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Jennifer Lawrence’s film ‘Serena’ hits iTunes 3 weeks bef...

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Apple today has listed Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming film ‘Serena’ on the iTunes Store. The film is not slated to hit theaters in the United States until March 27th, but eager Lawrence fans can rent it on iTunes now for $9.99 in HD. The film also went up on Google Play this morning.


‘Serena’ stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as the lead couple. The film is set in North Carolina during the Great Depression and focuses on making it through the time period while fighting “blackmail, jealousy, and murder.”

$9.99 is certainly steep for a digital movie rental, but keep in mind you’re also paying for the three weeks early access to the film and not having to go see it in a theater. You can rent ‘Serena’ on iTunes now.

Watch Now Before It’s In Theaters. George and Serena Pemberton (Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence) are love-struck newlyweds building a business empire. Serena proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. But their passionate whirlwind romance is threatened by demons from their pasts, forcing the couple to reckon with blackmail, jealousy and murder in this ravishing period film directed by Oscar winner Susanne Bier.

Typically major films tend to hit iTunes several weeks or months after their theatrical release, of course, with the last big exception being The Interview under admittedly different circumstances.

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This $249 battery strap will charge Apple Watch whil...

Today, 03:49 PM

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The possibility of third-party accessories for Apple Watch is still something Apple hasn’t made official, but that isn’t stopping a slew of companies from announcing products before the Apple Watch ships next month. The latest is a band accessory called Reserve Strap that aims to combat any battery life issueswith a strap that includes embedded batteries to charge the device while you wear it.


The possibility of such an accessory has been a source of conversation, especially after the recently introduced Pebble Time smart watch was announced alongside a smart bands platform for creating similar accessories.

It’s clear the Reserve Strap is still an early prototype, but it does give us a look at what type of accessories might be available for the device. Here’s what the company told us about the product:

The band will have embedded batteries and utilize magnetic inductive charging similar to the new MagSafe wall charger for the Apple Watch. We don’t have hard numbers yet but based on current testing projections, we believe we will be able to increase the battery life of the Apple Watch by up to 125%.

Battery life and charging has also been a big topic of conversation for the Apple Watch that is expected to provide a day or less worth of battery life depending on use. Apple is also reportedly planning to include a “Power Reserve” mode on the device that displays only the time and conserves battery life.

The company is already taking preorders for the accessory on its website for $249. That’s $100 less than the entry-level Apple Watch itself will sell for. The company doesn’t have a timeframe for its release yet.


Other previously announced accessories in the works for Apple Watch include a handlebar bike mount, charging stands and docks, and protective cases. Apple is also planning on selling its own Apple Watch straps as separate accessories. 

It’s possible Apple could announce more in the way of Apple Watch accessories at its upcoming March 9 press event.

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Apple Watch Edition won’t be the most expensive smartwatc...

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With informed speculation suggesting that the price of the Apple Watch Edition will be somewhere in the $6-10,000 range, you might think that would easily make it the most expensive smartwatch on the market. But no: luxury watchmaker Hoptroff makes a mechanical gold smartwatch for £14,400 ($21,700)–and the platinum model works out to a cool $54,000.

Functionality may be limited, but it’s genius design. It syncs with your iPhone to access your calendar data, then one dial points to the time of your next appointment while another points to the first letter of the appointment title–for example, the name of the person you’re meeting. Delightfully clever, if perhaps questionable in usability.

Of course, for $54k you don’t just get a standard alphabet for those letters, that would be common. Each client gets a bespoke arrangement of the letters on the top dial.

And don’t worry, you’ll have a little time to save up. A mere 25% deposit will reserve your Hoptroff No.8 Diary Watch, and you’ll have three months to save up for the balance while the company makes it for you.

We should learn more about the Apple Watch Edition–and its cheaper siblings–on Monday.

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Amazon Game Studios announces four games coming soon to iOS

Today, 03:26 PM

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Amazon Game Studios announced today that it’s bringing four games to iOS devices starting with two previously released only on Android and two new titles coming soon.


The two older titles arriving on iOS include Tales From Deep Space and To-Fu Fury, while the new games include survival horror Lost Within and action-adventure game Til Morning’s Light. All four titles will be available on both iPhone and iPad, but Amazon Game Studios didn’t provide specifics on release dates or pricing. 

Head below for details and trailers for each game from Amazon:

Lost Within
Lost Within aims to be the best immersive survival horror game on iOS and Fire devices. The game is set in an abandoned asylum that holds a horrific secret. Players must solve mysteries, craft powerful weapons, and choose between fighting or sneaking their way through its haunted halls. As they traverse this demented landscape, players experience the terror that comes along with uncovering the asylum’s dark past. Lost Within has been co-developed with partner Human Head and will be available for Fire Phone, Fire Tablet, iPhone, and iPad.

Til Morning’s Light
With Til Morning’s Light, the goal was to create the best character driven, action-adventure game for iOS and Fire devices. The game tells the story of Erica, a teenager who must escape a haunted mansion filled with ghosts and strange creatures by solving puzzles, defeating monsters and exploring the depths of the mansion. As a free bonus for customers, an audio prequel titled “The Private Blog of Erica Page” is available from Audible.com. Til Morning’s Light is co-developed with partner WayForward and will be available for Fire Phone, Fire Tablet, iPhone, and iPad.

Tales From Deep Space
Tales From Deep Space strives to be the best platformer available on iOS and Fire devices. In this game, players guide two reluctant heroes as they solve clever puzzles in a comedic mis-adventure set in a bizarre space station called Big Moon. Players help E, a traveling salesman, and his loyal luggage drone CASI escape when Big Moon is thrown into lockdown. Tales From Deep Space features two-player, local co-op between devices and a free digital comic available at comiXology. Tales From Deep Space is co-developed with partner Frontier Developments and will be available for Fire Phone, Fire Tablet, iPhone, and iPad. The game is currently available on Fire tablets.

To-Fu Fury
iOS and Fire tablet customers will find the most challenging and fun puzzle-platformer with To-Fu Fury. Players cheat death, defeat enemies, and save the Fortune Kitty in To-Fu Fury, a humorous action game where the player becomes To-Fu, a stretchy, sticky, flingy, and combative cube of bean-curd. Set in a distant land of dojos, temples, and ninjas, players must navigate To-Fu through deadly spikes, devious traps, and powerful enemies to free Fortune Kitty. To-Fu Fury is co-developed with partner HotGen and will be available for Fire Tablet, iPhone, and iPad. The game is currently available on Fire Phone.

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AAPL joining famed Dow Jones Industrial Average, replacin...

Today, 02:05 PM

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Apple will be joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average taking wireless carrier AT&T’s spot on the famed stock market index, CNBC reports. The change will take place in just under two weeks at the end of trading on March 18th. The Dow is heavily viewed as being indicative of the overall stock market performance in the United States, and Apple’s rising stock price will soon be a significant factor to that number.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average is currently made up of 30 major companies based in the United States including ExxonMobil, Microsoft, IBM, and Walt Disney.

Apple’s eligibility for joining the Dow was mentioned nearly a year agowhen the company announced a 7-1 stock split bringing down its trading price per share from about $550 to about $80 at the time. Visa, another member of the Dow, is implementing a similar 4-1 stock split which makes room for Apple to join the DJIA replacing AT&T.

While inclusion in the Dow Jones Industrial Average has no direct consequence on Apple’s stock, it does imply a vote of confidence seen by conservative investors that otherwise may not be present. Apple’s stock performance, of course, will directly effect the DJIA from day to day.

Apple’s market capitalization is currently valued just under $750 billion, although the DJIA will factor prices per share of the company’s stock.

Press release follows…

Apple Inc. (NASD:AAPL) will replace AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) after the close of trading on Wednesday, March 18. The change will be effective with the opening of trading on Thursday, March 19. The index change was prompted by Visa Inc.’s (NYSE:V) 4:1 stock split which is scheduled to be effective at the same time. The post-split adjusted lower price of Visa will reduce the weighting of the Information Technology sector in the index. Adding Apple to the index will help to partially offset this reduction. In price weighted indices such as the DJIA, a large change in price of a high priced stock can have a material impact on sector representation in the index and this index change is designed to minimize that impact. The Telecommunication Services sector will continue to be represented in the DJIA by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ).

“As the largest corporation in the world and a leader in technology, Apple is the clear choice for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the most recognized stock market measure,” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “The DJIA is price weighted so extremely high stock prices tend to distort the index while very low stock prices have little impact. The timing of Apple’s addition to the DJIA hinged on two stock splits: Apple’s 7:1 last June and Visa’s 4:1 on March 19th this year. Apple’s split brought the stock price down closer to the median price in the DJIA. The Visa split will reduce the technology weight in the DJIA and make room for Apple. Among the current DJIA constituents, AT&T has one of the lowest prices. Moreover, the DJIA is over-weighted in telecommunications and AT&T and Verizon are quite similar, though AT&T has a smaller market capitalization.”

Apple, headquartered in Cupertino, CA, designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players. The change won’t cause any disruption in the level of the index. The divisor used to calculate the index from the components’ prices on their respective home exchanges will be changed prior to the opening on March 19. This procedure prevents any distortion in the index’s reflection of the portion of the U.S. stock market it is designed to measure.

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Scenes from the Game Developers Conference 2015

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SAN FRANCISCO — Whether they’re in town to pitch products, apply for jobs or ponder the next big thing, the Game Developers Conference is an annual rite of passage for gaming geeks of all sizes, shapes and economic persuasions. Moremf.gif



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Apple and Other Companies Push Forward in Fight for Marri...

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A total of 379 companies, including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google, have joined together to urge the Supreme Court to rule in favor of blanketed nationwide support for marriage equality (via The Verge).

The companies filed an amicus brief yesterday, represented by law firm Morgan Lewis, in the on-going Obergefell v. Hodges case, wherein two men are arguing that the state of Ohio discriminates against legal out-of-state same-sex marriages. Apple, along with the 378 other companies, angled towards a business-focused case for supporting every couple's right to marry.

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The brief claims that due to "a fractured legal landscape with no uniform rule on same-sex marriage", both employees and employers face increasingly burden-filled relationships, making it difficult to conduct proper business practices. The coterie of companies isn't represented by just well-known tech companies, but small family-owned businesses and other big non-tech brands like Nike, Coca-Cola, and United Airlines, as well.
“The competition for top talent crosses state and even national borders. State laws that prohibit same-sex marriage make it harder for businesses to recruit and retain talented employees,” says Morgan Lewis Partner Susan Baker Manning, counsel of record on the brief. “The patchwork of inconsistent state marriage laws makes it challenging and more costly for employers to administer benefits systems when some employees are unable to marry, and other employees’ marriages are not recognized by the state. This burdens businesses by costing them both time and money.”
Obergefell v. Hodges will enter the Supreme Court in April, and is one of a few others it will hear regarding the marriage equality issue. The main issue expected to be covered is whether the Constitution protects all same-sex couples in their right to marry regardless of their state, or if individual states will retain the right to prohibit gay marriage.

Apple has, unsurprisingly, voiced support for same-sex marriage in the past and marched in pride parades in San Francisco, with CEO Tim Cook coming out as gay in a letter written to Bloomberg Business just last October. Most recently, last December the company voiced support in naming a proposed bill in Alabama after the Apple CEO that would focus on anti-discrimination in regards to sexual orientation in the work place. Currently, there are 36 states, and Washington, D.C., that support gay marriage.

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Oracle Java is now installing adware on Macs. Here’s how...

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FT interviews Jony Ive ahead of Apple Watch, details on d...

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London’s Financial Times today carries a profile of Jony Ive in which he discusses how the Mac changed his dislike of computers, why he is consumed by design and disinterested in sales, the difference between designing a phone (and its slim battery)  and designing a smartwatch–and why Apple decided to take a low-key approach on even the top-end Edition watch.
The piece also contained an interesting (if possibly mistaken) estimate on Apple Watch pricing (update: Apple PR has now confirmed to us that the FT is indeed mistaken) … 
Ive told the FT‘s Nick Foulkes that the original Macintosh changed his view of computers, and set the tone for his design philosophy It is a story that’s been told before but it makes an interesting opening.

I was inherently sceptical and didn’t like using a computer at art school. I remember discovering the Mac just at the end of my course. What shocked me was that via this object I became aware of the people who had designed, developed and made it. So in a way I wasn’t actually that interested in the Mac itself, but did have a clear sense of the humanity within it […] I think you start to develop a relationship with the product, in that you feel it’s the result of the great care taken by the people who worked together to develop it. And you respond to that.

That sense of humanity is, he says, what drives the design team’s meticulous attention to detail.

This is difficult to describe and it could be misinterpreted very easily, but there is a sense of almost serving your fellow humans. While people might not be able to articulate why they care and why they prefer one thing over the other, I really think that most people are very discerning.

Foulkes says that Ive has something of the same intensity about him as Steve Jobs.

Perhaps the least emotionally loaded way of describing Jobs would be intense. There is also some of that intensity about the way Ive works, and it is this professional focus that liberates him from worrying too much about Apple’s share price and its effect on the US dollar. He says the design team is not “distracted by or overly concerned with the ramifications of what we do, because we’re so consumed by design and trying to solve problems. I think being fanatical and myopic are fundamental to our approach.”

This myopic approach is, says Ive, the reason he doesn’t worry about how many Apple Watches the company will sell.

I’m much more concerned about how we can make them as good as possible than how many we’ll sell. We’re brutally self-critical and go through countless iterations of each product

Designing the Apple Watch was, he says, a very different experience to designing the first iPhone, because the team came from a totally different starting-point.

It was different with the phone – all of us working on the first iPhone were driven by an absolute disdain for the cellphones we were using at the time. That’s not the case here. We’re a group of people who love our watches. So we’re working on something, yet have a high regard for what currently exists.

And the way we interact with a watch is very different to the way we interact with a phone.

“One of the things that struck me,” says Ive, “was how often I’d look at my watch and have to look again quite soon afterwards, because I hadn’t actually comprehended what the time was. If I had looked at something on my phone, because of the investment involved in taking it out of my pocket or my bag, I would certainly pay attention. I quite like this sense of almost being careless and just glancing. I think for certain things the wrist is the perfect place for this technology.”

One of the tidbits shared in Bloomberg‘s piece about the Apple Watch developer workshops was that Apple recommends watch apps are designed to be used for no more than ten seconds at a time.
Foulkes says Ive is unapologetic about the anticipated one-day battery-life of the Apple Watch, just as he is with the iPhone–despite the fact that 60% of our readers want it to be improved.

“When the issue of the frequent need to charge the iPhone is raised,” Foulkes writes, “[Ive] answers that it’s because it’s so thin and light that we use it so much and therefore deplete the battery.”

Many high-end watches come with extravagant cases and packaging. The Apple Watch Edition won’t, says Ive.

We didn’t want the packaging to be a sort of shorthand for value, where the box needs to be big and we have to include expensive materials. We’ve always liked the idea that if we are heavy in our thinking, we can be much lighter in the implementation. So there’s huge virtue, I think, in keeping the packaging small: at least, it is the right choice environmentally, it’s easier to move things around and you don’t end up with your wardrobes full of large watch boxes that you don’t use.

Foulkes also makes reference to pricing, suggesting that the steel model of the Apple Watch will have the same starting price as the Sport model.

He runs through the three ranges of Apple Watch with their different materials – the stainless-steel Apple Watch, the anodised-aluminium Apple Watch Sport (both from $349) and the Apple Watch Edition in 18ct yellow or rose gold (with an as yet unconfirmed price of around $4,500).

There is no quote from Ive on price, and the ‘both’ is probably a mistake, but you’d have thought with such a high-profile piece that Apple PR would have vetted it for factual errors. Update: Apple PR has now confirmed to us that the price reference was “a misinterpretation.”
In fact, the complete piece makes an incredibly interesting weekend read, if you can wait that long.
We should of course learn much more about the Apple Watch–hopefully including the actual pricing on the steel and gold models–at the Apple’s Spring Forward event on Monday. The wearable goes on sale in multiple countries in April.
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