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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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    One of the coolest gadgets we had the fortune of going hands-on with at CES 2015 was Alcatel Onetouch's first wearable product, the Watch, and we were eager to learn more about it at the time – especially when exactly we'd be able to pick one up for ourselves. We're getting those answers today, as the company has just kicked off the first sales of the ambitious device. Here's a breakdown of Alcatel Onetouch Watch pre-orders. Let's address the elephant in the room first: the price. Yes, this device comes in at $100 below the base-model Moto 360, and $200 below the Apple Watch Sport's ...

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    It feels like when we've been talking about Apple lately, it's all about the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch, or maybe rumors about that 12.9-inch iPad that may or may not be in the works But late last week we turned the spotlight back on the company's smartphone offerings, hearing a rumor that Apple was looking to grow its handset family in 2015 with the launch of three new models, rather than the pair we got last year with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In addition to new 6S and 6S Plus phones, the source suggested we could also see the introduction of an iPhone 6C, an option that would return ...

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    We may be facing a torrent of smartwatch launches these days, but that has nowhere near shown us that the industry is now mature. Even now, new players are entering the game, and with a unique twist of their own. The company that almost single-handedly kickstarted the industry, Pebble, is now seen as an underdog player with a strategy largely different than that of competing manufacturers. And the newest entrant, with the Olio Model One, is yet another case of a slightly different story. Olio isn't probably a company you've heard of before, but that doesn't mean you should discount it. ...

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    It started out so simply: each year Apple would introduce one new iPhone. Sure, you could choose storage capacity, and eventually color, but there was only one phone. Back in 2013, Apple first started showing signs that it was ready to mix things up, and launched a pair of new iPhones: the 5S and the 5C. Now you could argue that the 5C shouldn't really count, as it was more a repackaged iPhone 5, but that only set the stage for last year, when we got two undeniably distinct iPhones with the debut of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. To hear the latest rumor, this year Apple ...

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    The Apple Watch will soon descend upon the company’s retail stores, and no matter how you feel about Apple's new wearable, its arrival is almost certain to usher-in a new wave of increased public interest in smartwatches in general. But for the moment, the Apple Watch is the wearable to be checking out, and we've already heard a little about just how you can get the opportunity to take a look at it for yourself. Earlier this month we learned some details about how Apple's in-store try-on program would work, and how reservations wouldn't be strictly necessary (though presumably a smart ...

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    Apple didn't just surprise the world with giving users public betas for iOS with the launch of iOS 8.3 beta, but we also see the company bringing more than just a dot update with what's to come. Surely the initial release only gave users a couple of changes to emoji options and skin tones, in addition to support for Google's two-step verification process, but some new updates prove that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Apple has just seeded iOS 8.3 beta 4 to developers and public beta testers, and one forgotten topic that gets updated today is Siri. iOS 8 brought some minor updates to ...

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    Apple has done a very good job when it comes to the image quality of its iPhone cameras, ever since the launch of the iPhone 4. Many may debate that the company has been reluctant to leave the 8-megapixel-comfort zone that began four iPhone generations ago, but we've been able to prove the dramatic differences between each iPhone camera in our reviews of each product. Still, we've seen the company playing around with different ideas on how to improve the iPhone's camera, while still allowing its smartphone lineup to remain thin and light, and new developments could lead to a breakthrough. ...

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    Apple is not only embarking on a new category with the Apple Watch, but it's also trying to succeed in a market that hasn't been able to take off. As such, we've seen the company hire an immense amount of experts from the fashion industry in order to develop the right angle for how to sell its new wearable. The company that was once famous for its laid-back Apple Store sales approach is about to change everything with the Apple Watch. Leaked insider information on how Apple Store employees are being trained over the next few weeks shows us that the new sales approach will dramatically ...

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    For a minute there, we thought that the launch of Apple's new MacBook would be the end of the iPad Pro/Plus rumors that we've been talking about for months. We only had one Cupertino product with a 12-inch display in our radar, and that ended up matching some of the specs of Apple's new notebook. What's interesting is that rumors for this larger iPad continue, and this time we hear of design changes. Case manufacturers are rarely wrong with case designs, and today we land some new leaks that show us the case for a larger iPad Plus or iPad Pro, and probably the most striking difference of ...

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    What would an Apple product launch be without some of the usual drama, right? Apple is famous for not being able to meet the demand of its customers during the first weeks or months of a product launch, and we sometimes wonder if this is a real or just a marketing stunt. If you thought the Apple Watch would be exempt to this, well, it seems reality is different. Internal sources claim that Apple's manufacturing partners are struggling with various stages of Apple Watch production. Most predominant are issues with the manufacturing of the display, as LG seems to not be able to manufacture ...

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