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Apple Watch: Apple Watch in Australia, Edition try-on, Trivia Crack

03/26, 11:50am

Following recent magazine features that focused on the fitness and athletic aspects of the Apple Watch, and a recent spread showcasing the Watch going with men's fashion, another recent foreign-magazine spread has returned the device back onto the wrists of female models, with suggestions on how to dress to best highlight the image the Apple Watch conveys. Elle Australia's fashion editor and editor-in-chief weigh in on the device.

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Amazon Cloud Drive adds unlimited storage tier for $60 per year

03/26, 11:17am

Amazon is going after Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, by offering customers unlimited cloud storage at a very low cost. The retailer is upgrading its existing Cloud Drive service by adding two more tiers for non-Prime subscribers, each providing unlimited storage of files and photographs, but with subscription prices that severely undercut the same offerings by its competitors.

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Hands On: TouchTone 1.2 (iOS)

03/26, 10:58am

TouchTone by Mikengreg is a cloak-and-dagger themed puzzler where the player "hacks" into communication streams to spy on your fellow citizens for an organization that recruited you. Presumably, this organization is part of the government in some way, but they never really say. The data streams are represented by various colored waving lines and corresponding receptors. The player slides shapes around on a grid to redirect the lines and make connections.

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Apple, Google coalition demands Patriot Act changes prior to renewal

03/26, 10:43am

Nearly all of the tech industry, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and LinkedIn have co-signed a letter to the US government, calling for reform of Section 215 of the Patriot Act before it expires and is likely renewed in May. The coalition is seeking an "effective end to bulk collection" of user metadata, "transparency and accountability mechanisms" for federal and industry reporting, and eased declassification of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court decisions.

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Briefly: Amazon Prime Now Dallas, Channel 4 rebrands 4oD as All4

03/26, 8:02am

Amazon Prime Now, the retailer's high-speed delivery service, is opening up in Dallas. Just as with its other Prime Now locations, Prime subscribers in the fourth location will be able to use a mobile app on iOS and Android to place orders for groceries and household goods, between 8am and 10pm seven days a week, with TechCrunch reporting it still costs $8 for one-hour deliveries, while two-hour deliveries are free.

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Hands On: To Be Or Not To Be 0.1.3275 (iOS, Android, Steam, Paper)

03/26, 7:58am

Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be by Tin Man Games is a quirky presentation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet ... or at least that story as presented by Ryan North, and illustrated by a veritable who's who of web comics. The app is one of Tin Man Games' Gamebook Adventures, a platform for stories told in a choose your own adventure style, or "find your own fate" if you had the Indiana Jones versions of those kinds of books. Choices that more-or-less match up with Shakespeare's version of how things shook out are marked with an adorable little Yorrik skull.

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Trent Reznor helping design overhauled iOS Music app, says NYT

03/25, 9:11pm

A new article in The New York Times describes in some detail the alleged transition plans Apple is undertaking to transform both iTunes and Beats Music, it's acquired subscription streaming service. Among other details, the report assigns roles to iTunes Radio chief Zane Lowe, who until recently was a top BBC Radio 1 DJ, and describes musician Trent Reznor as a "point man" on an iOS Music app overhaul.

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Daily Deals: iPad Air 2, 750GB WD Elements, LG 49-inch 4K TV

03/25, 5:48pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we, the staff of MacNN and Electronista, search online retailers for discounts and savings on general tech, gadgets, and software, for our discerning readers. Today, we recap the still-active deals from earlier this week, with the new deals including $100 off the iPad Air 2, an external 750GB drive for $35, and a 49-inch LG 4K TV for less than half price.

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Hands On: Alpha Omega 1.1 (iOS)

03/25, 4:49pm

Alpha Omega by BorderLeap is a puzzle game where all the letters in a series of intersecting words are mixed up, except for the first and the last -- hence the name. We enjoyed the clean style of the game boards and tiles, as well as the "relaxing soundscapes" vibe of the accompanying music. We tried it out on an iPhone and an iPad Mini, and it looked great on both -- and provided a lot of entertainment.

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Apple media storefronts see widespread but brief outage

03/25, 2:54pm

A widespread but apparently brief outage was reported to have affected Apples online digital storefronts this morning, such as the App Store, iTunes Store and Mac App Store. The problem appeared to occur worldwide, but Apple's System Status Page did not acknowledge the issue until hours after it was resolved, which occurred at approximately 8:30AM Pacific. The company suffered a much longer and more severe outage just two weeks ago.

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Yokohama mayor confirms Apple R&D facility to open in 2016

03/25, 12:35pm

First announced late last year by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese media and the mayor of the host city have confirmed that Apple will begin repurposing part of a former Panasonic plant into a new research and development center late this year, which is expected to open sometime in 2016. Apple has recently opened similar offices in China, Israel, and will be adding England to the list shortly.

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Briefly: Gov't sites see Apple rise, UK Parliament buys iPad Air 2

03/25, 11:16am

A measurement of US government web traffic has revealed that 26 percent of visits come from Apple devices -- with nearly 17 percent originating from iOS devices, with another nine percent from Macs. This puts the platform at about one-half the traffic generated by Windows devices (58 percent), with Android devices in third place with 14 percent. The data comes from analytics of over 300 government websites.

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Apple Campus 2 water-recycling project approved

03/25, 10:14am

The Water District Board and other entities have approved a measure to work with Apple on the creation of a water recycling pipeline from Sunnyvale to Apple's Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino. The $17.5 million project, partially funded by Apple, will provide the new facility with non-potable water to use for systems such as sprinkler systems, landscaping users, toilets and more starting in late 2016.

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Google bringing Fiber to Salt Lake City, Oregon law change backfires

03/25, 10:09am

Google has revealed Salt Lake City, Utah will be joining the roster of seven other cities as Google Fiber locations. The announcement of the eighth Google Fiber location comes alongside news that Google is unlikely to bring its high-speed fiber Internet service to Portland, Oregon anytime soon, as a bill designed to draw the service to the city has seemingly backfired.

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Hands On: Fantastical 2 (OS X)

03/25, 9:30am

This was worth the wait. The Mac version of calendar app Fantastical has lagged behind its iOS counterparts for quite some time, but now they're the ones that need to catch up. Fantastical 2 for OS X is fast, very easy, very powerful, and hands down the best-looking calendar on the Mac. Other than that, it's fine.

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