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What you need to know about WatchKit

Time to break out the big ideas for watch-based computing: WatchKit, Apple's software development kit for creating apps for the Apple Watch, has arrived.

You'll need an iOS developer account to start developing with WatchKit and dive into the nitty-gritty technical details, but if you're merely curious as to what WatchKit will let your favorite developers create, Apple was kind enough to publish a few informational guidelines and a 28-minute video in the public-facing area of their developer center.

If 28-minute videos aren't your jam, however, here's what you need to know about WatchKit — along with a few hints we picked up about the impending Apple Watch.

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Hundreds of grocery stores begin accepting Apple Pay today

It looks like BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie aren't the only grocery stores getting in on the Apple Pay action today. Hundreds of other stores from a few different chains are also starting to support Apple's payment platform. Among the new entrants are the likes of Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, and United Food.

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Apple will have to pay $23.6 million thanks to losing a lawsuit over pager technology

Apple has found itself on the losing end of a patent lawsuit and has been ordered to pay $23.6 million to Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, which claimed that Apple infringed on pager technology patents that were first developed in the 1990s by Skytel.

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BMW, MINI bring Spotify streaming to cars

Spotify is making it even easier to enjoy your favorite tunes on the road today. The company has announced today that it is bringing its streaming app to BMW and MINI cars equipped with BMW Apps and MINI Connected Apps respectively.

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WhatsApp messages may soon get even more secure on iOS

WhatsApp is now one of the strongest messaging apps you can find on Android — thanks to new end-to-end encryption for messages — and the features may soon come to the iOS version as well. That means messages send from your iOS device would be totally secure and not have the ability to be decrypted by WhatsApp at all — no matter what. Other apps offer similar end-to-end security, but WhatsApp is by far the largest of the bunch.

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Apple exec Eddy Cue goes on Apple Pay spending spree to show just how easy it is to use

Apple executive Eddy Cue met up with Rich DeMuro from The Tech Report to show off just how seamless and easy Apple Pay is to use for consumers. The service was used to not only purchase a new iPad from an Apple Store, but also products from other supporting establishments.

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Wirelurker host taken down as China arrests three suspects

Chinese authorities have taken down a site that hosts the Wirelurker malware and three suspects were arrested. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Public Security announced on Sina Weibo that the suspects were charged with conspiring to use malware for illegal profits.

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OWC introduces Thunderbolt-enabled 'ThunderBay 4 mini' external drive enclosure

Other World Computing, the makers of Thunderbolt-enabled external drive enclosures, have announced a new product today called the ThunderBay 4 mini. The enclosure comes in two flavors, a standard edition and a RAID 5 edition, and sports a small footprint for increased portability.

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Apple now selling Ecobee3 alongside Nest ahead of Homekit debut

Ahead of the launch of HomeKit devices, Apple has started selling the Ecobee3 smart thermostat in its online and physical stores. The Ecobee3 will share shelf space at Apple with the competing Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat, showing Apple is starting to expand the category with more products. The thermostat retails for $249.95.

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Apple reportedly starts accepting home automation product plans for approval ahead of HomeKit launch

Apple had reportedly asked device-makers to submit home automation product plans for approval at the MFi Summit in China last week as part of the HomeKit program. This would be one of the final steps before HomeKit home automation products begin shipping.

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