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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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Apple posts $13.6 billion profit on $58 billion in revenue for Q2 2015

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Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 07:10
Category: Finance, News

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You can’t knock a US$13.6 billion quarterly profit.

Over the course of the second quarter, Apple cleared a US$14.6 billion profit from US$58 billion in revenue, beating analyst expectations as well as its own in the process. The revenues were up from US$45.6 billion in the second quarter of 2014.

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20 Apple Watch apps worth a flick of your wrist

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Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 05:28
Category: Uncategorized

Calling them “apps” is a bit of a misnomer because third-party apps don’t really run natively on Apple Watch – yet. They’re more like extensions or views of apps that are running on your iPhone, but I digress. Watch apps are a little laggy at launch – get used to looking at the spinning flower – but there are times when viewing little bits of information on your wrist can be useful, especially notifications. Most importantly, it doesn’t come with all the baggage and distractions that turn your iPhone into a blackhole of time that you can never get back. After spending the weekend with Apple Watch, here are a few of the initial standout apps.

Redfin Apple Watch appRedfin, Zillow, Estately (in that order). I’m looking to purchase a house and it’s extremely helpful to open a watch app and see homes for sale near me. Alerts are what will separate the real estate apps – and none of them do it well currently. I’m stunned that Realtor.com got caught flat-footed and didn’t have a Watch app ready on Friday.

Hue. It’s extremely useful to be able to switch my home’s Hue light scene from the Apple Watch. It’s a purpose-built watch app that does just what you need it to do and nothing else.

Apple weather. Apple’s first-party weather app for Watch is my favorite for two reasons: 1) it’s linked from the weather widget on the watch face, and 2) it displays the forecast with one scroll of the crown. Dark Sky has the best notifications and Weather Nerd has the best data-rich screens.

Cufflink browser bills itself as the first web browser for Apple Watch is simple and effective. Search with your voice and get a list of results. It’s a bit of a black box to me, but worked reasonably well.

Read on for 10 more Apple Watch apps that are worth a flick of your wrist.

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Apple Pay to host Discover payments beginning this fall

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Date: Monday, April 27th, 2015, 09:38
Category: iOS, News, retail, Software

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This fall, you will be able to use Apple Pay for your Discover card transactions.

Just try not to carry a balance.

Discover announced on Monday that it will enable Apple Pay support for credit and debit cardholders at eligible financial institutions in the United States this fall. Discover will also support in-app purchases made using Apple Pay on compatible iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch battery details posted, specs now available

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Date: Monday, April 27th, 2015, 07:51
Category: Apple Watch, battery, Hardware, News, Wearables

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If you were curious about the Apple Watch’s battery life, Apple just posted the specs.

The company posted a technical specification web page, complete with details as to service and recycling for the wearable’s batteries. The page states that the Watch should hold 80 percent of its original capacity at 1,000 “complete” charge cycles — meaning charging from empty to full. Typically, batteries last longer if they’re only partially depleted before being recharged.

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Apple internal documents point towards expected gradual discoloration, deformation of Apple Watch Sport and Leather bands

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Date: Monday, April 27th, 2015, 07:42
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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The good news is that you’ve got your paws on your spiffy new Apple Watch, it’s in the mail or it’s due to ship soon.

The bad news is that the band on the Sport or Leather Apple Watch band isn’t the hardiest of warriors and can be expected to become discolored or deformed over time.

And Apple knows it.

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Apple Watch launches quiet, most inventory spoken for

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Date: Friday, April 24th, 2015, 10:15
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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It’s Friday, April 24th, the long-awaited day of the Apple Watch launch/the Watchening.

And it’s pretty quiet out there.

Unlike many of Apple’s product launches, there isn’t much inventory of the device in the stores, the lion’s share of the inventory has been spoken for via massive pre-order sales numbers and the few stores that have units in stock are apparently experiencing long lines from customers eager to get their hands on the item.

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Australian users test Apple Watch, find unit is more waterproof than initially thought

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Date: Friday, April 24th, 2015, 07:18
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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The Apple Watch is apparently a bit more waterproof than had been imagined.

After snagging their Apple Watch units, a few Aussie Apple Watch buyers over at FoneFox put the wearable through a variety of waterproof tests to see how much moisture the unit could take before failure.

The first test is a basic splash test followed by a five minute simulated shower complete with shampoo and soap, at the end of which the Apple Watch comes out noticeably unscathed and completely responsive to inputs on both its touch interface and digital crown. It should be pointed out that all of the tests were completed with a 38mm Apple Watch Sport.

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