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New York Times Apple Watch review hits, cites learning curve, useful aspects and ability to filter information and notifications

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Date: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, 07:23
Category: News, Wearables

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The New York Times has come out the door swinging with one of the very first Apple Watch reviews. The piece, penned by Farhad Manjoo, focuses on what works with the watch, what doesn’t and what needs improvement.

It also makes some fairly salient points in that it cites the author’s initial hesitancy about the device, the learning curve, who it’s designed around and what to expect from it.

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HBO NOW service, app rolls out for Apple TV, iOS devices

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Date: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 10:58
Category: Fun, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Amidst the slew of quiet content updates to the Apple TV, the HBO NOW channel is now one of them. The channel has also released its app for the iPhone and iPad, which can stream all of HBO’s past and present original content while the standalone streaming service costs $14.99 per month, with customers receiving the first month free if they sign up in April.

The HBO NOW app and service now divides its content into assorted categories such as a watch list, series and movies. The app also includes a search engine and settings menu and the Apple TV channel itself should surface today alongside the app.

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Apple Watch reservations to be limited to one unit per customer, limited stock expected

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Date: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 09:46
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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It’s one Apple Watch reservation at a time for in-store pickup, ladies and gentlemen.

Sources have confirmed that customers will be limited to one Apple Watch each through Apple’s Reserve and Pickup service. Customers in the United States and other launch countries will have to present a valid government-issued photo ID upon pickup. Apple has also stated that surrogate pickups won’t be permitted and only the person whose name is on the reservation will be allowed to pick up the Apple Watch.

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1Password 5.3 for OS X released, includes slew of fixes, changes, new features

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Date: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 08:43
Category: News, security, Software

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Arguably the best password protector/security application for OS X just got better.

On Monday, AgileBits released version 5.3 of its 1Password application for OS X. The new version, a 36.5 megabyte download, includes a massive list of fixes and changes including time-based one-time passwords for two-step verification, new language translations, bug fixes, core improvements and the like.

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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

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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.

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Some 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro owners cite user interface choppiness, lag under OS X Yosemite

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015, 15:09
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Yosemite

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This is what bug and firmware fixes are for.

As nifty as the new 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro is, a number of users have logged complaints about the user interface lag in OS X Yosemite. The lag accounts for slow and choppy animations across functions like Mission Control, Launchpad, launching full-size applications, resizing windows and scrolling through web pages.

A pair of threads related to the issue have received close to 200 replies and 20,000 views within the discussion forums, with some users that previously experienced UI lag offering advice on how to resolve the problem. One potential solution involves resetting the Mac’s PRAM, while temporary workarounds listed include increasing contrast and reducing transparency under the Accessibility menu in System Preferences.

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TripAdvisor, Booking.com reviews surface in Apple Maps data

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015, 09:10
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Apple Maps is starting to get some neat stuff put in.

Since the launch of the app back in 2012, Yelp has served as the sole partner for integrating customer reviews of businesses and other points of interest. Recently, Apple’s Maps app has begun including reviews from TripAdvisor and Booking.com on select hotel listings.

It’s currently unclear as to whether a hotel will include a review from Yelp, TripAdvisor or Booking.com, but these reviews have been showing up either way, especially with Booking.com’s stronger international presence in England, France and Australia.

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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

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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.

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Apple modeling Apple Watch try-on/appointment experience after updated Genius Bar changes

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Date: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 08:24
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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The scheduling and appointment-based changes that seem to be effective for the Genius Bar will apparently be used for Apple Watch try-ons and appointments.

Recently, sources have indicated that Apple will be focusing on appointments to try on and view the Apple Watch upon its release later this month. These changes, which are similar to those that have been implemented at the Genius Bar (wherein the Genius Bar will handle walk-in appointments by taking a customer’s cell phone number, encouraging them to walk around and then texting updates as to their waiting times), will also be used for Apple Watch customers.
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First 12-inch MacBook unboxing video hits

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Date: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, 16:59
Category: MacBook, News

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If you’ve been hankering for an early unboxing video of Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook, you’ve got it.

It’s in Vietnamese.

Still, it’s an unboxing video, a bit early and it shows the new 29-watt power brick, 2-meter charging cable and brand new USB Type C connectors.

The company appears to have eschewed the longer power cord that it includes with its other notebook, though the power brick does feature interchangeable plugs. Also gone are the flip-up winding posts that have long adorned Apple’s power bricks.
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