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  • Apple Pegged To Bring Force Touch Pressure-Sensitive Input To Next iPhones

    Apple Pegged To Bring Force Touch Pressure-Sensitive Input To Next iPhones

    Apple’s Force Touch tech, which it built into both the new 12-inch MacBook and the new Apple Watch, is also headed to the next iPhone, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Frankly, after trying the tech out in person, I’d be more surprised it wasn’t using Force Touch across all of its upcoming products. The pressure-sensitive input method allows for a… Read More

  • Full Recap of the Apple Event | TC Applecast

    TC AppleCast 8: Our Video Recap Of The Apple Event

    On Monday, Apple held a special event focused on the all-new 12-inch MacBook with a Retina display, and the Apple Watch, providing us a deeper look at the smartwatch’s software. The special event merits a special podcast, so we got Matthew Panzarino, Darrell Etherington and Kyle Russell together to capture the magic on video. And there’s an audio version, too, so pick your… Read More

  • Yik Yak Quietly Dropped From Google Play Charts In October

    Yik Yak Quietly Dropped From Google Play Charts In October

    If the rise of anonymous apps has proven anything, it’s that humans can be ugly creatures when the social pressures that keep our baser natures in check are removed, and we’re allowed to share our darker sentiments and thoughts – sometimes, for nothing more than the cheap thrill of knowing they’ve caused others outrage. Case in point: Yik Yak, the latest app to… Read More

  • Try These Interactive Demos Of Apple Watch Apps Featured At Apple’s Events

    Try These Interactive Demos Of Apple Watch Apps Featured At Apple’s Events

    Apple has now spent a fair amount of time showing us how Apple Watch apps will work on its wearable, which launches on April 24 (with pre-orders starting April 10), but few have had a chance to try out the software for themselves. Dedicated watch app site WatchAware has spent considerable time and effort providing interactive teaser trailers that provide a basic idea how apps for Apple Watch… Read More

  • You Can Now Build Your Own Moto 360 Smartwatch On Moto Maker

    You Can Now Build Your Own Moto 360 Smartwatch On Moto Maker

    Motorola’s Android Wear smartwatch, which led sales of Android Wear devices during their first year of availability, is now part of Moto Maker, the custom hardware design platform that lets shoppers build their own looks for Moto devices. Moto 360 customization options include three different finishes, nine separate band styles and a number of different pre-installed watch face options. Read More

  • Google’s Redesigned Calendar App Comes To iPhone

    Google’s Redesigned Calendar App Comes To iPhone

    Google today launched the redesigned version of its mobile Calendar app on iPhone. The new app, which follows Google’s new Material Design guidelines, includes all the features Google previously announced when it launched its updated Calendar App for Android. Read More

  • Google Accidentally Reveals Its Own Mobile Events App

    Google Accidentally Reveals Its Own Mobile Events App

    Google has published a new mobile events application on Google Play called “Interactive Events,” but the app doesn’t appear to be ready for prime time. Instead, it looks like the app has been published early by accident, as it advises users who download it to their phones that it’s a “confidential” app being tested internally at the company, and warns users… Read More

  • Omniscient Comparison Site AppCrawlr Bought By Softonic

    Omniscient Comparison Site AppCrawlr Bought By Softonic

    Discovering great apps is like finding a needle in a manure pile. The App Stores are overrun with crap, and anything decent has a dozen clones. But AppCrawlr lets you compare feature checklists and reviews to find the best app for any purpose. While a genius technology, AppCrawlr’s two-man operation never became a household name. So today, AppCrawlr announced it’s been acquired… Read More

  • Community-Based Shipping Service Roadie Launches Nationwide

    Community-Based Shipping Service Roadie Launches Nationwide

    Roadie, an alternative shipping service offering a cheaper way to get your items to a remote destination by piggy-backing on drivers heading in that same direction, is today rolling out across the U.S. Until now the service was only available in select states, mainly in the Southeast U.S. The company is headquartered in Atlanta and has been steadily expanding outward from there since its… Read More

  • Wi-Fi And Gestures Could Soon Help Android Wear Match Some Apple Watch Advantages

    Wi-Fi And Gestures Could Soon Help Android Wear Match Some Apple Watch Advantages

    Android Wear is reportedly getting some updates that will help it mirror or offer alternatives to some of the big wearable advantages Apple has made available on the new Apple Watch, including input and connectivity tweaks. The Verge reports that Google is planning to bring Wi-Fi support and gesture control to Android Wear, as well as UI changes that make apps easier to find and open without… Read More

  • Starbucks Expands Its Mobile “Order Ahead” Feature To Seattle And The Pacific Northwest

    Starbucks Expands Its Mobile “Order Ahead” Feature To Seattle And The Pacific Northwest

    Starbucks’ mobile ordering system, which allows customers to place orders in advance of their visit to the store, pay from their phone, then skip the line when they arrive, is today rolling out to more locations across the Pacific Northwest, including Starbucks’ home base of Seattle. In total, there are now 650 more locations supported in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska, says… Read More

  • LaCie’s New USB-C Mobile Hard Drive Matches The New MacBook Perfectly

    LaCie’s New USB-C Mobile Hard Drive Matches The New MacBook Perfectly

    The new MacBook’s most curious feature might be its lack of ports – there are only two on the edges of the machine, one of the left for USB-C power, data and display connectivity, and a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack on the right for use with any standard audio gear. The singular port means accessory makers will be vying for that coveted space, and LaCie wasted no time in outing a… Read More

  • Opera Brings Back Cross-Platform Bookmark Syncing

    Opera Brings Back Cross-Platform Bookmark Syncing

    A few months ago, Opera (re-)introduced cross-platform bookmark syncing in its beta applications for the desktop and Android. Today, it’s launching this feature into its stable channel for desktop, Android and iOS. When Opera moved to WebKit in 2013, it gained a couple of new features, but it also lost quite a few more. The company always said that it would bring most of these back, though. Read More

  • The Apple Watch Battery Is Replaceable

    The Apple Watch Battery Is Replaceable

    The Apple Watch got its grand unveiling yesterday. You can read our round-up of details from Apple’s event here. But as tech watchers chewed over the price-tag for the latest luxury gizmo to be born in Cupertino talk turned to obsolescence. Read More

  • Watch All The Videos About The Apple Watch And New MacBook From Today’s Event

    Watch All The Videos About The Apple Watch And New MacBook From Today’s Event

    At today’s special Apple Event in Cupertino, the company showed us a whole lot of video – if there was a new feature or product, there was pretty much a video describing rapturously how it came about, or how it’ll change your life. Here are all those videos, grouped by product, so you can relive the best of the product highlights without having to watch the interjecting… Read More

  • A Look At The Apple Watch Companion App

    A Look At The Apple Watch Companion App

    In order to support Apple’s new wearable device, the Apple Watch, the company announced this morning it’s rolling out an updated version of the iOS mobile operating system, version 8.2, starting today. Included in the new OS is a brand-new “Apple Watch” app, which is how Apple Watch users will be able to download apps and configure various settings, including their… Read More

  • Hands On With The Apple Watch

    Hands On With The Apple Watch

    Apple’s smartwatch was on display again at today’s special Apple event, and this time we actually got to try a live unit. Last September, we were able to wear the hardware on our wrists, but today units had near-final live software so we got get a better idea of how it will actually work when it ships on April 24. The Apple Watch’s hardware is of course still quite… Read More

  • You Can Keep Your iPhone In Your Pocket. Don’t Believe Me? Just Watch

    You Can Keep Your iPhone In Your Pocket. Don’t Believe Me? Just Watch

    This is no sidekick. It’s not merely a companion. The Apple Watch completely eliminates the need to pull out your phone in many situations. That was the theme of today’s launch event. This isn’t just another screen for your notifications. Yes, Apple Watch is time, saved. But Apple Watch is also things done. Hail and find your Uber. Browse and Like Instagram photos. Reply… Read More

  • What Your Favorite Apps Look Like On Apple Watch (Plus New Ones!)

    What Your Favorite Apps Look Like On Apple Watch (Plus New Ones!)

    In preparation for Apple’s first wearable device, mobile developers have been busy creating all kinds of applications designed especially for the Apple Watch’s small screen. The watch, which is said by early testers to be so usable that they found they were no longer pulling out their iPhone as often, allows you to interact with a variety of apps and notifications, ranging… Read More

  • Hands On With The All-New Ultra Thin MacBook With Retina Display

    Hands On With The All-New Ultra Thin MacBook With Retina Display

    Apple’s newest MacBook is clearly designed to set the stage for all Apple notebooks to come – it has a dramatically thin body, which measures only 13.1 mm deep at its thickest point, and a 12-inch display with a very small surrounding bezel. The screen has Retina resolution of 2304×1440, with a 16:10 aspect ratio, and the computer has just one port for power and data… Read More

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