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Entire Star Wars film series to hit iTunes on Friday, April 10th

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Date: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 08:29
Category: Fun, News


It won’t just be the Apple Watch that comes out this Friday, April 10th.

Walt Disney on Monday announced a completely digital re-release of the venerable Star Wars series, which will launch as a collection of all six episodes on April 10 through Apple’s iTunes and other outlets.

From Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace to Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, each installment comes with bonus content and will be made available for download on Apple’s mobile devices.

The collection will include bonus material, including never-before-released conversations between the artists behind the movies.


Tests find Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, HTC One M9 just as prone to bending as iPhone 6

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Date: Friday, April 3rd, 2015, 08:41
Category: Fun, iPhone, News


Remember all the grief Apple and iPhone 6 owners went through last fall when they found that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could be bent, thereby resulting in “Bendgate”?

The same is apparently true for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone and the HTC One M9.

A recent video issued by third-party warranty firm SquareTrade showed the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bending under no less than 110 pounds of pressure and the One M9 to bend at 120 lbs of pressure.

Although the Galaxy S6 Edge’s pressure limits are comparable to the iPhone 6 Plus’ testing, the Galaxy’s screen ended up cracking under the pressure instead of slightly bending similar to Apple’s plus-size iPhone model. The HTC One M9 lasted further than its two competitors, reaching 120 lbs of pressure, but the phone was rendered useless thanks to a faulty power button following the pressure test.


Belgian IT firm lets you preview Apple Watch through paper printouts, augmented reality

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Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 08:54
Category: Fun, News, Wearables


This might be ridiculous.

Or it could be amazing.

A Belgian IT company called Underside is allowing you to try on the Apple Watch via augmented reality. Simply print a special wristband, attach it to your wrist like a watch, then point your phone at the paper watch, and through the magic of augmented reality, becomes an Apple Watch.


Analyst predicts Apple streaming TV service to be below $40 per month

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Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2015, 08:10
Category: Apple TV, Fun, Rumor


No one’s quite sure how much an Apple streaming/Web TV service would cost per month, but guesses are being made.

Rod Hall of J.P. Morgan issued a note to investors on Wednesday, in which he said a US$40-per-month price tag for a subscription TV service would be too high.

In his view, the incremental cost of cable television service from a provider like Comcast, in addition to basic Internet, is less than US$40 per month. And so if Apple were to exceed the price of a basic cable package, there would be very little reason for consumers to “cut the cord” and go with a streaming-only solution from Apple.

The rumored price range for the service, which said that Apple could launch the service as soon as September with prices ranging from US$30 to US$40 per month. At those prices, it would be more costly than the already-available Sling TV from Dish Network, priced at US$20 per month.


Life Clock projects uses Apple Watch to determine when you might die, encourages healthier habits

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Date: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, 09:38
Category: Fun, News, Wearables


If an Apple Watch face that counts off the seconds until you die doesn’t motivate you, nothing will.

The Life Clock application for the Apple Watch, designed by digital design group Rehabstudio, estimates how much time you have left on this rock, adding minutes for healthful activity and subtracting them when you indulge in bad habits. As such, it extrapolates what your behavior means for your future.


Rumor: Tim Cook vouches for shower-safe, waterproof nature of upcoming Apple Watch

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Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 09:32
Category: Fun, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables


Well, there’s gotta be a nugget of truth in here somewhere.

The rumor mill currently has Apple CEO Tim Cook telling Apple Store employees in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch everywhere, “even in the shower.”

Apple has not officially designated the Apple Watch as either waterproof or water resistant. If Mr. Cook actually said he wears his in the shower, it could indicate that Apple will market the device as one or the other.


MacBook Air falls 1,000 feet from airplane, survives

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Date: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 07:15
Category: Fun, MacBook Air, News


Your MacBook Air may be tougher than you think.

Apparently, a South African pilot managed to drop his MacBook Air notebook from the light aircraft he was flying when the canopy flew open. The MacBook, along with his flying license and logbook, fell 1000 feet into the fields below–but amazingly survived the experience.


Steve Jobs biopic release date announced

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Date: Friday, February 6th, 2015, 08:33
Category: Fun, News


The Steve Jobs biopic has a release date.

Universal Pictures will release the long-anticipated Steve Jobs movie on October 9. The upcoming biopic, based on Walter Isaacson’s official biography of the late Apple co-founder, is directed by Danny Boyle and stars Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. Universal took over the film in November.


Thousands surface for Steve Jobs biopic extras call

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Date: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015, 07:27
Category: Fun, News


It’s not every day that you get a chance to be an extra in a Steve Jobs biopic.

Over in Cupertino, thousands of people replied to a casting call over the weekend to be an extra in the Steve Jobs biopic with scenes being filmed at the Flint Center where Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh in 1984.

The line saw over 2,000 people show up in 80’s attire, with hundreds being turned away due to overwhelming response for the call.


Detour audio tour app hits beta, now available in the App Store

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Date: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015, 07:05
Category: Fun, iPhone, News, Software


This definitely qualifies under the heading of “nifty”.

For those of you living in the Bay Area, the Detour app for iOS has entered the beta stage and is now available on the App Store. Detour provides hour-long audio walks over the San Francisco Bay Area that reveal hidden stories, people, and places all over SF.