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New MacBook benchmarked: almost same as 2011 MacBook Air

New MacBook benchmarked: almost same as 2011 MacBook Air

When Apple revealed the new MacBook, there was a lot of applause over the ultrabook's Air-like design, without bringing in the Air moniker. The details that came afterwards, however, proved to be somewhat contentious, especially the limitation of a single USB Type-C port for all your peripheral and charging needs. This latest revelation might provide even more fodder to the flames. It seems that the new 12-inch MacBook, with a Model Identifier or 8,1 actually more than one thing in common with the Air line, particularly in performance.

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Hate waiting? Here’s a Apple Watch rental service by Lumoid

Hate waiting? Here’s a Apple Watch rental service by Lumoid

Apple Watch will be launching April 24th but with its 15-minute window to play with the watch, it will be difficult to get a true hands-on experience. The Apple Store also isn't going to be allowing any walk-in purchases for the Apple Watch in the beginning. So, how are we supposed to get our mitts on the latest tech? Enter, Lumoid, the gadget rental service. Lumoid has been around for a while and delivers high-priced to your door, allowing you to try them before you commit to purchasing. As of April 24th, using Lumoid you can rent an Apple Watch and play with it to your heart's content.

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Inklet gives new MacBook’s Force Touch a Wacom-like feature

Inklet gives new MacBook’s Force Touch a Wacom-like feature

Apple's introduction of its oddly-named "Force Touch" technology on its new MacBook's touchpad might seem a bit eccentric to some, especially those that really don't have much fine control over how hard they tap or press on a trackpad. There are some, however, who are only too happy to capitalize on the technology to improve, and sell, their own products. One of those is Inklet, whose admittedly interesting invention turns your MacBook's touchpad into a makeshift Wacom tablet. Just on a smaller scale and with slightly less features.

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Apple Watch launch, sales policy, AMOLED screen details

Apple Watch launch, sales policy, AMOLED screen details

Apple Stores are getting a makeover to make way for the Apple Watch launch, which has the capacity to make or break the entire smartwatch product genre. As we edge closer to the launch date, we're learning more and more about Apple's process from manufacturing to the sales floor. Apple Stores are rolling out new display cases and tables where customers can try on the watch, by appointment only. Also, to prevent people from hogging Apple Watches during try-on appointments, time slots are limited to 15 minutes. Apple is really trying to keep things running smoothly for the launch, which is in great contrast to the Apple launches in the past where customers camped out overnight for the latest devices.

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Apple Watch shops to open in London, Paris, Tokyo on April 10

Apple Watch shops to open in London, Paris, Tokyo on April 10

With Apple recently revealing that the much-anticipated Apple Watch will be released on April 24th, and pre-orders beginning on April 10th, the Cupertino company is starting to shed a little light on what the retail purchasing experience will be like. As was previously rumored, in a handful of special location there will be dedicated shops that only sell the Apple Watch. Apple this week announced that these shops will open on April 10th in the cities of London, Paris, and Tokyo, each inside upscale, high-end department stores.

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Apple Watch apps now available at the iTunes store

Apple Watch apps now available at the iTunes store

Even though the Apple Watch isn't available until later this April, new apps which are geared towards the Apple Watch are already hitting the iTunes store for download. You won't be able to use the actual range of capabilities designed for the smartwatch, unless you somehow got your hands on an Apple Watch early. If you managed to somehow pull that feat, get me one too! Several big names have already launched their Apple Watch apps. Let's take a look at what Evernote, Target, and Expedia along with SkyGuide, DarkSky, and WeChat have to offer.

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Olio’s smartwatch bets on quality and minimalism: Hands-on

Olio’s smartwatch bets on quality and minimalism: Hands-on

We still don't know what a smartwatch should - or shouldn't - do, but startup Olio is betting on just the right number amount of context and some serious timepiece quality. The Olio Model One, up for pre-order today, is the result: a chunky, touchscreen-faced smartwatch which eschews feature overload and instead focuses on what analog watches have been doing for hundreds of years: giving you the essentials at a glance. I sat down with founder Steve Jacobs to find out why he believes there's more to learn from traditional horology than just blunt case design, and how time saved might be the smartwatch secret.

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Apple patents could give next iPhones a superior camera

Apple patents could give next iPhones a superior camera

DxOMark has crowned the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as the kinds of the smartphone camera hill, but it would be quite out of character for Apple if it were to rest on its laurels. Apple has advertised to no small extent the power that can be found in your pocket, especially when it comes to the camera but we're still a long way from matching the capabilities of dedicated digital cameras. Apple, however, might have a solution, based on two patents that could give the next iPhone better image quality, improved OIS, and real zoom lenses.

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Break free from tethered headphones with Magzet magnetic audio jack

Break free from tethered headphones with Magzet magnetic audio jack

The Magzet is a magnetic audio quick connection that wants to change the way you use audio jacks on all your devices. Instead of being tethered to your laptop, tablet, or smartphone by your headphones, the Magzet is a breakaway connector that can connect headphones to any audio jack. It's designed to work with all audio devices from those ubiquitous Beats headphones to Apple's generic earbuds. After 18 months of product development, the team behind the invention is launching a Kickstarter to crowdfund their magnetic connector.

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Apple, Beats to take on Spotify but maybe on equal grounds

Apple, Beats to take on Spotify but maybe on equal grounds

It is no secret that Apple is out to get the music streaming industry. After all, it bought Beats not just for its accessories but also for its streaming service. It is even said that Beats' own Chief Creative Office, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, is also at the front of reshaping the iTunes app to integrate streaming functionality. It is also probably common knowledge that Apple is eying a piece of the pie that Spotify currently holds so dearly. What might come as a surprise and a disappointment is that Apple's streaming service might be as expensive or even more than Spotify.

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