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    Apple has never been famous for the 30% cut it makes over any data that's distributed through its stores. We saw how publishers made a big deal about the policy when it was introduced back in 2011, but eventually, it seems all of them decided to give in if they wanted to be part of Apple's current success in digital media. The only area where Apple has fumbled in succeeding so far is with its Apple TV, and reports claim that the company took drastic measures to change this. Trusted sources claim that in order to retain popular services like Hulu Plus, Netflix, and MLB.tv, the company had ...

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    It's coming up on that time of year again: the early-year expos and spring flagship launches are winding down, and we've still got months to go until IFA in early September, leaving us with the big platform conferences to keep us busy. First up is Microsoft's Build in just a couple weeks, followed by Google I/O about a month later. That leaves one more to pencil-in on our calendars, and today Apple arrives with the details we've been waiting for, announcing its Worldwide Developers Conference for June 8. Despite Apple using WWDC in the past to introduce its early iPhones, we're not ...

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    Apple spent a great deal of time touting how accurate its Apple Watch was at keeping the time, mainly because that's the argument that has been used to sell precision watches for decades. Deep down, we all know there's no gadgetry involved since all the a smartwatch needs to do is connect to the internet to provide accurate time. That particular feature of a smartwatch is actually not of benefit to users like me, as some of us wish our smartwatch wasn't so accurate, and believe it or not, Apple even considered that. A neat little trick buried in the Apple Watch's settings allows you to ...

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    As Apple Watch pre-orders opened last Friday, and the first shoppers swarmed to get theirs in, we saw estimated ship times slip further and further back. After a few hours, it was looking like if you were to submit a new pre-order, you had basically no chance of seeing your smartwatch arrive before June. That's a frustrating position to be in, especially considering how long Apple fans have been waiting to get their hands on this wearable in the first place. Luckily, those June ETAs may not be set in stone, and today we take a look at one reason Apple Watch shoppers might have cause to ...

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    Even though Apple hasn't provided any official guidance as to how many Apple Watch units were preordered last Friday, many analysts are predicting that the numbers scratched the million units. We do know that the company sold out in just a few hours, but it could also be easy to assume that only a few units were available on April 10. What you will find is a ton of polls over which device sold the most, and today we find some credible examples. Slice Intelligence, which requires you to provide an email receipt of your Apple Watch purchase, has just published some numbers on the matter. The ...

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    Being able to access the files on our devices is something many of us just take for granted. Coming from a PC background, or using Android on your phone, the ability to browse local storage -viewing, moving, and generally working with files- almost feels like an unalienable right. But the situation’s always been quite different over on the locked-down iOS side of the fence, with Apple not making it particularly easy for users to interact with the file systems on their phones. Sure, there's always jailbreaking, but we've also seen the emergence of powerful utilities that allowed data ...

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    With so many players in the streaming music game, it's becoming increasingly difficult to make your service stand out. You can try and undercut everybody else on pricing, but you're largely at the whim of record labels, and that whole endeavor is just a race to the bottom (where no one wins). New entries like Tidal have bet on providing higher-quality audio than their peers, but it remains to be seen if users will respond (or even care). Apple seems to be working on a re-tooled Beats Music as its next big streaming offering, and a new report claims that one of the ways it intends to ...

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    The Apple Watch is expensive, any way you slice it, so it's no surprise to learn that customers are looking to get the most out of their smartwatch-buying dollar. If you're trying to save a buck, you may already be considering a Watch or Watch Sport with the rubber Sport Band, the most affordable strap option. For a moment it seemed like there might be a way to get even more value out of the Sport Band, but those plans are now finding themselves going up in smoke. Here was the intent: it may have caught your eye that Apple's advertising that these models come with two straps in the box, ...

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    Did you get your Apple Watch pre-order in seven hours ago when they first opened? If you did, you're in good shape, and may be just a few weeks away from getting your hands on Apple's first smartwatch. But maybe you weren't quite sold yet on what Apple's doing here and wanted to take your time – maybe even schedule one of those in-store demo appointments to get some hands-on time with the wearable. While that sounds like a smart move, that delay may end up costing you (at least in terms of time), as Apple Watch shipping estimates keep right on sliding back and back. Going into this, we ...

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    The Apple Store is finally back online with the appearance of two highly-anticipated products of two highly-anticipated products. Both the Apple Watch and MacBook have become available for order through the online portal (in varying capacities), as weeks of waiting have come to an end following initial reviews. Apple Watch pre-orders in particular have been anticipated since the product's initial announcement in September of last year. For the Apple Watch, interested customers are now able to put in a pre-order for the model they're interested in, and then orders will begin shipping on ...

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    Today's wearables market offer mobile technology junkies more options than ever before when it comes to smartwatches, but despite all the different devices out there, your options are still going to be limited by your choice of smartphone. If you want to use certain Gear models, that means needing to own a Samsung handset, or if you intend to pick up the new Apple Watch, you're going to need an iPhone. Android Wear's been open to the Android platform at large, but can it do even better than that? We've been hearing talk for a while about the idea of possibly bringing Wear support to iOS ...

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    Apple's approach to selling the Apple Watch has changed over the last couple of weeks. At the definitive Apple Watch launch event, we first heard Tim Cook tell everyone that you could order it online, or also get an appointment at any Apple Store and purchase one. Then we heard rumors of Apple preparing its retail employees to recommend online purchases to customers, as supplies at Apple Stores will be limited, and in the case of the UK, you could only order it online. Today Apple has finally provided customers with an official plan. Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of ...

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    By now, you're probably well aware of the timetables we're looking at for the Apple Watch: pre-orders opening this Friday, with full sales following two weeks later. And while many shoppers will no doubt take their shiny new wearables home on April 24, will that be the case for all possible Apple Watch configurations? After all, between the three different material types, the two different sizes, and the myriad strap options, there's plenty of potential for availability issues to get in the way. While Apple's not yet publicly discussing any such possibility, it looks like a configuration ...

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    Apple's launch of iOS 8.3 marks a lot of firsts for Cupertino. On one hand, being a beta tester in the past involved a developer account, and now you don't, and on the other, this is more than just the average "dot-one" upgrade to iOS. We've extensively covered many of the features that were coming, but today the info is now official. Improved Performance: Apple seems to have focused a lot on making iOS run smoother, and the list of changes mentions improved speeds in launching apps, app responsiveness, messaging, connecting to Wi-Fi, sliding control center from the bottom, opening Safari ...

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    If you have kids like I do, you probably celebrated the launch of YouTube Kids a few weeks ago, as it is definitely difficult to control what children can find on YouTube. The problem is when you find channels like McDonalds in the feed, which are clearly there to sell you products, and not with the sole purpose of providing children with educational content. This particular problem has raised a lot of fire around the concept of YouTube Kids, and today we learn that there are organizations ready to retaliate against Google. A handful of child advocacy groups are ready to file a complaint ...

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    Even though many of us are still debating the purpose for Apple's acquisition of Beats, many of the rumors surrounding a new music streaming service from Cupertino match directly with the Beats Music business. We do know that the company is preparing for a major launch later this year, but the last we heard was that negotiations with record labels weren't going so well, and now the cause for a new batch of rumors. Reports from sources familiar to the matter claim that the FTC and even the DOJ are already looking closely at Apple's Music streaming service. According to the source, the fact ...

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    Lately I've seen a few articles from other tech writers championing some of the latest new mobile email programs for their innovative takes on improving the email experience on the small screen. Mobile apps are generally less capable than their desktop counterparts and email programs have always been far more feature rich and capable on the desktop computers. Even the most basic web-browser-based email services are often far more useful on desktop web browsers than within mobile phone apps. I've been using Microsoft Outlook as my preferred email program since the late 1990's. Outlook 98 ...

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    Apple has spent the last couple of years in denial with the Apple TV, and that seems to be the reality for most of its competitors as well. Even though there is a lot of potential behind the TV business model, no company has found the right formula to sell TV streaming gadgets like you can sell a smartphone today. That said, we do know that there is a much needed refresh for the Apple TV coming soon, but don't expect to be blown away by it. Sources close to the matter claim that Apple will not launch support for 4K video resolution in its future Apple TV, even after the company blew the ...

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    Pre-orders for the Apple Watch are closing in fast, with Apple ready to get them started this coming Friday, right at the stroke of midnight. And while swarms of shoppers are expected to descend on the offer the first chance they get, there's little denying that Apple's first wearable is an expensive one, with even the lowest-priced options selling for considerably more than the bulk of their wearable competition. As we steel ourselves to shell out $350, $400, $600, or more on the Apple Watch, we get word of an Apple discount that's coming to make the wearable a hell of a lot more ...

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    In just one more week, the Apple Watch hits retail. It won't be available for outright sale straight away, but on April 10 the smartwatch comes to Apple's stores, where you'll be able to interact with the wearable yourself for the very first time. You'll have to wait until April 24 to take an Apple Watch home with you, but pre-orders will start on April 10, giving you a two-week head start on securing your own. And considering how desirable surveys have suggested consumers find the smartwatch, and just how high initial sales could be, it might be a very smart idea to make sure you stake ...

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    Just under a month ago, Apple came through with some of the most anticipated details regarding the debut of its Apple Watch lineup, finally clarifying pricing. When sales begin a little later this month, you'll be able to pick up an Apple Watch starting at $350 for the aluminum Sport model, $550 for the regular steel Watch, and a what-are-you-guys-smoking $10,000 starting price for the premium Watch Edition. But as regular Apple shoppers know, we sometimes find ourselves buying more than just new hardware, and occasionally opt for the peace of mind imparted by some extra AppleCare ...

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    Windows Phone users are all too familiar with app availability issues: when a popular app is out for one smartphone platform but not the one your phone runs, it can really suck. But for as often as Windows Phone finds itself on the going-without end of that stick, there's the occasional app that's both really popular and a Windows Phone exclusive. We've mentioned some of these gems in the past, including Microsoft's Office Lens. Well, Office Lens may still be a powerful document acquisition tool, but it's finally losing its Windows-Phone-only status, as Microsoft makes it available for ...

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    The pending retail debut of the Apple Watch is just weeks away, meaning that very soon a lot of us will have our first experience with Force Touch, Apple's input system that allows the wearable to register not just the position of your finger on its screen, but also how hard you're pressing. Understandably, Force Touch has been getting a lot of attention, and rumors have already suggested that Apple could be planning to bring the same technology to the next iPhone. Now a new report attempts to add support to this theory, and gets specific about just what it could cost Apple to implement an ...

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    April is upon us, and that means we're just weeks away from the first Apple Watch sales. Apple brings its first smartwatch to its retail stores on April 10, where you'll have the opportunity to go hands-on and check out the wearable for yourself. Then a little later this month, on April 24, full sales of the Apple Watch get underway. When that happens, just how many smartwatches can Apple hope to move? Surveys have already suggested strong consumer interest, but who's buying an Apple Watch right out of the gate? A new analyst report suggests that sales will start at quite the brisk pace, ...

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    Have you ever traded-in a smartphone for cash or credit when picking up a new model? Plenty of users don't see a need for hanging on to their old phones when upgrading to a more recent model, and trade-in programs can be a convenient way to soften the blow of that new hardware purchase. When dealing with carriers or big retailers, we sort of accept that we might not be getting as much for our old phones as if we privately sold them, but the ease of transaction can often make up for any small price disparity. At least, that's the way it's supposed to work. But now Apple users in China are ...

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