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Gold Apple Watches to be stored in safes in Apple Stores

Gold Apple Watches to be stored in safes in Apple Stores

Much has been said already about how the release of the Apple Watch will be the biggest change in Apple products since the company began selling touchscreen devices. However, Apple's new smartwatch will also bring about a small, albeit interesting change to their retail locations: the installation of safes. Not just small, personal safes like you may have in your closet, but large, professional ones like you often see in traditional jewelry stores. Sources say these forthcoming lockboxes are intended for one thing: to store the high-end Apple Watch Edition timepieces that come in luxurious gold.

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Connect Plus keychain adapter has micro USB, Lightning connectors

Connect Plus keychain adapter has micro USB, Lightning connectors

Echo's Connect Plus is a "Y"-shaped USB connector with a standard USB connector on one side, and both a micro USB and Apple Lightning connector on each arm. This allows both Apple devices and gadgets that use micro USB to be charged without carrying around separate compatible cables, and the addition of flexibility means it can be re-adjusted and bent to work with different gadgets that might have unusual port placements. In addition, the device is small enough to fit on a keychain, and includes a keychain loop.

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SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud has pushed out an update for its iOS and Android apps, with the Android version having received it back on Tuesday and the iOS version a couple days later on Thursday. The Android update is a fairly small one, bringing only minor changes; the iOS version, however, received a more substantive update specifically for those using the app on an iPad. iPad users will find a redesigned interface that boosts Apple's slate up to the same design level that has largely been available to iPhone users -- it is clean and easy to use, beautiful, and now lacking a Record button.

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Rumor: Apple asks for Apple Watch-friendly iOS app early

Rumor: Apple asks for Apple Watch-friendly iOS app early

Now that we have a better idea of when the Apple Watch will come to us via the Apple Store, some interesting news has leaked regarding apps for the Apple Watch. The last time we discussed Apple Watch’s handshake with the iPhone, we found Developers were getting the ability to create notifications, but not much more. A quick run-through of Developer guidelines and tutorials echoes that, but a new rumor suggests Apple is asking at least one of its “biggest” launch partners to submit an Apple Watch friendly app early.

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iTunes 12.1 slips its widget into Notification Center

iTunes 12.1 slips its widget into Notification Center

It's fair to say that iTunes isn't a universally loved app for music management, but Apple has at least boosted usability with the fresh release of iTunes 12.1 this week. The biggest change in the new app is the addition of a Notification Center widget allowing shortcut control over what's playing, and hopefully allowing you to leave iTunes itself minimized to the dock more of the time. The same widget also offers extra features during iTunes Radio streaming, which Apple is presumably hoping will encourage more music downloads.

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Purported iPad Pro case leaked, has four speaker cutouts

Purported iPad Pro case leaked, has four speaker cutouts

The iPad Pro is widely rumored to be Apple’s foray into bigger tablets, challenging the size of a computer screen. At a reported 12-inches or better, the rumored tablet has reached mythical levels. While Apple admits they’ve discussed a larger tablet, the last we’d heard about it from Apple was that it wasn’t even a ‘thing’ yet. The rumors won’t go away, though, and a new one is showing off what could be an early accessory for the big device.

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Apple shuts down iTunes Connect in wake of log-in issues

Apple shuts down iTunes Connect in wake of log-in issues

Now that TestFlight is being wrapped into Apple’s iTunes Connect, problems are starting to show. Many with a Developer account via Apple are reporting that logging in takes them to a different account altogether, which I can sadly corroborate. Even though Developers are using their own credentials, they’re being logged into accounts that aren’t theirs. Larger names like H&R Block and BlackBerry are reported to have been affected by this. So far, there have been no reported issues other than this odd log-in thing, and Apple has pulled the plug while they figure it all out.

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IDC: as Apple surges, Samsung falls

IDC: as Apple surges, Samsung falls

Big changes are in the wings this year as IDC reports big movements in smartphone shipments for the fourth quarter of last year. In their report of the last three months of 2014, Samsung's year-over-year change was in the negative - the only company in the negative in the top five companies on IDC's chart. On the other hand, Samsung does remain in the top spot for smartphone shipments worldwide, followed closely by Apple. Apple appears to be closing in on Samsung in a big way, with less than a point difference in worldwide smartphone shipments.

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Sorry Samsung, Apple’s probably the smartphone king

Sorry Samsung, Apple’s probably the smartphone king

Apple's Q4 2014 may not only have been its best quarter ever for iPhone sales, but the point at which it overtook arch-rival Samsung in the smartphone business. The Cupertino firm announced a massive 74.5m iPhone sales in the final three months of last year, setting itself a new record and - according to at least one research firm - putting it on at least level-pegging with Samsung. The South Korean company has played coy with its Galaxy numbers, but it's clear that Apple's rapid ascent has dramatically closed (if not destroyed) the gap between the two.

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Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

App Annie released their year-in-review for 2014 today, and among all the charts and figures, one stood out. Navigating the ins and outs of Android and iOS is intriguing, with Android commanding the lion’s share of market percentage. Even with that, iOS users are time and again shown to use their devices more often; shopping more, browsing with greater frequency, and spending more. According to App Annie, Google Play’s download numbers have outpaced the App Store in a big way, but spending trends the opposite direction.

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