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Tests show Apple Watch heart rate sensor to be nearly on par with Mio’s Alpha unit

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Date: Friday, May 8th, 2015, 07:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Apple picked a good heart rate sensor for the Apple Watch.

After a series of tests by Mac and iOS developer Brad Larson in which raw data was extracted from both devices, the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch was determined to be nearly on par with the Mio Alpha, a popular dedicated heart rate sensor also worn on the wrist. The Alpha produced sharper peaks, which may suggest more filtering on the Watch, but in most cases the data produced was essentially equal.

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This is Nifty: Medium offers secure, self-destructing dictated messages with Confide app

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 08:56
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, security, Wearables

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This could be pretty interesting.

Medium’s Confide, which has surfaced for the Apple Watch, allows users to send end-to-end encrypted messages that delete themselves forever as soon as they’re read.

The app also works with iOS’ Handoff, allowing you to edit your messages between iOS devices before sending with customizable notifications alerting you to new messages as they arrive.

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Apple’s iOS devices, ResearchKit being incorporated into DNA studies

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 08:13
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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The iOS is being used for some pretty neat DNA studies.

A series of five new apps based on Apple’s ResearchKit, including one called ‘mPower”, has allowed researchers to track symptoms of Parkinson’s disease as well as help recruit thousands of study participants in a few days.

“Apple launched ResearchKit and got a fantastic response. The obvious next thing is to collect DNA,” says Gholson Lyon, a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who isn’t involved with the studies.

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Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas now accepts Apple Pay transactions

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 07:40
Category: Apple Watch, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

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You will soon be able to lose a great deal of money in Vegas with Apple Pay.

Or at least pay for the hotel/casino in which you lose a great deal of money.

The Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas has announced that Apple Pay will be accepted at the hotels’ front desk, restaurants and bars by early June. Room service can also be streamlined using Apple Pay, as the concierge service will also accept Apple Pay as a payment method. This means that you can pay with your iPhone or your Apple Watch.

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Apple edges closer to offering in-store pickup for Apple Watch

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 07:54
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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You might be able to pick up an Apple Watch from an Apple Store location in the relatively near future.

Following a change to its web site, Apple is apparently preparing to have the Apple Watch available as an in-store item that can be picked up in the United States and other launch countries. The option has been revamped to “available soon” on the Apple Online Store and within the Apple Store app. The news is mixed, as the option remains grayed out on Apple’s website and app, making it unavailable to select, and Apple’s Reserve and Pickup system for the Apple Watch has yet to go live.

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This is Nifty: Volkswagen developing Car-Net app for iOS devices

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Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 08:20
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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German car manufacturer Volkswagen today announced that it’s joining the ranks of companies offering an Apple Watch app to go along with its broader mobile service.

VW’s Car-Net service, which debuted in 2014, has offered services like remote control of climate settings, checking if you left your windows open or where you parked, and fuel/battery monitoring are all available for both the iOS and Android platforms.

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Apple confirms existence of “Applebot” web crawler, says program indexes the Web for Siri, Spotlight

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Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 07:30
Category: News, Software

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Sometimes it’s the Web traffic logs that really let you know what Apple is up to.

Last fall, a number of webmasters began seeing web crawler visits from IP addresses starting with 17, an IP address block owned entirely by Apple. Apple has now officially confirmed in a support document that it is operating its own web crawler called “Applebot”.

As of now, Applebot is the web crawler utilized by Apple products such as Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. The program respects the customary robots.txt and robots meta tags used by most crawler programs.

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Apple Pay now supported by 24 additional banks and credit unions

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Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 07:59
Category: Finance, News

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As of Tuesday, Apple added 24 banks and credit unions that now support Apple Pay.

The new batch brings the total closer to 250, the new institutions being included as follows:

Bellwether Community Credit Union

Benchmark Federal Credit Union

Blackhawk Community Credit Union

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Home Depot declares support for Apple Pay

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Date: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, 17:15
Category: News, retail

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Home Depot just double down and will become the largest retail chain to date to support Apple Pay.

The retailer on Tuesday officially announced upcoming support for Apple Pay for its 2,000+ stores.

Speaking on behalf of the home improvement retailer, company representative Steve Holmes told Bloomberg that his company plans to introduce in-store support for Apple Pay, but declined to specify an exact rollout timetable.

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T-Mobile responds to Verizon campaign, offers improved incentives in try-out and switch deal

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Date: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, 07:38
Category: iPhone, News, retail, Uncategorized, wireless

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It’s competition that makes life interesting.

Wireless carrier T-Mobile is responding to Verizon’s “Never Settle” ad campaign, which offers to lend Verizon customers a new smartphone and port their existing number to it for a 14-day trial. If customers prefer T-Mobile’s service, the company will pay off Verizon’s Early Termination Fees up to a maximum of US$650.

T-Mobile is also offering to settle any outstanding payments on your phone within the US$650 limit when customers go with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan.

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