All Articles by Derek Kessler

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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19 more banks sign on to Apple Pay, total hits 90

Another week, another batch of banks signing on to offer Apple Pay support for their customers' credit and debit cards. This time we're looking at 19 new banks, with the big one definitely being Morgan Stanley. The newest additions bring the total number of banks supporting Apple Pay to 90, offering millions of customers the opportunity to make payments with their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus securely and without having to pull out their old-fashioned plastic card.

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Apple's car project said to be self-driving, electric, and unconventionally manufactured

After exploding onto the scene we're learning more and more about Apple's supposed automotive project, which is now said to include self-driving technologies. The vehicle, which has been described as (at this stage) being "minivan-like" is definitely in the gestational stages, with Apple toying around not just with autonomous driving but also electric drivetrains and new manufacturing processes.

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US National Parks and other federal services will support Apple Pay come September

Today saw the United States federal government announce that they intend to support Apple Pay with their own payment cards, but a more consumer-facing Apple Pay implementation is coming as well later this year. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking at a cyber security summit organized by the White House, various branches of the federal government will start accepting Apple Pay payments in September.

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The US Federal Government's credit cards will soon be Apple Pay-compatible

The federal government of the United States is picking up support for Apple Pay, on both sides of the equation. Not only are Apple Pay-compatible payment terminals coming to your friendly neighborhood federal government agency office, but the federal government is poised to start paying for things with Apple Pay as well.

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Apple's Beats-based streaming service said to be priced at $7.99/month, feature curated tunes

Apple's been rumored to have a new streaming service in the works ever since their $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music, and now we've got just a few more details on what might replace iTunes Radio. One such detail the price, which is said to be currently debating around $7.99/month (higher than competitors such as Spotify or Pandora).

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Sift offers four-way gesture sorting of your email

The newly-released Sift app for iPhone and iPad offers yet another gesture-based method for sorting through your emails. The app, which presents you with one email at a time offers you the option to swipe up, down, left, or right to trigger options including marking the email as read, keeping it, deleting it, adding a star and more. Think of it as Tinder, but for your email.

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Nike's Fuel app now integrates with Health, no longer requires a FuelBand

Nike today updated their long-standing FuelBand app to offer integration with Apple's Health app and services. In the process, the FuelBand app also dropped what has long been a requirement for the app to function: the Nike FuelBand itself. Accordingly, the app is now just "Nike+ Fuel".

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AT&T's newest data plan offers 7GB for $75

AT&T's added another tier to their Mobile Share Value data plans: 7GB for $75. Of course, that's just for the data, but if you're thinking about grabbing a new smartphone at the same time and go with AT&T's Next payment plan option for a new smartphone, they'll cut the $40 smartphone access charge down to just $15/month.

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App Store now highlighting "Pay once & play" games with no in-app purchases

The iPad and iPhone App Store now has a section featuring games that you pay for upfront and then play without ever paying again. It's called "Play once & play," and it's a freemium hater's dream: dozens of excellent games from big studios and independent developers, all free of in-app purchases. You pay anywhere from $0.99 for Almightree: The Last Dreamer or Epic Eric to to $19.99 for Dragon Quest VIII, and and everything in between including Minecraft and the truly-bizarre Goat Simulator.

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BusyContacts brings BusyCal-style contact management to your Mac

If you happen to be in the market for a high-powered contact management app, then you might want to take a look at the newly-released BusyContacts. The app, by BusyMac, makers of the much-loved BusyCal calendar app, brings smart filters, customizable views, integration with the aforementioned BusyCal and more.

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Apple's Campus 2 is being built from the remains of a former HP campus, literally

Apple's enormous Campus 2 building site in Cupertino, CA, has been pretty much off limits since construction began (excepting hard-to-restrict aerial photography), but San Francisco public radio station KQED got a quick on-the-ground tour of the site which, well, it's very much a construction site right now. Lots of concrete and steel and whatnot, just arranged in the ring of the Apple Campus 2 design instead of more traditional right-angled structures.

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