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1Password 5.4 for iOS includes Apple Watch support, other fixes

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Date: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015, 12:33
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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This could come in handy.

A recent update shows that the mighty 1Password application now includes support for the Apple Watch. Version 5.4 of the app will let you access important information like credit card numbers and one-time passwords directly from your wrist.

While the Apple Watch presently lacks a true keyboard or Touch ID scanner, it’s thought that the app will rely on the iPhone it’s paired with to work with the new version of 1Password to communicate with the Apple Watch.

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First iOS 8.4 beta shows effort to move audiobooks into iBooks app, add new features

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Date: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015, 07:31
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This could lead to some pretty cool stuff.

On Monday, Apple seeded the first iOS 8.4 beta. The build includes a revamped Music application and it’s been noted that the build handles audiobooks differently, moving playback from the Music app to the iBooks app.

At present, audiobooks are divorced from the ebook library. This pushes users to use two different apps to access their entire digital book library. The iOS 8.4 update could consolidate all books in Apple’s iBook app and also fixes another longstanding issue with audiobooks on iOS. Since iOS 7, audiobook listeners have been unable to view chapter titles or even select them. However, it’s been pointed out that while chapters are now selectable in iOS 8.4, they do not list the actual chapter titles, as they’re listed as “track numbers”.

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Health care providers gearing up apps for Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, April 13th, 2015, 14:09
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables

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Even if you think the Apple Watch is a bit silly, it’s getting a fair amount of developer support behind it.

A variety of healthcare companies, including WebMD and CareEvolution, announced apps for the wearable device. The apps are said to be capable of handling tasks like medication reminders and sharing electronic records.

WebMD said it is working on an update of its iPhone app which will include a Medication Reminder function. Notifications will include images of the medication, the amount to take, and when to take it. Users will be prompted to log whether they’ve taken or skipped a dose — alternately they can hit a 15-minute snooze button, or just dismiss a notification entirely.

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Apple introduces NVMe support in OS X 10.10.3 update

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Date: Monday, April 13th, 2015, 08:36
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News, Software, Yosemite

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It’s a subtle change, but it could be pretty neat in the long run.

Last week, Apple’s introduction of its OS X 10.10.3 update also quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives. These drives can be found on the new Retina display MacBook as well as other units.

The cool cats at AnandTech offered a good description of the AHCI technology, which has resulted in the NVMe technology:

AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) dates back to 2004 and was designed with hard drives in mind. While that doesn’t rule out SSDs, AHCI is more optimized for high latency rotating media than low latency non-volatile storage. As a result AHCI can’t take full advantage of SSDs and since the future is in non-volatile storage (like NAND and MRAM), the industry had to develop a software interface that abolishes the limits of AHCI.

The result is NVMe, short for Non-Volatile Memory Express.

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Initial Apple Watch preorder data arrives, hints at 957,000 units sold, buyers opting for Sports model

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Date: Monday, April 13th, 2015, 08:34
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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The Apple Watch sold a few units on preorder around the 10th.

Almost one million units is the current guess.

The initial Apple Watch preorder numbers have been flowing in and among the first to report was research firm Slice Intelligence, which estimates nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on Friday.

Compiling data from a panel of two million online shoppers, Slice Intelligence said 957,000 U.S. customers preordered Apple Watch on its first day of availability. As expected, Apple’s cheaper Apple Watch Sport model was most popular and garnered an estimated 62 percent of orders.

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12-inch MacBook now available on Apple Store web site, most models shipping in 1-3 days

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Date: Friday, April 10th, 2015, 08:04
Category: MacBook, News, retail

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Amidst the mucho hoopla surrounding the Apple Watch, Apple added the new 12-inch Retina display MacBook to the Apple Store last night.

The new notebook is available with a ship time of one to three days for most models, although the 512GB Gold model currently has an estimated shipping time of three to four weeks.

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AppleCare+ plan, service prices for Apple Watch units unveiled

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Date: Friday, April 10th, 2015, 08:37
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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How much is your AppleCare+ plan going to be for your snazzy new Apple Watch?

Apple has an answer for that.

With Apple Watch preorders opening last night/the Watchening, specific numbers have surfaced for AppleCare+ and repair fees for out-of warranty watches. These numbers are a bit frightening, as a coverage plan for an Apple Watch Edition model can rise into the thousands of dollars.

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Apple Watch sells out in a matter of hours, shipping estimates slip back to June through August

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Date: Friday, April 10th, 2015, 07:19
Category: Hardware, News, retail, Wearables

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The Apple Watch sold out in a number of hours last night as the pre-order option for the unit became available on the Apple Store web site. Over the course of the launch, shipping times for all models slipped to 4-6 weeks or later less than 6 hours after pre-orders started at 12:01 AM Pacific today. Apple Watch Sport models were the first to sell out, with delivery estimates shifting to 4-6 weeks, and then June, on the Apple Online Store in the United States.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2 update

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Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2015, 11:01
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Hot on the heels of muchos other updates, Apple has released iTunes 12.1.2.

The new version, a 120 megabyte download, improves syncing to your iOS devices from the newly-released Photos for OS X. The update also adds several improvements to the Get Info window and improves overall application stability.

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Apple Watch to be available for online pre-order only come April 10th

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Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2015, 08:13
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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With only one day left until the Watchening/first available pre-order of the Apple Watch, your best bet might be to order yours online.

Apple on Thursday confirmed that orders for the upcoming Apple Watch will be available exclusively online during the launch window, as the company expects that consumer demand will outstrip available supply of units.

The company issued a reminder stating that in-store previews and preorders will begin on Friday, ahead of the April 24th launch. But preorders will be available online-only, and users who try on the unit in stores will not be able to place an order in the store.

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