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I'm delighted to announce that Rosetta Stone is back on our Deals page—you can get up to $280 off thelanguage set of your choice with our offer. I've done Rosetta Stone before, and I think it's a great way to learn a language. You can choose from more than 20 languages, and there's a moneyback guarantee from Rosetta Stone on your purchase. Check it out.
Apple released OS X Yosemite Recovery Update 1.0 on Wednesday. The update, "improves the reliability of Yosemite Recovery when restoring from a Time Machine backup."
The Wall Street Journal posted a video with reporter Joanna Stern walking us through a fictional day in the life with an Apple Watch. Part tongue-in-cheek, part serious attempt to show us the Apple Watch with a POV camera, Ms. Stern's video offers a mixed review on the device. For bonus points, enjoy Rupert Murdoch's cameo in which he exercised his droit de signeur with the device (as Philip Elmer-DeWitt quipped).
Apple released OS X 10.10.3 on Wednesday, an update that includes the long-awaited Photos app. Photos replaces Apple's popular iPhoto software, as well as the company's professional software, Aperture. The update also includes new Emoji characters, adds Spotlight suggestions to Look Up, improves Wi-Fi, and more.
Our deals on portable chargers are always popular, and we have a good one for you today on the Innori 22400mAh Portable Battery Pack. It has three USB charging ports, and it optimizes the charge for the device you plug into it. You can get this portable charger for 42% off through our deal, at $39.99.
The young people with their twitter tweets and facespaces and tap screens and hoohaws! They're ruining America! They're zombies! Faces all mashed into the shiny...and Apple and its retail stores and those iPhones and iPads are at the center of it! Or so Bill O'Reilly of Fox News would have us believe. Maybe he's gunning for Andy Rooney's beat over at 60 Minutes, or maybe he's just pandering to the Fox News demo. Either way, he sent Jesse Watters (posted to YouTube by IamYesYes, via CNet) to an Apple Store to ask people if they'd rather give up their Apple devices or sex. Because #lolthatshilarious. In the piece, Mr. O'Reilly says Apple devices are like opium, and he inferred that they're ruining America. Also, he would like the youths to please get and stay off his lawn.
HBO Now went live on iOS and Apple TV Tuesday. The standalone service allows users to get HBO content without a cable or satellite TV subscription. It was announced on March 9th for a premier in April, and that day in April is at hand—just in the nick of time for Game of Thrones season 5.
I love iFixIt's tools. I have the company's lock pick set (it's writing research, folks) and one of its bit kits. They're super high quality, and I'm a total fan boy—which is I am delighted that we can offer you a deal on the iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit. This collection has 70 industry-standard tools—including Pentalobe and Torque Security bits—designed to help you fix computers and gadgets. It all rolls up in an included canvas carrier, too. There's a video walkthrough on the deal site, as well as images. Through our deal you can get the iFixIt Pro Tech Toolkit for $64.99, 40 percent off retail.
Apple can't use the word "Apple" or the image of an apple to promote or sell watches in Switzerland due to a 1985 trademark. According to Swiss site RTS, the patent is good until December 5th, 2015—it would prevent Apple from marketing Apple Watch in that country.
LG Electronics is claiming through a press release that Apple will announce an iMac 8K in 2015. Apple hasn't announced such a product, of course, and the company was already on the bleeding edge of ultra high definition with the iMac 5K, announced just this past fall. Bryan Chaffin says you shouldn't put too much stock in this rumor.