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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.

Apple Confirms June 8 WWDC Keynote; Schedule Includes 180 Mystery Sessions

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The upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference looks like it's going to be filled with exciting news, and now, according to 9To5Mac, Apple has confirmed that there will be a keynote session on June 8 at 10 a.m. PST. Hopefully the keynote will be live streamed, as it has been the past couple years. In addition, Apple has indirectly confirmed that there will be a lot of new things they haven't yet announced because they've scheduled over 180 sessions for developers during the week of WWDC (June 8–12) that currently have titles in the schedule such as "Highly confidential," "You'll like this one," and "Pins and needles."



Roundup: Recent iOS 9 and iPhone 6s Rumors

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As the June 8-12 Worldwide Developers Conference approaches—and the anticipated announcement of iOS 9—we're seeing a lot of rumors related to iOS 9 and the forthcoming iPhone, which many are expecting to be called the iPhone 6s. 



InnoFlask Portable Bluetooth Speaker Is Just What I Was Wanting

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When I received the InnoFLASK portable speaker ($129.95), the first music I played was my long-time favorite: Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture. It has a wide dynamic range, and seemed like a perfect test for this speaker. I was impressed.



Tip of the Day: Edit Your Mailbox List to Show Unread Emails

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If you're like everyone else, you have a ton of email in your Inbox in Mail on your iPhone or iPad. And likely those are a mix of read and unread emails. If you're making a concerted effort to respond to all of them, you might find it convenient to just view those that are unread. Fortunately, in iOS 8 you can now edit the mailbox list so that you have a mailbox that just shows your unread emails.



Unboxing Videos of Apple Watch Edition and Stunning Gold-Plated Watch

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Customers are now receiving their Apple Watch Edition, and unboxing videos are starting to appear on the blogs. However, in my mind a new unboxing video of a gold-plated Apple Watch and Link Bracelet is more impressive than the Edition. 



Tip of the Day: Use iTunes to Sync Photos to Your Device

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While iCloud Photo Library has generally replaced iTunes for syncing photos between your computer and your iPhone or iPad, you can still opt to use the iTunes software. I can think of a couple reasons you may want to do this. If you'd like to keep a limited selection of your photos on your device in order to save storage space, iTunes may be a good choice. Also, some people simply don't feel comfortable using the cloud.



New "Home" App in iOS 9 May Manage Smart-Home Devices

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I'm looking forward to the June 8–12 developers conference, during which Apple is expected to show off iOS 9 and announce new products. Apple has already confirmed that new devices compatible with their HomeKit platform will launch in June, so many are expecting the Worldwide Developers Conference to feature this forthcoming platform. In announcing HomeKit, Apple said it would be used with devices that control a home's locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs, switches, and more. Smart-home devices are becoming increasingly popular, and a platform that integrates their function and gives them a common interface would be a huge boon — and a big step forward for the industry. The timing is right.



Rumor: iOS 9 Maps to Include Transit Directions

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Details of iOS 9 are continuing to leak as we get closer to the June announcement of this new version of iOS at the Worldwide Developers Conference. 9To5Mac is reporting that Maps in iOS 9 will now include transit directions — a feature that was rumored for iOS 8 but wasn't ready in time. Now it's said to be ready and will include subway, train, and bus information. 



Deals: Apple Now Offering Refurbished iPad Air 2

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If you'd like to save money on an iPad Air 2, Apple is now selling a long list of refurbished iPad Air 2 models at between 15 to 17 percent off the regular price. They come with a new battery and new shell, so cosmetically it should be in perfect condition. 



Why Apple Isn't Selling an HDTV -- And How They'll Make Their Mark on the Industry

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As our blogger Todd Bernhard posted, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Apple decided over a year ago not to bring an HDTV to market. I'm guilty of hyping the rumors saying one was coming. And certainly Apple seriously considered it, having developed a number of prototypes. The rumor was further stimulated by the Isaacson Steve Jobs biography, which made it sound like the late Apple founder had conceived of a new interface for TV that would make it much better. So why would Apple decide not to bring a TV to market, especially knowing that a million Apple fan boys would immediately snap it up? 



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