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What I Learned While Writing Apps for the Apple Watch

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It seems like I have been waiting for an app-enabled smartwatch since my calculator watch days in the early 1980s. I'm still waiting, because while the Apple Watch runs apps as extensions of the iPhone's screen, those apps still run on the iPhone. Apple has said that developers will be able to write apps that run natively on the Apple Watch, but it hasn't committed to a date. Perhaps June's Worldwide Developers Conference will shed some light on this limitation.



Apple Says HomeKit Devices Coming in June

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Apple rarely comments on forthcoming products, but reacted quickly when the rumor began spreading late last week that HomeKit devices wouldn't be available until August or September.



Steve Jobs Looms Large in Movie Trailer and Cook Commencement Speech

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Steve Jobs has been gone for years, but his presence is still felt. Apple CEO Tim Cook honored the Apple founder at a commencement speech at George Washington University this weekend. Cook, fresh off a visit to China, told the audience they shouldn't have to choose between a job that pays the bills and their ambitions to do good and make a difference.



Rdio's $3.99/Month Streaming Service Includes 25 Daily Downloads

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As the tech world awaits an announcement by Apple regarding its expected subscription music service, Rdio on Thursday undercut the competition by offering a low-cost streaming music service called Rdio Select. For $3.99 per month, you can stream Pandora-like stations ad-free at 320 kbs, enjoy unlimited skips, and access 25 of your favorite songs each day.



Add Power to your iPhone for Just $10

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Act fast, because until May 16th at 11:59pm (ET) only, PowerSkin is offering their PoP'n for just $10 shipped. Technically, it's a penny with $9.99 shipping, but however you slice it, it's a good deal, since it normally lists for $49.99 plus shipping. The PowerSkin PoP'n latches on to the Lightning port (or microUSB if that's what you order) of your iPhone and sticks to the back of the phone or case. Not all cases will work with it, as you need some clearance around the lightning port, but you could always remove your case if needed. Their website lists the iPhone 5/5s/5c, but it should work with an iPhone 6.



The Search for Apple Watch Apps Just Got a Little Easier

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If you were lucky (and brave) enough to pick up an Apple Watch, you probably want to find some killer apps for it. Maybe you want to justify your purchase, or show it off to friends, or just get the most out of your new device. After all, the original iPhone didn't really strut its stuff until the App Store showed up a year later.



Will Wolfram's New Image Identification Come to Siri?

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Some of Siri's specialized knowledge comes courtesy of WolframAlpha, a service that offers access to an extensive knowledge base. When you ask Siri how many calories are in a bagel, or what the square root of 128 is, Siri's answer comes from WolframAlpha.



Mount the Apple Watch in Your Automobile

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The Apple Watch may not be cheap, but it could actually be a practical alternative to a CarPlay or Bluetooth-enabled stereo system. I recently added Bluetooth stereo to my old car and it cost over $200 for an entry-level model. With the right car mount, you can use your Apple Watch as a hands-free speakerphone, complete with Siri integration.



LUNATIK Is at It Again, with a Protective Case for the Apple Watch

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You might remember LUNATIK, the folks behind Epik, a hardened case that turned the old square iPod nano into a rugged watch. Apple stopped making that little iPod a few years ago, and during that time, LUNATIK has been anticipating an Apple Watch. They are now ready to release their Kickstarter campaign for a protective shell for the Apple Watch. As I wrote about earlier, the Apple Watch is proving to be more durable than expected and even scratches on the stainless steel model can be removed.



More Colors, Memory, and Megapixels For Next iPhone?

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A new iPhone isn't likely to show up until September and given Apple's track record, it is likely to be a minor tweak of the existing design with an "s" suffix. Applelnsider is reporting that the next iPhone, the iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus) will be available in Rose Gold to match the high-end Apple Watch Edition models. Its doubtful that the phones case would actually be made of real gold, given the size and short lifespan of phones and the "bendability" of gold and the "Bendgate" controversy. The more interesting aspects of the rumor, to me, are a better camera, which is long overdue, and more memory.



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