JCPenney’s announces full Apple Pay support across U.S. locations

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, retail, Software

JCPenney now accepts Apple Pay.

The department store announced that it now accepts Apple Pay across all of its U.S. locations, including support for store-branded credit cards and associated rewards points.

Compatibility with Apple Pay within the JCPenney app for iOS has been listed as “coming soon”, though in-store transactions are now possible with any iPhone 6 or later or an Apple Watch.

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Apple previews assorted new emoji as part of World Emoji Day celebration

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Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, 05:01
Category: Apple Watch, Fun, iOS, macOS, News, Software, Wearables

Because you can’t argue that emoji are pretty fun.

Apple is continuing its celebration of World Emoji Day with a preview of all-new emoji characters coming to iOS, macOS, and watchOS later in 2017.

The company previewed several new emoji today, including Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Sandwich, Coconut, T-Rex, Zebra, Zombie, Elf, Star-Struck, Exploding Head, and more. All of the emoji shared today were previously included in the new Unicode 10 standard released in June.

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Apple extends warranty program to three years to address detaching back cover issue for first-gen Apple Watch

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Apple Watch, AppleCare, Hardware, News, retail, Wearables

If you’ve had problems with the back cover detaching from your first-gen Apple Watch, Apple has extended its program to offer a second year of free repair coverage for the issue. In addition, a service document shows that this program has been extended to three years

Per the document:

Apple has determined that under certain conditions on some Apple Watch (1st generation) devices the back cover may separate from the watch case. Apple will service eligible devices free of charge. Apple will authorize coverage for three (3) years from the date of purchase.

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Apple Pay ties in with National Park Foundation fundraiser for first half of July, offers activity badges in return for donations

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2017, 05:10
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, Fun, News, Software, Wearables

For the first half of July, Apple has announced a new Apple Pay promotion wherein users can raise funds for the National Parks Foundation.

From July 1 through 15, Apple is donating $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on apple.com or through the Apple Store app in the US

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered the following explanation for the program:

America’s national parks are an inspiration to us at Apple, and we know they are as important to many of our customers as they are to us. Our goal is to leave the world better than we found it, so this July we’re making it easier for anyone to help preserve the beauty of our natural, cultural and historical treasures.

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Apple awarded sleep tracking patent, seeks to alter alarm patterns as needed

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Date: Wednesday, June 28th, 2017, 05:32
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables

A new patent granted to Apple on Tuesday outlines how Apple’s iOS-based devices will help monitor your sleep patterns.

Patent number 9,692,874 for “Adjusting alarms based on sleep onset latency” describes a method of automatically configuring alarms using data gathered by personal mobile devices.

In most cases, users will set alarms to wake up as needed. In cases where they don’t immediately fall asleep, Apple has referred to the disparity between intended sleep time and actual sleep time as sleep onset latency, a problem the company believes can be alleviated with modern technology.

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Rumor: Apple could incorporate microLED displays in devices as soon as 2018

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 05:06
Category: Apple, Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

Apple could be planning to implement a microLED screen in its next-gen Apple Watch as early as 2018.

A report from Nikkei explains that Apple hopes to be ahead of the curve when it comes to microLED production. Currently, the company relies heavily on Samsung for the upcoming iPhone 8 with OLED displays, but that’s a practice it hopes to avoid with future display technology.

Per the report, Apple is thought to be be the only company currently able to roll out microLED technology, although this currently shows a very low yield rate as well as a high-cost manufacturing process.

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Apple announces watchOS 4, upcoming changes at WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 16:27
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, watchOS, WWDC

watchOS 4 is around the corner and over at WWDC, Apple announced the forthcoming operating system and its robust lineup of forthcoming changes.

Here’s what the company had to say:

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Stanford study hails the Apple Watch’s heart rate monitoring function, points out shortcomings in calorie counting feature

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Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

The good news is that the current Apple Watch features one of the most accurate heart rate monitors on the market.

The bad news is that its calorie counting feature could use some work.

A new medical study from Stanford University published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine on Wednesday sought to determine the validity of readings from commonly worn fitness trackers. The growing number of consumers buying and wearing devices with biometric capabilities presents a unique opportunity for preventative cardiovascular medicine, but error rates of these commercial products are largely unknown, the study says.

“People are basing life decisions on the data provided by these devices,” Euan Ashley, DPhil, FRCP, professor of cardiovascular medicine, of genetics and of biomedical data science at Stanford said in a statement. Ashley also stated that consumer devices are not bound by the same regulations as medical-grade equipment, making it difficult for doctors to quantify or otherwise apply generated data to diagnoses.

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Nike announces “Day to Night” band collection for Apple Watch

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 05:23
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

If you’re into nifty Apple Watch bands, this might be among the coolest things ever.

Nike has unveiled its “Day to Night” bands for the Apple Watch. The collection features four different colors of sport bands that include perforated holes to air out the user’s sweat.

While the Day to Night bands don’t glow in the dark, Nike has stated their colors are inspired by the various shades of the sky as it changes between dusk till dawn.

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Rumor: Apple CEO Tim Cook spotted wearing glucose sensor designed for next-gen Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, May 19th, 2017, 05:32
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

If The Timster is doing it, that tends to indicate where Apple’s upcoming products might be going.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is said to have been spotted on his company’s corporate headquarters wearing a new, unannounced Apple Watch accessory that could be used to measure a user’s blood sugar levels in an non-intrusive fashion.

CNBC has reported that Tim Cook has been spotted wearing the prototype sense. It’s unknown as to whether this is an Apple-made device or peripheral created by an outside medical company.

The report also said that Cook even publicly discussed the device during an appearance at the University of Glasgow back in February. He said the device helped him understand how his body reacted to the foods he eats, and allowed him to keep his blood sugar more constant.

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