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Interesting Microsoft News for Apple Users

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Microsoft is reinventing themselves, and using Apple as a blueprint in some ways. Today's news has them making Windows 10 a free upgrade, albeit for a year, for existing Windows 8 customers. Even users of pirated copies of Windows, which are reportedly 75 percent of China's Windows users, will be allowed to upgrade for free. Apple also does this, but they make money on all of the Mac hardware. Microsoft needs to keep Windows' market share high, and fight off Chromebooks on the low end and gain inroads against Android tablets and iPads as well. Plus Microsoft is now in the hardware business and has been for some time. So they can afford to make less profit on the operating system.



Apple TV Rumored (Again) to Get Cable Channels

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Every year, analysts predict the Apple TV will offer a la carte Cable TV channels, and every year they are wrong. Sure, some channels like HBO and ESPN have added "apps" or buttons to the Apple TV, and the HBO NOW announcement, during Apple's Watch event, help Apple inch along towards a set top box replacement. This year is no different, as the Wall Street Journal is getting a little more specific and stating Apple could add about 25 channels and could do so this fall.



Apple Store App Helps You Pick a Size By Letting You Virtually Try On Apple Watches

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If you're thinking of getting an Apple Watch, you'll have lots of decisions to make regarding style and size. This is atypical of Apple, which has usually kept their product line tightly focused. So it will be interesting to see how it does with a device that's also a fashion accessory. In a previous post, I pointed to a website that lets you try various combinations of watch styles and bands to see how your customized Apple Watch will look and to help you decide which to buy. And now iMore has a tip that helps you decide which size Apple Watch to get.



The Steve Jobs Documentary Apple Would Rather You Didn't See

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The annual SXSW festival that's currently going on in Austin, Texas, featured a new documentary on Steve Jobs by the award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney. And it's bad, says 9To5Mac. A number of Apple employees walked out during the screening, and Apple's Eddy Cue tweeted that it's "an inaccurate and mean-spirited view" of his friend. Titled Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, the movie has now been picked up for distribution in theaters by Magnolia Pictures and for airing on TV by CNN. It includes interviews with former Apple employees and with Jobs's ex-girlfriend with whom he fathered a child. It even includes footage of Jobs's testimony to the SEC in 2008. The movie is expected to be released before the movie based on Walter Isaacson's biography that will be in theaters in October.



Motorola Makes it Easy to Visualize Your Smart Watch, as Long as it Is a Moto 360

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Apple has given us so many choices when it comes to the Apple Watch. The case comes in three metals, each with different shades and a wide assortment of bands, and two sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm. The potential downside is known as paralysis of indecision, or analysis paralysis. I can't even decide what to call it, that's how tough it can be to make a decision!



Tip of the Day: Recover Deleted Photos

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If you like to use the camera on your iPhone or iPad, one of the features you'll appreciate in iOS 8 is the ability to recover deleted photos. When you delete a photo, it remains available in the Recently Deleted album on your device for 30 days. If you decide that in fact you want to save a photo you deleted, you can easily recover it.



Want an Apple Watch With Better Battery Life? Get the 42 mm One

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At the Apple Watch announcement, Apple didn't spell out the differences between the 38 mm and 42 mm versions of the Apple Watch, but we are learning now that the larger device has a larger battery. It makes sense, from what we learned about the new MacBook. Apple loves to cram batteries into every nook and cranny. There is a precedent, as the iPhone 6 Plus has a larger battery than the iPhone 6 (but it also needs a larger battery to power the much bigger screen.)



With Next iPhone, Pink Could be the New Gold

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The Apple Watch announcement is behind us and it's time to "spring forward" and look ahead to the next announcement! The huge focus on fashion in the watch product line may spill over to the iPhone. Originally, the iPhone was only available in an aluminum and black form. Later white was added, and then silver, space gray, and, of course, gold. The iPhone 5c brought plastic colors too, but those are on the way out. The iPod touch product line came in assorted colors, but that product line seems to have been abandoned. Now, just as former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts brought her fashion sense to Apple Retail and the watch offerings, she may be influencing Apple to go pink with their flagship iPhone.



How the Apple Watch Helps You Meet Health and Fitness Goals

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The Apple Watch is cool. It might be the next big thing in smartwatches, and it's certainly a step above the rest when comparing it to wearable fitness monitors. 



Choosing Which Apple Watch to Buy

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We've "sprung forward." Now we know what the specs are for the Apple Watch, and most importantly, what it will cost, in each configuration. We know that the somewhat smaller watches with a 38 mm case (height) will cost $50 less than the 42 mm ones. We also know there is no functional difference between the smaller one and the larger one. For my money, I will probably get the smaller one. It should be somewhat less bulky and perhaps more importantly, $349 is closer to an impulse buy (at least as Apple products go) versus $399. As an app developer with several watch apps on the horizon, I know I need to own an Apple Watch. But that doesn't mean I need a fancy one.



Apple Watch App Rundown

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Thanks to the Apple Watch, we can now get apps everywherefrom our MacBooks on our lap and the iPad on the desk, to our iPhones in our hands and our Apple Watches on our wrist.



Apple Watch Event Roundup: Apple's Incredible Focus on Making Products People Love

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If there was a single theme in today's Apple event, it was the company's extraordinary commitment to be constantly envisioning great products, and then continually refining them. No other company seems to have such a dedicated focus, nor the resources to bring it off. 



I Want an Apple Watch, but Not for $10K!

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You can get a Fitbit to monitor your health activity and get notifcations from your phone. You can get a Pebble to do many of the same things. Both are reasonably priced. Or you can get an Apple Watch in one of three models that blow every other current smart watch/fitness wrist thing right out of the dang water! One of which, an 18kt-gold version is going to retail for at least $10,000 dollars. What!?



March 9 Apple Announcement: Apple Watch Availability and Pricing

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Whoever you are, there's an Apple Watch for you. These beautiful timepieces are completely customizable–you choose the face and band. Preorder and preview April 10, available April 24 in the following countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, United States. Apple is working on making the Apple Watch available everywhere. 



March 9 Apple Announcement: Third-Party Apple Watch Apps

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The Apple Watch is finally here! And with 18-hour battery life, you can use third-party apps all day.

Many of your favorite apps will be available for Apple Watch at launch, which is April 24,  2015. Browse your Instagram feed or call an Uber car right from your watch with the Uber App.



March 9 Apple Announcement: Apple Makes a Fashion Statement with the Apple Watch

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Would you take fashion advice from Apple's Tim Cook, Eddie Cue, Jimmy Iovine, Phil Schiller or even Dr. Dre or Jony Ive? If so, you would probably wear an untucked dress shirt with a button undone or a slim fitting dark t-shirt all the time (except when getting knighted by the Queen.) Thankfully, their fashion sense didn't dictate our options for the Apple Watch.



March 9 Apple Announcement: Native Apps for Apple Watch

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"It's not just with you, it's on you." That's how Tim Cook explains Apple's new Apple Watch. It's everything we hoped it to be, and more! 



March 9 Apple Announcement: How Will ResearchKit Change Our Lives?

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Wow, evidently Apple is not satisfied at having nearly a billion iPhones out there in the world, they are preparing to use them to battle breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Parkinsons just for a start! During today's announcement, Apple rolled out an applications framework, called ResearchKit, which will be openly available for the developing of custom apps to aid in monitoring and surveying potential participants. This new framework, available today, comes with five applications that will enable the use of Apple iPhone sensors. The data gathered can be analysed for symptoms and used to track progress while also helping to minimize the impacts of these grave health issues.



March 9 Apple Announcement: Surprise! Apple News We Didn't Expect

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Apple normally tries to be super secretive before an announcement, but the Apple Watch was an anomaly. Apple took the rare step of introducing it months before it was shipping or even finalized. As Apple did not have a smartwatch product line to protect, they could afford to do so. Plus, it froze consumer purchases of competing gadgets. Still, we didn't know everything about the Apple Watch, until today. And we still have more to learn, once it reaches consumers' hands (and wrists!)



March 9 Apple Announcement: Apple TV-Same Device, Lower Price. Featuring HBO NOW.

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The Apple TV hasn't had a product refresh in about three years. So when Tim Cook brought up the Apple TV at today's event, I was so excited to see what Apple was about to reveal. At long last I thought, a new Apple TV! Something fresh and refined to compete with the likes of the Chromecast and Roku streaming devices!



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