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Thursday April 23

06:48
News: Apple Watch pre-orders arriving tomorrow,...

With the first pre-orders of the Apple Watch expected to arrive in customer hands tomorrow, Apple has posted more Guided Tours for the new device, covering topics such as Apple Pay, activity tracking, and workouts. Meanwhile, those customers who pre-ordered the Apple Watch immediately after it became available in the early hours of April 10 have begun receiving shipping confirmation emails suggesting that their devices will arrive tomorrow. Despite…

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06:39
How tough are the Apple Watch finishes?

Greg Koenig, writing for iMore, digs into the durability of the various Apple Watch finishes. Fascinating read.

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06:30
Early 1976 Apple 1, built in Steve Jobs’ garage, up...

The whole auction page is a fascinating read. As of this writing, the current bid is $79,100. A bargain! Auction ends today.

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06:28
Hands on: Activity-tracking Swiss smartwatches with...

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06:26
Fullpower CEO riffs on Swiss smartwatch platform,...

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06:22
Apple Watch app tracker

Another Apple Watch app tracker. This one is from WatchAware and includes the current number of approved Apple Watch apps.

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06:10
The state of Twitter clients for Apple Watch

There are a boatload of Twitter clients for OS X. Apple Watch? So far, according to the linked article, there are three: The official Twitter client, Twitterrific 5, and Tweetings 2. But there’s more to that story.

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06:03
Apple Posts Final Apple Watch Tour Videos Showing...

Apple added the final three videos to its Apple Watch guided tour series on Thursday. The short videos show how to use Apple Pay as well as the fitness-related Activity and Workout apps.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's guided tour videos are really smart because they teach us how to use Apple Watch features before we get the smartwatch in our hands, and they're also great marketing pieces because potential buyers get to see more of what the watch can do.


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05:54
Apple starts shipping first wave of Apple Watches

Apple Watch is coming, and for many, it will arrive as soon as Friday. Lucky Apple Watch buyers who saw an April 24-May 8 estimated shipping date on their pre-orders earlier this month have received notice that April 24 is the big day.

If your Apple Watch is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, you should have received an email from Apple—and possibly an Apple Store notification—that the Watch is in transit.

Over here at Macworld, my own Watch is scheduled to arrive on Friday (dragging myself out of bed at 3 a.m. Eastern paid off!). We’re hearing anecdotally that the 38mm Watch Sports with white bands are more likely to arrive tomorrow, while readers who pre-ordered Sports with black bands report that their orders are still...

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05:34
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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05:17
iMore’s list of shipping Apple Watch apps

Allyson Kazmucha, writing for iMore, has put together a solid list of shipping Apple Watch apps.

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05:00
External Link: Error 53 Will Kill Your iPhone and No...

There's a mysterious issue affecting iPhones. The Daily Dot's Mike Wehner happened across it when he tried to update his iPhone 6 Plus to iOS 8.3. The phone wouldn't install the update, and connecting it to iTunes presented error 53 when trying to update the phone. After that, the phone entered a reboot loop, which rendered it unusable. Error 53 isn't mentioned in Apple's list of numerical error codes, and Genius Bar employees also seem unaware of it. So far, the only fix has been to replace the phone.

 

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04:56
First wave of Apple Watches set for delivery this...

This is getting exciting.

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04:51
The “No iOS Zone” iPhone crashing vulnerability

Security researchers at SkyCure stumbled onto an iOS vulnerability that, at its extreme, may cause all phones on an attacking network to go into an infinite restart mode.

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03:45
Apple Watch gaming: Devs talk early titles and the...

We’ve been bombarded by the images and ideas of the Apple Watch transforming the way we communicate and use apps in our daily lives, whether it’s receiving notifications on our wrists, paying for coffee, or interacting with loved ones. So much emphasis has been put on the Apple Watch as an essential part of our everyday routine, yet for many of us, there’s something we do all the time on our phones that has barely been shown in marketing materials: Play games.

Yes, games: Of course there will be games for the Apple Watch, and from our conversations with creators, developers are excited about the opportunity to develop for a wearable device. “Entertainment apps are important in addition to utilitarian ones, reminding users that the device is fun as well as functional,” says Mathieu Nouzareth, co-founder and CEO of FreshPlanet, which is bringing iOS puzzler BoxPop to Apple Watch.

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02:54
Apple touchscreen invention uses vibrations,...

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday details an advanced haptic feedback system that uses vibration and temperature control to simulate the feeling of wood, metal and other surfaces on a device display.

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Wednesday April 22

23:21
Apple says working on Apple Watch preorders in email...

Apple on Thursday sent out a mass email notifying Apple Watch preorder customers slated to get the first batch of launch units that their orders are being processed.

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23:05
Apple Watches Start Shipping for April 24th Delivery

Some Apple Watch orders have begun shipping for delivery on April 24th. As noted in the screenshot below, our own Adam Christanson used the UPS My Choice option on UPS's website, where he saw that Apple is shipping him something for delivery by end of day on Friday, April 24th.


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21:33
Website, Google Doc crowd-sourcing Apple Watch orders

If you’re breathlessly refreshing Apple’s order status page in an attempt to figure out if your Apple Watch will arrive on Friday, take a breather.

Tracking one’s Apple Watch order has turned into a national pastime here in the U.S. as eager pre-orderers try to figure out if they’re in the first first batch of Apple watches set to arrive in two short days. Apple’s “We’re working on your order” email, sent earlier this evening to some customers, has brought things to a fevered pitch.

An aside: It’s curious that Apple doesn’t use Touch ID to authenticate users of its Apple Store app attempting...

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21:07
Apple being wooed by Nokia for $3.2B HERE mapping...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is among a number of high-profile tech companies being courted by Nokia in the Finnish firm's attempt to sell off its HERE mapping service and related assets.

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21:00
Unpacking Apple’s ‘We’re working on your order’ email

We’re not sure what they mean yet, but Apple just sent out an email that says “We’re working on your order” to many people that pre-ordered an Apple Watch.

The email’s subject line begins with “Your Apple Watch Order” followed by your order number and looks like this:

I received the email above at 8:02 p.m. PT this evening, but there’s no rhyme or reason to it, unless it means bad news.

I ordered three Apple watches on April 10 and haven’t received an email for the earliest two orders:

  • 42mm Sport (Space Gray) – ordered at 12:11 am – status: “Processing Items”
  • 38mm Sport (White) – ordered at 12:12 a.m. – status: “Preparing for...
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20:51
Android Wear’s Low-Power Ambient Mode

Josh Lowensohn, writing for The Verge on Google’s latest update to Android Wear:

Two other changes Google’s made in the update impact what you see
on screen, and how you interact with it. One is a new low-power
mode for the screen when you’re not actively looking at it. It
allows apps to ambiently display just a minimal amount of data,
usually in black and white, without a gesture to turn the screen
on. Google already does this for your watch face, but is opening
up the feature for apps too. This is especially useful for things
like shopping lists, fitness apps, and music controls, Chang says.
Developers will now be able to tweak how often the information you
see gets updated in the low-power mode, but it could ultimately
mean less fiddling.

This is a significant difference between Android Wear and Apple...

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20:30
ACM 303: Apple Watch Notifications and Apps, and...

The era of Apple Watch notifications tapping on our wrists is almost upon us, and with it will come the inevitable rush from some developers to annoy the crap of us. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet urge them to not mistake what they want us to know for what we want to know. They also look at Samsung's seeming fall from lofty heights in the smartphone market, and they discuss some of the cool looking Apple Watch apps already available.


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20:29
Apple notifying early Apple Watch pre-order...

In an email blast sent out this evening, Apple has began notifying early Apple Watch pre-order customers of their order progress with a vague message that reads “we’re working on your order.” The email appears to only be sent to pre-order customers with first wave April 24th to May 8th delivery dates that have not yet been charged and have orders still processing, suggesting recipients should not expect launch day deliveries.

Earlier this week Apple began charging some pre-order customers as orders updated from processing to preparing for shipment. While it’s unclear until Friday, it seems to email blast is targeted toward customers that have launch day delivery ranges that haven’t seen order updates and likely won’t see Friday deliveries.

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19:48
Google Goes Wireless with Project Fi

Google announced Project Fi on Wednesday, dipping its toes into the wireless carrier business. Project Fi is a U.S.-only service that is built on top of two networks, Sprint and T-Mobile. Google's hook is that devices can use whichever network is strongest, and the company is offering inexpensive and flexible bandwidth pricing-but you'll need to have (or buy) a Nexus 6 to be an early customer.

The Mac Observer Spin: Project Fi is very compelling on a cost-basis, and it's likely to be very competitive in terms of bandwidth. For bonus points, you'll be helping Google fill in what little they don't about what you are doing, where you are going, who you are with, and how you live your life.


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19:19
Apple to reportedly offer Apple Watch band exchanges...

According to a report on Wednesday, Apple will allow Apple Watch buyers to swap out the bundled strap for another if the accessory is not to their liking, a strategy that saves both time for the consumer and precious device supply for Apple.

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19:12
Apple Offers Expedited Apple Watch Order Lottery To...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is sending out invites to random registered developers, giving them the chance to buy an Apple Watch with guaranteed delivery by the end of the month. "Special Opportunity for an Expedited Apple Watch Order," the invite email states. "We want to help give Apple developers the opportunity to test their WatchKit apps on Apple Watch as soon as it is available. You have the chance to purchase one (1) Apple Watch Sport with 42mm Silver Aluminum Case and Blue Sport Band that's guaranteed to ship by April 28, 2015."


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19:00
The last crop of Apple Watch Guided Tours is ready...

The last of Apple's Watch Guided Tours are now available for your viewing pleasure. The trio of tours cover the standard Apple Pay, Activity, and Workout apps. 

For those of us who use Apple Pay on a regular basis with our iPhones, the process appears to be a bit different. The Watch is brought up to the pay station, the user presses the button on the side of the Watch to display the Apple Pay app, then brings the face of the Watch down to the contactless reader until a beep is heard confirming the transaction. It looks way too easy, and not having to dig a phone out of one's pocket or purse will be a nice touch.

The Activity app is going to be a handy tool for those who don't have a current activity tracker like a Fitbit. The app can be set up to remind you to stand up every so often, and goals can be set based on a calorie goal you wish to reach. All along the way, a circular "meter" showing your...

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18:00
Today in the App Store -- Coinverter, Week Weather...

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 Coinverter, the new Kayos game and a major update to Week Weather. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Coinverter – The Currency Converter [Now Free, down from $0.99] Coinverter is featured by Apple as one of the most Smart Travel Tools on the App Store in 60 countries!

Trap the Light [Now Free, down from $0.99] Do you love games that keep you thinking and you really want to win? Do you love a game with lots of levels that make your mind go crazy?Well Trap the Light it will make you brains explode.

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16:30
Five Ways to Move Files Between Mac OS and iOS...

If you have more than one device from Apple, you've probably tried to move files between them. When AirDrop isn't an option for whatever reason, Kelly has some alternate suggestions for you.


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15:49
Natalie Kerris Leaves Apple PR

Apple PR veteran Natalie Kerris announced Wednesday she is leaving Apple. Ms. Kerris said on Twitter that, "After 14 amazing years at Apple, it's time to move on and see what adventures life holds for me next!"


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14:43
∞ Apple senior director Natalie Kerris retires

Natalie Kerris, who spent the last 14 years at Apple in corporate communications, announced her retirement from the company on Wednesday in a Twitter post.

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14:10
How to Remove an Unwanted Process in OS X

If you've ever gone through a software installation process, aborted it, and discovered that you have an unwanted process still running on your Mac, here's how to root it out and remove it.


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13:36
Ask iLounge: Is there a point to having both iCloud...

Q: Now that iCloud Photo Library is out, I’m a bit confused about how this is all supposed to work. Apple says that iCloud Photo Library is used to store and sync all of your photos in the cloud, but I still see a setting for iCloud Photo Stream on all of my devices. I didn’t think I needed this setting any more to upload photos to iCloud. Isn’t iCloud Photo Library just supposed to do all that for me? If so, what’s the point…

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13:22
Longtime Apple PR director Natalie Kerris announces...

Apple's senior director of Worldwide Corporate Communications, Natalie Kerris, officially announced her retirement from the company via a Twitter post on Wednesday, bringing to an end a 14-year stint.

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13:06
The Week in Mac Apps: Updates for PaintCode,...

Updates for PaintCode, NeoOffice, Blogo, and more

This week’s roundup of Mac apps brings you a jam-packed collection of software that solves all kinds of problems—from office needs to blogging and even painting with code.

AccuRaw Monochrome 2.3.2

Developer Alexander McGuffog’s $80 AccuRaw Monochrome converts RAW images into beautiful monochrome pictures.

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12:47
Mac: Kanex Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock

Kanex’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock ($250) lets users connect up to eight devices to a Mac. Two Thunderbolt ports are featured on the dock, boasting a blistering transfer rate of 20GB/s. Up to four Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals can be daisy-chained to a Mac at once through one of the ports. The dock also has three USB 3.0 ports — one on the front of the dock can be used to charge iOS devices — a gigabit Ethernet port, an audio in/out port, and an HDMI port, which offers 4K resolution and dual display support.

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12:20
Apple Watch May Deliveries Already ‘Preparing to...

Some Apple Watch orders originally scheduled for delivery between May 13th and May 27th have had their status changed to "Preparing to Ship." Credit cards have also been charged, indicating these orders might ship well ahead of their expected delivery times.


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12:17
Conquer iOS 8 Programming in 31 Days: $39

If you want to learn how to develop apps for iOS 8, we have a great deal for you today. It's a bundle of training courses-more than 230 lectures and 34-plus hours of content-designed to teach you what you need to know in 31 days. Call it the month of May. You'll learn Swift and Xcode, get interviews with successful developers, and more. With our deal, you can get this bundle for $39.


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12:00
How to clean out your drawers and do something good...

Apple is committed to environmental responsibility on a corporate level, but what happens to its phones when they land in the hands of customers? Are consumers equally as committed to using and disposing of their devices in a responsible way? If you want to do something good for the Earth today on Earth Day (and beyond), then take a small step by recycling or reusing those old iPhones, iPads and Macs that are not being used. Below we present a few reasons why you should recycle and then explore several ways you can repurpose those older Apple devices. If you have your own ideas, please share them in the comments.

Why Recycle

According to the EPA, mobile phone owners in the US get rid of millions of phones each year. While many are resold on eBay or handed down among friends and family, a large percentage are shuttered in drawers or dropped in the trash can.

These abandoned phones represent a huge loss of...

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11:40
Review: Adonit Jot Script 2

Adonit's new Jot Script 2 ($75), also referred to as Jot Script 2 — Evernote Edition, is a slightly slimmer version of Adonit's previous Jot Script. Whereas the prior Jot Script used a single AAA battery, Jot Script 2 recharges via an included USB-powered charging dock. According to Adonit, the rechargeable battery should last anywhere from 20 to 50 hours of use, depending on device — it's said to get up to 30 hours of battery life when used with an iPad Air 2, which is the device we used for testing. Indeed, the Bluetooth Jot Script 2 offers full iPad Air 2 functionality, and though the stylus is said to work with any app, Adonit has offered a list of preferred apps to get the best out of Jot Script 2's abilities.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:21
7 Great Apple Watch Social Networking Apps

The iPhone made it easy to keep on top of your social networks on the go, and the Apple Watch promises to make that even more convenient. TMO rounded up some of our favorites just so we could share them with you.


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11:09
Podcast: Everything we love, hate, and love to hate...

We like Photos, and we want to love Photos, but starting a relationship with any 1.0 software product can have its ups and downs. Glenn and Susie are joined by Jeff Carlson and Joe Kissell to discuss our experiences with Photos. From hidden maps to blown broadband limits, it hasn't been the smoothest of rides so far, but we love the editing features and especially the speed compared to iPhoto. Now Apple just needs to make sharing a little easier to understand, especially for families. (iCloud Photo Library versus iCloud Photo Sharing versus My Photo Stream...little help?)

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11:04
Man fires 8 gunshots into his Dell

“I just had it,” Lucas Hinch, 38, told The Smoking Gun (via Ars Technica). Apparently the PC had thrown up one too many blue screens of death in recent months, so Hinch took it into an alley, loaded up a 9mm Hi-Point pistol that he’d purchased on Craiglist, and let the bullets fly.

Priceless.

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10:47
Apple is also transforming air travel

From checking flight status to being in the cockpit, Apple is changing the air travel industry. It’s amazing when you think about how many industries Apple has transformed over the years—music, movies, phone, tablet, etc. The list goes on and on.

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10:31
TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-22: Apple, James Bond...

There's a cool factor that goes along with the watches James Bond wears, and John Martellaro explored how that fits in with the Apple Watch. Along with Kelly Guimont, John joins Jeff Gamet to look at the tech that makes the watches we like so cool, plus they share some apps they want on their own Apple Watch.


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10:19
Breach Outbreaks Fuel Encryption Adoption


As data breaches make headlines around the world, more companies are turning to encryption to protect their information jewels. That is one of the findings in a study released Monday, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Thales E-Security.
"Mega breaches and cyber attacks have increased companies' urgency to improve their security posture," says the report, which is based on a survey of more than 4,000 IT and security professionals in 10 countries.

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10:04
iOS bug sends iPhones into endless crash cycle when...

There's a bug in Apple's iOS 8 that allows nearby attackers to send apps—and in some cases the iPhone or iPad they run on—into an endless reboot cycle that temporarily renders the devices useless, according to researchers who demonstrated the attack Tuesday.

The exploit uses a standard Wi-Fi network that generates a specially designed secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate to exploit the bug, according to the researchers, who work for Israel-based Skycure. The encrypted communication causes whatever apps happen to be connected to the booby-trapped Wi-Fi network to crash. The vulnerability was introduced in version 8 of the Apple mobile operating system.

After sustained connections to the malicious signal, the OS itself will crash, in some cases in a way that causes the devices it runs on to spiral into a repeatable reboot cycle. Making the attack particularly vexing, even if users know the endless crashes are generated by the Wi-Fi network...

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10:00
The MacBook Review

12-INCH RETINA MACBOOK. PHOTO ©2015, Steven Sande All rights reserved

By this point, you’ve probably read several reviews of the new 12-inch Retina MacBook. The first round were written by reviewers for the major newspapers and magazines, and this second wave is being provided by those of us who spent our own money to purchase one of the machines.

I’m no stranger to spending money out of my own pocket for untested technology. My first Mac was one of the first 512K models, I ordered one of the first MacBook Airs sight unseen, and iPhones and iPads have all been pre-ordered without a clue as to what the actual device will be like. Fortunately, Apple has a good history of delivering solid, if not exactly inexpensive equipment.

I needed a laptop when I heard about the MacBook, since AOL took back my 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro when it shut down TUAW. The timing was right, so I ordered the 12-inch MacBook just after placing...

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10:00
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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10:00
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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09:48
A look at gaming on Apple Watch: 2048, Modern Combat...







The small 1.5 to...

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09:43
The Week in iOS Accessories: Wood you like a...

Wood you?

This week's roundup includes two new beautiful Apple Watch stands crafted from fine woods. We also feature several new options for keeping your iPhone and iPad powered up at all times.

DodoCase

The $79 Charging Stand for Apple Watch is a pretty little thing, made of “Calfornia American Walnut,” with a weighted steel base for sturdy placement. It has a carved hidden compartment to keep the charging wire hidden, and a “travel mode” lets you keep the cable and charger together in one package.

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09:20
Apple begins charging customers who ordered 1.3 GHz...

Apple has started to charge the credit cards of customers who ordered the highest-end 1.3GHz version of the 12-inch MacBook, according to emails from 9to5Mac readers. The customized, built-to-order MacBook went on sale earlier this month with 3-4 week shipping times for even the earliest orders, and Apple originally promised a delivery timeframe of May 8th to May 15th. As we saw with Apple Watch credit card charges earlier this week, it seems plausible that Apple already charging customers for the 1.3 GHz MacBook could indicate that shipments of the new laptop will begin occurring sooner than originally expected. However...

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09:18
External Link: YouTube Drops the Second-Generation...

If you still use a second-generation Apple TV, be aware that Google has dropped support for its built-in YouTube channel. Google overhauled the channel on third-generation Apple TVs last year, but the second-generation model has been effectively abandoned by Apple. However, the old YouTube channel was never great, and as I advised in “Take Control of Apple TV,” AirPlaying YouTube content from an iOS device is a better option.

 

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09:07
Review: Dyconn’s i6 Power Case packs a 3,200 mAh...

There are absolutely no shortage of battery case offerings for iPhone 6. Even though we’ve covered the best iPhone battery cases here, it’s sometimes overwhelming sorting through them all. The real winners are the ones with maximum battery capacity and some extra features to spice things up. Recently, I came across Dyconn’s i6 Power Case and was pleasantly surprised to find that it fits most of what I was looking for, but is it enough? Well, not only does this case pack a 3,200 mAh battery inside, it also features wireless charging. It’s not a must-have feature, but I sure do appreciate the convenience…

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09:04
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 2 128GB WiFi+Cell $...

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:

Apple iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Silver for $370 shipped (Orig. $829)
Apple iPad Air 128GB Wi-Fi + AT&T Cellular ...

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08:31
Unbox Therapy video puts Apple Watch Sport Ion-X...

The Ion-X glass found on the Apple Watch Sport isn’t quite as tough as sapphire glass found on the more expensive Apple Watch models, but it holds its own.

Unbox Therapy posted a scratch test video in which the Ion-X glass was exposed to keys, a knife, steel wool and sandpaper. To its credit, the new glass type held up against everything but the sandpaper, albeit it was noted that the sapphire glass coating found on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets held up to the sandpaper during scratch tests.

Since a video’s worth at least a thousand words:

Only time and real-world usage can truly test the durability of the Sport model, but for now this...

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07:53
Apple support article offers workaround for recent...

As nifty as the new 12-inch MacBook is, a number of users have encountered an issue using the Setup Assistant during the initial setup of the notebook. The bug apparently has the spinning beach ball appear during setup, putting the user in an endless cycle.

Apple recently shared a support article that offers users of the new 12-inch MacBook assistance getting around the issue.

Apple is suggesting that users who get stopped by this bug to either wait 30 minutes for setup to resume, or to complete the Setup Assistant process without connecting to the internet. If the user chooses the latter option, they must reboot their machine after...

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07:52
Samsung Galaxy S6 Sales Tank in South Korea

Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones aren't drawing in South Korean customers in the numbers the company was hoping for. The electronics maker was expecting to sell 300,000 units since their April 10 launch, but so far has managed to sell only 200,000.

The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung expected to sell 300,000 Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones during the first 10 days of availability, but came up 100,000 orders short. In comparison, Apple sells far more iPhones on the first day of new model pre-orders. Good luck with that, Samsung.


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07:45
How the Apple Watch Could Improve Security

As a secure second device likely to be with its owner at nearly all times, the Apple Watch offers some compelling opportunities to improve account security.

 

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07:09
Yup, Apple's still working on public transit...

Apple is still working to add public transit data to its Maps app, after the long-rumored feature failed to appear in iOS 8.

A company job posting, spotted by AppleInsider, seeks someone with “in-depth knowledge about public transit,” from both technical and rider standpoints. “As a member of the Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps,” the listing says.

Public transit information was available on iPhones and iPads until the update to iOS 6 in 2012, when Apple replaced Google’s mapping data with its own. The switch proved embarrassing for Apple, not only because of fewer features, but because the data itself had accuracy problems.

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07:08
News: Security flaw opens iOS devices to attack...

Researchers at Skycure have exposed an SSL certificate security flaw allowing them to create a ‘No iOS Zone’ where most apps on iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 will crash while connecting to the Internet, even crashing the devices themselves in some cases. While the exploit is normally triggered by users manually joining these rogue Wi-Fi networks, hackers can also take advantage of the WiFiGate vulnerability to create fake Wi-Fi networks…

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07:01
Scratch test shows how Ion-X glass fares against...

Unbox Therapy released on Tuesday a scratch test video showcasing the Ion-X glass that'll grace the cover of the Apple Watch Sport. Unlike sapphire glass which was subjected to similar torture and passed with flying colors, the Ion-X glass material did succumb to the scratch pressure of materials such as sand paper. You can "watch" the torture test below and share your reactions in the comments. 

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07:00
You'll need a leather jacket for this retro e-...

If you're worried that the future will make us lose our sense of style, you should check out what the e-bike industry has been up to. In order to accommodate the electric motors and batteries, designers have thrown off the shackles of minimalist desi...

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06:11
News: Daily Deal: Conquer iOS 8 programming in 31...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering an eLearning package that will allow you to Conquer iOS 8 Programming in 31 Days for only $39 — 60% off the regular price. Designed by a former Apple employee, this course features 34 hours of quality training that will teach you how to build top-rated apps in Xcode and Swift. With over 230 lectures, the course takes you through building 16 iPhone apps from scratch, with more advanced features such as…

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05:55
iOS 8.3 Messages: Filtering Unknown Senders

With today's Quick Tip, we're going to learn how iOS 8.3 can help us identify and report potential spam iMessages (hint: it's really, really simple). As a bonus, Melissa Holt will cover how to report any spam SMS texts you get to your wireless carrier, so you'll be all set to clean the junk out of your Messages app!


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05:00
Earth Day 2015: What elements go into making your...

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 with 20 million Americans rallying for a healthy, sustainable environment. This single event is credited with kicking off the modern environmental movement, which is still going strong 45 years later. Today, the movement involves companies such as Apple, which is a supporter of Earth Day and a strong proponent of corporate environmental responsibility.

As a result of this commitment, Apple is conscious of what materials it uses in its devices and strives to minimize the environmental impact of what it produces. So what exactly goes into some of these devices that Apple makes by the millions? The American Chemical Society has the...

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03:35
4 must-have Apple Watch apps for getting work done...

No one knows for sure how Apple Watch will fit into their lives when it starts shipping Friday, but one thing is certain: It’s going to be a lot easier for your job to slide to the forefront of your thoughts with Watch notifications from collaboration apps like Slack, HipChat, and Trello.

But those notifications might just be more useful on your Watch than your phone. When a coworker mentions you in a Slack room or pings you on HipChat, you can glance at the message and quickly respond without diving into other ”work” tasks on your iPhone.

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Tuesday April 21

23:16
My love-hate relationship with Apple’s new USB-C port

Apple began shipping the new 12-inch Retina MacBook this week (more on it in a future post) and with it, a totally redesigned power adapter based on USB-C. (There are a lot of opinions about Apple’s roll in developing USB-C, which you can read here, here and here, but they’re outside the scope of this post.) As with...

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21:12
Networking Library Bug Breaks HTTPS In ~1,500 iOS...

mrflash818 writes: A new report from analytics service SourceDNA found that roughly 1,500 iOS apps (with about 2 million total installs) contain a vulnerability that cripples HTTPS and makes man-in-the-middle attacks against those apps easy to pull off. "The weakness is the result of a bug in an older version of the AFNetworking, an open-source code library that allows developers to drop networking capabilities into their apps. Although AFNetworking maintainers fixed the flaw three weeks ago with the release of version 2.5.2, at least 1,500 iOS apps remain vulnerable because they still use version 2.5.1. That version became available in January and introduced the HTTPS-crippling flaw."


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20:19
Apple offers workaround for users experiencing setup...

Apple today shared a support article that offers users of the new 12-inch MacBook assistance getting around a bug involving Setup Assistant. According to the article, some users have had the spinning beach ball appear during the initial setup of their MacBook.

Apple is suggesting that users who get stopped by this bug to either wait 30 minutes for setup to resume, or to complete the Setup Assistant process without connecting to the internet. If the user chooses the latter option, they must reboot their machine after running Setup Assistant and choose a network after the laptop restarts. From there, they will be able setup iCloud and other services.

Apple writes:

Allow Setup Assistant to complete

If your MacBook stops responding...

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19:00
Wi-Fi Attack Breaks iPhones By Locking Them Into an...

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Skycure demonstrated a novel attack at the RSA 2015 conference that affects iPhones and other iOS devices. The attack, which takes advantage of new and previously announced vulnerabilities, locks iPhones into a never-ending reboot cycle effectively rendering them useless. Skycure CEO Adi Sharabani explained that this attack began when Skycure researchers bought a new router and were messing around with its network settings. In doing so, they discovered a particular configuration that caused apps in iPhones connected to that router to crash whenever they launched.


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18:31
Apple details fix for 12" MacBook Setup...

Apple on Tuesday published a support document to its website detailing workarounds for apparent system stalls some new 12-inch MacBook owners are experiencing during the setup process.

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17:35
Microsoft OneNote will now take dictation from Apple...




As we near the April 24th launch for the Apple Watch, a pair of notable apps have received support for the device this evening. First off, Microsoft’s OneNote app has been updated to version 2.11.7 with support for the Apple Watch. A variety of features will be available from the Watch, including the ability to dictate new...

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16:39
Apple Watch Sport's Ion-X glass reportedly...

A video published to YouTube on Tuesday shows a scratch test featuring what is claimed to be an Apple Watch Sport's Ion-X cover glass, a scratch-resistant material whose properties lie somewhere between toughened glass and sapphire.

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16:38
Video Scratch Test for Ion-X Glass Shows High...

YouTuber Unbox Therapy has published a video showing several scratch tests for Ion-X glass, the material Apple is using on Apple Watch Sport. The tests were conducted on sample Ion-X material, rather than an actual Apple Watch Sport, and showed the material to handle a key, a knife, and steel wool. It didn't hold up to sandpaper, however, so make sure you don't rub your Apple Watch face with sandpaper. Sapphire will hold up to that sort of beating-or scraping-however, so if you're expecting some nasty run-ins with sandpaper-wielding vandals, or maybe some sort of horrific shop accident, you may want to consider Apple Watch instead of Apple Watch Sport.


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16:21
Apple Watch Sport’s ‘Ion-X’ glass gets put through...

If you’re still having trouble deciding between the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport, there’s a new video that may make it a bit easier. Not too long ago, a video was released that tested the scratch resistance of the Apple Watch’s sapphire glass panel, but today the Ion-X glass found on the Sport model gets put through the same treatment. Will it hold up against the torture?

In the video below from YouTuber Unbox Therapy, the Ion-X glass from the Sport model gets tortured...

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15:50
Apple continues to block older Flash Player versions...

Apple today has confirmed that is updating its web plug-in blocking mechanism in OS X to disable all versions of Adobe Flash Player prior to the most recent, which is version 17.0.0.169. On older systems, all versions of Flash prior to 13.0.0.281 are blocked.

Apple notes on its Support page that if you must run an older version of Flash in Safari, you can do so by using the Internet plug-in management option in the browser. With this option, you can choose to run the Flash Player plug-in in unsafe mode on websites that you trust.

Apple cites security issues for its reasoning to block old versions of Adobe Flash:

Due to security issues in older versions, Apple has updated the web plug-in blocking mechanism to disable all versions prior to Flash Player...

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15:30
Inside Apple’s ResearchKit

LifeMap Solutions

Performing large-scale medical studies has never been easy. Getting people to provide informed consent, respond to surveys, or (even worse) show up for testing has often led to high rates of attrition, unreliable information, or both.

So it was intriguing to hear that Apple had decided to try to help out in this area. Smartphones have a number of significant advantages: people use them already, users already accept that phones can gather information on everything from our location to our fingerprints, and it's possible to develop sophisticated software that runs on the devices. The problem has been that medical researchers' software talents tend to lie in building statistical models, not sophisticated user-facing software.

ResearchKit had the potential to make a decent GUI much more manageable. But Apple hadn't even revealed what was in the framework, so it was difficult to tell how much easier it would be—or even...

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15:23
Keynote for iOS Updated to Support ‘Keynote Remote...

Apple updated Keynote for iOS to version 2.5.3 Tuesday. The update includes support for the "Keynote Remote Apple Watch" app. That app will allow users to control Keynote presentations directly from their Apple Watch.


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15:00
AWT News Update: April 21, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Early orders of Apple Watch are now showing that they're preparing for shipment
  • Developers are getting an opportunity to order an Apple Watch for early delivery
  • Apple adds 31 new banks and credit unions to the growing list of over 200 financial institutions that support Apple Pay
  • New study shows Apple Pay is more popular than other mobile payment systems

The text version of the news update can be found below.

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This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 21, 2015. Our sponsor this week is It’s About Time Products, developers of Desk App for Mac, an inexpensive way to find out what files are taking up space unnecessarily on your...

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14:50
Angela Ahrendts Explains Apple Watch Rollout in...

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts sent a video to Apple Store retail employees explaining the decision to limit initial Apple Watch orders to online only. In the video, Ms. Ahrendts delivers a very personal address that goes deeper into points she made in a written memo earlier in April, and stresses that Apple launched two new products at one time, Apple Watch and MacBook.


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14:42
Apple updates several optional iOS apps, adds Watch...

Apple on Tuesday updated several of its official iOS apps -- including the iWork suite -- with minor improvements, but most significantly added Apple Watch support to Keynote, allowing remote control of presentations.

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14:12
Apple retail chief Ahrendts addresses Apple Watch,...

In an internal video sent out to Apple Store employees on Tuesday, Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts clarifies the situation with Apple Watch and 12-inch MacBook availability, reiterating the need to push customers toward online sales as supply catches up to demand.

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13:37
Pay What You Want for the Back-End Developer Course...

We have a training bundle for back-end developers today, and you get to name your own price. It works like this: pay what you want-say a penny-and you get two training courses. There are Python, Ruby, and PHP training courses in the package. But if you pay more than the average, you get all eight courses, and as of this writing, the average price is just $9.85. Plus, 10 percent of what you pay goes to one of three charities-you choose. Get to it!


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13:32
Randomly Selected Developers Offered Expedited Apple...

Apple Watches are in short supply as indicated by current ship times. However, some developers are receiving emails with an opportunity to purchase a silver Apple watch with a blue Sport band that will ship by April 28, guaranteed.


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13:17
Recent job posting indicates Apple may be looking to...

It’s the hiring that shows where a company’s going.

A recent Apple job listing shows that the company is looking for a software engineer to help bring public transit information to Apple Maps.

The listing reads as follows:

“As a member of the Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps,”

In the job requirements, the company directly asks for someone with “in-depth knowledge about public transit,” both as a rider and on a technical level.

Until the iOS 6 version of Maps, transit directions were a popular integrated feature. That update stripped out Google content in...

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13:12
Mac: Adobe Lightroom CC

With Apple basically having turned its back on continuing to develop its “pro” photo management app, Aperture, serious Mac photographers are essentially left with Adobe’s Lightroom as the only real game in town. Many photographers already preferred Lightroom to Aperture, if for no other reason than the fact that Adobe kept up a pretty brisk update cycle that seems to have fallen into a stride of one major upgrade per year. This spring brings Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC ($10/month), an update that preserves all of the features, UI, and workflow that Lightroom fans have come to love, with some great new added features such as Face Detection, HDR image support, panorama creation, video slideshows, HTML5 web galleries, and more.
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13:08
Apple offers expedited Apple Watch order lottery to...

Apple Watches are both everywhere and nowhere. Beyoncé and Karl Lagerfeld have theirs already. The first reviews are in. But you can't get one at an Apple Store until June, and online orders quickly slipped to that timeframe too.

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13:00
Inateck MacBook Bohemian Canvas Case Bag merges...

Our friends at Inateck recently sent over a protective MacBook case that is definitely eye-catching and can keep your MacBook and other goodies protected while looking good. The Inateck MacBook Bohemian Canvas Case Bag (US$36.99, on sale at Amazon for $14.99) fits any  MacBook Air or MacBook Pro up to 13.3 inches in size, and is perfect for the new slimline 12-inch Retina MacBook.

Design

This bag is definitely fashion-forward, featuring a bright and cheerful exterior pattern over an off-white canvas bag. The canvas exterior hides an inside padded layer of Lycra and Neoprene, while the inside features a cloud-soft lining of tan fleece. 

Your MacBook is secured inside the bag with a simple wood button and leather loop closure, with no zippers to scratch your favorite laptop. The...

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12:58
31 additional banks and credit unions adopt Apple...

Apple Pay is growing.

There’s no denying that.

The payment method is now supported by an additional 31 banks and credit unions, bringing the total number of institutions now exceeds 200 banks and credit unions with active support, and some 2,000 banks have signed on to support the mobile payment system for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in the future.

The new banks and credit unions are as follows:

AmeriCU Credit Union

Bankers Trust

Central Minnesota Credit Union

Chrome Federal Credit Union

City Employees Credit Union

Consumers Cooperative Credit Union

Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union...

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12:41
Review: Rokform Rokfolio Wallet Case for iPhone 6...

Rokform's new Rokfolio Wallet Case ($46-$56) for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offers a number of features usually found in separate cases. Not only is it a folio wallet case which can hold up to three credit cards, but Rokfolio also features a built-in magnet and comes with a magnetic mount, as well, to mount the case on various surfaces. The case is also compatible with Rokform's v3 mounting accessories using the hole in the back of the case. Volume controls and the sleep/wake button are both covered.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:35
Apple offers developers a second chance at an early...

To get an Apple Watch on or anywhere near the advertised April 24 availability date, you needed to place your order within minutes of its 3am pre-order launch on April 10. Orders placed today won't ship until May or June. If you're an app developer hoping to capture the interest of early adopters, this is especially inconvenient.

Today Apple sent out an e-mail offering recourse to those developers: register now and you'll be entered for a chance to buy an Apple Watch Sport with a blue Sport Band that will be delivered to your door on April 28. Apple is using a WWDC-like lottery system to determine who will actually get these watches—if you don't win the lottery, you'll have to (figuratively) wait in line with the regular people who placed their orders in the online Apple Store.

Some Apple Watch developers have already spoken to Ars about...

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12:29
Ubuntu's Vivid Vervet Makes Snappy Entrance


Canonical on Tuesday announced the release of Ubuntu 15.04, aka "Vivid Vervet," as in East African monkey. It will be available for download on Thursday. The new OS offers tools for cloud, device, client and Internet of Things development. The Ubuntu desktop release includes mostly maintenance and bug fixes, along with new integrated menus and dashboard usability improvements. Ubuntu 15.04 for cloud and servers comes at a critical time to attract companies adopting cloud technologies.

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12:00
Still seeing this page every time you visit Apple...

Recently one of our readers pointed out that he kept seeing the Welcome to Apple World Today post each and every day when he visited the site. By clicking on the Apple World Today logo, he was able to visit the "correct" and current home page, but he was annoyed that this was happening. A quick look at our site metrics pointed out that the first post we put up on AWT on February 8, 2015 is still seeing a lot of traffic... so obviously something is wrong.

The answer is simple -- on that first day of AWT's online life, you bookmarked the first post that's found at https://www.appleworld.today/blog/2015/1/28/welcome-to-apple-world-today. Whenever you click a favorites link or button, or start typing in "appleworld.today" in your browser, it's pointing to that page. 

To fix the recurring issue, just delete any bookmarks you may currently have for Apple World Today. Next, type in the...

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11:19
10 Must Have Apple Watch Apps for Launch Day

The first wave of Apple Watches will start arriving this Friday, April 24. You'll need some apps to show off just how cool your brand new smartwatch is, so TMO put together a list of must-have apps to make your daily routine easier while wowing your friends at the same time.


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11:00
James Bond, It’s Time to Try on Your Apple Watch

Ever since the movie Dr. No, James Bond has, on and off, used a gadget wristwatch to get out of a tight spot. Have the watches of the Bond movies seeped into our collective smartwatch subconsciousness? Also, Bond is a Brit and Sir Jonathan Ive is a Brit. What connection could there possibly be? John Martellaro ponders the various influences.


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10:57
Apple Watch custom faces

John Gruber:

I just can’t see Apple ever allowing these sort of watch faces for Apple Watch — that’ll be left for the jailbreak crowd. A few weeks ago I thought third-party watch faces would be like third-party apps were for the iPhone — something that wasn’t there at the launch, but which came sooner rather than later.

That’s what I thought too. John has some interesting thoughts on custom watch faces and why we won’t see them.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:36
Government Surveillance: What to Do, What to Do?


The CIA has been trying to hack into iOS for years. British and American agencies reportedly have collaborated to create a map of the Internet and Web users. The United States National Security Agency has, together with the UK's GCHQ, reportedly stolen SIM card encryption keys from Gemalto. The FBI is frothing at the mouth over Google's and Apple's encryption of their mobile OSes. Vulnerabilities in Signaling System 7 telephony protocols let third parties eavesdrop on cellphone calls and intercept text messages, despite encryption.

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