious. 

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05:13
External Link: Cleaning a Stuck Digital Crown on the...

Some users have reported that the digital crowns in their Apple Watches have become “sticky.” If your digital crown isn’t operating smoothly, Apple recommends rinsing the Apple Watch under running water for ten to fifteen seconds, making sure to remove any leather bands first. You should turn and press the digital crown while it’s under water, and be sure to not use any cleaning products.

 

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05:12
External Link: Apple Confirms that Tattoos Block...

Apple has released a new support document about the heart rate sensors in the Apple Watch, confirming what many had suspected: that some tattoos can interfere with the watch’s light-based sensors. If this affects you, is a significant problem, and can’t be solved by moving the watch to your other wrist, Apple recommends connecting the Apple Watch to a Bluetooth-based chest strap monitor instead.

 

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05:00
Night Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone: First look...

Within the first few days of having my Apple Watch, two things became apparent. First, my cats find the device to be an attractive toy, and second, if the Watch isn't securely placed on the charging puck, it's not going to charge properly. Fortunately, the designers at Element 13 have come up with a dock called the Night Stand (US$69 - 79 depending on pledge level) that anchors both my iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch on a curvaceous circular platform for charging. The designers sent Apple World Today a prototype of Night Stand to check out, and I found a lot to love.

The base of the Night Stand is a truncated aluminum cylinder about 4.4 inches in diameter that adds a lot of heft to the dock -- it weighs in at 1 lb., 6 oz. without the cables added in. Above that is another cylindrically shaped piece of machined aluminum that has a niche...

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03:59
FaceTime audio issues with pre-Bluetooth LE Macs...

A long-running Apple Support Communities thread with 257 posts complaining of audio issues when using a pre-Bluetooth LE Mac on Yosemite reports that the issue is still present in OS X 10.10.3 and 10.10.4 Beta . The issue reportedly affects a number of machines up to and including late-2011 Macs.

I am experiencing an issue with FaceTime video calls or voice calls (using FaceTime audio or the iPhone handoff feature) where all I can hear is a strange clicking sound, like static. The other person can hear me fine and I can see them fine if on FaceTime video, but I can’t hear them.

Various fixes suggested in the thread seem to work temporarily for some, including a restart and resetting PRAM, but the issue returns.

Some in the thread speculate that OS X 10.10 broke something when Apple attempted to ensure that phone continuity features worked only on Macs with...

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Sunday May 3

20:15
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1

Adds a task progress window to the User Agent menubar application. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.0 MB)

 

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20:15
Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.5

Makes changes to investment reporting on the Calendar and improves Download/Financial Institution settings on the Account settings sheet. ($74.99 new, free update)

 

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15:53
Parents use Apple Watch to share newborn’s heartbeat...

Some might write off Apple Watch’s ability to share your heartbeat as gimmicky, but these new parents have found a truly heartwarming use for it— to share their newborn’s heartbeat with family that weren’t able to make the occasion in person.

“Our first child was born and we used an Apple Watch Sport to send his heartbeat to our distant family members it was a really awesome experience that we couldn’t have done without the Apple Watch.”

Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch, heart, heartbeat, how to,...

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15:33
Accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch’s hidden...

One of the first companies to announce plans to make a battery strap for Apple Watch— allowing you to charge the device while on the go while continuing to wear it— has confirmed plans to tap into Apple Watch’s hidden port to charge the device and offer faster charging.

Apple utilizes a magnetic, inductive charging solution to charge Apple Watch, but a wired connection to the device’s hidden 6 pin port will make designing battery straps much easier, according to maker of the upcoming Reserve Strap accessory, and even allow for faster more efficient charging compared to Apple’s own solution.

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14:12
How to calibrate Apple Watch to improve accuracy of...


Apple takes user submitted data for age, height, gender and weight to help it calculate the different data points it provides for workouts and activities, but there is also a way to calibrate Apple Watch to improve the accuracy of the data.

By initiating the calibration process, you can get more accurate readings for calorie, distance, Move, and Exercise estimations in the Watch’s Activity app, and also improved calculations in the Workout app.

By following the steps below, you’ll start calibrating the device’s accelerometer and improve Apple Watch’s accuracy by allowing it to learn your personal stride patterns at various speeds:...

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12:00
Review: The absolutely optional Apple Watch and...

If you're wondering whether to buy an Apple Watch, consider your computing life as a hierarchy of needs:

At the bottom sits your must have device—a computer, tablet, or phone—capable of independently accessing the Internet and storing useful quantities of data. And one step above that is Internet access itself. You need a device to use it, but your device can’t do much without it.

Every tier similarly builds upon the one below it. Next comes useful apps—browsers, productivity software, whatever you need to work and play—and these all extend your device’s functionality in basic, useful ways. Services for work (Dropbox, Office 365) and entertainment (Spotify, Netflix) follow. The line between software and services is increasingly blurry (especially if we’re talking about software-as-a-service) but most of them feel more optional. Everyone needs a browser. Not...

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10:59
Tesla starts selling used electric cars on the web

Tesla is a big fan of selling electric cars directly to the public (much to dealers' chagrin), and it's now doing the same for used vehicles. The automaker has opened an online pre-owned store where you can buy someone's former Model S at a relative ...

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10:00
Review: AAXA’s ST200 LED Pico Projector beams bright...

Even though I’ve had a fair bit of experience with video projectors, I took Celluon’s PicoPro somewhat for granted when I reviewed it this January. I praised the pocket-sized projector, which squeezed a 720p laser video display and speaker into the footprint of an iPhone 6 Plus, but I didn’t triple-underscore how much easier it was to use than most of its rivals. PicoPro worked so well and so quietly with such little effort that I hardly thought about it.

AAXA’s ST200 Short Throw LED Pico Projector ($299) is the newest of the traditional projectors PicoPro is challenging. It has roughly the same footprint and 1280×720 resolution as PicoPro, but it’s around 2.5 times thicker, since it uses...

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09:12
Apple's 12.9" iPad will feature Bluetooth...

Apple is indeed working on a larger iPad which will feature a number of changes, including an all-new Bluetooth stylus accessory with pressure sensitivity, support for Force Touch input, and a USB-C connector, AppleInsider has learned.

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09:07
External Link: Adam Engst Runs Down Apple Watch on...

You knew this was coming, didn’t you? With a week of experience under his wristband, Adam Engst joined Tech Night Owl host Gene Steinberg to talk about what works well and what doesn’t, with a focus on fitness. Put simply, Garmin and Fitbit don’t have much to worry about yet.

 

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07:32
Om Malik’s fantastic interview with billionaire...

This is a long, lovely, lazy Sunday read.

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05:50
Elvis Costello revealed

A solid, if too short, documentary on Elvis Costello, and my absolute favorite Costello performance of a song he wrote with Paul McCartney.

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Saturday May 2

11:04
What would it take to take Apple private?

Die-hard Apple fans have long suggested that the company might be better off without the scrutiny that comes with being publicly traded. On the heels of another record-breaking quarter, AppleInsider took a look at what going private might mean for the computing juggernaut.

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11:00
Review: OWC’s Envoy Pro mini hides a MacBook-like...

Across the How-To guides I’ve written for adding solid state drives (SSDs) to iMacs, Mac Pros, Mac minis and MacBooks, there was one option I left out: thumb drives. While external SSDs such as Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drives and Samsung’s T1 can do two things — dramatically speed up Macs and add storage space — thumb drives tend to be much slower, lower in capacity, and made from inexpensive materials to achieve smaller sizes...

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10:00
Build 2015: With Windows 10, Microsoft is no longer...

Referencing former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's infamous "developers!" chant is practically a cliche nowadays, but it felt like the silent refrain throughout the company's entire Build conference this week. In the run-up to Windows 10, Microsoft wan...

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08:29
DUFL, a service that packs and ships your suitcase,...

Techcrunch:

The idea behind Dufl is that frequent travelers waste a lot of time trying to clean and prep their clothes for each trip, especially when those trips are pretty much back-to-back. With Dufl, the user never has to pack a bag or clean their travel clothes ever again.

I’d hate to be such a frequent business traveller I’d need this kind of service but it does sound like a pretty cool idea and an example of a business that wouldn’t have been possible ten, maybe even five years ago.

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07:44
Linking the most interesting places in the world

Mapbox:

The Geotaggers’ World Atlas is my long-term project to discover the world’s most interesting places and the routes that people follow between them. Five years ago I first started retrieving photo locations from the Flickr search API and drawing lines between them to make the first version of the Atlas.

Today I’m able to launch the full Geotaggers’ World Atlas covering every city in the world. Thanks to Flickr’s API, it exposes over 10 years of photo locations, and as a web map it lets you explore not just the largest centers of activity but also their context, anywhere on earth.

As an exercise in coding, this is interesting. As a visualization of data, it’s utterly fascinating. The only downside is the interactive map doesn’t have details like street names so it may be hard to find out what is so fascinating about that particular location but look up your own city on the map and see if you can spot “the most interesting places”.

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Griffin's cute and...

Bring on the cute!

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features screen covers from Zagg and Spigen, sturdy and functional options that hold up under extreme conditions from Gumdrop and Tech21, and more.

Belkin

The Classic Tab (all iPad mini models; $30) sports a slick design with a tab cover that folds into a stand in landscape orientation with support for multiple viewing and typing angles.

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Wine in a Dash, Connected Bicycles,...


I'll admit I'm not the planet's most refined wine connoisseur, but I do enjoy a glass or two of red with my dinner. Right now, I have a few bottles that are vacuuming up space in my kitchen, so I could use a wall-mounted wine rack -- but what's the use of having an empty rack once they're gone? Poppy Reserve -- just a concept at present -- could solve the problem of a barren wine rack by tapping into Amazon's Dash technology. It would track the level of wine in a given bottle and then ask Amazon to ship more when the supply's running low.

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04:42
Samsung takes their act to the next level

Remarkably original Samsung marketing effort. NOT.

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03:29
This week on AppleInsider: Apple's blockbuster...

The week began with a financial bang, as Apple published the results of its record-breaking second quarter, but later saw controversies swirl with Apple Watch production obstacles and problems for wearers with tattoos. AppleInsider meanwhile reviewed the device, finding it attractive but saddled with some flaws.

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02:11
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.1

Maintenance update focused on fixes for the two PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 52.3/53 MB)

 

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02:09
Default Folder X 4.7.1

Fixes a bug that caused Carbon applications to default to the Documents folder. ($34.95 new, free update, 11 MB)

 

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02:06
Driving with the Apple Watch

Thanks in part to the iPhone, distracted driving has become a 21st century epidemic. Will the Apple Watch change things for better or worse? Traumatized former commuter Josh Centers took it for a spin to find out.

 

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Friday May 1

19:49
How to manage Glances on the Apple Watch

From customizable clock faces to notifications, quickly referencing important information without having to dive into an app is a key feature of the Apple Watch. Dubbed Glances, users can access these bits of information with just a single swipe.

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18:20
Samsung takes Apple obsession to next level with new...

Samsung has been known to borrow Apple's ideas from time to time, an effective -- if not entirely inspired -- strategy considering massive iPhone, iPad and now Watch demand. But its latest advertisement for the new Galaxy S6 edge, basically an amalgamation of Apple Watch promo videos, dials the homage up to 11.

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17:36
Apple Campus 2 progress

Pictures and videos in this update. The scale of this project is just unreal.

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14:44
Twitter’s multi-billion dollar mistake

Mathew Ingram:

The idea that someone could monetize Twitter before Twitter itself got around to doing so was what one investor called a “holy shit moment” for the company.

I wonder what would have happened if Twitter embraced the third-parties years ago.

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14:41
Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Code Preview For...

ClockEndGooner writes: Microsoft is still extending its efforts into cross platform development with the release of a preview edition of Visual Studio Code, "a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows." Derived from its Monaco editor for Visual Studio Online, the initial release includes rich code assistance and naavigation for JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js, ASP.NET 5, C# and many others.


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14:38
Tweetbot updates iOS app with new Twitter '...

Popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot received a small update on Friday with access to Twitter's new "Quote Tweet" format, which embeds tweets in a new message instead of copying a block of text.

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14:33
HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone

Thanks to HelloTalk for sponsoring The Loop this week. 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...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 1, 2015

A new month and a quiet Apple news day!

  • Apple confirms that tattoos interfere with heart rate sensing with the Apple Watch
  • Want a piece of Steve Jobs history? Three of his business cards are up for auction
  • Would you believe that Apple support docs recommend holding your Watch under running water?
  • Proloquo4Text gets a Watch companion

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This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 1, 2015. Our sponsor this week has Juicy Bits Software, developers of the new WhereNotes app for iPhone and Apple Watch and the popular Halftone apps for iOS. 

Apple has confirmed in a support page that the Apple...

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14:28
Amplified: The Beard Wins

Jim and Dan talk about the Apple’s record second quarter results, the Apple Watch’s issue with tattooed skin, and more.

Sponsored by MetaCDN (Use the code ’5by5′ for a 10% discount for life) and Macminicolo (Get a full year of hosting for just $100).

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14:00
Apple Watch How-To: Unpair your Apple Watch and...

When the Apple Watch first launched, we showed you in detail how to pair and set-up the device with your iPhone. Now, we’re going to show you how to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone. There are several reasons one might want to unpair the two devices…

The process could be a troubleshooting step for users who are experiencing connectivity issues between their Apple Watch and iPhone. The unpairing process could also be useful when selling your Apple Watch or returning it to Apple.

The first step in the unpairing process is to ensure that your Apple Watch and iPhone are close enough together to be connected. Then,...

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14:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: A case with a screen… in...

A case with a screen… in the back!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features accessories from Rockford, Waterfield Designs, and Element Case, designed to make your wallet obsolete. Plus, a cool marble case from Native Union, a gorgeous leather option from CB Innovations, and more.

CB Innovations

Fashionable and luxurious, the Softcase (iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $175 to $950) sports a leather exterior with a soft microfiber interior where you can snuggle your iPhone to prevent scratches and smudges.

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13:52
Dropbox Adds File Comments

Dropbox has added a way to create and share comments among users for files stored in its cloud. However, you have to go through your Web browser to use it.

 

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12:52
Tweetbot for iPhone update adds support for Twitter’...

Tweetbot for iPhone was updated today with support for Twitter’s recently-introduced ‘quote tweet’ format. The update adds a new option called “standard quote” under the retweet style options. Selecting that setting will change the “quote tweet” button in the timeline so that instead of copying the body of the tweet into the compose screen, it inserts only the URL of the original post.

Linked tweets will appear as embedded media within the timeline, allowing you to quickly see text and images without tapping through to the next screen. You’ll still need to tap through the preview to the original post to watch animated GIFs or videos, however. Embedded tweets...

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12:15
Vizzywig 8HD gets an amazing Apple Watch companion

Do you shoot HD or Ultra HD video? Have a GoPro camera? If the answer to either or both of those questions is yes and you're the happy owner of an Apple Watch, then you owe it to yourself to get the latest version of i4software's Vizzywig 8HD (US$99.99, universal).

You may remember Vizzywig 8HD from i4software's sponsorship the first week Apple World Today was up and running. It's a full ultra-high-definition film production studio and editor in an easy to use iPad and iPhone app. Seriously, you can shoot at a resolution of 3840x2160 at 30 frames per second on the iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, add titles and transitions, and then publish the edited movie.

So what does the Apple Watch have to do with Vizzywig 8HD? The company recently added GoPro integration to the app, meaning that you can bring in footage from a GoPro camera for editing. Well, if you...

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12:06
Elon Musk Unveils Tesla's World-Changing...


Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on Thursday announced the company's plan to develop residential and business battery systems, including the Powerwall Home Battery and business-oriented Powerpack. These systems are being developed to work in conjunction with solar panels to store energy for use at a later time. They also can draw power from the grid when demand for electricity is low and discharge it during the more expensive rate periods, when demand is higher. Musk suggested it could substantially reduce energy dependence on fossil fuels.

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11:39
NBC Sports channel unexpectedly disappears from some...

In the midst of the NHL playoffs and hype for the Kentucky Derby, a number of users have found that the Apple TV channel to stream those events, NBC Sports Live Extra, has unexpectedly disappeared from their set-top box.

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11:30
Pastimes: Gardening

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Pastime (noun): an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby; his favorite pastimes were shooting and golf. This weekly feature provides ideas on how to use your Apple devices to provide more enjoyment of your favorite hobbies and sports.

It's May, and the thoughts of a lot of people in the Northern Hemisphere are turning towards gardening. Whether you're a fan of fresh vegetables during the spring, summer and fall, love to see flowers at their peak through the seasons, or you're just planting a few pots for the balcony of your apartment building, there are a lot of apps -- and some accessories -- that can help you enjoy your greenery a lot more.

Apps

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Offerings for the jet set

Offerings for the jet set

This week’s roundup includes new and improved apps for travel. Airbnb lets you figure out where to stay; DUFL lets you get dressed once you’re there. Plus, new games inspired by new movies.

Airbnb

Airbnb is now a universal app, available for iPad as well as iPhone. Hosts can use the app to list a space and manage the listing, and accept or decline reservations from guests. Guests can search for listings and request bookings. The service offers places to stay in more than 34,000 cities.

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10:56
Hands-on with alleged 'iPad Pro' case...

Whether or not a new 12-plus-inch iPad becomes an actual product, case makers are betting on leaked design specifications, and a new video offers an idea of just how big a so-called "iPad Pro" might be.

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10:48
Rumor: Purported industrial renderings of Apple...

An alleged industrial rendering of Apple's rumored "iPad Pro" was leaked on Friday, supporting rumors that the tablet will use a 12.9-inch screen instead of a less-frequently claimed 12.2-inch version.

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10:41
Apple acknowledges Apple Watch tattoo issue

The company updated its Apple Watch heart rate support page, noting that tattoos could affect the watch’s ability to read your heart rate.

[Via 9 to 5 Mac]

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10:35
Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone

A new Apple support article covers the steps needed to unfair your watch. Might be handy to bookmark for the future, although it’s easy to find in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

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10:30
Today in the App Store — Money Pro, Scout GPS and...

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 Terminology 3, the new Money Pro from iBear and a significant update to Scout GPS Navigation. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Chess - SocialChess [Now free, down from $0.99] SocialChess is a fun way to play fast or slow chess with friends or with random opponents!

iComics - The Comic Reader for iPad and iPhone [Now free, down from $1.99] iComics™ is a Universal app designed for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that allows you to read DRM-free comics from your own collection, quickly and smoothly!

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10:17
∞ Apple Watch bands: Color has weight

You’d think that all five color bands for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport would weight the same. Turns out, color has weight.

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10:17
Philip Michaels on Microsoft’s HoloLens

Some great thoughts, although using it must of been kind of freaky.

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10:08
Twitter, LinkedIn lose $6 billion market value after...

Shares of LinkedIn Corp, operator of the most popular social network for professionals, fell 20 percent in early trading on Friday, wiping out more than $6 billion of market value, after the company slashed its full-year forecast.

LinkedIn reported on Thursday its slowest quarterly revenue growth since it went public four years ago.

The surprisingly weak results followed Twitter Inc’s on Tuesday. Twitter’s stock fell by as much as 24 percent, slicing about $6 billion off its market value.

Social media companies are a bit to volatile for me.

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