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Enough with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0: I'm ready for USB-C!

Think USB-C on the new MacBook is a mistake? Get over it. We're going to be seeing a lot more.

The Internet outrage machine has produced much sturm und drang over Apple's the new MacBook and its use of a USB-C connector instead of USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt, as is available on other Mac laptops. I have to say, though: I'm ready for a new peripheral interface.

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Comic: Apple Watch Launch — Day 5,257

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: Apple Watch Launch : Day 5,257

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Apple Watch + roller derby = love

The Watch has done for me what no other health gadget has: tracked my full-contact sport and kept me accountable.

One of the chief reasons I've been so excited for the Apple Watch these past few months is the possibility of using it to properly track my movement and exercise day-to-day. Four nights a week I play roller derby, a full-contact sport on quad roller skates, which has proven... difficult for most health and fitness gadgets to track. Steps aren't tracked nor helpful when you're talking about wheeling around, nor can most devices be worn without fear of them falling off or otherwise being destroyed.

But two weeks in, not only is the Apple Watch giving me proper tracking data for my full-contact sport — it's making me healthier all-around.

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NSFW: Apple's benign neglect of the Mac App Store

A new Mac app shot to the top of the App Store charts by selling fewer than 100 copies. What does that say about the state of the Mac App Store?

Sam Soffes recently released Redacted, a $4.99 Mac app that makes it easy for you to pixelate, blur, or add black bars to images. If you already have an image editing app that does this, it's no big deal, but it's a handy utility for people who need that capability and nothing more.

I doubt Soffes was expecting to burn up the Mac App Store charts when he released it. But that's exactly what happened.

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A day in the life with Apple Watch

What's it like to use the Apple Watch throughout the day? Rene, Ally, and Ren weigh in.

We've put up a lot of information, how-tos, thoughts, and reviews about the Apple Watch these past few weeks, but we haven't really talked about what our daily use cases for the Watch look like. So, two weeks in, Rene, Ally, and I got together to chat about how we actually put the Watch to work each day.

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OS X Yosemite networking issues and 'discoveryd'

Having problems with Apple devices on your network getting lost or appended with numbers? "Discoveryd" might be to blame.

Iconfactory developer Craig Hockenberry posted to his blog about persistent problems he's run into with OS X Yosemite (warning: strong language). Hockenberry gives me some insight into a problem that has also dogged me since Yosemite was in beta last summer: Problems with Macs waking from sleep, and devices on the network being arbitrarily renamed.

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The true magic of the Apple Watch is in what it can't do

The Apple Watch isn't designed to do everything, and that's okay — that's why you have an iPhone, too.

As I get more comfortable with my Apple Watch during day-to-day activities, I've started to figure out what tasks I like doing on it, along with the ones better suited to a larger screen. What I appreciate most about the Watch is that even as a 1.0 product it knows its limitations — it tackles the stuff it can, and offloads the rest to your iPhone.

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The MacBook and the future of Apple laptops

Apple gave us a glimpse into the future of laptops with the new MacBook. But what does that mean for the rest of the company's laptops?

Tim Cook was unambiguous about the new MacBook during his most recent conference call with financial analysts:

We believe — and I think most everyone agrees — this is the future of the notebook.

The new MacBook hasn't exactly wowed early reviewers with its performance capabilities, but I think the laptop is fundamentally designed to appeal to a different class of user than Apple currently caters to with its MacBook Air and the Retina MacBook Pro.

Having said that, the company is likely going to continue to make powerful laptops that appeal to its current customer base. So when Cook says that the MacBook is the future of the notebook, what does he mean?

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No, Apple doesn't want you to wear an Apple Watch charging band, and that's a good thing

Apple doesn't want your Watch to die, but it doesn't want your skin cells to, either.

On Monday, Apple posted guidelines for creating bands for Apple Watch under Apple's "Made for Apple Watch" program. And, unsurprisingly, people are throwing a little fit about one of the requirements:

"Bands must not integrate magnetic chargers."

For all of you getting ready to rant on Twitter after reading that, deep breaths: I'm going to tell you why this is, in fact, a good thing.

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Why celebrities paid by Samsung keep using iPhones

A few days ago boxer Manny Pacquiao was given a Samsung phone in an effort to get some of the attention from his fight to carry over to Samsung products.

Pacquiao's Twitter account posted a picture of it, and included a Samsung hashtag in that and several subsequent tweets. Most of those tweets were posted from the Twitter website or from a "social management tool". Earlier today, after the fight, when Pacquiao posted another picture and thanked his fans for their support, it was tweeted by — you guessed it — Twitter for iPhone.

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