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Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

This week Apple's Spring event delivered final details for the release of the Apple Watch. Along with the final drop, the company revealed that they'd been working with HBO for an exclusive on web-only streaming content for their Apple TV. The service is called HBO NOW and it requires no cable subscription to get you HBO content. They'd also been working on a new MacBook line. This new MacBook is slim, light, and works with a keyboard that runs edge-to-edge - just like its display glass.

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ScreenStick is a stick-on joystick for tablets

ScreenStick is a stick-on joystick for tablets

Mobile gaming has become a sophisticated hobby over the years, and anyone who enjoys it quickly grows tired of on-screen digital controls. The solution is a mobile gamepad, of which there is no shortage, but they all come with the same design: a clip in which a smartphone or tablet is slid, positioning it above a standard gaming controller. ScreenStick is different, putting physical joysticks on your device's display using suction cups for a more natural feel when holding the device.

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Instagram revealed with first Apple Watch apps set

Instagram revealed with first Apple Watch apps set

Of all the apps you could have wanted for your Apple Watch, Instagram... may have been one of them. This morning Apple revealed the Apple Watch's first set of apps, one of them being Instagram. This app allows you to scroll with the crown - up and down, then tap to see more information about a pic, then tap again to heart it. Of all the apps you could have used to tap into Instagram with, this will certainly be the smallest.

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New MacBook has “Force Touch” trackpad

New MacBook has “Force Touch” trackpad

This isn't a Star Wars tie-in, and you don't have to be a Jedi to use the new MacBook for 2015. This is a new trackpad in the new MacBook, made to be what Apple's Phil Schiller suggests is an "incredible feat of engineering." Four individual force sensors exist under the pad, with a glass surface up top. Instead of "clicking," you'll be doing a sort of "push" more akin to what you do on a touchscreen - but don't call it a tap.

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Apple ResearchKit: open source medical data, apps out today

Apple ResearchKit: open source medical data, apps out today

At the Apple Watch event this week, the company revealed information on their next big medical and health pus: ResearchKit. After talking up HBO NOW on Apple TV and a bit about CarPlay, Apple's event turned toward Medical Research. Apple's Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams stepped onstage to introduce ResearchKit. This system, said Williams, "turns iPhone and HealthKit into powerful tools for medical research." This system would have "hundreds of millions of iPhone owners out there" contributing health data - since they'd "gladly contribute," so says Williams.

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Android takes one last pre-event swipe at Apple Watch

Android takes one last pre-event swipe at Apple Watch

In the hours before the Apple Watch event today, Google released a video which suggests to users that they "Wear what you want." They refer, of course, to the Android Wear collection of smartwatches, being made by multiple different manufacturers and created in several different styles. Square or Circular, they show, Android Wear is made to fit many different sorts of fashions and looks. How this will compete with Apple's tried-and-true "one device to rule them all" sort of approach, we'll just have to wait and see.

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Pre-event buzz: Apple Watch will change how Apple Stores do business

Pre-event buzz: Apple Watch will change how Apple Stores do business

Don't live near an Apple Store? You might be out of luck if you expect to buy an Apple Watch with a try-on experience any time soon. This week it's become apparent that the unique nature of the Apple Watch and its future might have to change the way its sold - change the way Apple presents itself in-stores, that is. Just like the Apple Store experience changed over the past several years to an iPhone-centric checkout, so too will the Apple Store need a new place to try on watches.

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Google hires Twitter’s data guy

Google hires Twitter’s data guy

Google just hired one of the most important people at Twitter to join their team as Trends Data Editor. Not that Simon Rogers is going to make or break a company like Twitter, but the ability to do what he did for Twitter - and what he'll be doing for Google - is really, really is an important role. Especially for the public, seeing how events explode in a virtual way, seeing that sort of thing clearly, and easily - that's what Rogers does.

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Analysts: Apple Watch could top 19 million in 2015

Analysts: Apple Watch could top 19 million in 2015

Apple will "spring forward" at its event on March 9th, where it will likely launch its first generation of Apple's wearable technology, the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is expected to hit consumer markets sometime in April. Over the course of 2015 it's predicted to sell 19 million units. 10 million of its sales are predicted to come directly from the holiday season. As of now, we aren't the only ones speculating. Professional market analysts have been reporting their bullish views on Apple's possible success in the market place.

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Imgur renews mobile focus with new iOS app

Imgur renews mobile focus with new iOS app

Imgur, a long-running staple of the Reddit community, has decided to begin dabbling in mobile apps again, resuming its app-based efforts following a failed attempt in the past. Earlier this week, the company released an app for iOS users on the App Store, and with it mobile users can more easily browse content on the website alongside an attractive design and the tools you'd expect. Android users will still be stuck with third-party options for now, but an official option will be surfacing soon.

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