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12-inch MacBook logic board studied, proven smaller than Raspberry Pi

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Date: Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 06:53
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

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The 12-inch MacBook is being studied in depth.

And it is cool.

Perhaps one of the most striking features about the new machine is that the new logic board is actually smaller than the Raspberry Pi.

The cool cats at Digital Trends ran a comparison and noted that the logic board is 4.6 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep, rounding to the nearest tenth, and not counting a tiny sliver of circuit board that protrudes on one side.
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Swifty app helps teach Swift programming basics on your iOS device

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Date: Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 06:02
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Uncategorized

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This qualifies as both useful and cool.

Last summer, Apple surprised almost everyone at WWDC with the announcement of Swift, a new programming language for iOS and Mac development.

The language feels like something Apple would invent. Like several of the languages currently popular in web development, it has a concise, readable syntax that’s easier to pick up than Apple’s older language, Objective-C. It was engineered by Apple’s compiler experts, so in addition to being compatible with existing code and Cocoa libraries, it’s also faster by some metrics.

But even though Apple’s tagline for the language is that it “lets everyone build amazing apps,” no novice is going to pick up Swift and get to coding full-on iOS or Mac apps without some guidance. For those beginning to work with Swift, the Swifty App provides an interactive set of tutorials that gradually guide you through the basics of Swift on your iOS device.

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State Farm won’t cover Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 05:21
Category: News, Wearables

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If you’re pondering an Apple Watch, you might not be able to insure it with State Farm.

According Rob Lee, who was following up on insurance coverage, an email inquiry as to whether State Farm would cover the forthcoming Apple Watch was met with the following reply:

From: Laura Keeler
Date: March 17, 2015 at 3:53:51 PM PDT
To: Rob Lee
Subject: RE: State Farm Claim Information

Hi Rob,

State Farm is not able to insure the Apple Watch as it is too high of a risk. You may want to see if Apple offers insurance for the watch. To cover jewelry/watches you may want to increase the endorsement for jewelry on your Renters policy.

Have a great day!
Laura

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Nomad introduces Stand, Pod charging accessories for Apple Watch

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Date: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015, 14:06
Category: Hardware, News, Wearables

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This could come in handy.

Last week, accessory maker Named unveiled two new product categories for Apple Watch; Stand and Pod. The Stand for Apple Watch is built from a solid piece of military grade extruded aluminium with a concealed, precision CnC milled, channel on the backside to effortlessly guide Apple’s cable and magnetic puck into place. The Stand, which retails for US$59, is an Apple Watch charging stand for your desk or bedside with stabilization provided by a copper ballast and high friction rubber base that will begin shipping by May 1st.
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Apple releases iPhoto 9.6.1 update, works to pave transition to iPhotos for OS X app

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Date: Friday, March 20th, 2015, 09:46
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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It’s not a huge update, but it preps the way for the upcoming transition to the long-awaited OS X Photos app.

On Thursday, Apple released iPhoto 9.6.1. The update, a 1.14 gigabyte download available via OS X’s Software Update/App Store feature, offers the following fixes and changes:

-Improves compatibility when migrating iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app in the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (available this spring).

-Fixes an issue that caused iPhoto to display only the first 25 images in a Facebook album.

-Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to become unresponsive when printing an image.

As we have known for months, the upcoming Photos for OS X app for the Mac is designed to be a replacement for iPhoto and Aperture, both of which Apple ceased developing last year.

Photos for OS X is an all new photo management app that’s been designed to integrate deeply with Photos for iOS. It introduces a Yosemite-style design that emphasizes flatness and translucency, and it works alongside iCloud Photo Library, streamlining photo availability across all of a user’s devices.

Reviews of the Photos for OS X app have suggested that it’s a vast improvement over iPhoto, with better photo editing tools and faster speeds, but it has been criticized for lacking many of the professional editing tools that were found within Aperture.

It is not clear when OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos app might see a public release, but thus far, the software is available to both developers and public beta testers. Developers have received four OS X 10.10.3 betas, and public beta testers have had access to two updates.

iPhoto 9.6.1 requires OS X 10.10 or later to install and run.

New York Times editor called out in wake of Apple Watch/health concerns column

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Date: Friday, March 20th, 2015, 08:42
Category: News, Wearables

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Apparently everyone freaked out two days ago when New York Times staff writer Nick Bilton published a column. The column, originally titled “Could Wearable Computers Be As Harmful As Cigarettes”, but was later changed to “The Health Concerns in Wearable Tech,” earnestly points to the rising interest in smartwatches and fitness trackers and wonders if technology’s relentless march might come at a cost of our own health.

The piece began innocently enough:

We have long suspected that cellphones, which give off low levels of radiation, could lead to brain tumors, cancer, disturbed blood rhythms and other health problems if held too close to the body for extended periods.

Yet here we are in 2015, with companies like Apple and Samsung encouraging us to buy gadgets that we should attach to our bodies all day long.

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Streaming music rises, CD sales fall and Apple may rebrand Beats into improved streaming music service

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Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2015, 13:39
Category: iTunes, iTunes Music Store, iTunes Radio, News

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This may be behind the reason that Apple acquired Beats and its associated streaming music service last year.

As of now, revenue from music streaming is now overshadowing CD sales in the US, according to new data published by the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday, signalling a sea-change in favor of services like Spotify, Pandora, and Beats Music.

Music streaming revenues from 2014 totaled US$1.87 billion, up 29 percent year-over-year, while CD sales fell 12.7 percent to US$1.85 billion, the RIAA said. The streaming category includes not just standard Internet radio but also Sirius XM, and music video sources such as Vevo and YouTube.

Downloads held the lion’s share of revenue at US$2.58 billion. That however is a decline of 8.7 percent from 2013, and indeed overall US music revenue dipped 0.5 percent to US$6.97 billion.

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Apple Store employees undergoing final Watch training, units to be in stores on April 10th

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Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2015, 08:33
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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With April 10th and the launch of the Apple Watch approaching, Apple Store retail employees have been receiving special training on the device, but special meetings will take place at retail stores starting next week to give all retail employees a chance to go hands-on with the watch.

Many employees will see the watch in person for the first time at this point, and Apple will use the meetings to give them further training on the device. In its training materials, Apple has told employees they will “be the first to see Apple Watch, the first to try it on and the first to share it with the world.”

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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

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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.

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iFixit teardown, tests reveal 2015 13-inch MacBook Air SSD architecture significantly faster than previous generations

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, 12:07
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, News

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If you were hoping for a tangible reason to invest in a new 2015 MacBook Air, it might have arrived in the form of a faster solid state drive.

Last week, Apple refreshed its MacBook Air lineup, adding Broadwell chips and Intel 6000 graphics. Both models received the same processor updates, but the 13-inch MacBook Air got an extra boost in the form of new PCIe-based flash storage that Apple says is “up to two times faster” than the flash storage used in the previous generation MacBook Air. The 11-inch MacBook Air did not receive the same flash storage update.

The cool cats at iFixit decided to test Apple’s “two times faster” claim by comparing SSD speeds between a new 11-inch MacBook Air and a new 13-inch MacBook Air, with results that suggest the SSD in the 13-inch MacBook Air is indeed nearly twice as fast as the SSD in the MacBook Air.

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