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9 min ago

My (practical) Apple Watch wish-list

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My (practical) Apple Watch wish-list

Truly, this is an exciting time to follow Apple.

With the company set to hold a media event on Monday — six months to the day since Tim Cook first stood on the Flint Center stage and unveiled the Apple Watch — we're about to move out of our current period of vaguely-informed speculamalation and into the era of somewhat more informed speculification. At that point, we'll be perilously close to the time when the Apple Watch really ships, and pundits can actually start complaining about the real product rather than jousting with straw men wearing extremely expensive timepieces.

My point is, are we there yet? No? Okay, then, with a very short amount of time to go before we know incrementally more about the Apple Watch, here's my wish list for the next six months of the Apple Watch. You know, when we can actually use the thing.

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25 min ago

Adware sneaks through OS X Gatekeeper loophole

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Adware sneaks through OS X Gatekeeper loophole

Gatekeeper is OS X's security against malware and adware, but it isn't foolproof. A new warning shows how it can be exploited.

Since OS X 10.7.5 Lion Apple has had a security feature called Gatekeeper. Gatekeeper tries to keep the Mac safe from malware and adware. It isn't foolproof, though. A new report shows how one adware installer manages to make it through OS X's defenses. Read on for details.

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1 hour ago

Jony Ive: We're a group of people who love our watches

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Jony Ive: We're a group of people who love our watches

"It's technology worn on the wrist. I sensed there was an inevitability to it."

Apple's Jony Ive is once again doing an Apple Watch focused interview in advance of the Spring forward event, this time covering everything from how he came to work in Cupertino to the responsibilities of designing for the wrist.

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1 hour ago

Best note apps for iPad

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Best note apps for iPad

Best note apps for iPad

Whether typed notes or handwritten notes are your thing, these are the best note taking apps for iPad!

The iPad is a great productivity tool and that includes taking notes, whether you're in the classroom or the boardroom. The only thing you really have to decide is how you want to take notes. If your needs are simple, perhaps a simple text based app will do. If you're a student and want a better way to collect lecture notes and right down complicated formulas, you'll probably want something more advanced. Follow along and we'll help you decide which is the best iPad app to suit all your note taking needs!

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2 hours ago

Microsoft Office 2016 offers welcome changes for Windows switchers

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Microsoft Office 2016 offers welcome changes for Windows switchers

Microsoft Office 2016 offers welcome changes for Windows switchers

Microsoft's Office for Mac enhancements offer welcome changes for long-time Windows users.

If you're a long-time Windows PC user considering a switch to Mac and you're heavily invested in Microsoft Office, you may be concerned about whether all the features and functions you're used to will still be there. Before now I'd say that you had to make a lot of adjustments. The change from Windows to Mac is easier than ever thanks to the new and improved Office for Mac 2016. I have important news for people worried about how they'll get this new version of Office once it's out, too. Read on for details!

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3 hours ago

Why some early Apple Watch apps will be really good

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Why some early Apple Watch apps will be really good

When Apple first introduced the Apple Watch back in September of 2014, there were already some third-party apps running on it. When Apple re-introduces the Apple Watch during Monday's Spring forward event event, there will no doubt be many more.

Just like with the iPhone and iPad, Apple grants some developers early access so that they can have apps ready to show off on the keynote stage, and polished for launch when the App Store goes live. Unlike the iPad, which was chained to tables and locked into windowless rooms, the Apple Watch isn't going to developers — developers are coming to Apple's labs.

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9 hours ago

How to update your Facebook status with Siri

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How to update your Facebook status with Siri

Take the work out of status updates with Siri for iPhone and iPad

Most of us know how to manually update our Facebook statuses with the Facebook app, but did you know you can also have Siri do it for you? As long as you're signed into Facebook in the Settings app, all you have to do is ask!

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9 hours ago

'Mobile audio has to improve'

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'Mobile audio has to improve'

While screen display densities and technologies are approaching ludicrous levels, many phones and tablets still provide lackluster audio at best.

It's like trying to enjoy a movie with half your senses tied behind your head. But is home theater quality sound possible on mobile?

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11 hours ago

Banks, retailers 'stung', Apple Pay still secure

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Banks, retailers 'stung', Apple Pay still secure

Earlier this week we debunked sensational headlines mislabeling bank fraud as Apple Pay fraud. Now those same headlines are being repeated, but with a new twist.

This time Apple Pay has apparently been "stung" by people using false credit card numbers obtained from last year's Target and Home Depot breaches. Sadly, these headlines are just as inaccurate. Banks and retailers may have been "stung", but Apple Pay is still as secure as ever.

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12 hours ago

Oracle bundles adware with new Mac Java installer

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Oracle bundles adware with new Mac Java installer

If you want to keep adware off your Mac, it'd be a good idea to avoid installing Java, according to a new report.

If you strive to keep your Mac free of adware, a new warning suggests that you may want to forgo installing Java all together. Apparently Oracle, which makes Java, is now bundling the Ask toolbar adware with the installer, hijacking some Mac users' web browsers in the process.

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12 hours ago

GDC 2015: Sneak peek at hack-and-slash game Dungeon Hunter 5

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GDC 2015: Sneak peek at hack-and-slash game Dungeon Hunter 5

Gameloft's freemium fantasy action title, Dungeon Hunter 5, is coming next week and we got a chance to check it out at GDC 2015.

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14 hours ago

GDC 2015: Warfriends give you an excuse to shoot your buddies

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GDC 2015: Warfriends give you an excuse to shoot your buddies

The fun doesn't stop at the Game Developer Conference this week, as we're taking a look at an upcoming duck-and-cover shooter from Chillingo and About Fun Games called Warfriends.

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15 hours ago

AppleCare reportedly takes over support for Beats Music and Apple Pay for business

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AppleCare reportedly takes over support for Beats Music and Apple Pay for business

Apple has reportedly brought support for Beats Music under its AppleCare wing today, while also doing the same with Apple Pay support for businesses.

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15 hours ago

Blood & Glory Immortals battles the ancient gods' wrath on iPhone and iPad

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Blood & Glory Immortals battles the ancient gods' wrath on iPhone and iPad

Glu Media's latest game in their hit mobile fantasy action-RPG series is now available for the iPhone and iPad.

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15 hours ago

Apple Watch test units reportedly have a hidden Lightning-like port

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Apple Watch test units reportedly have a hidden Lightning-like port

The Apple Watch has a port that almost nobody has seen. Apple hasn't talked about it and its purpose is a mystery.

The port is apparently consists of a six-dot brass contact, resting inside the groove meant for the bottom strap connection if holding the Apple Watch with the digital crown sitting on the right-hand side. Apple is apparently using it for diagnostic purposes.

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