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Passcode not required to reset a stolen Apple Watch

Passcode not required to reset a stolen Apple Watch

When the Activation Lock security feature was first introduced to the iPhone with iOS 7, it was praised as a strong way to dissuade would-be smartphone thieves. A stolen iPhone could be reset, but trying to reactivate it would require the owner's Apple ID and password to be entered. Unfortunately for owners of the new Apple Watch, the wearable has a similar security feature, but it can easily be bypassed, meaning a stolen Watch can be paired with a different iPhone.

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Leica Monochrom (Typ 246) DNGs can “destroy” Apple Photos library

Leica Monochrom (Typ 246) DNGs can “destroy” Apple Photos library

Remember that new Leica Monochrom camera? If you’re an OS X user, beware: a new advisory warns that a serious bug could result in your entire Apple Photos library being destroyed. In the advisory, Leica Camera says that the new Monochrom’s DNG files are not compatible with Apple Photos, and the result is that trying to open them will cause the Photos library to crash and, maybe if you’re super unlucky, it’ll destroy all the photo files that already exist.

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Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Today Facebook is pushing their newest service, Instant Articles, bringing full News Articles to the public through Facebook alone. With this service, publishers like National Geographic will be bringing full-on articles and videos to Facebook without any buffer. The companies that work with Facebook this way will receive ad revenue, and Google will - essentially - be cut out entirely. Unless you're looking at the article on an Android phone, of course. You'll be leaving all your news requirements to Facebook and the publishers they deem to be worthy.

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iPhone 6S tipped to feature Force Touch

iPhone 6S tipped to feature Force Touch

Now that Apple's newest device, the Apple Watch, has been released, and September is a mere three and a half months away, it's time for rumors and predictions about the next iPhone to shift into high gear. The latest bit of speculation comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, and focuses on what we can only assume will be dubbed the iPhone 6S. The analyst believes the next generation of the smartphone will feature Force Touch technology, which recently debuted on the Watch as well as the new Retina MacBook.

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Broadcom WICED platform fully certified for Apple HomeKit

Broadcom WICED platform fully certified for Apple HomeKit

Looks like things are heating up at home. Apple's smart home, that is. Joining a relatively few number of companies, Broadcom has just announced that its WICED platform, which stands for Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices, has been certified to comply with Apple's stringent requirements for HomeKit compatibility. Now anyone who wants to get into the Internet of Things business will be able to easily integrate with Apple's devices. All they need is to make use of Broadcom's wireless chips and its WICED SDK.

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Your iPhone 6s may be Rose Gold, cost $10k

Your iPhone 6s may be Rose Gold, cost $10k

Analysts predict that the next iPhone will include a Rose Gold option as well as a higher-priced luxury option similar to Apple Watch Edition. This week's suggestion includes a version of the Apple iPhone 6s - following Apple's traditional every-other-year change from a full edition change to an "s" version. This iPhone 6s would include Rose Gold - though we're not entirely sure at this time whether or not this gold would be an actual gold mix, like the Apple Watch Edition, or if it'll be similar to the Gold option on the iPhone 6 now, without any actual super-expensive gold inside.

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IDC on China: Apple topples Xiaomi, market slowing down

IDC on China: Apple topples Xiaomi, market slowing down

Market research firm IDC has just released smartphone numbers for the first quarter of the year, focusing particularly in the Chinese market. The figures reveal two very interesting "first time" facts. For the first time, Apple has unseated Xiaomi, believed to be the forever king of the Chinese smartphone market. And also for the first time, that market is starting to show signs of contracting, if not decelerating, due to the saturation of the market. If it becomes a trend, it could very well change the way foreign brands look at the Chinese market.

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“ARK: Survival Evolved” lets you ride a dinosaur in VR

“ARK: Survival Evolved” lets you ride a dinosaur in VR

The dinosaur-filled "ARK: Survival Evolved" MMO has been announced today with plans for virtual reality involvement on PlayStation 4. This game will be played from a first-person perspective and will have users walking around an ancient landscape with futuristic tools. You'll have "about 60 distinct species" of ancient Earth creature in "a real place that you can walk through, explore, and truly experience in your own way." This is the dinosaur age of video games starting in earnest. This is really happening, and it's happening on the PlayStation 4 with Project Morpheus, Xbox One, and Steam for both PC and Mac systems.

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Real-world Apple Watch testing shows water resistance beyond its rating

Real-world Apple Watch testing shows water resistance beyond its rating

Apple Watch is resilient to water, with Apple saying “Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof.” With an IPX7 rating, Apple Watch can logistically handle submersion up to one meter for 30 minutes. According to the official ratings scale, IPX7 makes submersion beyond that (either in depth or duration) a problem. Real world stats may prove otherwise; over the weekend, some YouTube videos were posted, highlighting the Apple Watch’s water durability, and it seems to — at least in one instance — test well above IPX7.

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Report: Apple sourcing new display tech for incoming iPad

Report: Apple sourcing new display tech for incoming iPad

A few days ago, Apple reportedly asked major display manufacturers including LG, Samsung, and Japan Display to supply them with a production-ready version of the display for their next iPad. This newest display will reportedly use nanowires made of silver under the cover glass. This technology is said to both increase touch sensitivity and decrease cost (for Apple, not us). According to the report, this new display tech may also be outfit with Sapphire glass, reducing thickness and weight of the new iPad.

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