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13:56
Home Depot announces future Apple Pay support, will...

Home Depot on Tuesday officially announced upcoming support for Apple Pay, and with more than 2,000 stores will be the largest retail chain to sign on to Apple's branded NFC-based mobile payments initiative.

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13:54
Apple preparing to ship first standalone Apple Watch...

Nearly one month following the start of Apple Watch and Apple Watch band pre orders, Apple has begun preparing to ship the first orders of standalone Link Bracelets, according to multiple 9to5 readers. These $449 Link Bracelets are separate from orders of the Apple Watch with Link Bracelet, in both the standard silver and Space Black combinations, which do not appear to have begun preparing to ship as of yet. Apple explains the Link Bracelet’s design on its website:

Crafted from the same 316L stainless steel alloy as the case, the Link Bracelet has more than 100 components. The machining process is so precise, it takes nearly nine hours to cut the links for a single strap. In part that’s because they aren’t simply a uniform size, but subtly...

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13:46
Apple reportedly planning to launch ResearchKit-...

Apple is working on a plan that could give the company and its research partners access to consumer DNA, a new report suggests. The data would be collected by research partners and stored in an online cloud to be used in medical studies, such as one run by the University of California that examines the DNA of expectant mothers to help pinpoint the causes of premature birth.

Now Apple is closely involved in shaping initial studies that will collect DNA. One, planned by the University of California, San Francisco, would study causes of premature birth by combining gene tests with other data collected on the phones of expectant mothers. A different study would be led by Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Other...

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13:41
EU to probe market control of Facebook, Google,...

The European Commission is beginning a probe into how major technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google exploit their market power, a move that could potentially lead to new regulations, a report said on Tuesday.

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13:32
Apple’s Beats relaunch

Swedish music streamer Spotify has more to lose from Apple’s anticipated Beats Music revamp than its competition, according to new usage data, as iOS accounts for a majority of Spotify’s active users.

Apple really has to do this right. We’ve seen music services do big, splashy relaunches and users really don’t care—I really don’t care. There are some key points that Apple needs to take care of to beat out Spotify—if they don’t, it’s going to be a tough road ahead for them. Music is very important to Apple, there is no doubt about that, but they have to keep the focus and intensity on this that they’ve shown for their other products.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Keep your bookmarks all in one...

Apps for productivity, making a scrapbook, and more

This week’s Mac app roundup introduces Opus One, a calendar tool for the ultra-orgranized. Plus, we've got tools that help you manage your notes, keep tabs on your finances, and, when you’re ready to relax, write a song or two.

CircleIcons 1.1

Need pixel-perfect icons for your iOS, Mac, or Apple Watch app? Bayhoff’s $10 CircleIcons (Mac App Store Link) can lend a hand—this tool uses a set of simple rules that produce excellent icons designed to look at home on any device.

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13:12
Apple’s new retail chief Angela Ahrendts was the...

We found out earlier this year that Apple’s new retail chief, former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, made around $73 million in 2014 through her new position at the company. That made Ahrendts the highest paid female executive in the US last year, according to a new report from Bloomberg that puts her total earnings for 2014 somewhere closer to $82.6 million+:

The former chief executive officer of London-based fashion retailer...

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13:02
How-To: Understand and unlock Apple’s Mac and iPhone...

Decades ago, every electronic device was sealed with one of two types of screws: a minus-shaped Flat/Slot head, or a plus-shaped Phillips head. There was no concept — at least, for common consumer electronics — that average people shouldn’t be able to unscrew their gadgets and take them apart. And the only reason to have multiple Flat or Phillips head screwdrivers was to handle bigger or smaller screws.

Times have changed, and “security screws” have become increasingly common. Apple actually started using tamper-resistant screws in its Macs years ago, but when it added Pentalobe screws to the iPhone 4, the media took notice, and there was a brief public flare-up (actual sample headline: “Apple iPhone 4 Uses ‘Evil,’ Tamper-Proof Screws”). Despite initial frustration, however, the solution turned out to be simple: buy an inexpensive ...

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13:00
Make a video commercial for OWC, win a $12,000 dream...

Do you like making videos? Want to make a viral video commercial for Other World Computing that's about 30 to 60 seconds long and have a chance to win a grand prize worth over US$12,000? The good folks at OWC (over at MacSales.com) started taking entries last Friday for an amazing competition and you have until June 30, 2015 to submit your video. After that, the public has an opportunity to vote on their favorite video between July 7 and 31, and then the lucky winner and a runner-up will be announced on August 10, 2015.

What entrants need to do is create an ad between 30 and 60 seconds long that tells the world why OWC solutions are the key to unlocking true creative potential. There are three possible themes to guide you:

  • Everything is Possible
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12:43
Beats revamp still debuting at WWDC, global release...


According to a report today from Billboard, Apple does not have the deals in place to launch its long-awaited Beats Music revamp as its new streaming music service. The report quotes a source as saying “June won’t be the release date. The deals aren’t done,” but our sources say that an announcement at the June 8th WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) keynote is still planned. A few weeks following the announcement, in late June, Apple will fully release the service as part of two new software products: iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2, according...

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12:43
Apple's Beats Music relaunch might hurt Spotify...

Swedish music streamer Spotify has more to lose from Apple's anticipated Beats Music revamp than its competition, according to new usage data, as iOS accounts for a majority of Spotify's active users.

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12:07
How Corona made Cinco de Mayo an American holiday

Vinepair:

In America Cinco de Mayo has evolved to become one of the country’s largest drinking holidays. In 2013, over $600 million dollars worth of beer was sold, according to Nielsen data, which is more beer than is sold for St. Patrick’s Day or the Super Bowl, two holidays where beer consumption is the primary focal point. And most of that beer is Mexican in origin, which has also meant that the Mexican beer sector, thanks to Cinco de Mayo, has continued to grow and thrive north of the border, experiencing the best sector growth in the American market according to EuroMonitor data, second only to the rapid growth of American craft beer.

Suffice it to say, Cinco de Mayo is a behemoth when it comes to selling booze, but how did a holiday that isn’t really even celebrated in Mexico – Mother’s Day, which occurs around the same time, is a much bigger deal – become not only the most powerful U.S. holiday when it comes to selling alcohol, but also the only connection...

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12:06
Yosemite clusterfuck

Craig Hockenberry:

I started reporting these issues early in the Yosemite beta release and provided tons of documentation to Apple engineering. It was frustrating to have a Mac that lost its network connection every few days because the network interfaces were disabled while waking from sleep (and there was no way to disable this new “feature”.)

Marco Arment and many others are having similar issues.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Mophie's new juice pack H2PRO and your iPhone 6...

Image via Mophie.com

More often than not, my iPhones over the years have had a constant companion -- a mophie juice pack or juice pack air battery pack. While the big battery capacity of the iPhone 6 Plus has made that accessory less of a "must have" so far, there are a lot of people who own the iPhone 6 who might need the extra power in a juice pack. Now they can have both 2,750 mAh of battery power and complete waterproof protection in one package -- the juice pack H2PRO ($129.95, pre-order only)

Mophie says the juice pack H2PRO is designed to provide MIL-STD810G drop protection as well as  IP-68 ingress protection. The latter rating means that your iPhone can take a 1.2m (3.93 foot) dip in water for up to 30 minutes, and it will also be protected against dust. Military Standard 810G is a vibration, shock and drop...

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11:47
Mophie launches waterproof Juice Pack H2Pro battery...

Mophie on Tuesday revealed a new battery case, the Juice Pack H2Pro, which it said will not only extend the battery life of an iPhone 6 but make it waterproof to a depth of 1.2 meters (about 4 feet) for 30 minutes.

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11:33
Beats Music rebranding may not be imminent, as Apple...

Despite rumors that Apple could rebrand and relaunch Beats Music as soon as next month's Worldwide Developers Conference, a new report suggests that's unlikely, as the company apparently does not have the licensing deals finalized for such a change.

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11:25
Gold plate your Apple Watch for $399

They pay for shipping and promise a three-day turnaround. I feel like doing it just to see how it works.

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10:59
Over a week after launch, Apple Watch still draws...

It's been over a week since retail sales of Apple Watch began at a select few boutique stores around the world. In Paris, the exclusive location for obtaining one is still managing a line of over 70 people waiting to buy.

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10:18
Report: Top Endpoint Security Packages Perfectly...


Drive-by attacks on the Internet are a particularly pernicious form of online threat, especially for individual Web surfers. On the corporate level, though, a company with good endpoint protection software can foil the malicious practice. A drive-by occurs when an infected website automatically downloads malware onto a Net traveler's computer. Several companies make endpoint solutions to -- among other things -- thwart those kinds of attacks. NSS Labs recently tested 10 of them.

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10:07
Volkswagen intros Watch remote app, Dropbox to get...

Volkswagen on Tuesday announced an Apple Watch app that will offer remote control of many car functions, while Dropbox released a significant update to its iOS client and promised that users will soon be able to create Office documents from within the app.

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10:06
∞ Godsmack and Pantera perform “Walk”

Great performance.

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10:00
Apple publishes guidelines for third-party Apple...

Apple Watch 42 mm Dimensional Drawing. Apple Inc. 

Have an idea for creating the ultimate Apple Watch band and making your fortune? Not so fast, pardner. You're going to have to make sure that you follow Apple's guidelines to the letter, and they're pretty strict. The company added a PDF document titled "Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch" to its Developer Resources web page, and the requirements are impressive.

First of all, the bands must integrate two special lugs that mate with the Apple Watch Band Interface, and there must be a "lug latch" feature to prevent accidental removal of the band. Bands cannot integrate magnetic chargers, something that probably caused millions of developers to cry out in terror and they were suddenly silenced

But wait, there's...

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09:51
Mophie debuts Juice Pack H2Pro, its first waterproof...

Sporting IP68-rated waterproofing — immersible in 1.2 meters of water for 30 minutes — as well as strong dust, drop, and shock resistance, the Juice Pack H2Pro is Mophie’s first-ever waterproof battery case.

Made from black plastic with a flexible, scratch-resistant clear front that provides both Touch ID and multi-touch screen access, H2Pro includes the complete button and port protection users would expect from a waterproof case, plus a 2,750mAh battery that Mophie promises will deliver a full 100% recharge for the iPhone 6.

Juice Pack H2Pro is currently available for pre-order and will ship in late May for $130, at which point it will likely be the first actually available waterproof battery for the iPhone 6. (Lifeproof’s Fre Power...

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09:32
1st iceberg of the season seen in Torbay

CBC News:

It was a busy weekend in Torbay, as the first iceberg of the season arrived in eastern Newfoundland just off the coastline near Tapper’s Cove.People flocked to the area over the weekend to take advantage of the site.

The Canadian Coast Guard says there’s currently more than 100 icebergs off the province’s coastlines, so it’s just the beginning of iceberg season in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This is how cool Canada is – we have icebergs, baby! By the way, if you ever want a fun vacation, visit Newfoundland. Starkly beautiful province and wonderful people.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:28
NYTimes: Summer Apple TV reboot brings redesign for...

Brian X. Chen, writing for the New York Times, makes a de facto case for a new Apple TV and remote this summer.

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09:20
Apple Pay adds 24 new banks and credit unions...

Apple has rolled out Apple Pay support for another 24 banks and credit unions following last month’s expansion reaching more than 200 in total. The newly added banks include more than a dozen banks and credit unions from around the United States including The Bancorp Bank which backs Simple, a popular online banking service. Here’s the full list of newly added Apple Pay banks:

Bellwether Community Credit Union
Benchmark Federal Credit Union
Blackhawk Community Credit Union
Community America Credit Union
Community First Credit Union
Connections Credit Union
cPort Credit Union
Denver Fire Department FCU
Electro Savings Credit...

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09:14
iOS-exclusive Periscope torpedoed Mayweather-...

Even after shattering pay-per-view records, at least one person involved in the "fight of the century" believes it could have been even bigger without the availability of illegal video streams through Twitter's iOS-exclusive Periscope app.

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09:11
9to5Toys Last Call: iOttie iPhone 6 Car Mount + Dual...

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:

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08:57
Dropbox for iOS adds file commenting & 1Password...

Dropbox is rolling out a new version of its iPhone and iPad app today with a new features including commenting and mentions, a new ‘Recent’ files tab, and 1Password integration. Dropbox for iOS will also gain the ability to create Microsoft Office files including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents directly from the app soon.

The ‘Recent’ tab is found on the bottom left of the new app version and displays a list of files stored in Dropbox that you’ve last added or modified for quick access. The new tab is similar to the “Recently Changed’ activity view on the Dropbox menu bar app; the tab also resembles the Dropbox widget in Notification Center on...

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08:49
Apple Watch workout battery life falling short in...

The Apple Watch can offer inconsistent power consumption while tracking workouts, particularly during outdoor activities like cycling, according to a handful of complaints received by AppleInsider and seen on Twitter.

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08:48
Get ready to personalize your Apple Watch with Apple...

Apple just invited third-party accessory makers to design Apple Watch bands with the launch of its Made for Apple Watch program.

Apple already sells its own interchangeable bands, but the options and price points are limited, and some of the straps only go well with (or are designed just for) specific Apple Watch models. With the watch’s release buttons and lugs—the band attachments that Apple will soon open up to accessory makers—Apple Watch owners will be able to swap in bands for every occasion.

Apple

Apple makes interchangeable bands, but the selection is limited.

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08:30
Today in the App Store — Owen’s Odyssey, Downcast...

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 Owen’s Odyssey, the new GLP - Great Little Place app and a significant update to Downcast for OS X. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Owen’s Odyssey [Now free, down from $0.99] Owen’s Odyssey is the story of a boy, while on a journey, taking refuge from a storm in a dangerous place – Castle Pookapick.

Over [Now free, down from $1.99] 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 sharing ability.

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08:17
Apple TV users get Bell’s CraveTV & Rogers’...

While users in the US are today getting access to CBS Sports and USA Now on the Apple TV, Canadian users are being greeted today with two new channels from the big Canadian cable companies. Bell’s CraveTV and Rogers’ Shomi, two competitive on-demand TV services akin to Hulu in the US, are now accessible on Apple’s set-top box.

Bell made an official announcement today noting that the Apple TV app provides access to the entire CraveTV library for subscribers including popular shows HOMELAND, NURSE...

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08:00
Volkswagen debuts Apple Watch app that alerts you...



Volkswagen announced its new Apple Watch application today that will allow users to control their VW Car-Net-enabled vehicles remotely from their wrists (via TechCrunch). Functions like door locks and fuel/charge level indicators will be available directly in the app. Drivers can even get directions from their current location to their parked car.

There will also be new setting that allows parents to set speed limits for their teen drivers. When that limit is crossed,...

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07:51
'CBS Sports' & 'USA Now'...

Apple continues to gradually expand the channel options available on its Apple TV set-top box, with both "CBS Sports" and "USA Now" automatically arriving on second- and third-generation devices on Tuesday.

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07:45
Foursquare's Swarm to bring mayorship back

Just over one year ago, Foursquare released Swarm, a separate app for check-ins, and killed mayorships and badges in the process. No longer able to commandeer the local Starbucks as their own, many users complained about the omission. Today there is hope, you would-be virtual mayors.

The company has confirmed that global mayorships will return to Swarm "soon." Badges will not return, but there will be 100 new stickers that people can add to check-ins, photos and messages. 

Remember when that jerk Lou took over as mayor of your coffee place just as Foursquare removed that function, leaving you unable to usurp him for a whole year? Your reckoning is nigh. Lou is going down. What's the sticker for that

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07:39
Home Depot may have quietly dropped Apple Pay...

Apple Pay may have been quietly discontinued at various Home Depot stores.

Or it may not.

Although not an official Apple Pay partner, a number of NFC terminals at various Home Depot stores across the United States. Even so, a user on Reddit received the following notice from Home Depot’s customer care team that suggested that the company may be phasing out support for Apple Pay, installing PayPal in its place:

“We currently do not accept Apple Pay in our local stores or online. We do have the option of using PayPal, in store or online. We may offer this feature in the future, but we currently do not have a time frame for this and if we...

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07:28
New Apple TV might have a touch pad remote

The remote control on the next Apple TV will reportedly trade an ultra-svelte figure for one that supports touch controls.

Citing an unnamed “employee briefed on the product,” the New York Times claims that the Apple TV remote will include a touch pad for scrolling through menus, and will also have two physical buttons. As a result, the remote will be chunkier than the existing version (pictured above), with a similar thickness to the remote for Amazon’s Echo speaker.

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07:19
T-Mobile responds to Verizon campaign, offers...

It’s competition that makes life interesting.

Wireless carrier T-Mobile is responding to Verizon’s “Never Settle” ad campaign, which offers to lend Verizon customers a new smartphone and port their existing number to it for a 14-day trial. If customers prefer T-Mobile’s service, the company will pay off Verizon’s Early Termination Fees up to a maximum of US$650.

T-Mobile is also offering to settle any outstanding payments on your phone within the US$650 limit when customers go with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan.

T-Mobile has stated that customers can keep their current phone and that the company will refund any fees incurred on...

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07:18
Belkin’s WeMo app adds IFTTT & support for more...


Belkin today updated its WeMo app — the companion software to the company’s platform for controlling connected lighting products, appliances, and more — to offer support for IFTTT and additional light bulbs.

If This Then That (IFTTT), a service that lets users automate tasks from a long list of other mobile apps and web services, is now supported through the WeMo app update: “Create your own IFTTT recipes for OSRAM LIGHTIFY and WeMo LED bulbs. Use texts, tweets, even touchdowns to turn lights on or off.”

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07:16
EU delays judgement on Apple's Irish tax deal...

Initially slated for mid-June, the European Commission's investigation into Apple's tax arrangement with Irish authorities will not be completed until later in the year, Europe's competition chief said Tuesday.

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07:14
Apple TV rolls out new CBS Sports and USA Now...

Apple has pushed two new channels to the Apple TV today, bringing sports and drama content from two new sources. The first new channel is CBS Sports, which allows users to watch free clips from a host of different sports, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, college sports, and more.

The second new channel is USA Now, which features content from the USA network. Unlike CBS Sports, this one will require a cable provider login to access most content. Once logged in, users will be able to watch full episodes or clips from their favorite USA shows.

Both new channels are available now as an automatic over-the-air update and should show up on Apple TV home screens within the next few hours. More images from both channels are available below, along with a list of some top cable providers supporting USA Now.

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06:59
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was America'...

Though she was only an Apple employee for about half of the year, Angela Ahrendts earned nearly $83 million last year, making her the highest paid female executive in America.

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06:43
Cheaper, recharging Apple Watch bands arriving...

Regardless of how you feel about the utility of the Apple Watch, the one thing most people can agree on, including Ars, is that it's expensive. That's especially true of the Apple Watch's replacement wristbands, which start at £39 ($49) for a rubber sport band, rise to £129 ($149) for a leather strap, and peak at an eye-watering £379 ($449) for a metal link bracelet. Thankfully, Apple is letting third-party developers fill in the price gaps with the launch of its Made for Apple Watch program.

Like Apple's previous "Made for" programs—which include Made for iPhone, iPad, and iPod—Made for Apple Watch lets third parties in on the Apple cash-cow by providing them with various schematics, design guidelines, and parts in order to create accessories that meet with the company...

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06:37
Daily Deals for May 5, 2015, featuring Snapselect...

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

Snapselect: Duplicate and Similar Photos Cleaner [Now free, down from $17.99] Beautiful, Fast, Reliable. Snapselect is the award-winning and fast tool to eliminate similar photos & duplicates, conveniently browse all your images and discover the best photos from thousands of others.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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06:32
Apple granted five patents covering the overall...

As spotted by Patently Apple, Apple was today granted five patents covering the form factor and overall design of the Apple Watch. The patent images show the near-invisible bezel, Digital Crown, contacts button, rear sensors and strap attachment slots.

The company was last month granted patents on three of its watch bands – the Sport Band, Classic Buckle and Link Bracelet – and we’re likely to see many more watch-related patents granted in the coming months … 

Apple last year...

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06:29
Play incredible piano masterpieces with one finger

Touch Pianist is simple, addictive, and strangely satisfying.

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05:45
How to sync a music playlist to Apple Watch

Complementing great fitness tracking and workout features, Apple Watch users can save and play back music locally on their device, meaning they can leave their iPhone at home.

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05:32
Your friends not yet got Apple Watches? You can...

Cautionary note: the digital touch drawing you receive may not be a flower …

It’s the ultimate 1st world geek problem: you can’t explore all the capabilities of your shiny new Apple Watch because you’re such an early adopter none of your friends yet have one. Digital touch – the ability to send taps, drawings or heartbeats to someone else – of course only works with other Apple Watches.

Fortunately, the ultimate geek solution exists: there’s a Reddit thread for that … 

r/lonelyheartbeats lets you post your email address so that strangers can send you...

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04:34
T-Mobile hits back at Verizon’s ‘Never settle’ ads,...

T-Mobile is hitting back at Verizon’s ‘Never settle’ ad campaign, offering to lend Verizon customers a new smartphone and port their existing number to it for a 14-day trial. If customers prefer T-Mobile’s service, the company will pay off Verizon’s Early Termination Fees up to a maximum of $650.

Any outstanding payments on your phone are also paid off, within the same overall limit, when customers choose to trade in their old phone for a new one on T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan.

T-Mobile promises you won’t lose out if you choose to stay with Verizon. You always retain your existing phone, the carrier will refund any fees incurred on its own network and will pay any costs for switching back to Verizon.

The offer opens on 13th May, running until the end of the month. Visit t-mobile.com...

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04:09
Paypal partner Home Depot quietly drops support for...

Home Depot appears to have quietly stopped accepting Apple Pay. Although never officially named as a partner, the company has supported contactless payment and Apple Pay used to work in at least some of its stores. An Apple support document updated last week lists Home Depot as one of the stores that “might not currently be set up” to accept Apple Pay.

The change appears to be related to Home Depot’s deal to accept PayPal as a payment method both in store and online … 

The company highlighted PayPal in a response to an Apple Pay user who queried the change.

We currently do not accept Apple Pay in our local stores or online. We do have the option of using PayPal, in store or online...

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03:45
The PowerBook G4 Titanium still looks great next to...

I remember spending a lot of time in my early teenage years being disappointed that films, books, music and comedy I’d been told were staggeringly innovative and utterly amazing actually struck me as lame and clichéd when I made time to watch, read and listen to them. Then one day, realization dawned: the only reason they seemed so dull to me was that everything since had copied them.

So it is with the original PowerBook G4. To modern eyes, it might just look like a pretty generic laptop. Put it next to the 2008 15-inch MacBook Pro I’m typing this on, and they look more similar than they look different.

Christopher Phin

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01:41
Apple Watch 'particle cloud' pairing...

Lost amidst a sea of flashy technologies introduced with Apple Watch -- Force Touch, Digital Crown, haptic feedback -- was an Apple invention capable of transferring machine readable code hidden in a dynamic background image, in this case a "particle cloud" carrying data for iPhone pairing.

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Monday May 4

22:03
Apple launches program for third-party Watch strap...

There's already a number of Apple-made and third-party Watch bands out there, but Cupertino wants more -- and it wants products that follow its exact specifications. The company has launched a "Made for Apple Watch" program, which gives makers a list...

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21:39
Star Wars music played on Parliament Hill carillon...

CBC News:

To mark Star Wars Day, as May the 4th has come to be known, the carillon bells inside the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill rang out the Imperial March music for Star Wars, among other space-related tunes.

It was part of a 15-minute carillon concert with a space theme that began at noon.

The concert included the Star Wars theme by John Williams, arranged by Janet Dundore; Princess Leia’s Theme, arranged by Janet Dundore and Andrea McCrady; and The Imperial March, arranged by Andrea McCrady.

There’s nerdy and there’s cool. Rarely do the two intersect but this is definitely Nerd Cool.

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20:43
New military goggles combine nightvision and thermal...

Nightvision and thermal imaging play similar -- but very distinct -- roles on the modern battlefield. Soldiers utilize night vision to illuminate their darkened surroundings while thermal imaging is employed to illuminate darkened targets. But until ...

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20:21
My MacBook runs a little toasty… 109 degrees to be...

I was using my new 2015 MacBook (the 12-inch model) for about 30 minutes tonight when it got uncomfortably hot on my lap. Instead of reaching for a laptop riser/cooling stand I grabbed my favorite tool – an IR thermometer (a Fluke 561).

Here’s what I found:

An area near the center-top of the bottom, near the serial number (just above the CPU component) measured a toasty 109.3 degrees Fahrenheit (around 43 Celsius).

After a little poking around I...

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19:37
Apple publishes Apple Watch band design guidelines...

Apple on Monday posted to its website a previously unreleased document detailing Apple Watch band design guidelines for third-party manufacturers interested in making aftermarket straps for the device.

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18:20
Using Activity Monitor to check CPU activity

When an app isn’t responding or working correctly, it might use more of the processor (CPU) than it should, even when the app doesn’t seem to be doing anything. As the CPU gets busier, it uses more energy, which reduces the length of time that your Mac can run on battery power. It also generates heat, which can cause the fans in your Mac to spin faster. 

I’ve used this from time to time to see if an app was dragging the system down.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:16
Apple Maps Connect updated with support for five new...

Continuing its internal mapping initiative, Apple on Monday added Maps Connect support to five new regions, allowing users in those countries to add and edit points of interest.

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18:04
Apple launches official ‘Made for Apple Watch’ third...

In line with our report from a couple of weeks ago, Apple has just debuted an official program for third-party accessory developers to design and launch bands for the Apple Watch. In line with the MFi program for iPhone, iPads, and iPod accessories, this new program is called “Made for Apple Watch.” One of the device’s marquee features is its ability to connect to different straps by way of a standard connector on either side of the Watch, and now, much like with iPhones and iPads, accessory makers will be able to make good use of the product…

On a new website...

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17:29
Apple updates Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines...

Apple on Monday updated the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with a refreshed look and new software design resources for app developers.

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17:06
Apple redesigns Apple Watch interface guidelines...

Apple today has published a redesigned version of its Human Interface Guidelines website for Apple Watch WatchKit application development. The new website is far cleaner than the previous website, and introduces lengthier and more interactive descriptions of the different Apple Watch interface paradigms…

The new website includes short video tours of specific Apple Watch input elements, such as Force Touch, the Digital Crown, and the side button, in order to provide developers with a better look at how WatchKit apps should be developed. Like the previous version of the website, design categories are organized into five sections: Overview, App...

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16:58
Star Wars at Amazon

I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, but obviously the people at Amazon are. They are selling everything from toys to dog outfits in the Star Wars theme.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:53
Apple Maps Connect travels to five additional...

Apple this week has expanded its Apple Maps Connect service to five additional regions in Europe: Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and The Netherlands. The additions were noted in an email to users of the platform and on the Apple Maps Connect website. For those unfamiliar, Apple Maps Connect allows business owners to both manage existing Apple Maps listings and add additional listings to the platform. This service works closely with the Apple Indoor Mapping feature, which aims for businesses to help Apple build up a portfolio of indoor mapping data. Apple earlier expanded Apple Maps Connect via service updates in...

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16:49
Apple TV remote control to get touch pad when new...

According to a report on Monday, the Apple TV isn't the only piece of hardware in line for a redesign this year, as the device's long-in-the-tooth remote control is now expected to come with a built-in touch pad.

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16:41
Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines

As you design your Apple Watch app, understand the foundations on which Apple Watch itself was designed:

Some great information posted on Apple’s developer Web site.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:39
New Apple TV remote control will have touchpad in...

As we reported earlier this year, the upcoming Apple TV will feature a redesigned remote with improved functionality, according to The New York Times. We reported that the new remote would have more tactile buttons and a new design, and today’s report adds that the controller will have a touchpad akin to the trackpads on Apple laptops. There will also be two physical buttons on the remote, the report claims.

Apple’s new Apple TV remote has been heavily tested in the company’s employee training program, according to the report. In an Apple University...

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16:36
[Sponsor] Review Monitor: App Store Reviews in Slack

If you have an app in the App Store and a team that uses Slack, you need LaunchKit’s Review Monitor. Once you register your app, Review Monitor tracks new app reviews and automatically posts them into your team’s Slack channel, your app’s Twitter account, or your email inbox. It takes 2 minutes to set up.

Review Monitor is part of LaunchKit, a growing set of tools that every iOS developer should use to make creating and releasing mobile apps easier. LaunchKit has also released Screenshot Builder, which thousands of developers use make their App Store screenshots gorgeous.

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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