All Articles by Derek Kessler

Facebook wants to dramatically simplify the process of sharing to Facebook

At today's Facebook F8 developers conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled that they're working to make sharing to their network simpler and better.

The new "share sheets" that Facebook is working on will unify sharing across the primary Facebook apps, including Facebook Groups and Messenger. The idea is to bring "the best sharing experience" to all of Facebook's apps instead of having multiple experiences to deal with varying experiences.

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Instagram introduces 'Layout': it's like collages, but for Instagram

Social photos network Instagram has launched a new app — Layout — that makes it easy to combine multiple photos into one collage.

Layout offers the option to combine multiple photos in your own custom layouts. Well, "custom" as far as arraying them left-to-right, top-to-bottom, or mirroring are considered to be custom. Within each frame of the layout, though, you'll have full freedom to resize and rotate your images, as well as dragging to adjust the size of each frame.

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An "Activity" app appears on your iPhone when you pair an Apple Watch

When you pair an Apple Watch with an iPhone running iOS 8.2, it looks like a new "Activity" app miraculously appears.

We've seen a lot about the Apple Watch so far, there are still a few surprises in store. Take the Apple Watch app that appeared after updating to iOS 8.2 — it's not the only new app there. There's also an "Activity" app designed to work with an Apple Watch, but it doesn't appear until after you've paired a watch.

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Live video streaming app Meerkat gets kneecapped by Twitter

Meerkat, a new live video streaming app, has been hobbled by the ever-frustrating Twitter. It launched just 2 weeks ago and has risen in prominence thanks to exposure at SXSW.

Meerkat works simply: log in with your Twitter account, hit the stream button, and it immediately starts broadcasting video from your iPhone onto the web and posts a link onto Twitter. The stream is only available while it's live — once you stop, it's gone. Ephemeral live video, if you will.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Mad Money: Apple Pay, ResearchKit, and a touch of Apple Watch

Following up on the announcements of the new MacBook and launch details for the Apple Watch, Apple CEO Tim Cook called in to Jim Cramer's Mad Money show on CNBC.

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Cards Against Humanity on your iPhone is a lot like ____________.

Cards Against Humanity has come to the web! Cards Against Originality incorporates all of our favorite awful cards, but without having to lug around the bigger blacker box.

Taking the free-to-download print-your-own version of Cards Against Humanity, Cards Against Originality puts the over-the-top adult version of Mad Libs or Apples to Apples onto the web. If you're not familiar with the game, a judge (usually rotating), reads aloud a black card with a prompt (either answer the question or fill in the blank), the other players offer a white card that completes it. Except that the goal is to make a combination that's as awful as possible, and the one judged to be worst wins.

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Jawbone and Nike fitness trackers swept out of Apple Stores by Apple Watch

Apple Stores across the nation and online have been cleansed of fitness trackers that aren't called Apple Watch. Both Jawbone's UP24 and the Nike+ FuelBand have vanished from Apple Store shelves.

Admittedly, Apple's never been keen on stocking products that compete with their own, and the impending arrival of the Apple Watch has seen fitness trackers from the likes of Jawbone and Nike dropped from both store shelves and online listings ahead of the arrival of the Apple Watch.

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Pad & Quill gets in on the Apple Watch charging stands with cherry, mahogany, and leather

Not one to be left out of the Apple Watch accessories rush, Pad & Quill has revealed their own charging stand and travel kits — though they're opting for premium woods and leathers.

Pad & Quill has two new accessories on tap for the Apple Watch:

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An Apple engineer speaks on the design process that led to the new MacBook

With all the furor about the new MacBook, it's nice see Apple loosening up a bit and letting their engineers speak freely about the super-thin laptop. It might not be the MacBook for you, or maybe you're just waiting for an updated MacBook Pro, or maybe it's exactly what you want. Regardless of where you sit, it's always good to laugh.

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The new MacBook has me most excited about the next-generation MacBook Pro

The new MacBook is an intriguing machine, but despite all of its innovations it has me most excited for the next MacBook Pro.

The Spring Forward event brought us things like pricing and more details on the Apple Watch, but to me the most exciting part was the brand-new Retina MacBook. Not because of what that computer is — and it is an interesting piece of hardware — but for what it means for the future of the MacBook. In particular, the future of the MacBook Pro.

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Replacement Apple Watch bands run $49-$449, new chargers start at $29

Want a different color Sport Band? That'll be $49. Want a 42mm link bracelet? $449.

While it looks like you'll only be able to buy an Apple Watch in a specific configuration from the store, don't fret — you'll be able to swap out bands as they've always promised. You will, have to pay for the privilege.

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Here's how much every Apple Watch model is going to cost

Hold on to your wallets, people, for the Apple Watch could cost you a lot if you really want to get fancy with it.

Today Apple formally unveiled pricing for the Apple Watch, with prices starting at a relatively palatable $349 for the Apple Watch Sport. But if you were planning on getting a fancier Apple Watch or Apple Watch Edition, you could be paying quite a bit. The gold Edition model, for example, can run all the way up to $17,000.

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iOS 8.2 launching today with Apple Watch support

An update to iOS 8.2 for iPhone coming today to bring support for Apple Watch.

That support is coming in the form of the Apple Watch app. The app will be how you manage everything that you put onto the watch.

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Apple introduces the new super-thin 12-inch Retina MacBook

Apple has launched an all-new MacBook today at the Spring forward event.

After months of speculation, Apple took the wraps off their all-new, all-redesigned Retina MacBook. In a device that harkens back to Steve Jobs' unveiling of the original MacBook Air, it blends bleeding edge technology with forward reaching engineering to make a laptop that's both high-density and highly power efficient.

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iPhone 6 versus Galaxy S6: first-glance similarities aren't a bad thing

Let's get this out of the way: there are some similarities between the recently announced Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6. A lot of ink has been spilled over Samsung copying Apple's designs, but it's not as bad as you might think.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6 both have glass fronts, a physical home button below the screen and metal around the sides. They have LTE radios and are technically smartphones. And if you happen to look at them from below, they look a little similar from that one angle.

Yes, from below, the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 share some serious visual similarities. In that, they're machined out of aluminum and have machined holes for the 3.5mm headphone jack, a center-mounted USB or lightning port, and holes for speaker grilles drilled into the right side. There are even the Apple-style plastic-filled stripes that break it up into visual segments and a color-matched chrome-ringed home button. From the bottom you might think that the Galaxy S6 is another version of the iPhone.

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Here are your 'Spring Forward' wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, and everything else!

Apple's put out the word for an event on March 9, and that means it's time to try and read the tea leaves about what to expect from 'Spring Forward'.

It's easy to assume that it's going to be all Apple Watch, but you never know, there might be something else happening. Regardless, we want you to be prepared for whatever happens (and watch the live stream in style) with a colorful new wallpaper to get you through the heady days to come!

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OmniFocus 2.1 for Mac gets a Yosemite makeover, new extensions

Much-loved task management app OmniFocus has received a new look with the release of version 2.1 for Mac, bringing the app in line with the design language of OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The update also brings new extensions, offering tie-ins a widget for Notification Center and sharing options in compatible apps across your Mac.

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Motorola boss fights back against Jony Ive's Moto Maker criticism

Motorola President Rick Osterloh disagrees with Apple designer Jony Ive's criticism of the Moto Maker phone customization program. In a recent profile of Ive, the designer sharply criticized an unnamed competitor that allowed customers to "make it whatever you want," saying that that "I believe that's abdicating your responsibility as a designer." Osterloh wasn't about to take that sitting down.

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Apple's new West Lake store in China is simply stunning

Apple's retail stores have always been attractive places, but their newest store in at the West Lake shopping center in Hangzhou, China, is more than attractive: it's gorgeous. Nearly nine years after the opening of the iconic Fifth Avenue cube, the West Lake Store continues Apple's traditions of glass, steel,and light, but in a striking cantilevered design by Foster + Partners architects (the same firm behind the design of the enormous ring-shaped Apple Campus 2). The store is the largest Apple Store in China and opened late last month.

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Verizon Wireless swaps CEOs, John Stratton now in charge

Big Red has a new chief, with John Stratton replacing Dan Mead as CEO of Verizon Wireless. Stratton comes from within Verizon, having previously served as the company's President of Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline. Mead will stay with Verizon to oversee the sale of the company's wireline assets, and then plans to retire. Verizon Wireless is still a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, so Stratton will report to the parent company's CEO Lowell McAdam.

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