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Apple Watch available in-store in Australia, UK

Apple Watch available in-store in Australia, UK

Perhaps the demand for Apple Watches have become so great that it is no longer wise to delay its brick and mortar store appearance. Or maybe it's the other way around, with rumored sales problems forcing Apple to make its first smartwatch more visible. Whatever the reason, it seems that Cupertino is a week early. The Australian Online Apple Store has started accepting requests for reservations and pick-up of Apple Watches from its stores, marking the start of the second retail phase for the smartwatch.

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Monster says “bully” Apple used MFi as weapon

Monster says “bully” Apple used MFi as weapon

Monster has accused Apple of bullying, after the Cupertino firm rescinded the headphone manufacturer's license to make iPhone accessories. Apple inherited a lawsuit with Monster after buying Beats Electronics, which had been accused by Monster of shady dealing to cut CEO Noel Lee out of a share of the proceeds of that acquisition. With the lawsuit headed to courts, Monster now says Apple is playing hardball by cutting it out of the MFi program.

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This is what iOS 9’s new app switcher looks like

This is what iOS 9’s new app switcher looks like

While much has already been said of iOS 9's big features, including a revamped Siri, new health tracking options, and transit directions coming to Maps, we're now getting a fresh look at one of the smaller aspects of Apple's new mobile OS, but one that we use every day: the app switcher. In terms of the overall user interface, iOS 9 changes very little of what was established in 8 and 7, but switching and closing apps is a different story.

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Apple News app hiring editors for hand-picked curation

Apple News app hiring editors for hand-picked curation

Apple News, it's news browsing app designed to rival Flipboard and RSS browsers, is using a different approach than its competition. Instead of just relying on algorithms to rank and suggest stories based on browsing history, Apple demonstrated that users can submit their own RSS feeds, and popular feeds will likely gain large followings, but Apple's desires for curation go deeper than that. Apple is taking it to the next level by adding a human component. Apple is looking for human editors to, "recognize original, compelling stories unlikely to be identified by algorithms."

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OS X El Capitan Preview – Ahoy there, captain!

OS X El Capitan Preview – Ahoy there, captain!

OS X El Capitan isn’t a big of an overhaul update as Yosemite, but there are plenty of new features and design elements that keep a smile on my face. There’s a lot to be said for “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” and that’s exactly what Apple has done. In El Capitan, it’s all about performance and experience, and that could pay real dividends not only for power-users, but for mainstream users wanting to squeeze the most out of their Mac.

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Apple Music: over 70% of revenue goes to rights owners

Apple Music: over 70% of revenue goes to rights owners

Following last week's debut of Apple Music during WWDC, there have been some lingering questions on the business side of Apple's new paid music streaming service, specifically how much of subscription fees would be passed on to record labels and rights owners. Well, Apple answered that question this morning, revealing that in the US, 71.5% of the revenue earned from Apple Music subscriptions will be paid to the music owners, just over the US industry's standard of 70%.

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iOS 9’s keyboard for iPad further hints at ‘iPad Pro’

iOS 9’s keyboard for iPad further hints at ‘iPad Pro’

We've long heard rumors about specs and parts to be used on an "iPad Pro," a new 12.9-inch tablet from Apple, and even potential cases, but now some hints have been discovered within the code of iOS 9, specifically for the keyboard. After spending some time with the new iOS 9 beta that Apple released last week, developer Steven Troughton-Smith found that the iPad's keyboard is able to scale and adapt to a larger size, automatically rearranging keys to best fit the space.

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These are the winners of the 2015 iPhone Photography Awards

These are the winners of the 2015 iPhone Photography Awards

If the best camera is the one you have with you, then the iPhone Photography Awards is the competition for the camera many have made their first choice. Now in its eighth year, it's an annual recognition of what you can do with nothing more extravagant than a smartphone camera. Judged across nineteen categories, photos can be taken with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod, including using clip-on lenses if preferred, but no Photoshopping or off-device post-processing is allowed. Even with those limitations, the results are in many cases astonishing.

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Beats’ Powerbeats2 earphones now available in Apple Watch sport band colors

Beats’ Powerbeats2 earphones now available in Apple Watch sport band colors

Now that Apple has made the Beats Solo2 headphones available in its signature gold, space gray, and silver colors, it's making a similar move with the Powerbeats2. The wireless in-ear headphones now come in colors that match the sport bands of the Apple Watch: blue, pink, green, white, and black. The new colors are available starting this week at Apple's retail and online stores, but haven't yet reached other merchants. They still come priced at $200, the same as the original Powerbeats2 colors.

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