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Monday March 9

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.

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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.

This nifty photo software allows anyone to do a couple of super-cool things:  (a) direct attention to the most interesting part of your photo and (b) use tilt-shift and motion blur effects towards really creative ends—like the miniature toy style or creating the illusion of speed. Bottom line is that many photographers spend thousands of dollars on prime and creative tilt-shift lenses, when many of...

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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.

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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.

iOS Apps Now Free

Loggr - Graph Your Life [Now free, down from $0.99] Everyday is an improvement on the last. Exercise more, eat more vegetables, read more books.

EPOCH.2 [Now free, down from $4.99] EPOCH has trekked across a war-ravaged country to find the one person he was programmed to protect: the Princess, Amelia.

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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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06:38
Future Apple Watches could include platinum models...

Apple has been evaluating platinum for future versions of the Apple Watch, and may be using ceramic blending to achieve the extra-durable gold in first-generation Edition units, according to a new report.

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06:25
Apple improves deal for shuttle bus workers...

Apple is ensuring that its sub-contracted shuttle bus workers get a better deal, directly funding a 25% bump in their pay and requiring contractors to pay a higher hourly rate for split shifts–where drivers work both mornings and evenings but are kept hanging around without pay between the two … 

Apple is also requiring bus companies to improve rest areas, reports the Mercury News:

“Over 5,000 Apple employees in the Bay Area take advantage of our commute alternatives program every day,” said Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet. “We’re working with the bus companies to help make a number of changes for the more than 150 drivers of our commute shuttles, including funding a 25...

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06:07
Watch Apple's "Spring Forward" event...

Apple's "Spring Forward" Watch event will begin in just a few hours, and an "Apple Events" channel on Apple TV will let you stream it live.

The new channel, which Apple busts out to live stream select media events, will appear automatically on your Apple TV. If you aren't seeing it, go to the device's settings screen and restart it.

Of course, you can catch our live blog coverage with insight and commentary, starting at 10:00 AM PT.

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06:05
Apple preps to 'Spring Forward' with Apple...

With just hours remaining before Apple executives take the stage at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for an event that is expected to focus on the Apple Watch, the company has re-added its "Apple Events" channel to the Apple TV set-top box and temporarily halted sales in its online store.

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05:40
Major brands had no interest in smartwatch apps...

Y Media Lab, which creates smartphone and tablet apps for thousands of clients, says that major brands showed no interest in smartwatch apps prior to the announcement of the Apple Watch. The company’s clients include big-name brands like the BBC, Sesame Street, eBay, Disney and Bank of America, reports Business Insider.

Marketing director Robbie Abed said that he couldn’t recall a single client request a smartwatch app before the Apple Watch debut, but some have “already decided” they want an app for Apple’s wearable, while others are asking whether it should form part of their marketing plans.

Even so, Apple may have some work to do to persuade brands that the platform makes sense for them. Abed wouldn’t reveal names or exact numbers, but said that “less that a quarter” of the company’s clients have so far expressed...

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05:06
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 7:...

Regardless of how secure your Mac’s connection with another computer may be, that computer could try to send your Mac dangerous software, or someone could attempt to break into your Mac remotely. Conversely, you could have software on your Mac that attempts to make connections to distant servers without your knowledge and send them information you’d rather keep private. This chapter discusses ways of keeping your Mac and its data safe from outside attacks, some of which could appear in the form of malicious software, or malware.

 

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05:06
Chapter 7 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

In this week’s chapticle of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” Joe Kissell explains how to erect barriers against incoming attacks and prevent malicious software from transferring data away from your Mac.

 

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05:04
Apple Online Store goes down ahead of Spring Forward...

The Apple Store is down, in preparation for announcements later today at Apple’s Spring Forward event. The store going down is a very strong indicator that something new will be available to buy after the event is over — but what products? The most likely answer is new MacBooks.

There is also the potential of Apple Watch preorders, although these are more likely to take place in a couple of weeks, assuming an April launch.

The 13-inch MacBook refresh reported here are 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...

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05:00
10% of iPhone/iPad users estimated to buy the Apple...

Adobe is estimating that 10% of those who own either an iPhone or iPad will buy an Apple Watch within the first 18 months, equating to around 25M sales.

The prediction follows a poll of 1,000 American smartphone and tablet users, where 27% say they are likely or very likely to buy a wearable, and two-thirds of those think it will be an Apple Watch. Adobe thinks those numbers are high, and with good reason … 

The results would equate to 18% of all smartphone and tablet owners–iOS and Android combined–claiming they’re likely to buy an Apple Watch. However, the headline results combine ‘likely’ and ‘very likely,’ and the usual rule of thumb is that only the ‘very...

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05:00
Bushel: This week's sponsor of Apple World Today

Our sponsor this week is Bushel, an incredibly easy-to-use cloud-based Mobile Device Management solution for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Bushel is focused on those organizations that may not have a dedicated IT staff,  instead relying on individuals who take on the mantle of responsibility to keep those Apple devices up-to-date and safe. For free for the first three devices and just US$2 per month per device above that number, here are some of the features of Bushel:

  • Device Inventory lets you see your capacity, which user is using which device, what apps you’ve installed on devices, and more.
  • Automatically configure email on all of your devices. Users can get up and running quickly, and IT can ensure...
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05:00
Hillary Clinton's Possibly Fatal Email Mistake


Hillary Clinton's email scandal showcases that she shouldn't be president. This has nothing to do with her party or politics -- it has to do with how she seems to approach a decision -- through tunnel vision leadership. This method isn't biased on the left or right, but it is more hardwired into men than women. Unfortunately, Clinton seems to have this in spades. It may even explain mistakes like Benghazi better than any of the hair-brained theories that her opponents so far have fielded.

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04:20
How to watch Apple’s Spring Forward event livestream...

Officially, Apple’s event livestream only works with Safari on Mac OS X, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV (where the channel just appeared) and iPod touch. However, if you are on Windows (or even Android) — there is a workaround if you want to follow along with the announcements. (This trick will also work if you happen to be using an older version of OS X or iOS 6 that QuickTime Player doesn’t support)

  • Download VLC, the VideoLan media player, from the web.
  • Once downloaded, launch the app.
  • Navigate to the ‘Media’ tab and select ‘Open Network Stream ….
  • In the URL field, type (or copy) the following link. This is the direct location to the...
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04:17
Here’s what Tim Cook says about Apple Watch

This is a fascinating collection of quotes, more so if you can get Tim Cook’s voice in your head as you read them.

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04:16
Apple saving money on the gold in Apple Watch...

Tim Cook and Jony Ive have both spoken numerous times about the Apple Watch Edition being more scratch-resistant than standard 18-karat gold, describing it as ‘twice as hard’ as standard gold but but without explaining how. A patent application (via Leancrew) appears to explain this–and shows that Apple saves money on the gold into the bargain.

18-karat gold isn’t pure gold, it is defined as being 75% gold by weight. The remaining 25% of the mix is usually made up of one or more other metals, with silver and copper popular choices. The Apple patent describes mixing gold with low-density ceramic particles instead of metal.

Because weight, not volume, is what defines the karat gold standards, Apple’s watch could use less than a third the...

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03:47
On today’s Apple Watch event

Link to the live feed, plus a few other ramblings.

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03:06
Apple Events channel appears on Apple TV, ready for...

As is the norm nowadays, the Apple Events channel has appeared on the Apple TV ahead of Apple’s Spring Forward event later today. From 10 AM PDT, Apple will be live streaming the entire presentation, for those not lucky enough to be there in person.

Customers can follow along on the Apple TV, or online at http://apple.com/live. 9to5Mac will also have full coverage of all the announcements, so stay tuned.

A big part of today’s ‘Spring Forward’ presentation will feature more specific details about the Apple Watch. Pricing and availability will almost certainly be mentioned. Also expect several demos from app developers so Apple can demonstrate the wide range of potential this new form...

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01:07
Editorial: Apple Pay finds frauds reporting

When Apple rolls out a rare new product--rather than canceling it internally--you'd have to be naive to think it was rushed to market without much consideration and therefore probably doomed to failure. But you'd be equally naive to think that the incumbents positioned in the path of Apple's next potential juggernaut wouldn't desperately seek to defend their turf, bending the truth to the breaking point if necessary.

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Sunday March 8

18:35
∞ #Fury325 roller coaster test run

Here’s video of the first test run of #Fury325 at Carowinds from a riders point of view! The coaster was tested late Wednesday afternoon, March 4. Debuting this spring, Fury 325 will be the world’s tallest & fastest giga coaster. The thrill ride stands 325 feet tall with an 81-degree initial drop and reaches breathtaking speeds of 95 miles per hour.

Oh. My. God. I want to ride this so much.

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18:24
Susan Kare archive At MOMA

I, Programmer:

Susan Kare is the artist responsible for many of the classic Mac icons that are universally recognized. Now her impact as a pioneering and influential computer iconographer has been recognized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Susan Kare designed all of her early icons on graph paper, with one square representing each pixel. Now this archive of sketches has been acquired by MoMA, jointly with San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, and has gone on show as part of a new exhibition, This is for Everyone: Design Experiments For The Common Good.

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Kare for her lovely and elegant icon designs.

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18:20
Apple gold

Dr. Drang:

Apple’s patent application is for a method that allows them to make 18k gold that has, on a volume basis, less gold than regular 18k gold.

How can this be? It’s because Apple’s gold is a metal matrix composite, not a standard alloy. Instead of mixing the gold with silver, copper, or other metals to make it harder, Apple is mixing it with low-density ceramic particles. The ceramic makes Apple’s gold harder and more scratch-resistant—which Tim Cook touted during the September announcement—and it also makes it less dense overall.

The media is going to have a field day with this. They’ll get it wrong but they’ll still lose their collective minds over it.

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12:35
Classic Mac Icons Archive Bought By MOMA

mikejuk writes Susan Kare is the artist responsible for many of the classic Mac icons that are universally recognized. Now her impact as a pioneering and influential computer iconographer has been recognized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She designed all of her early icons on graph paper, with one square representing each pixel. Now this archive of sketches has been acquired by MoMA, jointly with San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, and has gone on show as part of a new exhibition, This is for Everyone: Design Experiments For The Common Good. So now you can think of the smiling Mac, the pointing finger and scissors as high art.


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12:00
Review: Catalyst for iPhone 6 – Offers protection...

Catalyst is a sleek thin case that barely hides the design of the iPhone 6, considering how protective the case is. It is drop proof to 2 meters (6.6 feet), water proof to 5 meters (16.4 feet), dirt proof, snow proof and works with Touch ID.


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11:30
Liveblog: Apple’s “spring forward” event starts...

Has it already been nearly five months since our last Apple event? Time flies by so fast that it's hard to keep track of such things, but Apple has a product or two in store that might help with that.

Monday's "spring forward" event is expected to revolve around the Apple Watch, which was announced alongside the iPhone 6 family in September but isn't actually scheduled to ship until April. Expect to get more concrete information about the watch's availability, pricing, and third-party developer support, along with a recap of some of the communication and fitness features we've already heard about.

As...

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07:05
Latest 4K drone video of Apple Campus 2 posted, roof...

The latest 4K flyover video showing construction progress on Apple’s Campus 2 has just arrived in our inbox. Thanks to our good friend MyithZ, we see that the full internal structure has now been started including all the way to the roof in one part of the video.

The full drone flyover is available in full 4K video below:

This latest drone flyover follows Apple’s latest official aerial image of the site posted to the City of Cupertino’s website late last month. Apple also recently provided an authorized ‘sneak peak’ of the construction site, while CEO Tim Cook...

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05:42
What HBO Now means to Apple and to Big Cable

Why HBO Now is so critical to Apple and the future of Apple TV

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:18
Pebble founder Migicovsky shares insights on smart...

Interesting interview with Pebble founder Migicovsky. With his $16 million in kickstarter money, I think he has Pebble right where it needs to be, a real sweet spot in the market.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:50
Here’s Ford’s plane

Some pithy words about Harrison Ford, plus a picture of his plane after the crash.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Saturday March 7

23:09
Review: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera offers pro...

From iPhone to mid-level DSLR cameras, the video production world has many options for the amateur and prosumer videographer. Blackmagic's Pocket Cinema Camera offers users a next step into the pro video world, along with pro video challenges.

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21:58
Apple Watch Prelude

I realize there’s little point to further Apple Watch speculation at this point — in two days, we’ll know most of the answers. But there is one good reason for last-minute speculation: this is fun. Apple tends to be such a predictable company that we often know the basic gist of what to expect before one of their media events. Not this time. The many unknowns surrounding the watch are what makes it so fun to ponder prior to next week’s event. So let’s have some fun.

First, there’s this. The same day I published my piece on Apple Watch pricing, MacRumors forum member “pgiguere1” created a graphic with possible prices, posting it with the comment:

I made this speculative price list based in large part on Gruber’s
speculation:

The graphic is a pastiche of genuine Apple marketing material. A trained eye can easily tell it’s not from Apple — the typefaces are ones...

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Being at 148Apps these past 2 years has been an awesome experience that has taught me a great deal, and working with such a great team has been a privilege. Thank you to Rob Rich, and to both Rob LeFebvre and Jeff Scott before him, for helping me... | Read more »
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MLB Manager 2015 (Games)
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The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMacs for $2119 including free shipping. Their price is $380 off the price of new models, and it’s the lowest price available for... Read more
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Walmart has 16GB iPad minis (1st generation) available for $199.99 on their online store, including free shipping. Their price is $50 off MSRP. Online orders only. Read more
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 B&H Photo has 128GB 11″ and 13″ 2015 MacBook Airs on sale today for $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 11″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (Model #MJVM2LL/A): $849 $50 off... Read more
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The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.6GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pros available for $979 including free shipping. Original MSRP for this model was $1299. Read more
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The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more
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Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders being accepted now. “We have completely reimagined... Read more
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The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.... Read more
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 B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for $80 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $469.99 $30 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $549.99 $50 off - 128GB iPad... Read more
iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP
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Färbe Technik, which manufactures and markets of mobile accessories for Apple, Blackberry and Samsung mobile devices, is offering tips on how to keep your iPhone charged while in the field: •... Read more

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