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Force Touch is going to do incredible things for accessibility

I'm really excited about Force Touch for a bunch of reasons. But where I think it's going to really succeed? Accessibility.

I've been thinking about Force Touch almost non-stop since the Apple event a few weeks ago — what it means for Macs now, what it could mean for the future of software development, and how it might change artistry on the iPad. I've also been musing on what it could bring to accessibility in computing.

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Which iCloud services are you using?

iCloud offers numerous services, including mail, contacts, and calendars, iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, Backup, iCloud Keychain, and Find my iPhone.

Which iCloud features do you use?

If you have an Apple ID, including an iTunes account, you have an iCloud account. You just have to use it. Since you can toggle each and every iCloud feature on or off on in your iPhone or iPad Settings, or your Mac System Preferences, the question then becomes, which iCloud services are you using?

Is iCloud handling your mail and syncing your contacts, calendars, reminders, Safari bookmarks, notes, Passbook passes, and other personal data? Is iCloud Drive storing your files and making them available on all your devices? Is iCloud Photo Library keeping all your photos available on every device? Is iCloud Keychain handling your passwords and credit card information? Is Find my iPhone tracking your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac in case you lose it or it gets stolen?

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iMore show 450 live! Join us!

Join Serenity, Peter, Ally, and Rene for all the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch news of the week!

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How Apple has to teach people to love the watch

One of the challenges the Apple faces is a generation of people who, in part because of the advent of cellphones, simply don't wear watches.

To get people to start wearing an Apple Watch, the company is going to have to present them with either a compelling feature or, more likely, a set of features that, when combined together, become compelling.

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The Talk Show 114 with Serenity Caldwell

Two of the smartest Apple minds I know on The Talk Show this week: Serenity Caldwell and John Gruber. They talk MacBook, Photos for Mac, the PowerBook Duo, and (of course) the Apple Watch.

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The 'inside story' of Apple's ResearchKit

ResearchKit seemed to come out of nowhere, but it only seemed that way...

Medical research needed a way to reach more people more effectively. Tear-tag flyers on bulletin boards just weren't cutting it. The future was clearly in mobile devices — the personal technology more and more people had with them every day — and in the cloud — the servers that could bring it all together — but how could that future be brought into the present?

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Why I'm optimistic about gender equality in tech

"But most women aren't really interested in programming."

When someone says that, I can relate. That's exactly how I felt about girls playing sports when I was 15. Title IX, the landmark 1972 U.S. civil rights law that mandated equal funding for both genders in educational programs — including athletics — was a hot topic during my high school years.

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How to watch Apple's Spring forward event on Android and Windows

Still on Android and Windows but don't want to miss any of Apple's Spring Forward event action?

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Apple Watch will make you use your iPhone less

Many people who haven't yet had the chance to try an Apple Watch are still wondering whether or not it will have a place in their lives and workflows.

Some don't think it will, at least not any time soon. Those who've been using it for a while, including Apple's CEO Tim Cook, say it's already become invaluable to them — That it saves them from having to pull their iPhone from their pockets or purses, that it helps them live better healthier lives, and that it helps them hook into all the digital things around them.

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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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