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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.



New York Times Now Free in iOS App

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A new version of the New York Times app for iPhone, called NYT Now (free), was released yesterday. And the big news is that you can now read unlimited articles without having a paid subscription. (Previously, the cost was $7.99 per month.) In addition, the new version highlights the latest news at the top of your news feed, lets you share screen shots of stories with your friends, and includes support for 1Password. You can also subscribe to the Morning Briefing and receive an alert when it's ready. 



Apple Watch Takes a Licking, Keeps on... Clicking

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The Apple Watch doesn't "tick" like a Timex, whose slogan has been "Takes a licking, keeps on ticking" but in a recent "torture test" it survived better than Apple promised. An enterprising amateur athlete, dubbed DC Rainmaker, took an Apple watch on a 10-plus minute swim, a few dives from a high diving board, and more and found it worked without any noticeable issues. He even simulated a 40 meter dive, although the watch is rated for just 1 meter!



Video Gives Good Look at $400 Gold-Plated Apple Watch

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Not long after the Apple Watch became available, some companies began offering gold plating. Why spend $10,000 on the Apple Watch Edition when you can get a gold-plated Apple Watch for $1,000 or less? I was curious what the result would be, and a video posted on YouTube's TechSmartt channel gives a clear look at how Keaton Keller's watch turned out. He is thrilled, as you can see in the video below.



Rumor: Apple's Forthcoming Streaming Music Service to Include Up to Three-Month Free Trial

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Re/Code reported late last week that Apple's new subscription music service, expected to be announced next month, may include a free trial of one to three months, if Apple gets its way in current negotiations with the record labels. In addition, Apple would like to offer free samples of songs. A company, for example, might make one song from a new album available for free as a way of enticing listeners to purchase the album. Plus, Apple wants to offer free iTunes Radio stations curated by real DJs and has already begun hiring them.



iPad Pro Screen Could Be Bigger but Thinner

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It's a poorly kept secret that Apple is looking at making a bigger iPad, dubbed an iPad Pro, likely with a 12.9-inch screen. And we have seen indications that such an iPad would make use of Apple's new Force Touch sensors to detect how hard a user presses, and respond differently based on that pressure. But to add a Force Touch sensor similar to the ones in their new MacBooks, Apple may need to make more room available. If they can make the already slim iPad screen even thinner, this could provide the space they need.



The Verdict on the Apple Watch, from Twitter and from Kids

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So now that the Apple Watch has been out for a while, you've likely read the reviews. Overall, they tend toward the positive but are definitely mixed. But what about regular users? A company called CrowdFlower analyzed more than 30,000 individual tweets on Twitter to get a sense for what users are saying. And a delightful video, embedded below, gives the charming reaction of 11 kids who are introduced to the Apple Watch.



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