Apple Watch won’t be a U.S.-only launch

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Hot on the heels of a report that Apple has plans to release the Apple Watch in the U.S. in early April, 9to5Mac reports that the highly anticipated device will also be available in Germany and, perhaps, in other countries as well next month.

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Pre-order ‘Becoming Steve Jobs,’ a new book on Apple and its mercurial co-founder

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Though it may seem the world doesn’t really need another book on Steve Jobs, I beg to differ given Walter Isaacson’s disappointing biography on Apple’s famous co-founder and late CEO.

Written by the The Wall Street Journal and Fortune reporter Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, Executive Editor with Fast Company, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader promises to be the Steve Jobs book that true fans deserve.

Scheduled to arrive on March 24 via Crown Publishing Group, it’s now available for pre-order over at Apple’s iBooks Store or Amazon’s Kindle Store for $15.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple Watch gets huge spreads in two more top magazines

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Did you know that the Apple Watch is currently in the midst of a world tour? Not a physical one, of course -- we'll have to wait until April for that -- but rather a print tour, popping up in some of the most popular magazines around the world.

Last week, we got an early look at the spread appearing in the March issue of Vogue, and now China's East Touch and England's The Sunday Times have joined in as well.

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How to embed Twitter videos on your website

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Twitter has had a nice JavaScript-powered embed widget available on the web for quite some time now. Anyone is permitted to use the widget to highlight and inject specific tweets into their own blog posts and on websites.

Soon after the micro-blogging startup introduced the ability to shoot video directly within its mobile apps more than a month ago, the need arose for embedding Twitter video.

In this post, I’ll show you how to use Twitter’s widget to get the embed code for Twitter-hosted video to use on your own website or blog.... Read the rest of this post here


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The incredible (and hilarious) way Apple kept the Apple Watch a secret

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The hype and speculation surrounding Apple's September Apple Watch event was unprecedented, understandably so given Apple's track record of driving innovation in new product categories. What made the event all the more exciting is that Apple was successfully able to keep important details of the device completely under wraps.

In a broad sense, sure, we knew Apple was likely to introduce a wearable device of some sort. But key details surrounding the device's capabilities, and even what the design looked like, remained unknown until Tim Cook officially walked up on stage and unveiled the Apple Watch for the first time.

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Fraudsters take advantage of banks’ weak Apple Pay identity checks

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A mobile payment system is only as secure as its weakest link... and in the case of Apple Pay, it's the banks' ability to verify who you are. The Guardian has learned that thieves are setting up iPhones with stolen IDs and taking advantage of lackadaisical identity checks (often just a part of the social security number) to provision victims' cards for Apple Pay. After that, it's open season -- crooks just have to claim that the legitimate card owner is on a trip to go on a shopping spree.

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Launch lineup of Watch apps includes Salesforce, Panera Bread, hotel & fitness apps and more

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As Apple is prepping to share more information about its upcoming wrist-worn device at the March 9 “Spring Forward” media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CEO Tim Cook just dropped a few interesting tidbits about the lineup of launch apps for the Watch.

He told employees of Apple’s flagship retail store in Berlin that “a whole ton of announcements are coming shortly about all of the apps coming” for it.

The comment indicates that the upcoming media event will have a strong focus on third-party applications for the device. “Some of the best hotels in the world” will allow Watch owners to use the device to unlock room doors, he told employees, 9to5Mac learned.... Read the rest of this post here


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Tim Cook: Apple Watch launch not limited to U.S.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a recent earnings call that the Apple Watch will be shipping to customers in April and now we’ve learned that the device’s launch won’t be limited to the United States.

Cook, who is touring Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Israel, apparently told managers during his visit to the flagship Apple Store in Berlin that the wrist-worn device will launch in Germany during the month of April, 9to5Mac learned.... Read the rest of this post here


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IBM unveils three new ‘MobileFirst for iOS’ apps

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Enterprise software giant IBM on Monday announced three new apps in its MobileFirst for iOS lineup, aimed at travel and transportation, retail and banking and financial services industries.

The three new apps join the original software lineup targeted to customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications, energy and utilities, governments and airlines.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple Watch lifestyle photoshoots appear in Hong Kong and UK fashion mags

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Multi-page editorial coverage of the Apple Watch in the world’s top fashion magazines continues with a new cover appearance and multi-page spread in Hong Kong street fashion and lifestyle magazine East Touch this month, Hype Beast reported Monday.

In addition, the wrist-worn device has appeared on the cover and a two-page spread inside the Big Spring issue of London-based fashion mag Style.... Read the rest of this post here


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