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Apple Store down: new products incoming

Apple Store down: new products incoming

We’re in line at the Apple Event this morning in California and the Apple Store has gone down. This means that new Apple hardware is fast approaching, and that it’ll be available for order - or pre-order, at least - later today. This sort of down time has happened with essentially every major release of a product from Apple over the past several years, iPhone to iPad to MacBook Pro and back again. Today we’ll expect some iPad Air, some Mac, and some Yosemite for sure - though that last one will come from your App Store, not Apple’s online store.

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Alpine Headphones lets you literally feel your music

Alpine Headphones lets you literally feel your music

If you know anything about Alpine Audio, it's likely in relation to the company's automotive offerings. Despite its usual focus, the company has introduced a pair of headphones with an interesting twist on tradition: technology that lets you literally feel your music. Simply called the Alpine Headphones, these cans work in conjunction with the Alpine Level Play iPhone App (sorry Android users) to add an extra sense to your music sessions. They are available now at Apple stores for $299 USD.

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Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Not long ago, we reported that Fitbit wasn’t enthralled with Apple’s HealthKit. They didn’t say it was lacking, but they also said they were being a bit more pragmatic about it than some users would hope for. According to a new report, Apple will stop selling Fitbit products in their stores, instead choosing to make way for their own wearables which do support HealthKit. Though it’s not clear exactly why Fitbit is being removed from store shelves, the HealthKit slight is hard to look past.

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Apple slips up, leaks iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Apple slips up, leaks iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

So, hey — there’s an Apple event tomorrow. We’ve been speculating, like everyone else, that a few new iPads were coming. Typically, that’s just chatter until Apple reveals what they’ve got for us, which usually comes via their announcement. No matter how convincing the leaks or rumors are (remember the iPhone 6?!), we temper it with pragmatism, and patiently wait for Apple to confirm things. They’ve done that a bit early this time, with the new iPad owner’s manual tipping Apple’s iHand for tomorrow’s event.

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Apple event predictions: 3D Apple, iPad Air, Mini, Yosemite

Apple event predictions: 3D Apple, iPad Air, Mini, Yosemite

Several new bits and pieces are being tipped towards release this week as Apple’s next big event takes place tomorrow, the 16th of October. We’ll be there with bells on - and information releases as fast as you can read them. There we’ll see all manner of new devices, likely an iPad Air update, a new iPad Mini, and more than likely an official releasing of OS X Yosemite for desktop and notebook machines of all kinds - including a tipped new MacBook Air with Retina display - though that's just a less-than-respectable rumor.

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Minecraft used to create functional blocky iPhone

Minecraft used to create functional blocky iPhone

There's no shortage of amazing Minecraft creations, some of which are more "common" like replicas of famous destinations and fictional cities, and others that are pretty mind-blowing, like the 1KB HDD. Joining that latter category is the work of YouTube user SHUFFLE, who has created a "functional" iPhone in Minecraft. Obviously the pixelated creation won't be making calls or firing off messages, but within the blocky realm of its digital world, the smartphone is incredibly functional, including a working passcode, home screens that can be toggled through, and more.

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Bono says sorry about that automatic iTunes album

Bono says sorry about that automatic iTunes album

Last month Apple surprised its users with U2's newest album for free, something that resulted in a huge number of downloads...not all of them intentional. Some users expressed frustration with the automatic downloads and the inability to reverse them, which eventually prompted Apple to release instructions on how to nuke the album. Fast-forward a bit and Bono has addressed the mini snafu in response to a fan's question, saying that he is sorry for the forced download and explaining what went awry with their "beautiful idea".

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Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

In a world where the biggest tech companies are often criticized for employing relatively low numbers of female workers, Apple and Facebook have both instituted a notable change in policy: they'll both now cover the costs for employees to have eggs frozen, something more women are choosing to do so that their younger years can be spent working on building a career. Both are now covering costs that will, under typical pricing structures, allow female workers to have up to two procedure rounds.

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Second exec from Apple’s Sapphire supplier dumped stock

Second exec from Apple’s Sapphire supplier dumped stock

The problems at Apple’s now former Sapphire glass partner GT Advanced were longer in the tooth than previously realized. Their partnership, which GT deemed “oppressive” in bankruptcy filings, is being detailed a bit more, now. It seems their CEO wasn’t the only one dumping stock, as the guy in charge of the actual plant in Arizona was doing the same. Unable to meet Apple’s deadlines for getting the plant up and running — which means making Sapphire glass — GT execs instead chose to tuck tail, dump stock, and run.

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This is what Apple Watch apps may look like

This is what Apple Watch apps may look like

The Apple Watch is an exciting concept, and though we’ve seen it for ourselves — it’s still a concept. Apple didn’t show off any apps that made good sense for their wearable, and were more than tight-lipped about how Apple Watch will take advantage of its home on your wrist while still working seamlessly with your iPhone. A new batch of app renders for the Apple Watch show what may be in store for us, and give an early glimpse as to how apps could end up working.

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