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March 9 Apple Announcement: Medical Research Apps Will Help Researchers Cure Diseases

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Small sample sizes, frequency of data, subjective data, and one-way communication have always been issues in the Medical Research field. Research Kit is a software kit built in to iPhone that allows researchers to collect data about certain diseases right from iPhone users who have these diseases.



Apple Will Join Dow Jones on March 18

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Apple, the world's largest publicly traded company according to market capitalization, will join the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the market closes on March 18, according to a report by Reuters on Friday. In a bit of irony, Apple will replace AT&T among the 30 stocks included in the Dow. Originally primarily a telegraph and telephone company, AT&T has been eclipsed by Apple. The goal of the change is to maintain the weighting of the technology sector in the Dow following a stock split by Visa, according to the press release on Mac Daily News. Ever since Apple's seven-for-one stock split, market analysts had been expecting that Apple would be added to the Dow. 



What to Expect from Apple’s March 9 Event

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Tomorrow, during Apple’s “Spring Forward” event, Tim Cook is expected to officially launch the Apple Watch, five months after first announcing the device last September. This will be the first time Apple has released a new product category since Cook became CEO.



Website Lets You See How Your Customized Apple Watch Will Look

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Mix Your Watch is a new website that lets you try different combinations of Apple Watch cases and bands to see which you like best. Of course, you likely won't be able to decide for sure until you see it in person, but this site can give you an idea of the combinations you might prefer. 



Apple iPad Pro Pushed to September

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As users migrate to tablets, in particular iPads, to replace their laptops, there has been speculation that Apple might bridge the gap between the iPad Air and the MacBook Air. An iPad Pro, at just over 12 inches, with some kind of a keyboard case or cover, like Microsoft's Surface has, could be just what the doctor ordered. There are also suggestions that a Pro version of the iPad might support USB 3.0 for faster data transfer and charging and even support for a wired keyboard. I had a Microsoft Surface with the magnetically-attached keyboard cover and that was a nice touch (no pun intended) that I'd like to see Apple mimic.



Next iPhone Might Support All Cellular Carriers

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When the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 were announced, I wrote about the revolutionary shift in shipping one cellular model that supported all carriers. At the time, I speculated that Apple might get around to doing this with the iPhone. The latest rumors suggest that will be the case, with the iPhone 6s (presuming that naming convention sticks) and likely the iPhone 6s Plus (or iPhone 6 Plus S?)



Android Wear Watches to Work With iPhone?

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Google, Microsoft, Pebble, and other smartwatch makers think there's room for them on the wrists of iPhone owners. Apple has left an opening by charging $349 minimum and compromising on battery life and other features. This means there may be an opportunity for other watch makers to sell to iPhone users, if only they could make their devices work with iOS. Microsoft already does, with their Microsoft Band, and Pebble always has. Pebble just launched a color version, called Pebble Time, that is attractive and offers a week or more of battery life, thanks to e-Paper display technology. They also launched a $250 steel version including the option of a gold color case, which is a lot more affordable than Apple's gold Edition will be!



Website Gives Interactive Preview of Apple Watch Apps

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If you're curious about how Apple Watch apps will work in practice, hop on over to Watchware, which has interactive demos of 26 of the apps that will be available (with more being added all the time). 



Google Vs Apple and the Search for More Money

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The iOS vs. Android story is old, but there is another dimension to the Apple vs. Google battle. Just as Samsung is both a competitor and a provider to Apple, Google has been providing search results for iOS users. Apple's Siri introduced another way to search, by voice, and Apple switched to Microsoft's Bing as a way to provide some Siri-based search results. This put a minor damper on Google's search volume, and therefore display ads, which is still their primary source of revenue.



Rumor: iPhone 6s to Have "Force Touch" Display

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Although the Apple Watch is getting most of the attention right now, rumors are starting to percolate regarding the next iPhones. According to a post on AppleInsider, the forthcoming phones will be named the iPhone 6s and will come in the same sizes and design as the current iPhone 6. In addition, their sources ("people familiar with the matter") say that the display will use the Force Touch feature being introduced in the Apple Watch. 



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