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iOS 8.4 revamps Apple’s Music app, and the changes are “beautiful”

iOS 8.4 revamps Apple’s Music app, and the changes are “beautiful”

Apple has pushed out the iOS 8.4 beta update, and chief among its features is a revamped Music app, one that Apple touts as being "beautiful" and, of course, easier to use than the previous version without sacrificing functionality. The new Music app design is complemented by several new features that round out the user experience, including “streamlined” use of iTunes Radio, making it easier to go back to favorite stations and to choose from existing curated Featured offerings.

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Apple Watch battery doubled with this odd accessory

Apple Watch battery doubled with this odd accessory

The folks behind "wipowerband" suggest that all you need to to to get twice the battery life from the Apple Watch is wear their band. This band makes the Apple Watch setup twice as thick - at least - and adds a layer of plastic to your otherwise mostly metal setup. This accessory works with any version of the Apple Watch as it comes in more than one shape and size - as long as you make sure you get the right one. Don't expect this band to be around the wrists of too many Apple Watch Edition buyers, that's for certain.

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Final Cut X, Motion, Compressor apps updated with 3D in mind

Final Cut X, Motion, Compressor apps updated with 3D in mind

Editing film via OS X is dead simple with iMovie, but some need more than Apple’s core software can provide. For that, there’s Final Cut Pro X, Apple’s more robust (and expensive) video editing software. Today, the company is announcing some upgrades to the software, which should make ‘prosumers’ quite happy. With version 10.2, Final Cut Pro X has some flashy new 3D titles, and updates to the Motion and Compressor software make using all three a much richer experience.

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Apple Watch success isn’t sales, it’s stickiness

Apple Watch success isn’t sales, it’s stickiness

Apple isn't saying how many Apple Watches it sold in the first weekend of preorders, but arguably the bigger question is how many will still be wrapped around wrists a few months after. Unofficial estimates of sales have suggested as many as a million of the iOS wearables have been earmarked for eager owners, pushing shipping estimates into the summer at the earliest, and for many it was a case of buy first, try second since preorders opened before store demo displays did.

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Report: Apple sold 48,000 new MacBooks on Friday

Report: Apple sold 48,000 new MacBooks on Friday

When the MacBook was announced by Apple at their ‘Apple Watch event’ earlier this year, we were taken aback by the new direction Apple was taking us in. A single port and all kinds of redesigned stuff (like a new keyboard and touchpad) was/is the future, but are we ready for it? Our own review was positive, with Editor in Chief Vincent Nguyen saying it was wonderful for travel (he would know, too). Now we know (unofficially) how many feel the same way.

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Apple Watch: by the (unofficial) numbers

Apple Watch: by the (unofficial) numbers

Apple isn’t talking about Apple Watch figures. They’ll probably hit us with official numbers at WWDC this year, so expect a massive screen boasting how many Apple Watches were ordered or sold at that point. Analytics firm Slice Intelligence has the numbers we want, though — unofficially, of course. They estimate that on day one of Apple Watch pre-orders, just shy of one million of us — 957,000 to be precise — ordered an Apple Watch. Analyzing eReceipt data, Slice says the average sale price was $503.83.

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No surprise: Apple Watch bags 1M pre-orders on day one

No surprise: Apple Watch bags 1M pre-orders on day one

Despite some caveats and worries about supplies, it should come as a shock to no one except the hardest disbeliever that the Apple Watch did quite well on its very first day, at least as far as pre-orders are concerned. Sure, there might be a bit of incredulity, even perhaps shaking of heads, at the outcome, but this is Apple we're talking about. Although the company will most likely not release official numbers later on, research firm Slice Intelligence claims that almost 1 million pre-orders of the Apple Watch were made on Friday alone.

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Retail Apple Watches discovered to still have diagnostic port

Retail Apple Watches discovered to still have diagnostic port

Remember back in early March when it was discovered that the then-in development Apple Watch had a hidden diagnostic port inside the bottom groove where the band connects? The 6-dot brass contact array was assumed to be used, well, for diagnostic tasks, but speculation began to rise that the wearable may one day accept "smart straps." Several sources then said that the port was only for internal use, and would not be found on the Watch when it begins shipping to customers. Well, guess what some users have found when trying on the new device in Apple Stores on Friday?

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Apple Watch scalpers selling pre-orders on eBay for over $2,000

Apple Watch scalpers selling pre-orders on eBay for over $2,000

It seems to be a tradition with the release of each new Apple product, but is never more apparent than when the first generation of a device makes its debut. Of course, I'm talking about buying one the moment it becomes available and then selling it on eBay for a huge profit. Like each new iPhone and iPad that come in the years before, the Apple Watch does not disappoint in this regard. Apple's website was bombarded with pre-orders the moment they became available, and more than a few have ended up on eBay with high mark-up prices.

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This Apple II Watch is a 1970s-inspired wearable

This Apple II Watch is a 1970s-inspired wearable

Miss out on pre-ordering the Apple Watch this week? Or did you, but can't expect your new wearable to arrive until sometime in June? Cure those Cupertino smartwatch blues with the Apple II Watch, and feel like you stepped out of an alternate dimension 1970s. That's right, you can actually wrap one of these around your wrist, assuming you're a DIY tech wizard with a lot of time on your hands. This custom creation comes from Instructables user Aleator777, and eschews a "digital crown" for a mini floppy disk drive!

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