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Comic: Day one with my Apple Watch

Ed: Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. Today: Day One With Apple Watch

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Giving up on Google

Google has made it clear: The company's stated goal is to organize all the world's data.

To organize it, Google first has to collect it, and to organize all of it, it has to collect you. All of you. If that's a concern, and it's leading to your having second thoughts about your involvement with Google, then switching to iPhone can be of tremendous benefit to you. With the iPhone, you can use the best of Google services if you want to, but you can also easily live Google-free. And if you're not yet sure, the iPhone lets you keep all your options open.

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Comic: The Glance is out there

Happy Saturday, iMore! Because Rich is awesome, he's letting us run some of his Mac-themed comics from the Diesel Sweeties archive on weekends. Bonus comics, woo! We hope you enjoy.

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The Apple Watch is a hot cup of convenience

As I pull the car into the Starbucks drive-thru, my husband says, "Oh, sorry, I thought you said you wanted coffee."

"Close enough," I tell him, and order a grande coffee with cream. He orders a breakfast sandwich. It's a Saturday morning and our family is headed to the beach for the day, about an hour and a half west of Portland.

That's right: we live in Portland, Oregon, hipster capital of the Pacific Northwest, where you can find some of the best coffee in the country. And yet, sometimes, we go to Starbucks.

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An Apple customer's thoughts on Google I/O 2015

Apple customers can and do use many of Google's services, making us Google customers as well.

While Apple's WWDC is of little interest to hard-core Android customers, Google I/O can and often is of significant interest to Apple customers. It's where Google shows off its big new initiatives and previews updates for its existing services. Some years, those are blips on the radar, here for a moment, gone the next. Other years their scope and implications shake the world. This year, for me, fell somewhere in the middle. Google was restrained, relatively speaking, and focused. Yet as much as they acknowledged the need to shore up what came before, the company's focus is clearly on what's coming next. And that's worth a deeper discussion.

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Google Photos may be free — but there's still a cost

Google Photos storage won't cost money, but you should know what you're signing up for.

Updated on 5/29 10AM ET to add information from Steven Levy's excellent interview with Google Vice President of Streams, Photos, and Sharing  Bradley Horowitz, and to add information about Google's high-quality photo pricing tiers.

Google announced its new Photos service at I/O today: It looks a lot like iCloud Photo Library, but with even more perks. Automatic slideshow movies! Insta-GIFs from burst photos! Interactive stories! You can automatically search for faces, places, and things without tagging! It syncs with iOS and the web! And, oh yeah — unlimited* (if your photos are 16MB or less) storage for free. What could be better?

Well, to start, it's important to know what "free" might actually cost you, and whether you're okay with that tradeoff.

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How we work on our Macs, iPhones, and iPads

Here's how the iMore team uses their Apple products for daily productivity.

Though we all use Apple's Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in our day-to-day work lives, that routine varies from person to person. We got the iMore team (and bonus guest, iMore contributor Rich Stevens)together for this week's editors' roundtable to talk productivity and workspaces: what we like to use, how we like to use it, and how we've built it.

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Quebec police call Apple Watch 'hand-held phone', ticket man for changing music while driving

We've recently passed new legislation here in Quebec that makes it a ticketable offense to use an iPhone, or any handheld phone, while driving.

You can't even pull over and use one. You have to be parked in a legitimate space. The problem here, though, is that the Apple watch isn't a handheld phone. Technology is once again misaligned with the law.

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Latest 10.10.4 beta excises troublesome discoveryd code, but why?

Apple has rolled back networking code in the latest Yosemite beta to technology used since Jaguar.

On Tuesday Apple released a new beta version of OS X Yosemite. The new 10.10.4 release, build 14E26a, went into the hands of developers and Mac users who are signed up for Apple's AppleSeed public testing program. And it makes an important change to OS X's underlying network technology that may yield improvements for those of us who have been suffering a host of problems for the past several months.

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Why we're still talking (and writing) about the Apple Watch

I can't help but keep coming back to the Watch: There are problems to solve, challenges to face. Why not write about them?

I've seen a number of complaints lately while browsing Twitter — and even iMore's own forums — about the sheer volume of Apple Watch coverage undertaken by this site and others. Though we've done these kinds of massive rollouts before for the iPad, and the iPhone before it, only a few million people have a Watch in their hands right now. Others have little to any desire to try one on, let alone own one.

So why do we keep talking and writing about this tiny auxiliary device when so few have it in their possession? Why is it so interesting?

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