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Apple starts rollout of iOS 8.3 public beta program

Apple starts rollout of iOS 8.3 public beta program

When OS X Yosemite was rolling out, Apple unleashed a public beta program to ease interested consumers into the new-look desktop OS. Via mobile, the aesthetic changes were made long ago in iOS 7, but features are coming at a rapid clip. To that, Apple is also seeding a public beta program for iOS today, starting with iOS 8.3. Still rolling out (read: if you visit the link below and it doesn’t show up, don’t worry), the beta gives just about anyone an early peek into what’s next.

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Apple patent points to dock that is potentially an IoT hub

Apple patent points to dock that is potentially an IoT hub

A patent application from Apple, published today, reveals a new accessory. It’s not a USB-C cable, nor is it a new cover for an iPad. This one is listed as a dock, presumably for the iPhone (though any Apple handheld can probably be used), which makes use of a second screen and inductive charging. The dock also supports gesture controls, and has features for wireless communication with other gadgets. From the sound of the patent, this dock is a lot more than a place to rest your phone.

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The Apple key: Leverage

The Apple key: Leverage

When the iPhone was released, the smartphone environment kicked into gear. When Apple released the iPad, tablets began to be produced in earnest. An entire industry is built around accessories made specifically for Apple products. Companies are built creating products that work on Apple products alone. Apple is one of the most successful companies in history - not just because they create products that sell well, but because those products can move the industry. Case in point at the time this article is set to be published: the Apple Watch.

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iFixit teardown gives closer look at Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad

iFixit teardown gives closer look at Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad

As they are wont to do, iFixit has come through with another teardown of a new product. This time, the team is ripping apart the new MacBook Air and Pro models, which are largely unchanged. Of special interest is the new Force Touch trackpad Apple is rolling out across their notebook computer lineup. The new-look trackpad doesn’t click, but it does offer feedback. Rather than feeling the surface of the trackpad give, you’ll get a buzz. But how does it work?

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Jawbone UP, Nike Fuelband stripped from Apple Store

Jawbone UP, Nike Fuelband stripped from Apple Store

With Apple Watch looming on the horizon, it seems Apple is clearing room from retail stores to make room for their own wearable. In your local Apple Store, you will no longer find most Jawbone products or the Nike Fuelband. Though both are fitness bands that don’t necessarily compete directly with Apple Watch, they’ve nonetheless been removed from circulation via Apple. Neither device can be found via Apple’s online store, either. Other wearables are still available, at least online, but if you were planning to pick up a Jawbone UP24 with your new iPhone, think again.

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After 11 hours, the App Store and iTunes are back online

After 11 hours, the App Store and iTunes are back online

Apple's App Store and iTunes have sprung back into life, after technical issues brought the download stores offline in the early hours of this morning. Downloads of apps, music, and video resumed at approximately 1:30pm Pactific today, after what Apple described as a DNS issue left users not only unable to get to the App Store and iTunes on their iPhones and iPads, but temporarily killed the Mac App Store and iBooks Store too. In total, the services were offline for more than ten hours.

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These are Google’s USB-C accessories (and they’ll work with MacBook, too)

These are Google’s USB-C accessories (and they’ll work with MacBook, too)

Google has embraced USB-C on the new, 2015 Chromebook Pixel, revealing a handful of accessories for the new connectivity standard alongside the Chrome OS notebook. As well as the Pixel itself - which promises up to twelve hours of battery life, as well as a recharge good for two hours of use off just 15 minutes of being plugged in - there's also a variety of adapters and dongles to get legacy devices up and running. Best of all, since USB-C is an industry standard, rather than something cooked up by Apple or Google individually, it doesn't matter whose branding is on the packaging: the accessory will work with both the new Pixel and the new MacBook.

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New MacBook vs MacBook Air: Battle of the ultraportables

New MacBook vs MacBook Air: Battle of the ultraportables

Until this week, the portable Mac question had a pretty straightforward answer: the MacBook Air was the go-to machine for most. Now, the new MacBook throws a slinky aluminum spanner into the mix. Revealed on Monday, the fanless 12-inch notebook takes what we loved about the Air - its waifish build, premium design, and lengthy battery life - and distills something even more portable from it, throwing in a Retina display and a controversial port decision along the way. Since then, plenty of people have been asking whether MacBook Air or MacBook is the way to go for those on the move.

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App Store down? It’s not just you (and iTunes is hit too)

App Store down? It’s not just you (and iTunes is hit too)

Apple may have had a good Monday with the launch of the Apple Watch and the new MacBook, but Wednesday is proving to be a downer with App Store and iTunes problems meaning new downloads and updates are unavailable for many. The downtime began more than five and a half hours ago, according to Apple's own service status page, with users unable to access not only the App Store and iTunes for software, music, and video downloads, but the iBooks Store and Mac App Store also affected.

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