Pebble Time Ships, Apple Watch Comparisons Coming Soon

9 hours, 17 minutes ago · · Product News

Pebble Time is now shipping, which means we're about to see head-to-head comparisons with Apple Watch. Pebble introduced its newest smartwatch with a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year that was fully funded in only 20 minutes. With Apple Watch shipping, too, the smartwatch market is heating up.

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Pebble Time offers built-in accessory support, goes a week between recharging, and comes with a lower price than Apple Watch. Now we get to see if that's enough to compete with Apple.

TextExpander 5 and TextExpander touch 3.5 Released

6:47 PM, May. 27th, 2015 · · Product News

Smile Software has released significant updates to both the Mac and iOS versions of TextExpander, adding support for JavaScript snippets and expanded syncing options. Kelly has the rest of the story on notable features in each release.

Skype for Mac Update Ignores Its Own Audio Settings

12:56 PM, May. 27th, 2015 · · Product News

Skype released an update for their OS X client today, version 7.8.388, that includes a nasty bug: it now ignores whatever audio devices you have selected in Skype > Preferences > Audio/Video. It treats every one of those 3 drop-downs there as though you have selected "Same as System." This is bad news for some users.

Apple Watch Bands in Apple Stores in Limited Quantities Soon

9:42 AM, May. 21st, 2015 · · Product News

Apple Watch Bands

Apple will begin having "limited" quantities of Apple Watch bands in its fleet of Apple Store retail locations later this week. Online reports say the bands will initially be available to customers who want to swap the band that came with their device, though the process for this isn't yet known.

Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Sees Minor UI Speed Increases [Update]

4:41 PM, May. 19th, 2015 · · Product News

Apple Watch Emoji

Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS earlier on Monday—Apple Watch OS 1.0.1—and right off the bat we noticed that screen reaction times are dramatically faster. Glances load more swiftly, too, and switching between notifications, the Watch face, Glances, and Apps is all smoother and faster.

Apple Introduces Lightning Dock for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

11:47 AM, May. 19th, 2015 · · Product News

Apple Introduces Lightning Dock for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple quietly introduced iPhone Lightning Dock, a dock designed specifically for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though it also works with all Lightning-equipped iPhone models going back to the iPhone 5. It also works with iPod touch (5th Generation) models.

Apple Updates iMac 5K, Lowers Starting Price to $1,999

11:28 AM, May. 19th, 2015 · · Product News

Apple Updates iMac 5K, Lowers Price to Start at $1,999

Apple updated the iMac with Retina 5K—iMac 5K for short—on Tuesday, rejiggering the line with lower prices. The company added a new entry-level model that starts at US$1,999, and it dropped the price of the high-end model from $2,499 to $2,299.