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iOS 8.3 settings: skip password for free apps, Siri makes speakerphone calls

iOS 8.3 settings: skip password for free apps, Siri makes speakerphone calls

As Apple recently released the latest beta version of iOS 8.3, several new settings options have been discovered by testers. Among them is a new option related to entering an Apple ID password when free apps are downloaded, as well the ability for virtual assistant Siri to make calls via speakerphone. The current version of iOS 8.2 still requires passwords to be entered when choosing to download a free app, while having Siri place call, even when using the hands-free "Hey Siri" method, would automatically switch the audio to the ear piece.

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There’s already an Apple Watch app predicting your time of death

There’s already an Apple Watch app predicting your time of death

There's a lot to be said about how the new Apple Watch does much more than just tell the time; it has several full-fledged health and activity tracking features, not to mention being able to run its own apps. One of these forthcoming apps tells an alternate form of the time, such as how much longer you have to live. It's called Life Clock, and it's much more than a joke or novelty that just counts down seconds arbitrarily, it actually estimates and updates the time based on your health data.

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Apple Watch home screen rearranging via iPhone revealed

Apple Watch home screen rearranging via iPhone revealed

As the April pre-order and release dates for the Apple Watch draw closer, more of the smaller details about the device continue to surface. When iOS 8.2 was released, we got a look at the new Apple Watch companion app and how users can control different setting for the wearable right from the iPhone. On that same note, a new video has turned up that shows how the Watch's home screen app layout can be rearranged on the iPhone.

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New MacBooks drop Boot Camp support for Windows 7

New MacBooks drop Boot Camp support for Windows 7

For several years now, Apple computer users who have still needed to run the Windows operating system have been able to rely Boot Camp, a tool in OS X that allows a native installation of the Microsoft software on a partitioned hard drive. If you're one of these users, and thinking of picking up one of the recently announced MacBook Airs or MacBook Pros, then you also need to be happy using a newer version of Windows, specifically version 8 or later.

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You may only have 15 minutes to try Apple Watch on in-store

You may only have 15 minutes to try Apple Watch on in-store

As Apple Watch gains momentum heading into Apple Stores everywhere April 10, we can expect throngs of eager customers waiting to try one on. If nothing more, fans will want to see what the Apple Watch is like on their wrists. To combat what could be a massive backlog of interested Apple customers trying their new wearable on and toying with the device for far too long, Apple is reportedly set to allow a mere 15 minutes with the Apple Watch before asking you to move along.

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The Apple Watch was born in a lab — a fitness lab

The Apple Watch was born in a lab — a fitness lab

You might expect a state-of-the-art fitness lab to be housed at Nike or Adidas, and they probably are. When it comes to wearables, you might expect a manufacturer to slap some sensors in a band and call it a day — and you might be right, by and large. With Apple’s latest big pitch, the Apple Watch, things are pretty serious behind the scenes. For years, Apple has been conducting research in a top secret lab in California, all meant to provide context for their incoming wearable.

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Apple Watch: Airline companies are the latest to develop new apps

Apple Watch: Airline companies are the latest to develop new apps

With the Apple Watch hitting the market April 24th, developers are rushing to get their apps ready in time, including the big airline companies. Each airline wants to make it as easy and care-free as possible to fly with them. As a frequent flyer myself, I will welcome any innovations that alleviate even a fraction of the stress of frantic air travel. Let's take a look at the new apps underway from American, British Airways, Delta, and United Airlines. Rumor is, they plan to make the most of the smartwatch's at-a-glance display.

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Launcher for iOS returns as mysteriously as it left

Launcher for iOS returns as mysteriously as it left

It is understandable, at least to some, that Apple exercises strict control over its App Store. After all, that is how malware and low quality apps are quickly weeded out. Sometimes, however, Apple's own rules are quite obscure and mysterious, causing no small amount of anguish, or even monetary loss, for developers. That seems to be the case for Greg Gardner, developer of the once popular Launcher app for iOS 8, whose app was pulled from the App Store with very little explanation and has quite fortunately returned, but again with little explanation.

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China carriers will carry LTE iPad Air 2, mini 3 for first time

China carriers will carry LTE iPad Air 2, mini 3 for first time

Today, China Unicom and China Telecom announce they will both carry new iPads. Both carriers will carry the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, and will sell to customers starting March 27. Both tablets will be available with LTE, marking the first time a carrier in China is offering connected iPads to consumers. The connected tablets will support the TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards in China, and will also support DC-HSPA and HSPA+ in the same model.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook likens Android to boring old Windows platform

Apple CEO Tim Cook likens Android to boring old Windows platform

Android users love their variety. The dedicated quickly dismiss the iOS competition as being “boring” and “copying” features their handset had months ago. those same users point to the variety Android offers as reason the platform is so amazing, and commands the impressive global market share it does. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a recent interview, wasn’t quite so kind about Android. To his mind, Android is the new Windows — and not the cool new Windows, either. Tim Cook thinks Android is like Windows Vista Windows.

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