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Customers who ordered space gray or space black Apple Watches have begun to receive notifications that their new devices are being readied for shipment, as have those who chose models with a link bracelet or modern buckle. Apple continues to ship Watches ahead of schedule. A number of AppleInsider readers have tipped us to the shipment notifications, which began appearing Tuesday afternoon. Shipping of the more complicated models --?both the space gray and space black...
With no Apple branded Apple Watch charging dock available at launch, third-party accessory makers have stepped in to produce a sea of products ranging from integrated Watch/iPhone stands to standalone pedestals. Antsy Labs' Duet splits the difference, offering owners a solution for charging their devices devices side-by-side or separately. After spending a few days with a prototype Duet, which as of press time has nearly reached its $25,000 Kickstarter funding goal, we...
Google on Tuesday added Apple Watch compatibility to its News & Weather iOS app, the first of what is expected to be many Google product updates designed to nab screen real estate on Apple's new wearable device. The aptly named Google News & Weather app brings aggregated news and local climate reports to iPhone and iPad, but for Watch appears limited to the latest headlines. Setup is a simple process of logging in with a Google account -- or anonymously in guest mode...
Apple on Tuesday added new app channels for several countries with Apple TV support, including Australia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. In Australia, Apple has added an app for Stan, a local Netflix-style service which hosts movies and TV shows. The service is ad-free and supports viewing on three devices simultaneously. Viewers in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden can now access Viaplay, which covers movies, TV shows,...
BitTorrent on Tuesday released the first iOS version of Bleep, its secure messaging app, while Microsoft updated its flagship Office iOS apps with a handful of new features. BitTorrent Bleep Bleep requires as little as a nickname to get started, and transmits messages, images, and voice chat directly between users, instead of through cloud servers. BitTorrent also promises end-to-end encryption with keys saved locally on users' devices. New to the iOS app and the...
An illicit shipment of electronics --?including hundreds of iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks --?worth nearly $800,000 has reportedly been confiscated by Argentinian tax authorities as smugglers continue to take advantage of arbitrage opportunities for Apple's high-priced devices. In a separate case, a man tried to smuggle 94 iPhones from Hong Kong to mainland China under his clothes. Approximately 260 iPhones, 10 iPads, and 60 MacBooks were among the more than 500 Apple...
A newly announced iOS-compatible camera drone ditches controllers entirely, making it as simple as tossing the device into the sky to begin recording high-quality aerial footage. The Lily is a self flying drone that pairs with a small, wearable beacon it follows to capture footage. Users simply configure Lily from the puck-shaped accessory, toss the drone into the sky to begin flight, and then commence the activity. Lily is also waterproof, as demonstrated in a...
U.S. carriers Sprint and Verizon will together spend $158 million to settle government complaints that they let third-party firms bill subscribers millions in unauthorized charges, a practice known as "cramming," the Federal Communications Commission announced on Tuesday. Verizon will pay out the bulk of the cash, $90 million, while Sprint will owe $68 million. Most of the money should go toward refunding money to subscribers -- $70 million in the case of Verizon, and...
Apple-owned FileMaker on Tuesday launched FileMaker 14, a major update of its database software for Mac, Windows, and iOS devices, focusing on speed improvements but adding a variety of other new features as well. The company's flagship Mac and Windows software -- FileMaker Pro -- has gained the Launch Center, which organizes solutions into an icon-based interface, eschewing menus and dialog boxes. There are 29 included icons, but users can also design custom ones if...
Apple continues to outpace its Silicon Valley brethren when it comes to making environmentally conscious choices for its expanding datacenter footprint, according to Greenpeace's annual cloud computing report. Apple's Maiden, N.C. solar farm. | Source: Apple For the second year in a row, Apple booked a perfect 100 on Greenpeace's clean energy index. The company was given "A" ratings across the board for energy transparency, renewable energy commitment and siting policy,...
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