Apple Retail Expands Trade-Ins to Non-Apple Phones

8:40 PM, Mar. 30th, 2015 · · News

A Green Apple

Apple has expanded its in-store trade-in program to include non-Apple smartphones. That trade-in program will now accept even that lame Android device you weren't able to give away to your friends and family.

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People are already switching from Android to iOS in impressive numbers, this is just another way for Apple to pave the road to iOS.

ifoAppleStore Calls it Quits, ‘My Work Is Done’

7:13 PM, Mar. 30th, 2015 · · News

ifoAppleStore's Gary Allen announced over the weekend that he was calling it quits on regular coverage of Apple's fleet of retail stores. In an announcement titled "My Work Is Done," Mr. Allen said that when he started, there was little detailed coverage of Apple Stores, but that now, even mainstream coverage on Apple's retail goings on is extensive.

Apple Will Announce Q2 Earnings April 27th

6:46 PM, Mar. 30th, 2015 · · News

Apple Will Announce Q2 Earnings April 27th

Apple set the date for its Q2 earnings report for April 27th. The company said on Monday it will host its quarterly conference call with analysts starting at 5:00 PM EDT.  All eyes will be on iPhone numbers.

Tesla Will Announce New Product Line April 30th - Not a Car

6:01 PM, Mar. 30th, 2015 · · News

Tesla Battery

Tesla announced Monday that it will unveil a new product on April 30th. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that his company would unveil a new product line at 8:00 PM PDT at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. He made the point of stressing that it wasn't a car, and speculation is that it will be a stationary battery storage system.

In-store Apple Watch Purchases will Require Appointments

10:41 AM, Mar. 30th, 2015 · · News

If you're planning on walking into an Apple retail store and buying an Apple Watch in April, get ready to be disappointed. The company isn't going to allow walk-in sales for Apple Watch, so you'll need an appointment to walk out of the company's stores with one on your wrist.

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Apple is either making a ton of watches and expecting sales to to go through the roof, or there just won't be that many available. Either way, it looks like getting ahold of an Apple Watch right away might be difficult.

Steve Wozniak: Apple Watch Edition Won’t Move the World Forward

7:25 PM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · · News

Woz

Steve "Woz" Wozniak is interested in the Apple Watch, but not the Apple Watch Edition at the high end. At a keynote event titled What's Next--The Future of Technology at the Automate/Promat Show in Chicago on Wednesday, Mr. Wozniak said he thought the US$10,000 and $17,000 Apple Watch Edition wasn't the kind of device that would move the world forward.

UK Safari Users can Sue Google Over Unwanted Browser Cookies

2:05 PM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · · News

Google lost its fight to keep UK residents from filing lawsuits over the Safari browser tracking cookies it placed on their computers even when they explicitly blocked the activity. The Court of Appeal ruling means potentially millions of people can file lawsuits against the company over claims that their privacy has been violated.

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Google may have claimed it was simply using "known functionality" in the Safari Web browser, but both US and UK courts think the company crossed the line. Seems even though most people are fine giving up privacy, they draw the line at Google using tracking cookies even after browser settings are changed to prohibit that.

Leshi TV CEO Says Apple is Hitler

10:56 AM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · · News

Leshi TV CEO Jia Yueting kicked his hyperbole engine into overdrive and is equating Apple to Adolph Hitler. His company went so far as to release a vaguely South Park-style image online of the Nazi leader, complete with an Apple logo on a red arm band.

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While equating competitors to the bad guys is a fairly common marketing tactic, going so far as to draw parallels to Hitler and the Nazi regime is in bad taste, to say the least.

Apple Watch Compatible Apps are Already Arriving

9:29 AM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · · News

With Apple Watch pre-orders still a couple weeks off and then a couple more before we can finally wrap Apple's smartwatch around our wrists, the first iPhone app updates with Apple Watch support are already rolling out. Several apps are touting Apple Watch compatibility, such as Dark Sky, Evernote, and SPG: Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

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Seeing Apple Watch updates showing up now is practically a tease, although the select few journalists and bloggers who get early access for reviews will need some apps to test out.