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Currencies 2.0 arrives with a new look, faster conversions, and Apple Watch support

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Currencies 2.0 arrives with a new look, faster conversions, and Apple Watch support

Edovia has released the latest version of Currencies, their app for quick and easy currency conversion. Version 2.0 brings a new interface, speed, and support for the Apple Watch.

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Waiting for Godot, HomeKit edition

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Waiting for Godot, HomeKit edition

If Apple announces a new change-the-world technology and 11 months later nobody's using it, did the announcement actually happen?

About a year ago, Apple unveiled HomeKit, its take on home automation, and announced that the framework would ship in the fall with iOS 8. Which it apparently did. And then... nothing happened.

Truthfully, we heard hardly anything about HomeKit until this past January at CES, where a bunch of companies showed off HomeKit-enabled devices, coming "this spring" or "soon." It's been four months since, and spring is almost over.

But the fever is, fortunately, about to break: HomeKit has pulled off its blankets and is about to rise from its nap. Last week, Apple told the Wall Street journal that the first HomeKit devices will appear in June, a year after the original announcement.

So what took this so long?

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Apple said to want local programming for rumored TV service

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Apple said to want local programming for rumored TV service

Apple is reportedly hoping to offer local programming as part of their rumored TV service. However, it could take some time for the deals to be made, as Apple would need to negotiate directly with local stations.

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Yes, tagged Faces do sync to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — if you know where to look

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Yes, tagged Faces do sync to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — if you know where to look

Yes, tagged Faces do sync to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — if you know where to look

Even though Photos for iOS doesn't offer a Faces album, you can still find tagged friends using the search field.

I recently wrote a post on getting Faces to sync between multiple computers when you're using iCloud Photo Library, and mentioned — sadly — that there was no efficient way to sync the work-around to iOS. And this remains true... technically.

It turns out that even though Apple doesn't officially sync the Faces album from Photos for OS X using iCloud Photo Library, you can still find any tagged photos of a person — no matter what computer you tagged them on — by searching their name.

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2 hours ago

Saying no to 1,000 things

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Saying no to 1,000 things

Can we please focus on Apple's actual strengths and weaknesses, instead of what the company might theoretically, possibly, one day do?

The big news earlier this week was that Apple had reportedly punted its plans to make a television set. The report suggested that the company had worked on it for over a decade: Comments Steve Jobs made to biographer Walter Isaacson have helped stir that pot for years, but the bottom line is that it isn't happening. Between this and the mythical Apple car, we spend an almost idiotic amount of time speculating on what Apple might do, instead of what they're already doing that could be improved.

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3 hours ago

Get $160 worth of adventure games for Mac and PC, but name your own price

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Get $160 worth of adventure games for Mac and PC, but name your own price

This week's Humble Weekly Bundle features adventure games, most of which run on Mac and Windows, some Linux too.

If adventure games are your bag and you're looking for a great deal, get on over to the Humble Weekly Bundle. It's a name-your-own price deal on four adventure games including Syberia, Stacking, The Novelist and Secret Files: Tunguska. All of them except for the last one are available for Mac, too. What's more, if you pay more than the average cheapskate, you'll get three additional games, and if you pay $8 or more, you'll get two more!

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10 hours ago

First batch of Pebble Time shipments rolling out May 27

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First batch of Pebble Time shipments rolling out May 27

Pebble has announced that Pebble Time smartwatches will be rolled out to backers starting May 27. The company will send out e-mails to customers to finalize their designs by the end of the month, with all backsers getting tracking numbers for their Pebble Time by mid-June.

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13 hours ago

Space Black Apple Watch (steel) in pictures

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Space Black Apple Watch (steel) in pictures

The Space Black Apple Watch looks and feels like dragon scales, or the Batmobile, or something from Krypton.

Technically Space Black is a diamond-like coating (DLC) on the stainless steel of the Apple Watch, but those are just words and they don't really do justice to how this model turned out. It's darker than it was back in September when Apple showed it off for the first time, and the new tone really does seem like something made of shadow and light. It took a while to ship — even the very first orders didn't arrive for several weeks. But holding it now, I can't help but think it was worth it.

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14 hours ago

Global Accessibility Awareness Day and what you should know!

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day and what you should know!

It's Global Awareness Accessibility Day — #GAAD — and that matters to everyone.

Accessibility and inclusivity are often thought of as helping people with visual, auditory, or physical challenges, learning challenges, are on the Autistic spectrum, or otherwise need assistance beyond what technology normally supplies. The truth is, making products accessible and inclusive, the way Apple does, makes them easier to use and better for everyone. It lets people young and old, novice and expert, use an iPhone or iPad or Apple Watch, and use it well. For those with challenges, however, it's not just about access, it's about empowerment. It can improve their lives and let them travel, communicate, and interact in ways never before possible. #GAAD is about getting the word out, so everyone can help, and everyone can benefit.

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How to set up and use Accessibility on Apple Watch

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How to set up and use Accessibility on Apple Watch

How to set up and use Accessibility on Apple Watch

The Apple Watch, like all of Apple's products, has accessibility built right in.

Devices like the Apple Watch can be convenient, even empowering for many people. For those with accessibility needs, however, they can be life changing. They can let people go where they could never go before, speak with people they could never reach before, and see the world in ways that were once impossible. What's more, by making the Apple Watch accessible and inclusive to people who are blind or have visual impairments, deaf or have auditory impairments, or who have motor skill or learning or other challenges, Apple makes it more accessible and inclusive to everyone.

The Apple Watch is in its first generation, but here's all the accessibility features it already enjoys, along with how to set them up and use them.

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15 hours ago

Apple Store app snags support for Touch ID and two-step verification

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Apple Store app snags support for Touch ID and two-step verification

The Apple Store app has finally been updated today with support for Touch ID and two-step verification.

The Apple Store app for iPhone and iPad got a pretty significant update today, finally adding support for Touch ID for making reservations at Apple Stores and checking receipts, along with two-step verification.

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17 hours ago

Weather Line update brings improvements to daily view, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus tweaks

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Weather Line update brings improvements to daily view, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus tweaks

Weather Line for iPhone and iPad has scored an update today that adds improvements to daily view, and much more.

Weather Line, a nifty weather app for iOS that strikes the balance between minimalism and information overload, has been updated today with the ability to track current temperature and calendar dates in daily view, and additional improvements for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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19 hours ago

Adobe will pull Photoshop Touch from the App Store on May 28

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Adobe will pull Photoshop Touch from the App Store on May 28

Adobe has announced its plans to discontinue Photoshop Touch on May 28, instead pointing users towards their more recent, free mobile offerings.

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19 hours ago

Game of Thrones Episode 4: 'Sons of Winter' due May 26 for Mac, May 28 for iOS

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Game of Thrones Episode 4: 'Sons of Winter' due May 26 for Mac, May 28 for iOS

Telltale has released a trailer for the upcoming fourth episode of its Game of Thrones series, along with release date of May 26 for Mac and May 28 for iPhone and iPad.

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20 hours ago

Split-screen multitasking again rumored to be making its way to the iPad

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Split-screen multitasking again rumored to be making its way to the iPad

Apple is once again said to be adding split-screen multitasking to the iPad, along with support for multiple users. The rumored iPad Pro may also receive some software optimization of its own.

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