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Apple Watch Now Available in Apple Stores

9:01 AM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch is now available for in store purchase

Apple's website isn't the only place where you can buy an Apple Watch. The company launched in store sales Thursday morning, finally giving customers shopping for a new smartwatch the opportunity for some instant gratification.

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Apple said in store sales were coming in June, and it's nice to see the company follow through on that promise. Looks like some of those inventory issues are finally under control.

Indy Labels Say Apple Music Terms Will Put them Out of Business

11:45 AM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Indy U.K. labels say Apple Music terms will put them out of business

Independent record labels in the U.K. aren't excited for Apple Music to launch, and have even gone so far as to say the contract terms will put them out of business. The labels are saying the three month free trial period for subscribers will cut so deep into their revenue stream that they won't be able to keep their doors open.

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Apple's post-trial terms may be enticing, but not enough to get U.K. independent labels on board with Apple Music. That means names like Adele and Arctic Monkeys won't be there, and plenty of other artists, too.

Apple Pulls Monster’s MFI Status Over Beats Lawsuit

9:54 AM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple kills Monster's MFI certification over Beats lawsuit

Monster can't make Apple-certified audio and video cables anymore now that the Mac and iPhone maker has pulled the company's MFI certification status. The decision, according to Monster's legal team, was in response to a lawsuit it filed against Beats Electronics—a company Apple now owns.

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Apple is within its rights to drop Monster from its MFI program, but it sure feels like a retribution move.

Public Beta Testers get New OS X 10.10.4 Version

11:06 AM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 gets a new public beta

Apple's latest beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 is out for developers and public testers, inching us ever closer to the official public release. For those keeping track at home, this release is numbered 14E36b.

Use Your Apple Watch to Find Your iPhone

10:32 AM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Use Apple Watch's Ping feature to find your iPhone

Now that I have an Apple Watch I find I pay less attention to where I set my iPhone at home, which means I'm regularly forgetting where it is. Luckily, Apple Watch has a simple Find My iPhone-like Ping feature that makes it easy to figure out where you left your phone.

Apple News to Use Real Editors, Not Computer Algorithms

9:26 AM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple hiring actual editors for Apple News service

Apple's plan to use real people to curate content is reaching beyond Apple Music and will include Apple News, too. The Mac and iPhone maker is planning to use experienced editors to collect the articles we see through the Apple News service.

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Using experienced editors to curate content for Apple News has the potential to make Apple's offering far more compelling than Facebook Instant News or Flipboard, but only if the team is free to include all news instead of only what their bosses deem acceptable.