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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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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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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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Rumor: 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” to incorporate Force Touch, USB-C connector, other changes

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Date: Monday, May 4th, 2015, 08:41
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

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A source close to the story has stated that Apple is indeed working on a larger 12.9-inch iPad. The upcoming iPad, commonly referred to as the “iPad Pro”, is rumored to incorporate a number of changes including a Bluetooth stylus accessory with pressure sensitivity, support for Force Touch input, and a USB-C connector.

Its expected arrival date is currently unknown.

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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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