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Retail Apple Watches discovered to still have diagnostic port

Retail Apple Watches discovered to still have diagnostic port

Remember back in early March when it was discovered that the then-in development Apple Watch had a hidden diagnostic port inside the bottom groove where the band connects? The 6-dot brass contact array was assumed to be used, well, for diagnostic tasks, but speculation began to rise that the wearable may one day accept "smart straps." Several sources then said that the port was only for internal use, and would not be found on the Watch when it begins shipping to customers. Well, guess what some users have found when trying on the new device in Apple Stores on Friday?

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Apple Watch scalpers selling pre-orders on eBay for over $2,000

Apple Watch scalpers selling pre-orders on eBay for over $2,000

It seems to be a tradition with the release of each new Apple product, but is never more apparent than when the first generation of a device makes its debut. Of course, I'm talking about buying one the moment it becomes available and then selling it on eBay for a huge profit. Like each new iPhone and iPad that come in the years before, the Apple Watch does not disappoint in this regard. Apple's website was bombarded with pre-orders the moment they became available, and more than a few have ended up on eBay with high mark-up prices.

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This Apple II Watch is a 1970s-inspired wearable

This Apple II Watch is a 1970s-inspired wearable

Miss out on pre-ordering the Apple Watch this week? Or did you, but can't expect your new wearable to arrive until sometime in June? Cure those Cupertino smartwatch blues with the Apple II Watch, and feel like you stepped out of an alternate dimension 1970s. That's right, you can actually wrap one of these around your wrist, assuming you're a DIY tech wizard with a lot of time on your hands. This custom creation comes from Instructables user Aleator777, and eschews a "digital crown" for a mini floppy disk drive!

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Beats Solo2 headphones debut in Apple’s Gold, Space Gray, Silver colors

Beats Solo2 headphones debut in Apple’s Gold, Space Gray, Silver colors

While the last few days of Apple news have been dominated by the new Apple Watch and Retina MacBooks, the company's recently acquired Beats Electronics has quietly made a new release of its own. Starting now, Beats' Solo2 Wireless headphones are available in three new colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Gray. These are the same shades that Apple introduced back in 2013 with the release of the iPhone 5S, and are now found across the company's product line-up, from iPhones and iPads, to the Watch and new MacBook.

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It’s official: Devs love Apple’s Swift language

It’s official: Devs love Apple’s Swift language

Apple’s new programming language, Swift, has achieved widespread acclaim. While some deride it for not being a “finished product” out of the box, others see the promise of a simpler, cleaner language that can be used for native iOS apps (and hopefully beyond). In a recent survey of Developers via social forum and crowdsourced help center Stack Overflow, Swift was voted the “Most Loved” language. Over 77% of those polled said they already Develop with Swift and will continue to do so.

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Report: Apple wants exclusive streaming rights from artists

Report: Apple wants exclusive streaming rights from artists

Apple is looking for exclusive content from big-name artists, says a new report. Specifically named were Florence and the Machine and Taylor Swift, but it’s possible Apple had even larger aspirations. In a recent interview, Kanye West hinted he recently turned down a multi-million dollar deal with Apple, though he didn’t really discuss what it entailed. The artists were approached to provide content for Beats Music, which has gone largely untouched since Apple purchased it last year. It’s also said to be the service Apple is leveraging for their rumored streaming service.

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Apple vs Android: winning in hardware, winning in software

Apple vs Android: winning in hardware, winning in software

While Apple wins in Hardware in the United States, Android wins in software. So says the most recent report on smart device usage in the United States. This week comScore has released their report mobile device usage in the month of February 2015 for the USA. This study showed the three month average starting in December of 2014, ending in February of 2015, and studied smartphone subscribers ages 13 and older. As you can probably guess already, Apple and their 2nd-place opponent Samsung are still neck-and-neck here in 2015 for hardware market share.

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Apple Watch AppleCare+ pricing not as bad as rumor suggested

Apple Watch AppleCare+ pricing not as bad as rumor suggested

Earlier this month, we found a report that suggested AppleCare+ for the Apple Watch could be quite expensive. Scaling up to $999 for the Apple Watch Edition, it seemed a bit much for a wearable. Still, AppleCare+ is a good idea if you’ve got any Apple device, as the ease of taking it in and getting care long past the standard period can be handy. Now that the Apple Watch is out, we’re getting an accurate look at how much AppleCare+ really is.

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PC market down — Apple, Lenovo, HP are all up

PC market down — Apple, Lenovo, HP are all up

By and large, we’re not interested in PCs as much as we used to be. A recent study by Gartner suggests the PC market took a dip once again, with sales slipping 1.3% over this time last year. While the lump-sum “Others” are largely at fault, even Dell saw their numbers take a hit, dropping 3.8% versus Q1 2014. Others are surprisingly up, though, with Lenovo leading the charge, gaining 13.5% over last year. Apple also made significant headway, proving the changes made to their Macs are having positive effects.

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You can’t own an Apple Watch today

You can’t own an Apple Watch today

You can't actually own an Apple Watch today. While you might see a line at your local Apple Store, it's not a line for purchase. The news sources suggesting otherwise are wrong - here's the simple truth: today isn't Apple Watch sale day. It's Apple Watch try-on day. That's all you're going to be able to do. Unless you're Katy Perry, of course. Or if you're one of the lucky few Apple employees who have the Apple Watch already - they can wear it out of the store - but not you.

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