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Here's Isetan in Japan's Apple Watch store-within-a-store

Apple's plans to use select department stores around the world to sell its Apple Watch appears to be already underway, with construction of a pop-up store spotted in Japan.

The construction is happening for an Apple Watch store inside Isetan, one of Japan's largest department stores located in Shinjuku. A temporary black box has been set up inside the store with the Apple Watch logo displayed on the side, alongside text reading "Coming soon".

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MacID unlocks your Mac with your Touch ID: Free for 48 hours

Want to be able to unlock your Mac using Touch ID? Now you can. What's more, it's free for the next two days.

Beginning March 16th, the MacID iOS app is free, but only for 48 hours. It's normally $4. It's an app for your Touch ID-based iOS device, and it works in conjunction with a second app that you install on your Mac. MacID lets you lock your Mac with a swipe of the finger on your Touch ID-equipped iPhone or iPad.

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Facebook revamps community guidelines, shows what the social network will take down

Facebook has revamped the social network's community standards and guidelines to show what registered accounts can (and more importantly, cannot) share on the service.

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Yahoo wants you to forget your password, announces 'on-demand' login service

Yahoo's new "on-demand" system will tie your phone number with your Yahoo account, sending you a one-time verification key to your iPhone every time you want to login.

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Microsoft to crowdsource OS and app update distribution

New iOS and OS X releases have brought Apple's distribution network to its knees before. Microsoft doesn't want the trouble.

Anyone who's dealt with Apple's annual device operating system upgrade cycle knows the pain of Apple's content distribution network dropping to its knees as it tries to keep up with crushing demand. Microsoft wants to offer its users a different, and potentially better, way.

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Pioneer's AVH-4100NEX CarPlay head unit now shipping for $700

Dumb car stereos are about to truly get smart as the automotive solutions from Apple (and Google) hit the market.

The long wait for the first aftermarket head units that run CarPlay — and Android Auto — is finally over. Pioneer is shipping its entry-level AVH-4100NEX unit for around $700.

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Star Blazers and the transformative power of anime

Every so often something comes along that changes your life and stays with you forever. For Charlie Jane Anders and me, it was Star Blazers.

Charlie Jane Anders' love letter to Star Blazers is one of my favorite pieces on the Internet this week. I encourage everyone to read it.

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Here's a transcript of Tim Cook's surprise Mad Money call

Apple CEO Tim Cook surprised Mad Money anchor Jim Cramer on the air Thursday with a sweet tenth anniversary wish for the show, which turned into a lively seven-minute conversation about ResearchKit, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. Below is a transcript of their conversation.

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'Titan' Apple Car project reportedly based in Sunnyvale

Apple is reportedly working on their "Titan" electric car project in facility in Sunnyvale, California.

Apple has had a presence in Sunnyvale for some time, renting out 215,000 square feet of office space there in 2012. For the last year or so, however, a number of auto-related renovations have been made to the campus, possibly pointing to Apple's 'Titan' project.

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Sprint is offering to reimburse all fees for customers to ditch current carriers

Sprint is now offering anyone who switches from their current wireless carrier to its service full reimbursement of both their termination fees and any remaining phone payments.

This is just the latest effort from Sprint to get new customers. The company says that it will pay off any remaining fees and costs from former carriers "no matter what is owed."

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