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MLB clarifies, Apple Watch is ok in the dugouts

MLB clarifies, Apple Watch is ok in the dugouts

Following yesterday's news about Major League Baseball banning the Apple Watch in the dugouts after a team manager was recently spotted wearing one during a game, the sports league has clarified that the smartwatch is allowed, as long as it's not used for communication alongside a smartphone. The issue came up after Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was questioned by the MLB after wearing an Apple Watch during games. A local newspaper reporter also highlighted the fact that is the MLB that gifted the wearable to Yost.

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Parallels Desktop 11 for Windows 10 on Mac: here’s what’s new

Parallels Desktop 11 for Windows 10 on Mac: here’s what’s new

Apple computers will soon be able to take advantage of Windows 10 apps with Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac. This software is the newest in a line of software from Parallels that allows for more functionality between operating systems than Apple's own "Boot Camp" does alone. Here the key is "Coherence" mode, allowing you to open Windows 10 apps the same way you would the same app in a standard Windows 10 environment. This includes Cortana, as you might have already guessed.

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iPad Pro’s stylus a Force Touch option tips analyst

iPad Pro’s stylus a Force Touch option tips analyst

Apple's much-rumored iPad Pro will treat the stylus as an option, but one you'll need if you want Force Touch style pressure support according to one analyst's predictions. Tipped to be a 12.9-inch tablet focusing on graphics and multimedia professionals, the iPad Pro is widely expected to be announced later this year, but according to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo it will have an official companion accessory never before seen with an Apple product.

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MLB bans Apple Watch from dugouts during games

MLB bans Apple Watch from dugouts during games

In an odd turn of the events, Major League Baseball has officially ruled that the Apple Watch is not allowed in the dugout during games. While this may seem strange, it's an extension of the existing ban on smartphones. The addition to the rule came after the MLB spotted Ned Yost, the manager of the Kansas City Royals, wearing the Apple smartwatch during games. What makes this situation odd is that it was the MLB that gifted Yost the Watch after he managed the All Star Game last month.

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Now you can have custom Apple Watch faces too, somewhat

Now you can have custom Apple Watch faces too, somewhat

Just like the iPhone, customization on the Apple Watch isn't the most gratifying experience for tinkerers and would-be designers. Apple exercises a tight grip over the user experience on the smartwatch, and perhaps it is justified in this case. That said, just like the iPhone, people are going to find ways to get around those limitation. Like programmer Hamza Sood, who just revealed on Twitter something a lot of users are probably dreaming of: getting a custom watch face to work on their not so inexpensive Apple Watch.

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Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Today a study has been released in which Apple Pay appears to be being used by 80% of all Apple Watch users. Carried out by Wristly, a private research group, it's a headline grabbing figure for Apple's mobile payments service, which gets a dedicated button on the Apple wearable. Nonetheless, as with any such study, there are some lingering questions to take into account.

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Next Apple TV reported to run iOS 9, feature full iOS core

Next Apple TV reported to run iOS 9, feature full iOS core

While we've already hear about a new Apple TV to be introduced alongside the big iPhone announcement in September, a new 9to5Mac report has detailed a number of the features expected to included with the latest set-top box. The main new advancement of the hardware refresh is that the Apple TV will be running its own version of iOS 9, specifically optimized for television screens, along with a "full-blown iOS core."

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Apple Watch drops appointment requirement for store try-ons

Apple Watch drops appointment requirement for store try-ons

Now that all the hoopla surrounding the Apple Watch's debut has settled down, with Apple now directly selling the smartwatch in its retail stores, the company has made a similar change to its policies of try-ons. Customers no longer need to schedule an appointment in advance to try on the Apple Watch, which meant picking a specific store, time, and providing an Apple ID. When the Watch first went on sale in April, appointment were required for try-ons, and sales were limited to Apple's online store.

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Apple Music Festival announced for London starting September 19

Apple Music Festival announced for London starting September 19

Apple has just announced that it's rebranding its annual September iTunes Festival as the Apple Music Festival. The event will be held in London from September 19th to September 28th, making the festival significantly shorter than the typical 30 days of concerts its been in the past. However, new this year is the fact that the event will be streamed on Apple Music, in addition to coverage on Beats 1 Radio and performing artists' pages on Apple Music Connect.

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USPTO invalidates Apple design patent used against Samsung

USPTO invalidates Apple design patent used against Samsung

If you thought the patent squabble between frenemies Apple and Samsung was over, better wake up and smell the coffee. Or in this case, read the US Patent and Trademark Office's latest finding. According to the Central Reexamination Division of the USPTO, Apple Design Patent number 618,677 is invalid on grounds of "obviousness" and prior art. This D'677 was one of the more important patents used by Cupertino to sue Samsung for infringement, a case that would have awarded it half a billion dollars if not for this recent ruling.

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iPad Air 3 might be a no show this year

iPad Air 3 might be a no show this year

Apple is always rumored to be doing many things but not everything comes to pass, naturally. One of the latter, it seems, will be the iPad Air 3. Industry sources in China, suggest that Apple is being conservative about its tablet products and will therefore not be launching a successor to the iPad Air line this year. It will, however, put out a new iPad mini, expected to be announced next month. And in addition to that, of course, will be the largest iPad, the iPad Pro.

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New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple accessories for desktop computers appear in FCC listings, likely headed for release later this Summer. Today we're seeing two wireless devices, on Apple mouse, the other an Apple wireless keyboard. The keyboard has not had a refresh since 2011 while the mouse (also known as the Magic Mouse) has not had a refresh since the year 2009. It's about time for that to happen. Inside these devices is no longer the Bluetooth 2.1 (BCM2042 inside) they originally came packed with, but Bluetooth 4.2 with Bluetooth LE Low Energy.

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