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<h2><strong>Today’s can’t miss deals:</strong></h2>
<p><img title="9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone purchase, iMac 5K $660 off, Free App of the Week, more" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-371796" src="https://9to5mac.file...ng?w=704&h=243"alt="ipad-iphone-t-mobile-coupon" width="704" height="243" /></p>
<h3>Buy iPhone 6/6Plus on a new line with T-Mobile and<a href="http://9to5toys.com/...mini-3-bundle/"rel="bookmark"> save <strong>$200</strong> on iPad mini 3</a></h3>
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<h3>Apple adds <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...shed-store/">12different iMac w/ Retina 5K models</a> to its refurb store, <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/26/apple-imac-retina-5k-refurbished-store/">up to <strong>$660</strong> off</a></h3>
<p><img title="9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone purchase, iMac 5K $660 off, Free App of the Week, more" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-371795" src="https://9to5mac.file...ng?w=704&h=414"alt="Free App of the Week-iOS-Tangent" width="704" height="414" /></p>
<h3><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...angent/">iTunes<strong>Free App of the Week</strong></a>: Tangent, make pictures into unique works of art ($2 value)</h3>
<p><img title="9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone purchase, iMac 5K $660 off, Free App of the Week, more" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-371605" src="https://9to5mac.file...ng?w=704&h=373"alt="amazon-cloud-storage-unlimited-e1427383225144" width="704" height="373" /></p>
<h3 class="has-label"><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...mited-storage/"rel="bookmark">Amazon announces <strong>unlimited Cloud Drive storage</strong></a> for all of your photos and files</h3>
<p><img title="9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone purchase, iMac 5K $660 off, Free App of the Week, more" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-371222" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=704&h=353"alt="brave-pixar-film-renderman-e1427204174768" width="704" height="353" /></p>
<h3><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...free-download/"rel="bookmark">The software used by Pixar to create visual effects</a> for movies like Toy Story, Up, and WALL-E is <strong>now free</strong></h3>
<p><img title="9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone purchase, iMac 5K $660 off, Free App of the Week, more" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-370974" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=704&h=352"alt="Grado GR10e First Shoot" width="704" height="352" /></p>
<h3 class="has-label"><strong><em>LAST CHANCE</em> – <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...kage-giveaway/"rel="bookmark">Small States Review:</a></strong> Grado’s GR10e in-ear headphones hit every note, <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/21/small-states-review-grados-gr10e-in-ear-headphones-hit-every-note-in-a-small-package-giveaway/" rel="bookmark"><strong>$299</strong> giveaway</a></h3>
<h2><strong>More new gear from today:</strong></h2>
<p><img title="9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone purchase, iMac 5K $660 off, Free App of the Week, more" class="aligncenter wp-image-371797" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=364&h=566"alt="netgear-ex2700-wifi-extender" width="364" height="566" /></p>
<h3>This best-selling Netgear Wi-Fi extender will help cover your home’s dead zones<a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ifi-extender/">for <strong>$29</strong> (Reg. $37)</a></h3>
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<li><em><strong>New! </strong></em><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...-shipping/">USBChargers:</a> Vinsic dual-port $7, Photive 6-port $27, Omaker 3-port $9</li>
<li><em><strong>New! </strong></em>Get into fitness tracking: Fitbit Charge <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...arge-deal/">for$100 shipped (Reg. $130)</a></li>
<li><em><strong>New! </strong></em><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...s-amiibo-free/"target="_blank">Games/Apps:</a> Shadow of Mordor (all platforms) $30, iOS freebies, more<em><strong><br /></strong></em></li>
<li><em><strong>New! </strong></em><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...sonic-50-hdtv/"target="_blank">Daily Deals:</a> Panasonic 50″ HDTV $400, iRobot Roomba 790 $430, more<em><strong><br /></strong></em></li>
<li><em><strong>New! </strong></em>V-MODA Metal In-Ear Headphones w/ mic &amp; remote <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...es-iphone/">$24shipped (Reg. $40+)</a></li>
<li><em><strong>New! </strong></em>Vintage Stainless Steel French Coffee Press: <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...zon-cheap/">$20Prime shipped</a></li>
<li><em><strong>New! </strong></em>E<a href="http://9to5toys.com/...re-promo-code/"target="_blank">xtra 10% off classic, indie, and new releases</a> in the PlayStation Store<em><strong><br /></strong></em></li>
<li><em><strong>New!</strong></em> Moto 360 <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...hampagne-gold/"target="_blank">is on sale for $278 shipped in champagne gold (Reg. $330)</a></li>
<li><em><strong>New! </strong></em>HP 32GB 8.1 Tablet + Office 365 ($70 value) <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...-office-365/">$25 gift card: $79 shipped</a></li>
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<h2><strong>More deals still alive:</strong></h2>
<p><img title="9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone purchase, iMac 5K $660 off, Free App of the Week, more" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-371610" src="https://9to5mac.file...rive.jpg?w=704"alt="wd-elements-750gb-hard-drive" /></p>
<h3>WD Elements 750GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...-0-hard-drive/"rel="bookmark"><strong>$40 shipped</strong> (orig. $100)</a></h3>
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<li>JBL Spark Bluetooth Speaker <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...h-speaker/">$35shipped (Reg. $130)</a></li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...Headphones</a>:Sol Republic Tracks Air Bluetooth <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/25/headphones-sol-republic-bluetooth-klipsch/">$75</a>, Klipsch Image X10 in-ears <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/25/headphones-sol-republic-bluetooth-klipsch/">$80</a>, <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/25/headphones-sol-republic-bluetooth-klipsch/">more</a></li>
<li>Call of Duty Strike Team for iOS/Android drops to <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...rike-team-ios/"rel="bookmark">its lowest price yet: $2 (Reg. $7)</a></li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...e-sale/">IncaseApple Accessory Sale:</a> Andy Warhol iPhone 5 case <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/26/incase-apple-sale/">$10 (orig. $40),</a> <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/26/incase-apple-sale/">MacBook and iPad sleeves,</a> <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/26/incase-apple-sale/">more</a></li>
<li>Poweradd Dual Layer iPhone 6 Protective Case <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...eradd-case/">$4Prime shipped (orig. $26)</a></li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...games/">April’sFree Xbox Live Games</a>: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Gears of War, <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/26/aprils-free-xbox-live-games/">more</a></li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...age/">Home</a>:Maverick Wireless Grill Thermometer <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/26/maverick-wireless-grill-thermometer-luggage/">$50</a>, LED light bulb packs <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/26/maverick-wireless-grill-thermometer-luggage/">60% off</a>, <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/26/maverick-wireless-grill-thermometer-luggage/">more</a></li>
<li>D-Link PowerLine AV200 Mini Adapter Starter Kit <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ac-router/">$20shipped (orig. $40), more</a></li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...es:</a> PhilipsBluetooth $30 shipped</li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...bioshock-xcom/"rel="bookmark">2K’s best iOS games are on sale from $3 ea:</a> BioShock, XCOM, Civilization Revolution 2, NBA 2K15, more</li>
<li>GoPro HERO4 Black 4K Action Cam <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...tion-cam/">$399shipped ($100 off)</a></li>
<li>Xbox Live Gold <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...lus/">$36 (Reg.$60)</a></li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...deals/">Save upto 20% on gift cards</a> from Staples, Lowe’s, Applebee’s, Facebook, more</li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ters-for-kids/"rel="bookmark">Razor scooters 50% off:</a> electric and kick powered from $15 (orig. $30+)</li>
<li>Anker MFi iPhone 6 2850mAh battery case: <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...6-battery/">$40shipped (60% off)</a></li>
<li>Alfred Hitchcock Blu-ray collection <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...e-me/">$99</a>,Despicable Me Combo Pack <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/24/media-alfred-hitchcock-collection-despicable-me/">$10</a>, <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/24/media-alfred-hitchcock-collection-despicable-me/">more</a></li>
<li>JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ipped-reg-170/"target="_blank">$119 shipped (Reg. $170)</a></li>
<li>Apple’s refurbished 3TB Time Capsule drops <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...-off-original/"target="_blank">to $299 shipped (25% off orig)</a></li>
<li>Save <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...romo-code/">10%on your Spring Break hotel</a> at Travelocity</li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...as-promo-code/"rel="bookmark">Save 25%</a> on all refurbished Olympus Digital Cameras</li>
<li>Adobe Photoshop Elements + Canon Printer bundle for <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...elements-deal/"rel="bookmark">$50 (~$110 value)</a></li>
<li>Toffee’s new <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ad-promo-code/"rel="bookmark">iOS/MacBook accessories + discount for 9to5 readers</a></li>
<li>LG Electronics 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED for <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ipped-reg-800/"rel="bookmark">$500 shipped (Reg. $800)</a></li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...l-250/">Samsung850 EVO 2.5-inch Internal SSDs</a>: 250GB <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/23/samsung-850-evo-deal-250/">$100</a> (Reg. $135), more</li>
<li>Incase 13-inch MacBook Air Hardshell Cases for <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ell-cases/">$25shipped (50% off)</a></li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ro-deal/">AnkerAstro 16000mAh External Battery</a> w/ free Astro Mini 3200mAh <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/23/anker-2nd-gen-astro-deal/">$35</a> ($20 savings)</li>
<li>Stop paying cable modem rental fees: Motorola SB6141 <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...a-2b6141-deal/"rel="bookmark">$58 shipped (Reg. $90)</a></li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...g-by-stm/">iPadShoulder Bag</a> by STM <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/23/ipad-shoulder-bag-by-stm/">$13 Prime shipped</a> (orig. $55)</li>
<li>Seagate 5TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...-shipped/">$129Prime shipped</a></li>
<li><a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ard-games/">$10off a $30</a> purchase of <a href="http://9to5toys.com/2015/03/23/razor-board-games/">classic and new board games</a></li>
</ul>
<h2><strong style="line-height:1.5;">New products &amp; more:</strong></h2>
<p><img title="9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone purchase, iMac 5K $660 off, Free App of the Week, more" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-371794" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=704&h=445"alt="olio-leather-band" width="704" height="445" /></p>
<h3>Former Apple Designer launches <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...timepiece/">newiOS and Android connected timepiece</a></h3>
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<li>Relive the most epic battles from the Final Fantasy series in <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ndroid/">RecordKeeper for iOS/Android</a></li>
<li>Here’s how to install <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...-to-free/">KanoOS on your Raspberry Pi 2 for free</a></li>
<li>The <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...iegogo/">iDrinkiPhone case includes a built-in breathalyzer</a>, bottle opener and driving game</li>
<li>InfiniteUSB cables offer an <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...g-ios/">endlesssupply of USB ports for your laptop</a></li>
<li>The Trefecta DRT is an <a href="http://wp.me/p1xTlR-Akw">electricbike even james Bond would ride</a></li>
<li>Turn your selfies into dronies with this <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...s-dronies/">newiOS/Android controlled mini hexacopter</a></li>
<li>This <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ect/">MinecraftToolbox brings Steve’s tools to life</a> thanks to Raspberry Pi</li>
<li>Japanese accessory maker teases <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ios/">follow-upto the wildly popular R2-D2 virtual keyboard</a></li>
<li>DJiT’s upcoming <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...ller/">Mixfadermight be the most portable iOS/Android DJ controller</a> yet</li>
<li>Atari’s new <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...s-android/">Fitapp for iOS and Android</a> rewards users w/ classic arcade games</li>
<li>Bosch’s new <a href="http://9to5toys.com/...axx-saw/">REAXXtable saw uses advanced sensors</a> to protect your hands and its blade</li>
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'Citymapper' and 'Transit App' Offer In-D...

Today, 03:33 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
As a few popular iPhone apps begin rolling out updates for their built-in Apple Watch apps ahead of the April 24 launch, a pair of transit-focused services have posted on Medium to share detailed looks into exactly what kind of experience users can expect from Citymapper and Transit App on the Apple Watch next month.

Sifting through the data gathered from its iPhone app, Citymapper learned that its users frequently turned their phone on and off throughout one trip, unlocking to reorient themselves and quickly locking the device again to save battery. That's where its upcoming Apple Watch app comes in, Citymapper promising an experience tailor-made for the wrist-worn device.

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This is the nature of transit information when you move across the city. You need snippets of information. Different things at different times, depending on where you are along the way.

Transit info works well on a device that focuses attention on one thing at a time. And where the transaction cost (ie hassle) of getting additional information is low (raise your wrist and swipe). Using a wearable app may also be safer. City dwellers are generally walking too fast, crossing streets, using stairs, jostling through crowds.

Citymapper has a few cool things planned for its Watch app, with Glances showcasing "how messed up your city is", pointing out stalled bus and train schedules around a user's location. The app will even notify a user, with the much-touted wrist-tap feature, when to get off of a current bus or train route to continue along their way.

Citymapper on the Apple Watch will be available in every city Citymapper has already established itself, including places like New York City and Rome, and support English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, with more cities and languages "coming soon."

Transit's Apple Watch app appears to be providing less of a notification-heavy experience and more of a straight-forward curated list of departure times and easy-to-follow directions, with a static "Take Me Home" button always on hand for when users get lost. The company aims to shave off as many precious seconds as possible with its wrist-worn experience.

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It’s not every day that developers get the chance to build something for a completely new platform. And we think that the Apple Watch might just be the ideal platform for us. Sure, it’s not so difficult to pull your phone out of your pocket. But it’s while we’re in transit that those seconds matter most.

With Transit App for Apple Watch, all of that friction is gone. No matter where you are, you will have instant access to departure times for nearby routes — on hand at all times. Sprinting for the bus? Need to know which route is leaving soonest? Don’t want to interrupt your game of Candy Crush? We’ve got your back.

Both Citymapper [Direct Link] and Transit App [Direct Link] promise to be available on day one of the Apple Watch's April 24 launch.mf.gif


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Today, 03:10 PM

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<p><img title="Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox adds 60Wh of portable power to MacBook Airs, Pros" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-371744" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=655&h=437"alt="batterybox-5" width="655" height="437" /></p>
<p>Thanks to Apple’s patent on the MagSafe connectors used in MacBook Airs and Pros, the list of third-party external batteries for MacBooks previously began with <a href="http://www.amazon.co...459028">Hyper’sHyperJuice</a>/<a href="http://www.amazon.com/HyperJuice-External-Battery-MacBook-Smartphones/dp/B009I5AZTY/ref=sr_1_4?sr=8-4&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;keywords=batterybox&amp;tag=trust925-20&amp;qid=1427399067">HyperJuice 2</a> and ended with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/ChugPlug-External-Battery-Portable-Adapters/dp/B00IIZOYFG/ref=sr_1_2?sr=8-2&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;keywords=batterybox&amp;tag=trust925-20&amp;qid=1427399067">Lenmar’s ChugPlug</a> — not much of a variety. Apple’s legal department chased Hyper for attaching harvested MagSafe connectors to its batteries, and Lenmar chose a workaround, sending ChugPlug’s power indirectly though an Apple wall adapter. Neither solution was ideal. It took until now for a completely different third solution to appear: <a href="https://www.getbatterybox.com"><strong>BatteryBox</strong></a> ($220) from Gbatteries Energy.</p>
<p>BatteryBox is the first MacBook power option I’ve tested that doesn’t require either MagSafe or an Apple wall adapter to function. Since the developers went out of their way to create something that won’t run afoul of Apple’s legal team, there’s absolutely nothing Mac-like about its brick-like rectangular design. And it’s not cheap, priced between the two HyperJuices and higher than ChugPlug, which can now be had for only $100. But it works, adding a 60-watt-hour additional battery to the 38-95-watt-hour cells already inside MacBook Airs and Pros. So if you’re on the road without access to a power outlet and need to add hours of additional runtime to your Apple laptop, this is a viable alternative….</p>
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<li>First MacBook external battery with an alternative to MagSafe</li>
<li>Offers 5-13 hours of power for MacBooks, depending on model and what’s being done with Mac</li>
<li>Boxy shape and large size are unusual, suited to large bags</li>
<li>Requires 6-8 hours to recharge with a user-supplied 2A charger</li>
<li>Also powers iPhones and iPads</li>
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<p>As its name suggests, BatteryBox is a box measuring roughly 3.7″ long by 2.5″ wide by 1.95″ tall. Gbatteries markets it as “smaller than the size of a can of soda,” which might be handy for figuring out if it can fit in a given compartment you have in a bag, but it looks like a big black wall adapter, with a physical volume equivalent to four stacked decks of playing cards, or three stacked original iPods. Apart from five bright green power indicator LEDs and a button on the top, and spots for cables and ports on the edges, BatteryBox is very plain, contrasting with the handsome metal HyperJuices and the almost futuristic-looking ChugPlug.</p>
<p><img title="Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox adds 60Wh of portable power to MacBook Airs, Pros" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-371747" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=655&h=437"alt="batterybox-7" width="655" height="437" /></p>
<p>A gray MacBook charging cable is permanently attached to one side next to a full-sized USB port. The opposing side has a micro-USB port, which connects to an included micro-USB to USB cable so you can recharge BatteryBox from a self-supplied 2-Amp USB power source. <a href="http://www.amazon.co...925-20">Apple’siPad power adapters</a> work, as do third-party alternatives such as <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/15/review-ankers-60w-6-port-charger/">Anker’s awesome 60W 6-Port USB Charger</a>, but the total charging time is a lengthy 6 to 8 hours. I was disappointed that Gbatteries doesn’t include a wall adapter given BatteryBox’s price point, and surprised that the battery didn’t appear to recharge at all when connected overnight to a 1-Amp USB port.</p>
<p><img title="Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox adds 60Wh of portable power to MacBook Airs, Pros" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-371748" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=655&h=437"alt="batterybox-1" width="655" height="437" /></p>
<p>What’s new in BatteryBox is SnapFit, a MagSafe alternative that completely does away with magnets in favor of four large black plastic clasps. Each SnapFit connector is specific to one type of 2012 or later MacBook Air (11″/13″) or MacBook Pro (13″/15″) model, with markings on the bottom to indicate compatibility. They’re shaped like keys, each with a center channel that grabs BatteryBox’s cable and surrounds its charging pins with a rigid frame. A second channel on the edge can hold another part of the cable when it’s wrapped around BatteryBox for storage.</p>
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<p>A small plastic peg goes into the hinge gap between the MacBook’s keyboard and screen, holding the charging pins in place. Since you can see a large black bar on top of your MacBook, it’s not a beautiful solution; similarly, as you lose the ability to enjoy magnetic attachment and detachment, it’s not as foolproof as a MagSafe connector. But again, it works, notably without interfering in any way with port or keyboard functionality. It’s 100% stable on a desk, and unless you’re doing a lot of jostling, not prone to disconnect on a lap, either.</p>
<p><img title="Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox adds 60Wh of portable power to MacBook Airs, Pros" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-371746" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=655&h=437"alt="batterybox-6" width="655" height="437" /></p>
<p>Rather than attempting to recharge the MacBook, BatteryBox serves as an alternative to wall power, “bypassing” the MacBook’s battery while also reducing BatteryBox’s own performance degradation over time. Gbatteries claims that its cell will last for 3,000 cycles — several times more than other batteries — in part because it’s not being drained in the same fashion, or inefficiently. The company measures BatteryBox’s Mac-powering abilities by the number of continuous hours the accessory can conceivably keep various MacBook models running on its own: an 11″ MacBook Air (with an internal 38Whr battery) is said to last up to 12 hours, versus 7.4 hours for the 13″ Pro (74.8Whr), 5 hours for the 15″ Pro (95Whr), and oddly 13 hours for the 13″ Air (54Whr), probably a misprint.</p>
<p>Are the numbers realistic? Sort of. In my testing, BatteryBox performed in the exact manner promised: I started by running my 13″ MacBook Pro down to 93%, then connected BatteryBox, and used the computer for many hours doing a variety of both low-power and deliberately battery-killing tasks. Over the first several hours of use, the MacBook’s battery never wavered from 93% until I disconnected BatteryBox as a test; it fell to 92% and then stayed there for additional hours as I continued to rely on BatteryBox. The upshot is that you will definitely get multiple hours of extra power for your MacBook regardless of the model you’re using, though Gbatteries’ numbers presume that you’re using the newest and most power-efficient Macs, while doing the least power-intensive work.</p>
<p><img title="Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox adds 60Wh of portable power to MacBook Airs, Pros" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-371751" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=655&h=437"alt="batterybox-8" width="655" height="437" /></p>
<p>BatteryBox also works as an iPhone and iPad charger, actually refueling the devices’ built-in batteries multiple times as needed rather than needing to sit alongside them during regular use — a relief given the cell’s unwieldy size. Gbatteries estimates BatteryBox will deliver 80 hours of additional life for an iPhone 5s, 75 hours for an iPhone 6, 25 hours for an iPad mini, or 22 hours for the iPad Air 2, which is to say two or more charges for most current-generation Apple tablets, and five or six for various iPhones. Based on tests with an iPad 2 and iPhone 6 Plus, I believe that these numbers are reasonable.</p>
<p>My single biggest issue when using BatteryBox with Macs, iPads, and iPhones is the lack of granularity of its remaining power indicators: with such a large battery, five lights doesn’t tell you enough about how much power’s left. I found that when BatteryBox is unable to continue charging a Mac, even if it has one light left, it doesn’t have the strength to push remaining power to a less power-hungry iOS device, either. It can also be finicky when getting reconnected to its included micro-USB cable for wall recharging; I once had to <a href="https://getbatterybo...B-device">resetthe battery</a> by holding down its button, which really shouldn’t need to be done, but did work.</p>
<p><img title="Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox adds 60Wh of portable power to MacBook Airs, Pros" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-371750" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=655&h=437"alt="batterybox-3" width="655" height="437" /></p>
<p>Overall, BatteryBox is a pretty good option for MacBook Air and Pro users who really need extra power on the go. Its biggest assets are the SnapFit system, which indeed works around Apple’s MagSafe in a reasonable (though not beautiful) way, and its considerable power output, which is enough to keep any supported MacBook Air or Pro running for quite some time. On the other hand, its shape may well prove awkward for some users, the lack of an included wall adapter is an issue at this price point, and its power indicators could use some extra work, as well. <a href="http://www.amazon.co...erJuice</a> and<a href="http://www.amazon.com/ChugPlug-External-Battery-Portable-Adapters/dp/B00IIZOYFG/ref=sr_1_2?sr=8-2&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;keywords=batterybox&amp;tag=trust925-20&amp;qid=1427399067">ChugPlug</a> definitely have a strong new competitor to contend with, but each of these options has its own strength, and none is definitively superior to the others.</p>
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YouTube has been supporting super-sharp 4K video for over a year now, as well as video playback at 60 frames-per-second. But for the first time, the world’s biggest video sharing platform will now allow viewers to combine the two. Videos shot<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofand...th-60fps/">Readmore ›</a></div><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/44dd1edb/sc/23/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850935625/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dd1edb/sc/23/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850935625/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dd1edb/sc/23/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850935625/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dd1edb/sc/23/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850935625/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dd1edb/sc/23/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850935625/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dd1edb/sc/23/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850935625/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dd1edb/sc/23/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850935625/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dd1edb/sc/23/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850935625/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dd1edb/sc/23/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224850935625/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dd1edb/sc/23/a2t.img" border="0"/>

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Millions of British Safari users able to sue Google over...

Today, 01:26 PM

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UK Safari users have been given the go-ahead to sue Google for continuing to drop cookies on their devices even after they had refused permission through their browser settings.
It was revealed in 2012 that Google bypassed the setting in Safari which instructed sites not to drop cookies, enabling it to deliver personalized ads. The FTC in the US fined the company $22.5M for the practice, with millions more in additional fines levied by 38 US states. There was no government action in the UK, but a group of British iPhone users took Google to court, seeking compensation for breaching their privacy.
Google had attempted to have the case dismissed, claiming that there was no case to answer as the plaintiffs had not suffered any financial harm, but the UK’s Court of Appeal has rejected this argument, allowing the case to proceed …

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The BBC reports that the court considered the case to “raise serious issues” which justified a trial.

They concern what is alleged to have been the secret and blanket tracking and collation of information, often of an extremely private nature… about and associated with the claimants’ internet use, and the subsequent use of that information for about nine months. The case relates to the anxiety and distress this intrusion upon autonomy has caused.

The Google Action Group, a non-profit formed to manage claims in the case, said that millions of Britons would now be eligible to sue for compensation: anyone who had used Safari on a Mac, iPad or iPhone between summer 2011 and spring 2012.
Dan Tench, one of the lawyers acting for the claimants, said that he looked forward to holding Google to account.

Google, a company that makes billions from advertising knowledge, claims that it was unaware that was secretly tracking Apple users for a period of nine months and had argued that no harm was done because the matter was trivial as consumers had not lost out financially. The Court of Appeal saw these arguments for what they are: a breach of consumers’ civil rights and actionable before the English courts.

One of the claimants in the case, Marc Bradshaw, described it as “a David and Goliath victory.”
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Could the iOS 8.2 jailbreak be released today?

Today, 01:20 PM

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iOS 8.2 was released to the public over a week ago, and already, jailbreakers are champing at the bit for a jailbreak solution that works with the latest and greatest version of Apple’s new operating system. Now it seems as<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofmac...ed-today/">Readmore ›</a></div><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/44dc8d6b/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850934255/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dc8d6b/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850934255/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dc8d6b/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850934255/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dc8d6b/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850934255/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dc8d6b/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850934255/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dc8d6b/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850934255/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dc8d6b/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850934255/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dc8d6b/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224850934255/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dc8d6b/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224850934255/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/44dc8d6b/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/>

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