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Here’s a faster way to charge your Apple Watch

Today, 12:20 PM

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The “secret” developer port on the Apple Watch has yet to be harnessed by third-party developers, but it definitely has cool powers, as this new video shows. It turns out that the secret port under the Apple Watch band canmf.gif


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Ka-ching! Apple has plans to roll out an Apple Pay Re...

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Apple is pretty darn keen on making Apple Pay into the de facto mobile payments solution. With that in mind it’s reportedly set to announce a new Apple Pay Rewards Program at next month’s WWDCmf.gif


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Powerful Image Editing App 'Pixelmator' Expands t...

Today, 11:46 AM

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Back in October, popular Mac image editing app Pixelmator was brought to iOS in the form of an iPad app, and as of today, that iOS app is being expanded to the iPhone. Pixelmator for iOS is now a universal app, giving iPhone users a way to edit their images with Pixelmator's powerful image editing tools for the first time.

iPhone support is an important step in Pixelmator's evolution and will let the company reach a much wider customer base. For many people, the iPhone has largely replaced point and shoot cameras. Image sharing site Flickr, for example, lists Apple's iPhones as the top three most popular cameras.

There are already a wealth of image editing apps available for the iPhone, but Pixelmator sets itself apart with a solid set of tools packaged in an accessible interface and iCloud interconnectivity with the Pixelmator Mac app.

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Pixelmator for iPhone offers the same tools available in the iPad app, so those who have used the previous version of the app will be familiar with its capabilities. On the iPhone, Pixelmator's photo editing tools are likely to be the most useful, letting users adjust colors, fix lighting, add filters, crop, straighten, and distort photographs.

There are also powerful retouching tools that can be used to remove unwanted objects from images, much like in the Mac app. Tools have granular adjustments for making minor tweaks to the look of a photo, and there are brush-on effects in the "Retouch" menu that let users paint on image-correcting adjustments with a finger.

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Pixelmator can also be used by artists and mobile designers to create original paintings, drawings, and compositions directly on the iPhone. It has support for more than 100 brushes and it includes a color picker and an eyedropper for managing colors. There's a smear tool for softening image edges, and a wet-painting feature for creating watercolor images. Pixelmator also includes support for words, shapes, and layers, with non-destructive layer styles and blending modes.

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Like the previous iPad version, the new Pixelmator has support for iOS 8 features like iCloud Drive, Extensions, and Handoff. Images created on the iPhone will sync to the iPad and the Mac automatically, and it's also possible to begin an image on one device and switch over to another using Handoff. A Photos extension mades Pixelmator's editing tools available directly in the Photos app.

The iPhone app is being included in the existing Pixelmator app as an update, so all consumers who have previously purchased Pixelmator for iPad can download the new iPhone app at no charge.

Pixelmator for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]mf.gif


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Moleskine brings stylish notebook aesthetics to calendar...

Today, 11:02 AM

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As someone who does everything electronically, I’m always slightly bemused by people who still use pen and paper – but there is something about Moleskine notebooks that does occasionally make me wonder just a little if I’m missing out. The company today appears to be targeting people like me, with an app that brings the stylish, minimalist aesthetics of the notebooks to a new iPhone and Apple Watch app.

Moleskine Timepage aims to integrate your iCloud, Google and Microsoft Exchange calendars with contacts, maps and weather. For appointments elsewhere, it will display a map of the location, show you the travel time by car, public transit, cycling or walking – and show what the weather will be like when you get there … 

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You can choose from thirteen Moleskine colors for the app’s pages, and decide how many days to view in the free-flowing timeline. You can also use natural language to add appointments, like “Coffee with George at Monks.”

I use multiple color-coded calendars so I can see at-a-glance not just what I’m doing, but what category it belongs to (tech writing, novel writing, social, etc), so I don’t think the solid color pages will work for me, but I’d otherwise be tempted to take it for a spin.

The company suggested last year that there was a good overlap between Apple and Moleskine customers, its CEO noting that its retail stores do better when they are close to an Apple Store.

Moleskine Timepage costs $4.99 from iTunes and is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, with a companion app on the Watch. Check out the full feature list below.

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FEATURES:

• Your schedule is presented as a continuous timeline, making it easy to view a whole week at a glance or keep scrolling into the future to see what is coming up.

• A fully featured weather app with beautiful interactive charts is built-in so you can plan for the day.

• Adding events is as simple as typing something like “Coffee with George at Monks” and Timepage will take care of the details.

• Elegant single day and event views that keeps you focussed with info like “1 hour free after this until Meeting at 4pm”.

• Get travel time and directions for your events by car, public transit, cycling or walking.

• Works with Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange (2007 with EWS) and Apple iCloud.

• Personalise your calendar by choosing how many days to show and selecting from thirteen Moleskine colors.

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• See your day-by-day schedule for the next week.

• Weather information with rain and temperature graphs so you know how to prepare.

• Maps show how to get to your next event and transit times for walking, cycling, driving and public transit.

• Glance view that shows how long until your next event and how long it will take to get there.

• Contact information and event notes are right there on your wrist.

• Event reminders will tap you on the wrist.

• Handoff from any day to your iPhone for quickly adding a new event.


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New documentary explores Steve Jobs’ ‘bitter rivalry’ wit...

Today, 10:31 AM

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We’ve had a new Steve Jobs biography and documentary already this year, with a movie biopic based on the Walter Isaacson book just around the corner. If you thought Jobs’ life hadn’t been explored enough by biographers, however, think again!mf.gif


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Yes, you can get a ticket for using Apple Watch while dri...

Today, 01:26 AM

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Everyone knows that talking on your cellphone while driving will get you a ticket in most places, but one driver in Canada recently found himself taking heat from the police after he was caught tapping his Apple Watch while behindmf.gif


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Man gets $120 ticket for changing music with his App...

Today, 12:53 AM

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A driver in Quebec, Canada claims he was fined $120 and given four points on his driving record for changing music on his Apple Watch while driving. While the driver disputes that this is not against the law (at least in Canada), many regions of the United States are not so keen on Apple Watch usage while driving. For example, the following definitions of devices that cannot be used on the road in New York clearly match the Apple Watch: “broadband personal communication device”, “two-way messaging device”, “portable computing device”, “or any other electronic device when used to input, write, send, receive, or read text for present or future communication.” Because the Apple Watch falls under those definitions, usage of the device is likely subject to the same fines as using a cell phone in applicable regions. Unfortunately, a study from March indicated that using a smartwatch behind the wheel can be even more distracting than a smartphone.

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Kindle for iOS adds a new font for digital screens, HBO G...

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Two interesting app updates out today that make enjoying media from your iOS device even better.

On the reading front, Amazon has updated its Kindle for iOS app to include a font called Bookerly that it says was designed especially for reading on a digital screen. The font, which was first made available on its Kindle Fire devices, is described by Amazon as “warm and contemporary.”

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Amazon adds that the font was “inspired by the artistry of the best fonts in modern print books but is hand-crafted for optimal readability at any screen size.” Bookerly should be a font option for “most” Kindle books starting with Kindle version 4.9.

In the video space, HBO has released a minor update to its recently redesigned HBO Go app for iPhone and iPad that could have a big impact on how you watch content on your TV. Along with a fix for Bluetooth audio streaming and the usual bug fixes and improvements, HBO Go version 3.0.1 adds support for playback through HDMI output.

This means you can connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your HDTV using an adapter like Apple’s Lightning Digital AV Adapter and watch your movies and TV shows from HBO Go on your iOS device through the big screen. This is ideal for sets without an Apple TV or Chromecast in the middle if you already have the adapter handy.

The update is available for HBO Go subscribers through the App Store. If you don’t subscribe to HGO through a cable package, don’t miss HBO Now, the standalone subscription version of the premium network that launched in April.


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Apple Pay Rewards Program to Debut at WWDC

Today, 12:29 AM

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Apple-Pay-250x434.pngApple plans to introduce a new rewards program for Apple Pay at WWDC next month, reports The New York Times. In a piece covering upcoming mobile payment upgrades from Apple and Google, the site suggests that Apple will announce details about enhancements to Apple Pay at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Few details are known about the rewards program that Apple plans to implement, but it is said to offer "perks" to customers who make purchases using Apple Pay.
But analysts have noted that a missing piece from Apple Pay was a rewards program to keep users returning to participating merchants. People familiar with Apple Pay said that next month, Apple will announce such a program offering perks to consumers who make purchases with the service, though they declined to reveal details.
There have been rumors about a rewards program for Apple Pay since before Apple Pay launched in October of 2014. In September, a report suggested Apple was working on a pilot program that could see it partnering with multiple third-party retailers to form an Apple Pay loyalty program.

Further rumors suggested the system could tie into iAd, delivering targeted ads to consumers via iBeacons and Bluetooth LE with coupons for free or discounted products, but it is not clear if that's how Apple's finished rewards program will work.

Upcoming Apple Pay competitor CurrentC offers a built-in rewards program that's able to incorporate loyalty cards and discounts for individual merchants, and CurrentC executives tout this as one of the major differentiating features of its system. With its own rewards program, Apple Pay will be better situated to compete with the reward-based features of CurrentC.

It is not known if Apple has plans to introduce additional Apple Pay features at its Worldwide Developers Conference, but it's possible that it could share details on an expansion of the service to additional countries like Canada. Canada is expected to be one of the first countries beyond the United States to gain Apple Pay support.mf.gif


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Apple Pay rewards program coming at WWDC as Target wants...

Today, 12:11 AM

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According to a new report from The New York Times, Apple will, as expected, announce new details and enhancements for Apple Pay at WWDC next month. The report, citing two people briefed on the product, claims that Apple plans to add a rewards program to Apple Pay.

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Specific details regarding how the rewards program will work remain sparse at this point. Earlier this month it was rumored that Apple had shown interest in acquiring the failed payment startup Clinkle. Clinkle, which has been mocked and ridiculed from the beginning, is a payment rewards startup.

Apple Pay competitor CurrentCsupports loyalty and rewards cards in its mobile payment offering. Users are able to add both their debit cards and rewards cards to the service, making for a more seamless experience than Apple’s offering, which requires loyalty cards to stay in Passbook. Another possibility for Apple’s rewards program, however, is that the company could be getting into the business of giving cash back promotions to Apple Pay users. We’ll have to wait for WWDC next month for anything to be confirmed.

Apple is preparing to announce details about enhancements to Apple Pay at its software conference next month. Those include a rewards program for the mobile wallet service, said two people briefed on the product.

The addition of a rewards program to Apple Pay will likely launch alongside iOS 9, on which we’ve already covered a plethora of details. Regarding Apple Pay, we reported today that had considered highlighting points-of-interest in Maps that supported Apple Pay, but has since scrapped that feature. We also reported earlier this week that Apple plans to support Apple Pay in Canada, making it the first country outside the United States.

In related news, Target CEO Brian Cornell, speaking at the Code Conference, stated that he has met with Tim Cook regarding the possibility of supporting Apple Pay. Cornell said that Target’s main focus right now is converting all of its stores to the secure chip-and-pin credit cards, but that down the line, he very much wants to support Apple Pay.

Google is expected to introduce Android Pay at its own I/O developer conference later this week. The service is expected to include support for reward programs, as well.

In addition to developing its new Apple Pay features, Apple is working on a series of other updates for iOS 9. As we have reported, Apple is developing a new streaming music service based on its acquisition of Beats Electronics, a new Home app for managing home automation accessories, a refreshed look for iPhones and iPads with the new San Francisco typeface, new security and optimization features, iPad split-screen apps, a new keyboard, and iMessage improvements.


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