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Apple Watch to be tested as learning tool in Penn State University research

Apple Watch to be tested as learning tool in Penn State University research

Researchers at Penn State University have said they are planning a research program that will look how wearables can be used as learning tools for students, with the Apple Watch serving as the basis. The school's Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) program says it wants to explore the effect devices like smartwatches have on human behavior, and see how effective they can be at improving students' study habits and learning achievements.

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Rdio launches new curated stations in response to Apple’s Beats 1

Rdio launches new curated stations in response to Apple’s Beats 1

With the recently launched Apple Music and its curated radio station Beats 1 drawing attention from rival streaming services like Spotify, Rdio isn't wasting any time in firing back. The service has announced a number of new curated radio stations that offer more human-selected tunes. Rdio says it is collaborating with both influencers and record labels, along with more stations available to a wider range of countries around the globe.

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Apple co-designing 3rd party boxes to match its style

Apple co-designing 3rd party boxes to match its style

Apple's minimalistic approach to its packaging is legendary, but that light hand on styling may end up a requirement if accessories want to join Apple Store shelves. The Cupertino firm's spartan approach has already inspired many third-party accessory makers, but new leaks suggest Apple has gone so far as to work with those manufacturers over the past six months to bring their box art in line with official products, thus making the stores more harmonious.

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Tinder clone for Apple Watch uses heartbeat to determine matches

Tinder clone for Apple Watch uses heartbeat to determine matches

Imagine an alternate way of using dating app Tinder, where instead of looking at profiles on your smartphone and swiping right or left, you simply glance at your Apple Watch and the app know if you're attracted to someone based on your heart-rate changes. That's the idea behind design agency T3's concept "Hands-free Tinder." T3 built its app with the use of Apple's recently released Watch SDK for detecting a user's heartbeat. They claim to be releasing the app "soon," but unless it's really a cooperation with Tinder, a name change seems likely.

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Apple Stores begin selling first HomeKit compatible thermostat

Apple Stores begin selling first HomeKit compatible thermostat

Apple's physical retail stores will begin selling the first thermostat to be compatible with the iOS HomeKit system this week. As a smart home device, the Ecobee3 is an internet-connected thermostat that, when connected to Apple's HomeKit platform, will allow users to control it with their iPhones via apps and even voice commands to Siri. The Ecobee3 is priced at $250, and should be appearing in Apple Stores in North America on Tuesday.

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Apple says iOS 9 will bring back Home Sharing for music

Apple says iOS 9 will bring back Home Sharing for music

When the iOS 8.4 update was released recently, Apple removed the Home Sharing for music feature from iOS devices, and a large number of users have been upset about it. There had been no mention of Home Sharing's discontinuation before the release of iOS 8.4, and until today it was unclear if the feature would make a return. Eddy Cue, Apple's iTunes chief, has now stated that they are working to have Home Sharing be available again when iOS 9 is released later this fall.

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Apple Pay reportedly going live in UK on July 14

Apple Pay reportedly going live in UK on July 14

While Apple announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last month that Apple Pay would be launching in the UK this summer, it looks like we finally have a specific date: Tuesday, July 14th. This will be the first time Apple's new mobile contactless payment system will debut outside the US, and it's expected to be supported at over 250,000 locations, including London's bus and subway networks, major retailers, and a number of banks and financial institutions.

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Apple Watch 2 tipped to feature same design, larger battery

Apple Watch 2 tipped to feature same design, larger battery

By now, people must certainly be getting tired of their Apple Watches and wondering when the next version will be out. That's why it's perfect that rumors about the so-called "Apple Watch 2" are starting to spring up. The latest, which originates in South Korea, is saying that the next version of Apple's wearable will feature a similar, if not exactly the same, external design, but with a larger batter to allow more hours of use between charges.

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VLC for iOS update turns Apple Watch into remote control, media browser

VLC for iOS update turns Apple Watch into remote control, media browser

VLC, quite possibly the most useful third-party media player software, has just updated its app for iOS, including a number of feature improvements and fixes, along with support for the Apple Watch. As an app that is used to play and watch locally stored media content, VLC is available on just about every platform you can imagine, and because it can handle almost any media file-type, it's usefulness can't be understated.

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How Apple Music listeners can make requests for Beats 1 Radio

How Apple Music listeners can make requests for Beats 1 Radio

Unless you've been under a rock for the last 24 hours or so, you've likely heard that Apple Music, Apple's new streaming music service, launched yesterday morning, alongside the debut of the Beats 1 Radio program. Beats 1 is available to listen to 24/7, with a rotating line-up of DJs and celebrity musicians hosting during scheduled blocks of time. But what you may not have heard yet is that the internet radio service is borrowing a feature common to traditional radio stations: call-in requests from listeners.

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