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Lockitron Bolt replaces original as company aims for mass production

Lockitron Bolt replaces original as company aims for mass production

During its crowdfunding days, Lockitron was a breathe of fresh air. A connected home gadget that required no re-assembling of your door’s existing locking mechanism, Lockitron was great for home owners, and a dream come true for renters. Unfortunately, they ran into the same long delays many crowdfunded hardware platforms experience, causing year-long delays in some cases. Rather than continue that same path, Lockitron is announcing the Bolt, which has the same solid functionality as the original, but has mass production in mind.

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Cook says 2015 is ‘year of Apple Pay’, and he’s right

Cook says 2015 is ‘year of Apple Pay’, and he’s right

Tim Cook expects 2015 to be “the year of Apple Pay”. Saying thier mobile payment option is “off to a very strong start”, the Apple CEO noted that 750 banks and credit unions are Apple Pay partners, now. Cook also let loose another bombshell statistic: Apple Pay accounts for two-thirds of all contactless payments using Visa, American Express, or MasterCard. Furthermore, mobile payments at Whole Foods have increased 400% on the back of Apple Pay. Other retailers are experiencing similar success with the platform.

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Apple Watch coming in April as iPhone sales make its launch a big deal

Apple Watch coming in April as iPhone sales make its launch a big deal

The Apple Watch has already been seen and obsessed over, but when are we actually getting it? Developers have already begun toying with the feature-set for Apple’s first branded wearable — but when are we actually getting it? We have a good idea of what the battery life will be, and have seen the app that powers it along from the iPhone, but when are we actually getting it? On Apple’s conference call after their earnings, Tim Cook told us: April.

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Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones in Q1 2015 — their best quarter ever

Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones in Q1 2015 — their best quarter ever

What did you expect from Apple? Analysts were hopeful Apple would have a very good quarter to start their fiscal 2015, but Apple did them one better. After reporting $18 billion in profit, their stock is ticking upward at a steady clip. How Apple got to these impressive figures isn’t mysterious — it’s hardware sales, advertising, and wetting their beak in sales of apps. With regard to hardware, Apple moved an astonishing 74.5 million iPhone during Q1 2015, which is the most they’ve ever sold in one quarter.

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Misfit Flash fitness wearable now also a connected life gadget

Misfit Flash fitness wearable now also a connected life gadget

the Misfit Flash may not be the flashiest fitness wearable around, but it’s handy. A small Bluetooth button, which then slides into a watchband or clip-on, Flash is good at tracking your activity levels. Starting today, Flash is getting a whole lot handier, as Misfit announces they’ve integrated several new platforms into their own service. To round out your connected life, Misfit now interacts with Yo, Spotify, Nest, August, Logitech, and IFTTT. With a few taps or long presses, you can automate your life like never before.

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Apple Pay deal will bring mobile payments to vending machines

Apple Pay deal will bring mobile payments to vending machines

Apple Pay is coming to the vending machine. In a deal struck with USA Technologies, Apple Pay will be available for around 200,000 self-serve payment terminals, including vending machines. Among the things you might find Apple Pay used with are coffee brewers, unmanned kiosks, laundry machines, pay-to-park terminals, or “other self-serve appliances”. The feature will be immediately available on machines running USA’s ePort cashless payment point-of-sale system, while others will need to be retrofitted with the proper hardware to accept Apple Pay.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 update fixes bugs, has archived cloud storage

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 update fixes bugs, has archived cloud storage

Now that iOS 8.1.3 is out, Apple also pushed an update for OS X Yosemite. Now at 10.10.2, Apple’s desktop update brings with it some bug fixes we’re happy to find. The update isn’t massive, but fixes a series of things users have been wanting Apple to fix for some time, now. Apple has addressed a WiFi bug that caused disconnections, and resolved a few issues with Safari; most notably one that caused webpages to load slowly. There is also an interesting new feature for iCloud Drive.

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Apple rolls out iOS 8.1.3, requires less open memory for updates

Apple rolls out iOS 8.1.3, requires less open memory for updates

Apple has just released iOS 8.1.3, their third iteration on the release of iOS 8. After a series of errors surrounding iOS 8 upgrades, this one fixes some minor problems. We’ll now need less space to update an iPhone or iPad device over the air, and iOS 8.1.3 fixes an issue where Spotlight failed to display app results. Thankfully, Apple also fixed their frustrating multitasking gestures bug on iPad (five-finger pinch to close, among others). The update is rolling out now.

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Alfred for iOS is a second-screen desktop taskmaster

Alfred for iOS is a second-screen desktop taskmaster

OS X Yosemite brought with it a new Spotlight; one that’s a bit smarter, more contextual, and exceedingly more useful than its predecessor. It’s not quite the one-stop monster some want, though, and for that there’s Alfred. The Spotlight replacement app takes what Spotlight does and gives it a Red Bull. With some configuration, you can set up keyboard shortcuts for just about any task or series of tasks. Now, Alfred is coming to iOS, and wants to be your second-screen taskmaster.

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Moment Case wants to make your iPhone 6 a point-and-shoot star

Moment Case wants to make your iPhone 6 a point-and-shoot star

Moment, makers of some pretty interesting iPhone lenses that snap onto your phone much like an Olloclip lens would, are back on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. After a wildly successful run with their lenses, the team has another impressive product with the Moment Case. Dubbed “the World’s best iPhone case for photography”, the Moment Case works with Moment’s proprietary lenses, but brings in some very DSLR features that mobile photography fans will be very interested in. The case has an actual shutter button, and lets you focus on moving objects, just like you would with a standalone camera.

 

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