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IDC Device Tracker estimate puts Apple Watch sales at 3.6 million to date

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Date: Thursday, August 27th, 2015, 07:02
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables


Although Apple has yet to announce its official sales numbers for the Apple Watch, yet another research firm is putting forth an educated guess, estimating that Apple debuted at second place in the wearable device market behind Fitbit.

IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker suggests that 3.6 million Apple Watch units shipped last quarter, giving it a 19.9 percent share of units worldwide. IDC claims that was second only to Fitbit, which it estimates shipped 4.4 million units, for a 24.3 percent share.

The only other wearable device which has cracked the million-unit mark, according to IDC, was Xiaomi, which is said to have shipped 3.1 million units, good for third place. IDC’s estimates place Garmin in fourth with 700,000 devices shipped, and Samsung in fifth with just 600,000 units.


Leaked iPhone 6s media show new icon of “booting gear” screen

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Date: Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, 12:09
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


The part leaks continue and new photos and videos have surfaced showing the components of Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 6s” handset. Specifically, the new photos and videos reveal an iPhone 6s logic board and display assembly paired with a number of iPhone 6 components such as the rear shell and battery to create a device that starts up enough to be able to display a screen showing a booting gear icon.

The leaked video shows the handset booted to its gear screen and then opened, displaying the device’s component parts. Several components such as the rear camera are missing, but there are enough parts present to deliver data to the iPhone 6s display.


Best Buy CEO announces Apple Watch will be available in all locations, cites other Apple-specific improvements

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Date: Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, 04:10
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables


It looks like you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch at every Best Buy location in the relatively near future.

Albeit Apple has been pretty quiet about the Apple Watch’s sales numbers, Best Buy’s CEO has stated that the device has been a hit with customers. The electronics retailer started selling Apple Watches this month in select stores, first in the United States and later in Canada. As of Tuesday, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said that Apple Watch demand has been “so strong” both online and in stores as the retailer plans to carry the smartwatch at even more locations.


Goo receives FAA clearance for 70Mbps in-flight technology, hopes to deploy units later this year

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Date: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015, 08:53
Category: News, wireless


You’re about to get faster Wi-Fi on hundreds of additional flights.

The FAA has approved in-flight broadband provider GoGo’s 2Ku technology, allowing for in-flight data speeds up to 70Mbps. GoGo is hoping to launch the service this year.

In-flight broadband provider Gogo’s 2Ku technology has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, opening the door for data speeds up to 70Mbps. The company is hoping to launch commercial services this year.

This was the final hurdle to be cleared before Gogo could launch tech technology.


Rumor: Apple to end “One to One” training program, fold training into larger workshops

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Date: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015, 07:54
Category: retail, Rumor


The beloved US$99 “One to One” tutoring sessions for Mac and iOS users at the Apple Store may be coming to an end. A recent rumor is currently stating that Apple is stopping the program to allow retail employees to focus on hosting a greater number of free workshops, which multiple people are able to attend at once.

The One to One program allowed users who bought a Mac to pay an additional US$99 for one year of Mac and iOS instruction. One to One sessions include 30 or 60 minute Personal Training sessions, 90-minute Group Training sessions, and 90-minute group-based Open Training sessions.


Rumor: Apple to revamp Genius Bar, workshops, associated web sites on Tuesday, August 25th

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Date: Monday, August 24th, 2015, 09:01
Category: retail, Rumor


The Genius Bar and its associated web site might be getting revamped in the new future.

A rumor has stated that Apple will begin changing the Genius Bar and its corresponding web site as of Tuesday, August 25th. Through these changes, Apple reportedly plans to move Genius Bar online appointments pages from their separate “Concierge” site into individual Apple Store pages

The new updated web-based service has also been re-written with a focus on accessibility and mobile devices. “Customers with visual or hearing impairments can more easily use the Concierge system,” Apple wrote in a note to retail employees about the upcoming change. As for mobile optimization, the new system will have a unique user interface depending on whether it is used on a desktop, smartphone, or tablet.


Apple initiates repair program to address blurry iPhone 6 Plus camera issue

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Date: Monday, August 24th, 2015, 07:09
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News


If the pictures taken by your iPhone 6 Plus have been blurry, there’s an explanation for that.

A number of users who’ve experienced image quality problems with their iPhone 6 Plus’s iSight camera may be eligible for a free repair, as Apple on Friday acknowledged a problem with a “small percentage” of units and will replace the affected component free of charge.

The program, dubbed the “iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus,” is available to any iPhone 6 Plus owner whose device is producing blurry photos and carries the problematic part. Affected users can check their serial number at Apple’s website, linked below.


Google Chrome 46 to include Mac-specific changes, reduce memory consumption, boost performance

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Date: Friday, August 21st, 2015, 09:08
Category: News, Software


If the current builds of the Chrome web browser have been driving you mildly nuts, Google might have some fixes on the way.

A test build of Google’s forthcoming Chrome 46 makes substantial improvements to the performance of the Web browser on the Mac.

The build appears to halve Chrome’s memory consumption, and make formely slow tabs much faster. At the same time, the browser also appears to consume fewer CPU and power resources.


iPassword for iOS updated to 5.5, adds Apple Watch, Touch ID improvements

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Date: Friday, August 21st, 2015, 08:58
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


This might be worth snagging.

1Password for iOS has been updated, version 5.5 allowing users access to a Touch ID button under the Master Password field so you can choose to sign in using your finger print even if you accidentally hit cancel on the first request. Tapping the fingerprint button prompts the system Touch ID unlock screen.

The new version also features an improvement to how the app can stay unlocked between uses in different apps. Previously 1Password’s extension in other apps required being unlocked by password, passcode, or Touch ID each time. Now, the 1Password extension and 1Password app share the same unlock time limits.


Intel moves closer to Skylake launch date, new processor could drive three 4K monitors simultaneously

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Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 08:49
Category: Hardware, News, Processors


Intel’s getting closer to a launch date on Skylake, which might be a pretty drool-worthy processor.

The company in the meantime shared a variety of details about the platform. Skylake processors will, for instance, use a technology called Speed Shift to dynamically change power state and reduce consumption.

The processor will feature planned performance boosts, but will also use “eDRAM+,” a fully coherent form of cache memory that can work for the CPU and not just integrated graphics. eDRAM+ will also be used in more chips than eDRAM, and in 64- and 128-megabyte sizes.