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Apple Watch in April, Apple Pay coming to 200K self-service stations

31 minutes ago | Posted in: industry, gadgets, Apple

The Apple Watch will ultimately ship in April, the company has confirmed through a quarterly results call hosted by CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri. The company didn't go into any other details, such as a specific release date. April, however, is even later than the March timeframe mentioned in recent rumors, which themselves suggested a delay from February. Until now Apple has only ever promised an "early 2015" date.

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Apple Q1 breakdown reveals 18 percent decline in iPad shipments

57 minutes ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, Investor, computers, Apple, iPad

Beyond its official press release, Apple has posted a detailed breakdown (PDF) of its fiscal first quarter. The document is the only one to mention iPad sales, and reveals that shipments dropped 18 percent year-over-year to 21.419 million. Revenues for the tablet fell 22 percent to $8.985 billion.

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Apple posts $74.6B in Q1 revenues based on iPhone, Mac sales

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, Apple, iPad

Apple has posted the results of its first fiscal quarter for 2015, which actually ended on December 27th. The company says it achieved record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion, and similarly record-setting net profits of $18 billion, or $3.06 per share. The figures compare against $57.6 billion, $13.1 billion, and $2.07 in Q1 2014; gross margins increased from 37.9 percent to 39.9 percent. Apple notes that international sales made up 65 percent of the recent quarter's revenues.

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Apple Maps gets 12 new Flyover cities

2 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple, iPad

Apple has added 12 new towns and cities to the list of Apple Maps locations with Flyover coverage. Of these only one is in the US, that being Amarillo, Texas. The others include three places in France -- Beziers, Clermont, and Saint-Tropez -- along with Aguadilla and Arecibo in Puerto Rico, Brno in the Czech Republic, Cittadella in Italy, Hamburg in Germany, Helsingborg in Sweden, Liverpool in England, and Odense in Denmark.

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Google Fiber heading to Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham

3 hours ago | Posted in: industry, networking

Just as expected, Google has revealed the next locations it will be launching Google Fiber, following its existing installations in Kansas City, Provo, and Austin. Confirming earlier reports, the high-speed Internet service will be rolling out in Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina.

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Forums: what's wrong with my MBP?

3 hours ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, upgrades/storage, Apple

Yesterday one Dedicated MacNNer turned to the MacNN forums looking for help figuring out some graphical problems with their 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2011. Also yesterday Mac Elite "jeff k" was asking fellow forum-members how to get images off of an iPhone after having some trouble transferring photos from their new iPhone.

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Apple deals: Macs from $849

3 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

This week at Apple's online store, find savings on Macs starting as low as $849 for a 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage. For $869 is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage.

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DealNN: $150 off Dell 27-inch LED monitor

3 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, software, upgrades/storage

Save $150 on the Dell 27-inch LED 1080p monitor right now at Staples.com. It was $350, but has been discounted to $200 after a variety of instant savings are applied. That's around $70 less than the next lowest price. This monitor features a 27-inch display, 1080p resolution, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 6ms response time and it is backed by a 1 year warranty on parts and labor from Dell.

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OS X 10.10.2 leaves beta, brings predicted changes

4 hours ago | Posted in: security, troubleshooting, software, Apple

Simultaneous with the launch of iOS 8.1.3, Apple has also released the finished version of OS X 10.10.2. As anticipated, the one feature addition is the ability to browse iCloud Drive items from within Time Machine. Elsewhere the update is dedicated solely to solving bugs, such as Wi-Fi disconnects, webpages loading too slowly, and various security and stability problems in Safari.

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iOS 8.1.3 goes live, reduces space needed for over-the-air updates

4 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, education, iPhone, security, troubleshooting, Apple, iPad

Apple has released iOS 8.1.3 via iTunes and as an over-the-air download. Though primarily a maintenance update, it does make an important change, reducing the amount of storage that will be needed for future over-the-air upgrades. The amount of space iOS 8 requires for an OTA update has been a common complaint by users; on 16GB iPhones and iPads, there is frequently too little room left, forcing people to use iTunes instead. Apple hasn't said how much storage will be needed in the future.

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Pushbullet brings notification/sharing service to native Mac app

5 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, software, iPad

Pushbullet has introduced a native Mac client for its namesake notification and file/link sharing service. When used in tandem with the company's updated iOS app, the software can not only display iPhone and iPad notifications on a Mac but be used to dismiss them without picking up the mobile device. More significantly users can copy and paste between platforms, push links, or download and open exchanged files.

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Twitter adds group messaging, 30-second video uploads to mobile apps

6 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Twitter has started to add some features it hinted at last November to its mobile apps. Rolling out slowly, users will be able to send Direct Messages to groups of people for the first time, while those who typically post videos to the micro-blogging service will benefit from being able to upload video clips directly to Twitter from within the app, without using a secondary service.

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Briefly: Pandora 5.7, new Wrise Mac word processor

6 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Music discovery app Pandora has announced an update to its iOS app, featuring a new design and additional components. Pandora allows users to create personalized music stations that play their preferred music. The latest version (v5.7.0) offers a refreshed design that improves the ease of shaping a station, including a new Personalization icon for quick access to one's history, and being able to "un-thumb" a song previously marked "up" or "down" by re-tapping the Thumb icon. The app's new mini-player offers music controls while browsing track history, and its redesigned notification and activity feed will alert users of recent happenings, like new music that has been added to their stations. Free to download, Pandora for iOS requires iOS 6.0 or later. Users can access the service for free, however a subscription to Pandora One - starting at $4 monthly - provides higher quality audio, desktop application usage, custom skins and fewer interruptions to music play.

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iOS apps: 1Password, GoodReader, Pandora Radio

6 hours ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    1Password 5.2 (free)

    1Password is a password management app that allows users to store and organize multiple passwords. A built-in password generator can also be used to create unique passwords for every site. The v5.2 update includes a new Login Creator that makes it easier to add logins for hundreds of popular sites and services. Syncing has also been improved, now automatically syncing a Master Password change across devices.

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    GoodReader 4.9.1 ($5)

    GoodReader is a PDF reader that features both annotation and cloud sync capabilities. In v4.9.1 users ca now create several different tabs for the same file. These can then be used quickly jump between different sections of the same document without using static bookmarks. The ability to rename or delete a file while viewing it as also been added.

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    Pandora Radio 5.7 (free)

    Pandora Radio is a music streaming service that lets users create personalized stations based on their favorite artists, songs, genres, or composers. Version 5.7 introduces a new design that makes it even easier to shape a station. The new Personalization icon puts the Thumb History for all of a user’s favorite stations right at their fingertips, while the new Mini-Player can be used to control music while browsing track history.

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    LINE 4.9.2 (free)

    LINE is a mobile messaging client for iOS devices that allows users to send messages and make free voice calls to other users. A number of minor bugs have been addressed in this update.

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    RunKeeper 5.2 (free)

    Through the use of the location services found in the iPhone, RunKeeper can track a user’s fitness activity. The application turns the GPS data into stats such as distance travelled, how long it took, how many calories were burned, and more. The latest release includes a new Today Widget that lets users see upcoming works, start their run, and view stats right for their lock screen.

 
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Apple TV gets 120 Sports network

6 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals

Apple has silently added another channel to the Apple TV, 120 Sports. The network is backed by Sports Illustrated, and covers leagues such as the NHL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, and NCAA. On the Apple TV users can browse through Dashboard, Timeline, and Catch-Up sections. Timeline lets users watch a live stream and videos in reverse chronological order, whereas Catch-Up is a curated collection of clips related to trending topics.

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Western Union to launch Apple Pay support for bills and transfers

7 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

Western Union has announced plans to support Apple Pay for bill payments and money transfers. The technology should eventually reach all of the company's standalone outlets in the US, as well as kiosks at over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade stores. At the moment, however, the only location with Apple Pay is an outlet at 1440 Broadway in New York City.

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Apple loses online payments specialist Bora Chung to eBay

8 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

eBay has recruited Bora Chung, a woman who until recently worked on global payments technology for Apple's online stores, says SFGate. It's believed that eBay is building up a new payment platform in anticipation of PayPal being spun off into its own firm later this year. Chung has actually worked for PayPal in the past, having once been chief of staff to Dana Stalder (senior VP of global consumer and merchant services) and Dickson Chu (VP of global products and experiences).

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Hands On: Alfred Remote (iOS)

9 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

When we recently reviewed Alfred 2 for Mac -- it was a rave. We noted how it was the perfect app to feature in a Hands On piece because that's the point: just about anything you can do on your Mac, Alfred 2 lets you do from the keyboard. It's not the only application that does this, but it does it very well, and is a true boon for getting things done. So much so that the application has been around and continuously developed for many years, just always with this hands-on idea. Until now.

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Dropcam providing free replacement for older cameras

11 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Owners of older Dropcam camera will be able to upgrade to a newer version at no charge, due to an impending lack of support from the company. The Nest-owned manufacturer will be providing a Dropcam HD as a replacement for earlier models, as the company will be dropping support for original Dropcam and the Dropcam Echo from April 15.

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Analysts: China iPhone sales outpace US, Apple gaining on Samsung

14 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, mobile phones, Apple

On Tuesday, Apple will reveal its latest figures on its overall sales and general health, but analysts will again focus on one key segment -- Apple's best-selling device, the iPhone -- as the only metric that matters. Two key aspects of that metric, however, may have larger implications than just the quarterly revenues, or a temporary change in Apple's stock value. According to analysts, it is now likely that Apple is selling more iPhones to China now than it is in the US market (where it is market leader by a long way) -- and even more remarkably, that Apple is close to rivaling the total smartphones sales of rival Samsung.

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Comcast provides letters to politicians supporting its merger with TWC

16 hours ago | Posted in: industry

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) frequently puts out a call for comments as part of their decision-making process, and usually hears back from concerned citizens as well as "astroturf" industry-funded campaigns. In the case of the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC), however, Comcast posted a thank you to the politicians, organizations and businesses that submitted comments in its favor. An investigation of those letters, however, has revealed a number of politicians who's comments were penned by Comcast employees, and simply signed off on, much like the situation where Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood sent a subpoena to Google which was later discovered to have been written by the MPAA's law firm.

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Apple doubles Australian tax contribution, still increases profits

18 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, Apple

Apple paid more than twice as much in taxes in Australia for 2014 as it did in 2013, but still managed to grow profits in the country -- despite increasing scrutiny about its legal but aggressive tax avoidance techniques. According to documents filed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Apple paid AU$80.4 million in taxes for 2014 ($64 million US) compared to just AU$36.4 million (roughly $32 million US at the time) in 2013.

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New mural created for upcoming Chongqing flagship store

21 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Following in the footsteps of recent murals that "drape" under-construction standalone stores (such as the one that covered the recently-opened Hangzhou store), Apple has created another mural to cover the cylinder-shaped forthcoming Chongqing store, which is set to open this Saturday. The new location, the second for the city, will be the third of five store openings in China promised by the company before the arrival of the New Year on February 19.

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Hands On: TaskTime4 (OS X)

22 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

This is you: you're no good at the money side of anything. Unless you're an accountant, in which case we apologize. Everyone else, though, most especially anyone who works freelance, or in a one-man or one-woman company, struggles with this -- because the money part is not why you got into business. Hopefully you'll be earning lots, but you started your business because you wanted to do what that business does, and nobody else was employing you for it. Consequently, your interest and focus is on the job. Somehow, you have to also keep an eye on the money -- and that's where TaskTime4 comes in.

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Apple Store in Hangzhou, China opens over weekend

23 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

A new Apple store based on its latest two-story designs (as seen in San Francisco and elsewhere) has opened in Hangzhou, China. As is typical for such openings, lines of enthusiasts trailed around the block to experience Asia's largest and latest Apple Store, the second in a series of five that will open around China by the start of the official Chinese New Year on Thursday, February 19. The first new store was opened in Zhengzhou earlier this month to similar acclaim and excitement.

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Apple upgrades Maps Connect, iCloud.com Photos services

Mon January 26, 2015 | Posted in: digital imaging

Apple has upgraded the iCloud.com Photos app with a couple of new features, users note. The first is a zoom slider for uploaded content. People can also more easily share photos via email, using a new pop-up window on the site. Access to Photos requires activating the iCloud Photo Library beta through iOS' Settings app, and will remove any images on a device that were synced via iTunes.

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Briefly: 1Password, Twitterrific 5 updates for iOS

Mon January 26, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Security app 1Password has announced an update for its password manager and secure wallet app for iOS (and OS X). Allowing users to create strong, unique passwords for every site, 1Password stores them all and logs in with one tap, including credit cards and identities, without re-typing. 1Password v5.2 features a new login creator, and a new layout that features a renewed aesthetic for the password editor, icons, and more.

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