Apple Unveils Apple Watch for 2015 Release

apple watch 650 3Apple has officially joined the smart watch race with its announcement of Apple Watch, the company’s “most personal device ever.” When paired to an iPhone 5+, or the newly announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, users will have access to the major features of their smartphone, but in an experience specifically designed for such a small device’s screen.

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Apple Unveils iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Announces iOS 8 Availability

iphone 6 650At an event today in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, with the company calling the devices “the biggest advancements in iPhone history.” The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, respectively, and feature advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, the Apple-designed A8 chip, improved wireless technologies, increased battery life, and Apple Pay, a new way to use one’s phone for making payments in-stores and online.

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South Korea Forces Apple and Google to change app store refund policy

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For South Koreans, getting refunds from Apple and Google for less-than-stellar apps just got a lot easier. The new law comes from the Korea Fair Trade Commission, which is stepping in to revise app store policies from Apple and Google.

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You can buy a gold-plated iPhone engraved with Vladimir Putin’s face for $4,300

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Valdimir Putin is getting the same distinction as Steve Jobs, Muhammad Ali, and Leonardo da Vinci from Caviar, an Italian luxury brand that recently designed a special gold-plated iPhone in honor of the Russian president.

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Apple unveils iOS 8, its biggest release since the launch of the App Store

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Apple today unveiled its iOS 8 operating system, which includes new features for users, and new tools for developers to create better user experiences. In addition to new Messages features and and a focus on a more intuitive user experience, Apple has unveiled the iCloud Photo Library, Family Sharing, Apple’s QuickType keyboard, iCloud Drive, a new Health app, and more.

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Hackers can now bypass iCloud’s activation lock to access ‘bricked’ stolen phones

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Stolen iPhones and iOS products are at the mercy of hackers, who can unlock “bricked” devices using a new workaround for iCloud’s Activation Lock. The new tool, doulCi from Dutch hacker AquaXetine and Moroccan hacker MerrukTechnolog allows anyone to plug a phone into a computer in order to access the hacker’s server to unlock the device. (more…)

Apple’s app design Bible is now a free iBook through iTunes

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Apple’s app design Bible, iOS Human Interface Guidelines, is now a free download from iTune’s iBookstore. The guidelines were only previously available through Apple’s Developer Portal, but now it’s free as a convenient iBook document with useful annotations and videos.

Once inside the app design Bible, readers can glean some of the design decisions Apple developers go through when creating apps for iOS. From understanding what makes a great user experience to clean, simple color palettes and fonts – the book is a nice way to browse what was once only available as a PDF. (more…)

Juniper Research: Smartphone shipments reached 980 million in 2013

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Research firm Juniper Research has released its latest report, measuring smartphone sales and shipments through the end of 2013. According to the report, global smartphone shipments reached 980 million in 2013, with 280 million shipped in Q4 of 2013 alone. This represents a 39 percent growth in shipments year-over-year.

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Apple to pay at least $32.5 million in refunds for accidental in-app purchases

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Apple has agreed to refund consumers whose children made in-app purchases in apps on iPhone and iPad, without parental consent. Apple will pay at least $32.5 million in refunds to settle a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, the FTC reports.

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Apple: App Store sales cross $10 billion in 2013

Photo via Flickr / Cristiano Betta

Photo via Flickr / Cristiano Betta

Apple has announced its sales figures for 2013, revealing that customers spent over $10 billion on the App Store last year. Over $1 billion of that came from December alone, as new customers received iOS devices during the holiday season.

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