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Rumor: Apple working on “Reserve and Pickup” system for purchasing Apple Watch units in Apple Store retail locations

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Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, 07:02
Category: Apple Watch, retail, Rumor, Wearables

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It’s June and the Apple Watch unit you’ve been hankering for might just be available this month.

A new set of Apple training materials has indicated that Apple will be using a “Reserve and Pickup” system for customers to buy Apple Watches in its retail stores. The system will apparently allow customers to check model availability online, reserve the one they want, and pick it up.

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Thunderbolt 3 specification announced, will be housed within USB-C cabling

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Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, 07:23
Category: Hardware, News

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The Thunderbolt 3 specification has been announced by Intel.

And it’ll be housed within the new USB-C cabling.

The next generation of the high-speed Thunderbolt specification was announced on Tuesday, effectively replacing the legacy Mini DisplayPort connector for the new smaller, reversible USB-C standard, and offering transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps with high-end cables.

Thunderbolt 3 will be a “superset” for USB 3.1, which runs at 10Gbps. Using a standard USB-C cable, Thunderbolt 3 will offer transfer speeds of twice that, at 20Gbps.

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Microsoft announces June 29th launch date for Windows 10, says it’ll play nicer with the iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 1st, 2015, 10:56
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized

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You may not love it, but Windows 10 will be en route to a computer near you come June 29th.

And Microsoft says it’ll play nicer with the iPhone.

Microsoft Operating Systems Vice President Joe Belfiore stated that the new operating system would be released on June 29th. Windows 10 will include Cortana, Microsoft’s voice control system that is often considered superior to Apple’s Siri. It also includes new Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, Mail, People, and Calendar apps, all of which will tie into Microsoft’s own iPhone apps.

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Woman donates rare Apple I computer worth $200,000 to recycling center, effort begins to locate her to provide resale payment

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Date: Monday, June 1st, 2015, 07:44
Category: Fun, Hardware, News

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Ok, this is why you check before you hurl something in the trash.

A Bay Area recycling center in Milpitas, California is attempting to track down an unidentified woman who dropped off a 1976-model Apple I in April, after the computer sold to a private collector for US$200,000 this month.

The Apple I was one of the first batch of 200 hand-assembled by Apple co-founders Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne in the company’s first year of operation. The woman is being sought because it is the center’s policy to split sale proceeds with donors.

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Fleet of camera-laden minivans part of Apple Maps data collection effort

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Date: Monday, June 1st, 2015, 07:49
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Pictures

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If you were wondering what that minivan with photo gear attached to its roof was doing driving down the street, it’s probably one of Apple’s. In an effort to gather data for its iOS Maps app, a fleet of mysterious vans has appears and begun taking pictures of business storefronts to replace Yelp photos to replace Yelp photos. Sources have stated that this reduces the company’s reliance on outfits like TomTom and allows them to build a 3D Street View feature.

The vans have been spotted in cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas and New York this year and are part of an effort to gather in-house data for the Maps application.

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Apple buys German augmented reality firm Metaio, may be looking into extensive AR-related projects

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Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 08:04
Category: Finance, News, Uncategorized

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I guess they had something Apple wanted.

Earlier this month, Apple completed its acquisition of Metaio, a German augmented reality firm that first started life as a side project at Volkswagen, for an as-yet-unknown project.

The acquisition was completed with a full transfer of shares from Metaio’s holdings to Apple.

Metaio recently canceled its user conference originally set for June, disabled its Twitter accounts and just days ago posted a notice announcing an end to product and subscription sales.

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TextExpander 5.0 released for OS X, includes new features, iOS companion apps

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Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 08:13
Category: News, Software

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A cool thing just became that much more useful.

Smile has released TextExpander 5 for Mac OS X. The new version, a major upgrade to the popular typing shortcut tool, lets you type abbreviations that expand to whole paragraphs, images and more. TextExpander 5 suggests which frequently typed phrases to abbreviate, saving time. Search on your abbreviations as you type to speed text entry.

In addition to an updated user interface for Yosemite, TextExpander 5 adds the ability to store your snippets in a location of your choice, and sync via iCloud Drive or any sync folder. It reminds you when you could have used abbreviations; adds JavaScript snippets that expand programmatically; all with a stats display so that you know how much time TextExpander has saved you.

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App Camp for Girls 3.0 Indiegogo launches, worth looking into

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Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 07:31
Category: Developer, News

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If there was one Indiegogo worth getting behind, it’d be this one.

The App Camp for Girls 3.0 fundraiser has launched and is looking to raise US$100,000 to finance this year’s App Camp for Girls programs. The fundraiser works to address the larger issue of why only 20 percent of software engineers are female and why that percentage is even lower among mobile app developers.

The same is true of technology classes in schools, wherein there are few opportunities for girls to explore high-tech fields that aren’t already dominated by males.

App Camp 3.0 will launch an additional location, this time in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Easily upload all your photos to Google Photos (for free)

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Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 05:42
Category: Aperture, Google, iPhoto, photos

Google Photos now supports unlimited photo uploads for free!

Apple dropped the ball on photos. Big time.

For years, Apple products were my default photo locker, gallery, and sharing tool. Now I’ve switched to Google, but only because Apple forced my hand. My workflow was simple: shoot photos on my iPhone and dSLR, sync everything to Aperture and share from there.

Here’s a brief timeline on how Apple went off the rails with photos:

In summary, After leaving customers hanging without photo galleries, Apple dropped support for its professional photo app (Aperture), jacked up its cloud storage prices, then released an inferior Photos app that didn’t support Aperture projects (whoops!). My six year investment in organizing my photos in Aperture is basically gone and I’m now locked into using an End-Of-Life (EOL) software application if I want to see my projects.

No thank you.

At I/O 2015 Google announced that Google Photos now includes unlimited free photo storage (up to 16MP for photos, and 1080p for videos). The best part? You can easily auto-upload your entire photo library to Google Photos in the background. Here’s how: (more…)

Apple confirms support for 5K displays on 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, May 28th, 2015, 09:48
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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Hook the new 15-inch MacBook Pro up to an impressive 4K TV and it will rock.

Apple officially confirmed that the new 15-inch MacBook Pro can support a 4K display at a full resolution of 4096×2160 at 60Hz and is also the first to support 5K displays.

The support for higher resolutions appears to be related to the switch to AMD graphics in the new machine. Apple’s new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (mid-2015) comes with an AMD Radeon R9 M370X that is reportedly up to 80 percent faster than previous generations. Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros released earlier in the year come with Intel Iris Graphics 6100.

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