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iFixit publishes light saber teardown for Fourth of May

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Date: Monday, May 4th, 2015, 08:35
Category: Fun, Hardware, News

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Because it’s the Fourth of May, iFixit is nifty and you should be aware of what’s inside your light saber.

The coolest of felines at iFixit have published a full teardown of Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi’s light saber.

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Apple confirms Apple Watch wrist tattoo issue

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Date: Friday, May 1st, 2015, 07:44
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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If you’ve got nifty ink around your wrist, it might get in the way of using an Apple Watch.

Apple has confirmed that dark wrist tattoos have the potential of interfering with the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor. It was reported earlier this week that some tattoos, particularly dark or saturated ones, can affect the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor and ability to register contact with the wearer’s skin.

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Rumor: Apple TV ship times slip to 1-2 weeks, next-gen device expected at WWDC

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Date: Friday, May 1st, 2015, 07:25
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor

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It’s when the shipping times slip that new stuff is probably around the corner.

Recently, shipping times for the current generation of Apple TV has slipped to 1-2 weeks, as opposed to “in stock” or “1 day”.

The change hints towards a next-generation Apple TV that’s rumored to feature slimmer hardware, a new tactile remote, and a redesigned operating system with App Store-like functionality.

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Rumor: Apple Watch rollout slowed by faulty Taptic Engine component

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Date: Thursday, April 30th, 2015, 07:24
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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This may be part of the reason for the delay/long shipping time for your Apple Watch.

A report on Wednesday claims Apple discovered a serious flaw in certain vibrator mechanisms that power Apple Watch’s Taptic Engine, prompting completed units to be scrapped just prior to launch.

Citing sources close to the story, a Wall Street Journal report stated that an unknown number of haptic feedback motors built by AAC Technologies Holdings broke down during reliability testing shortly after mass production of the Apple Watch kicked off in February. AAC Technologies has functioned as the primary supplier for the the feedback motors.

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Rumor: Apple Store app to arrive for Apple Watch “soon”

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Date: Thursday, April 30th, 2015, 07:52
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Software, Wearables

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It won’t be long before you can shop for Apple Store items via your Apple Watch.

Sources have stated that Apple is completing its work on a version of the Apple Store app for the new wearable device. The app has not been given a firm release date beyond “soon” and will be part of an application update for the iPhone and iPad.

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Best Buy to accept Apple Pay, breaks from MCX lineup

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Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, 07:21
Category: News, retail

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Retailer Best Buy Best Buy said its customers could start using Apple Pay from Monday to make purchases on its app through the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, thus appearing to break ranks with a group of leading U.S. merchants who are backing an alternative payment system.

Apple CEO Tim Cook also announced during an earnings conference call Monday that Apple Pay would be supported on the Best Buy app and in stores later this year.

The move is significant in that it breaks Best Buy away from the Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, a coalition of merchants backing its own mobile payments platform called CurrentC. MCX members Rite Aid and CVS stopped accepting Apple Pay at their stores a week after the launch of the Apple system, in a move that was seen as reflecting the rivalry between the two payment systems.

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Apple Watch goes through DisplayMate testing, results posted

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Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, 06:43
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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The Apple Watch is out the door, its display is impressive and seems to hold a terrific resolution, even given its tiny screen.

The display itself features a Flexible OLED covered by either a sapphire crystal or Ion-X strengthened cover glass on the Sport model. This being Apple’s first OLED display, Dr. Raymond Soneira over at DisplayMate went bananas, testing its performance, power management, color management, color gamut, color accuracy, ambient light sensor, reflectance, viewing angles and other aspects of the wearable.

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Tech firms, other organizations setting up resources to help victims of Nepal earthquake, Baltimore riots

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Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, 06:14
Category: News

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Between the events of the Nepal earthquake and the Baltimore riots Monday night, it’s turning into a disastrous week. If you were wondering what you can do to help, a number of tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Viber, have set up Red Cross donations, people-location services and cheap to free calling to reach out to anyone you might know in Nepal.

Where Baltimore is concerned, the Baltimore Sun has published a terrific list of links for people to sign up and volunteer their services. The page also contains links to web sites looking to help rebuild Baltimore after the riots and repair damaged businesses after the events of Monday night.

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Apple Watch may not be able to detect users’ wrists through certain tattoos

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Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 08:25
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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Your snazzy new Apple Watch may not be able to detect your wrist if there’s a tattoo in the way.

A Reddit user posted on Monday that his Apple Watch didn’t receive notifications and would lock when placed on his tattooed wrist. Before trying to contact Apple, though, he tested the Watch against his unmarked hand, which suddenly allowed it to work as intended.

Turning off wrist detection entirely was said to solve the problem, but at the expense of features like Apple Pay.

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Apple targeting late June for release of Apple Watch in other countries

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Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Apple will get the Apple Watch out to other countries once the initial, massive deluge of pre-orders is taken care of.

To wit: Around about June.

Over the course of the Q2 2015 conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple is targeting late June for an sales expansion that would make Apple Watch available in more countries, conditional on supply.

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