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    Apple is clear that the Apple Watch in its current state is not what it company intended it to be. Part of the road to solving this is launching watchOS 2. This new version of the wearable OS may be visually identical to the existing version that everyone is using, but Apple has baked a ton of neat tricks to help it become less of a slave to your iPhone. Some of these features like native apps we won't be able to show you here since developers have to deal with that first. We'll be looking into these in future videos as the beta matures. While you're at it, make sure you also watch our ...

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    It feels like every day that another Android phone is announced with the ability to shoot 4K video, or slow-mo video, or stabilized video with OIS. This is all fine and dandy, but what are you supposed to do with all of these fancy video clips you shoot? Sure, you can import your clips onto your computer to edit them in a fancy NLE like Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere, but a lot of video captured on smartphones is shot in the spur of the moment, and fully fledged video editing software can be intimidating for the average user. Apple simplifies the process with iMovie on iOS, and while ...

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    If you helped fund the release of the color-screened Pebble Time through the company's Kickstarter efforts, odds are good that you've either already got your new smartwatch in-hand, or it's on its way in the mail presently. But if you missed that chance to throw some cash down on a Pebble Time, your next shot is coming up soon: a couple weeks back, Pebble shared news about the start of public Pebble Time pre-orders, set to open on Monday, June 22. Today, as we wait for those pre-order to get started, new details arrive about just how the process will work, with Pebble scoring an exclusive ...

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    Apple's WWDC is still a topic to discuss, given the event extends throughout the week, and as more presentations continue, we get to learn more about what Apple is building into its new software platforms. iOS 9 has proven to be a true gem so far, with much cooler hidden features than the ones that were announced at the event. Today we discover a new feature to come, and this could mean big news for iPad users. iOS 9 brings a brand new Cocoa Touch, which for those not familiar is the underlying UI framework used by software programs that run on iOS. This new update reduces the ...

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    The list of features that Apple announced with iOS 9 is quite significant, but there were a ton of hidden features that weren't mentioned. Just yesterday we discussed some of these really neat features in our hands-on of iOS 9, but even then, there were some things left to include. Today we learn that one of the major features of iOS 8 is also getting a really cool update as well. iOS 8 was extremely famous for Continuity. Start a message in one device, finish it in another. Get a phone call on your iPhone, but answer it on the Mac so long as you were on the same Wi-Fi network. iOS 9 seems ...

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    One of the biggest news with the launch of iOS 9 is that Cupertino is offering the update to all devices that can currently run iOS 8. This is is a first for Apple, as the company usually drops a generation of devices with every software update. Those of you rocking an iPhone 4s and cheering over this might not necessarily enjoy everything that'll happen with the update, and here's why. A new tool in iOS 9 allows developers to be selective about which architecture supports the applications they launch. For example, if a developer wants to launch a very powerful game, they could choose to ...

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    Even though rumors claimed that iOS 9 would be a very conservative software update focused on ironing bugs, it's actually far from it. Apple spent a great deal of time showing us what its new mobile operating system could do, and it was definitely necessary given the vast amount of changes. That said, believe it or not there is a lot more to iOS 9 than what was announced at the keynote, and we go hands-on to show you what other things changed. Even though iOS 9 looks almost identical to iOS 8 and iOS 7, Apple has made some significant changes to the user interface. You'll notice more ...

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    What's the best part of these early days of what sure feels like summer? Grilling out in the backyard? Taking trips to the beach with friends? We guess that stuff's pretty dope, but for our money, the hot thing to do right now is checking out some next-gen mobile platforms. Over the last few days, both Google and Apple have released the earliest public-facing editions of their forthcoming mobile releases, as the Android M developer preview and the first iOS 9 beta become available to testers. Apples and oranges they may be, but with both bringing some much-anticipated changes to their ...

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    There's no shortage of reasons to choose one mobile operating system over another, and we could compare platform features or supported apps until the cows come home. But for some users, the choice of platform comes down to a matter of principle, and if you strongly feel that users should be able to run the software of their choice, it's hard to recommend iOS. After all, while Google gives Android users the freedom to install third-party apps without any Play Store oversight, with Apple it's the App Store or nothing – no sideloading (jailbreaking notwithstanding) to speak of. At least, ...

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    It's still going to be a few months before we have any hope of checking out the next iPhone, but even with new hardware still out of reach, Apple could still be dropping a few clues about what to expect, hidden in its software. The developer preview of iOS 9 is now available, following its announcement earlier this week, and devs are understandably tearing through it to see what secrets lurk within. One promising avenue concerns camera support, as Apple appears to be putting the framework in place to support some significant front-facer upgrades. An analysis of iOS 9 code reveals a number ...

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    Apple Music has been introduced at this year's WWDC, in an attempt to lure users over from similar offerings on the market, such as Spotify or Tidal. Apple's iTunes has an exhaustive collection of music titles, but you already know that if you are an iPhone or iPad user (even if you're not). While there weren't too many details about the service unveiled at the keynote, some of them surfaced shortly after. One question remained unanswered, and that refers to Apple Music streaming quality. While competitors like Spotify or Beats offer high quality streaming (320kbps for premium ...

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    Even though iOS 9 is all over the news lately, it doesn't mean that Apple isn't going to focus on its products before the fall. We know that iOS 8.4 beta has been in the test bench for the last couple of weeks, and Apple's new music app revamp is just part of the story. Today we learn more about the service to come. Apple has just pushed iOS 8.4 beta 4 to developers, and everything points to this being the OS update that will serve Apple's new music service next month. The company's new music app is not only included in this beta, but there are also other audio enhancements being pushed ...

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    There were strong reports at some point that claimed that Apple's Steve Jobs made a very strong offer to acquire DropBox, and to which the later refused. The rest is history as Apple eventually decided to build its own iCloud service in a way to cover up the horror stories that MobileMe users experienced. iCloud Drive was the latest push in making the service more like DropBox, and today we see that taking shape. In the past iCloud Drive was a service that existed, but oddly had no product placement in your iOS device's home screen. This is a very odd behavior considering how many apps ...

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    Security has become a big topic over the last couple of years, with many products like the Blackphone gaining popularity over this as an added feature. We could say that Apple played its cards right by making TouchID a thing with the iPhone 5s two years ago, but that doesn't seem to be enough for consumers. Cupertino mentioned some security changes coming to iOS 9, and today we learn of another. Yesterday we heard that iCloud will now support two-step verification for a more secure password control, but that was it when it came to what was mentioned for security. As we install iOS 9 on our ...

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    Among the myriad announcements Apple had ready for us at WWDC yesterday, the company talked about the continuing expansion of Apple Pay, not just with new retail partners signing on in the US, but also as it got ready to bring its brand of contactless payments to the UK. With a number of big bank partners on board, it sounded like great news for Apple fans over on the other side of the pond. And while it largely should be, there's one important limitation Apple Pay's going to face in the UK that may have some users thinking twice about relying on it. To be fair, this isn't a problem with ...

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    Yesterday brought us Apple's announcement of its new streaming music service, as the company used its “one more thing” moment at the end of the WWDC keynote to introduce Apple Music. With promises of access to high quality radio, a huge library of streaming music, and exclusive content from popular artists, the service sure sounds like it has a lot going for it. Now in the hours since the initial reveal, we're picking up on some additional details about just how Apple Music will work, what content it will offer, and what you're going to be left without. Take, for instance, the issue of ...

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    The just-announced Apple Music sounds like it has a lot going for it, not the least of which being its upcoming multi-platform support. Sure, initial availability this summer will be an Apple-only affair, but Android support is in the works. Besides what that development stands to mean for the service's chances of building up a larger user base, it's noteworthy if only to see Apple announcing an Android app at all. But as it turns out, today's WWDC news also brings word of a second Apple Android app, as the company shares its plans for Move to iOS, an app designed to ease the transition ...

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    Update: we've pushed our roundtable time back to 4:00pm Eastern to accommodate the extended WWDC keynote running time. Join us then! Apple's World Wide Developer Conference has always been the show floor for Cupertino to show the world its software roadmap for the next twelve months, and it has even been the launch platform for some of Apple's most iconic product launches. This is a very different Apple for 2015 though, as we've seen the company succeed incredibly with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, but disappoint with the performance of its music business, and also with the iPad. WWDC ...

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    So far, WWDC 2015 has been doing a solid job at hitting most of the notes we were expecting: new platform updates, new Maps, split-screen on the iPad... and it's not stopping now. For months, we've been talking about Apple's next big push with media, re-thinking how it makes music accessible to its users - especially now that it has Beats under its umbrella. Today, Apple shares what we've been anticipating, announcing Apple Music. Beats 1 is Apple Music's 24/7 global radio effort, broadcasting from New York, LA, and London. Apple decries the rise of algorithmically generated playlists ...

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    The iOS 9 feature reveals continue at WWDC 2015, and the iPad is getting a few special abilities of its own. One exciting ability that had been frequently rumored was system-level support for working with two apps at once in a dual-window multi-task mode, and that's now confirmed, not only with split-screen mode, but with picture-in-picture support. First things first, we get a new app switcher, letting you page through big, clear screenshots to get to the software you want. Once you're in an app, a new system called Slide Over lets you swipe in a column view of a secondary app, giving you ...

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    Apple Maps is the most resilient flop that Cupertino has ever kept running. There are tons of horror stories of people getting lost with it back in the iOS 6 days, and ever since then we've seen Apple push a few updates to users. We've heard rumors that Apple would bring major improvements to this services with iOS 9, and the reports were true. Apple's WWDC 2015 is on its way, and the company has just announced improvements to maps on iOS 9. Very few enhancements were mentioned to the way the service works when you drive, but Apple did spend a great deal of time announcing its new public ...

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    Apple Pay has brought the the iPhone 6 into the world of wireless mobile payments, and as it moves forward, Apple's ambitions for expanding its system are only getting more and more grand. Today at WWDC, the company talks about growing retailer support for Apple Pay, as well as expanded user access, particularly as it expands to Apple users in the UK. Support from credit card companies grows as Discover joins the party, and more and more retailers are signing up, as well. New Square hardware is coming out to support wireless payments (above), and soon over one million retail locations in ...

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    Apple's WWDC 2015 is currently on its way, and Cupertino is breezing through the presentation like never before. This could be that there is a lot more to expect than what we predicted recently, but for now it's all about a new OS X and a new iOS. Apple has just announced iOS 9, and we do see that it's more than just the conservative update that was rumored. Apple is focusing on improving the foundation of the OS with changes that are focused on giving users better battery life, performance and security enhancements. Siri also gets some major improvements as Apple has decided to make it ...

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    Apple fans, your day is finally here. After sitting through all that talk of Windows 10 at Build, and what Google's up to with Android at I/O, today the spotlight's on Apple and Apple alone, with the company's Worldwide Developer Conference finally set to get started. The fun kicks off at 1pm Eastern (that's 5pm GMT), when the WWDC 2015 keynote address gets underway. We're expecting all manner of announcements, from the next generations of Apple's both mobile and desktop operating systems, to the debut of the Apple Music streaming radio service. That said, not all the big-ticket items once ...

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    If you follow me on Twitter, you might’ve seen that I recently had my phone stolen for the first time. It was bound to happen after seven years of smartphone ownership without a hitch, and it certainly wasn’t in the way I would’ve expected it to eventually happen. Long story short, I was working with a customer at my day job, and the son of another customer who had been waiting in line had swiped my phone from off of the charger on our consultation desk while I wasn’t looking. Well. I can cross "phone stolen" from my list of firsts. — Hayato Huseman (@hayatohuseman) May 23, 2015 ...

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