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Apple Watch used to share baby’s heartbeat

Apple Watch used to share baby’s heartbeat

The Apple Watch has been used to share heartbeats from user to user before, but before today, it's never been used on a baby. Today's shared experience comes from a family that wanted to share their baby's first moments in the world with their family. They did so with the Apple Watch. Using this Apple product's ability to send a vibration to another wearer each time a heart beats, this baby's life was sent through the Apple Watch, through the iPhone, and through the web.

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Report: Apple ‘cutthroat’ about ending freemium music streaming

Report: Apple ‘cutthroat’ about ending freemium music streaming

As the company prepares for what could be an earth-shaking streaming announcement, a new report suggests Apple is using ‘cutthroat’ tactics to get there. According to music industry sources, Apple is urging music labels to end their support of freemium streaming services like Spotify. While the goal with free tiers is to encourage paid subscriptions, Apple wants none of it, and reportedly wants the feature out of streaming altogether. If true, we can safely assume whatever Apple’s streaming service is, it won’t have a free listening tier.

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Apple Watch diagnostic port could be used for faster charigng

Apple Watch diagnostic port could be used for faster charigng

The purpose of the Apple Watch's diagnostic port, hidden behind the watch strap, largely remains a mystery, especially why the port remains in retail versions of the device. But for now, some rather enterprising accessory makers are willing to take advantage of its existence to provide something that other accessories might not be able to: faster, wired charging. One of these is Reserve Strap, who is redesigning their strap accessory to utilize that port for charging, instead of relying on Apple's sanctioned magnetic charging port.

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Apple iPad “Pro”: Force Touch screen, Bluetooth stylus, NFC

Apple iPad “Pro”: Force Touch screen, Bluetooth stylus, NFC

Now that the Apple Watch is out of the way, the tech world's attention is now being turned to what could be Apple's most contentious product, if the iPhone 6's larger screen wasn't contentious enough. Currently nicknamed the iPad Pro, Apple's expected gigantic 12.9-inch tablet is expected to sport some hardware never before seen in any iPad, including something that could probably make the late Jobs turn in his grave. A source familiar with the matter claims that the big iPad will include not just a Force Touch screen and NFC but also a Bluetooth stylus.

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Let’s be generous and call this Samsung ad an Apple “homage”

Let’s be generous and call this Samsung ad an Apple “homage”

Apparently desperate to grasp ridicule from the jaws of success, Samsung has opened up a world of new copycat accusations with a video espousing the design of its Galaxy S6 edge. Ostensibly intended to highlight exactly what goes into producing what are undoubtedly the best-feeling Samsung smartphone to-date, the fancy 3D thermoformed glass, nano-thin multi-coating processes, and clever antenna integration are all overshadowed by a voice that sounds a whole lot like the British tones of a familiar Apple design chief.

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Living with the new MacBook Retina

Living with the new MacBook Retina

There’s an unusual degree of forthrightness - sometimes bordering on vitriol - in how outspoken people are about the new MacBook Retina. It’s something you see occasionally with high-profile, edge-pushing devices: not just dissent as to whether it’s a good product to buy or not, but a sort of slightly-frothy aggression in aiming to convince you that you’ve made the wrong decision.

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Cover your Apple Watch with real gold for a few hundred bucks

Cover your Apple Watch with real gold for a few hundred bucks

Just over week ago we told you the story of how one YouTuber saved himself a whole bunch of moolah by making his Apple Watch Sport gold with only some creativity and a can of spray paint. But what to do if you actually want the luxury of a real gold Apple Watch but can't afford the $12,000 Edition model? The answer is WatchPlate, a company that will add 24 karat gold to your stainless steel Watch for only $399.

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Star Wars’ BB-8 droid if it were designed by Apple

Star Wars’ BB-8 droid if it were designed by Apple

Hey Apple fans, wouldn't it be awesome if just about everything was designed Jony Ive and his team at the Cupertino company? Stuff like vacuum cleaners, kitchen appliances, and even toilet seats would sleek, aluminum-covered products of precision and beauty. Okay, maybe that wouldn't be so great. But there are definitely some things we can agree would be pretty cool looking if they came Apple. Take BB-8, that cute new spherical droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for example.

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Apple Watch torture tests include liquid nitrogen, .50 cal bullet

Apple Watch torture tests include liquid nitrogen, .50 cal bullet

There are certain things to be expected when a new notable product is launched -- there will be fanfare and critics and coveting and all sorts of things, and at some point once the product rolls out there will be destruction. Lots and lots of destruction. The Apple Watch is no exception, of course -- we've seen products get cooked and blended and shot and dropped and smashed and just about every other "torture test" you can think of, and now it's the Apple Watch's turn.

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Apple talks Apple Watch heart rate monitoring and tattoos

Apple talks Apple Watch heart rate monitoring and tattoos

Apple Watch is as good a smartwatch as we’ve seen enter the market, but like all gadgetry — it’s not without its quirks. The latest head-scratcher has been reports that Apple Watch won’t give an accurate reading of your heart rate when over a tattoo. To clarify just how their heart rate monitor works, Apple has created a page dedicated to walking us through the Apple Watch sensor hardware, and best practises for getting an accurate reading. They’ve also clarified that some tattoos may interfere with Apple Watch when it comes to reading your heart rate.

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