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Apple Watch has hidden diagnostics port (for now)

Apple Watch has hidden diagnostics port (for now)

Some interesting news about the Apple Watch has surfaced today, all of it revolving around a hidden diagnostic port available on the Apple smartwatch. This diagnostic port is said to contain a 6-dot brass contact array, which is inside of the bottom strap's connector slot groove. Sources have confirmed this port exists, but that's where the agreement among sources seems to end: one source has said that the port is used for diagnostic tasks (as you'd expect), but that it could theoretically be used for accessories after the watch launches. This has spurred speculation about so-called smart watch straps, but a different source has surfaced saying not to get your hopes up.

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iTunes streaming service, new Apple TV reportedly delayed until WWDC

iTunes streaming service, new Apple TV reportedly delayed until WWDC

That Beats/iTunes streaming music service Apple is believed to be working on won’t be showing up Monday, a new report claims. The new service, which is widely expected to roll in a total iTunes streaming option, is being ‘delayed’ as Apple finalizes details. Instead, Apple will roll the service out in June alongside a new Apple TV platform, replete with slimmed-down hardware. Though Apple hasn’t yet announced WWDC’s dates, many are looking to the second week in June as a time for this event.

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Analysts: Apple Watch will hold 55% of smartwatch market by 2016

Analysts: Apple Watch will hold 55% of smartwatch market by 2016

One of the flashier undercurrents of the incoming Apple Watch is how well it will sell. With about 42% of the smartphone market, domestically, Apple has a stronghold when compared to other OEMs. That doesn’t necessarily relate to wearables, though, where the market is much newer and less sure. By the end of this year, research firm Strategy Analytics things Apple can make a massive impact on the market? How big? According to their forecasting, Apple will take up 55% of the smartwatch market, shipping over 15 million units.

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iPad Pro rumored to enter mass production later this year

iPad Pro rumored to enter mass production later this year

Long rumored to be ‘in progress’, the iPad Pro (or iPad Air Pro, or whatever else it’s been called) is once again rumored for production. According to a new report, Apple has primed their supply chain for manufacturing starting in the second half of this year. Unfortunately, we still don’t know when the tablet might actually come to stores. Strangely, though Apple may be telling their supply chain to get ready to produce, the report also says the company is mulling hardware decisions, and may even add a USB port.

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Judge grants $415 million settlement in anti-poaching suit against tech companies

Judge grants $415 million settlement in anti-poaching suit against tech companies

We've brought you news about Apple's lawsuits over patent infringement before. This latest lawsuit is from the other side of the industry. This time, workers from various tech companies including Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corp., and Adobe Systems Inc. have come forward saying that these companies made illegal agreements with each other not to hire new employees coming from one of the said companies. This effectively ended the ability for all of those employees to leverage outside opportunities for better positions within their own companies.

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Large iPad Pro delay foreseen due to display supply issues

Large iPad Pro delay foreseen due to display supply issues

If you're one of those eagerly waiting to get your hands on the rumored big size iPad Pro, sorry to douse cold water on your excitement, but that might not happen until later this year. Sources are saying that, instead of a Q1 or Q2 announcement of this strange tablet, Apple is forced to push it to its usual September fare. This is mostly due to the fact that its display panel suppliers, some of the top in the industry, are hitting a market slump.

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Report: HBO’s streaming service coming in April, Apple may be partner

Report: HBO’s streaming service coming in April, Apple may be partner

HBO is getting into streaming, that much we already knew. The company already announced they’d be ditching the need for cable, and offer a streaming-only option for cord cutters. We also knew it was tentatively set for debut alongside season five of Game of Thrones. Now, we’re getting word HBO is planning to call this service HBO Now, with the service again said to launch in time for Game of Thrones. We’re also hearing HBO is entertaining the idea of launch partners, most notably Apple.

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The Apple Watch event site has us intrigued (pics & video)

The Apple Watch event site has us intrigued (pics & video)

Apple’s latest event is just days away. At this soiree, we’re expecting the Apple Watch to be the star of the show, which was heavily hinted at with Apple’ invitation to the event, which made a tongue-in-cheek reference to setting the time correctly. Not content to simply house the event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, Apple is also building an outside area right next to the events hall. We’re in San Francisco for GDC, so we took a peek at what Apple has going on.

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RadPad lets you pay, split rent using Apple Pay

RadPad lets you pay, split rent using Apple Pay

Paying for rent is never fun, and in 2015, shouldn’t be so dated. Writing checks seems so wrong with all the digital payment processors flying around. RadPad is a unique app in that it lets you find an apartment for rent and pay your rent, all without ever opening your checkbook. In an update, RadPad is about to get — well, radder. Though you could already pay your rent using Apple Pay (which is awesome), RadPad will now let you split your rent with roommates, and everyone can pay with Apple Pay!

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta arrives with Photos

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta arrives with Photos

Those who are signed up to be part of Apple's OS X Beta Program have scored the first public beta for OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 today, perhaps most notable for its inclusion of the new Photos app with which we have previously gone hands-on. That alone is enough to drum up excitement, but the pre-release comes with some other goodies, as well, including those new more diverse emojis and new support for Google's two-factor authentication account security feature.

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