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If Apple Made BB-8 Droids, They'd Be Adorable

JJ Abrams’s rotundly adorable new BB-8 droids are already primed to steal the spotlight in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But if you were wondering whether the droids could get any cuter, the answer is, yes, if Apple got involved.

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Yep, Your Cool Wrist Tattoo Is Confusing Your EVEN COOLER Apple Watch

It’s a heartwrenching decision: either get that expensive tattoo removal, or live a life without an Apple Watch. Or, as Apple suggests, put on a heart rate monitor instead. The company has quietly confirmed that tattoos screw with the watch’s heart rate tracking.

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STOLEN: iPad Prototype, Prescription Drugs, $7500 Cash—Oh, Also a Man

“Some heartless monster stole an iPad prototype from an Apple developer’s home in Cupertino,” begins nearly every article written about the incident. It’s still at large! They took drugs and money! Did we mention the iPad? Oh—and a man was also kidnapped. But please do let us know if you hear anything about that iPad.

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Today in Congress, We Heard That Encryption is Enabling Upskirt Photos

Government debate over encryption has veered into fully stupid territory. Expert testimony at a Congressional hearing on encryption blamed Apple and Google’s privacy systems for allowing perverts to get away with secretly photographing vaginas and posting the pictures online.

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WSJ: Some Apple Watches Are Too Broken to Ship

Apple has found problems with the component that powers the Apple Watch’s “Taptic Engine,” according to the Wall Street Journal. The problem is causing shipping delays for many customers, so if you haven’t gotten yours, now you know why.

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American Airlines Planes Grounded Because of Pilot iPad Crashes

American Airlines has been using iPads in place of paper reference books for several years—but last night, a weakness showed. “Several dozen” of the airline’s planes were grounded as pilots’ iPads crashed.

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Apple Wants To Make Navigation Like A Friend Reading You Directions

Apple has filed for a patent titled “Humanized Navigation Instructions for Mapping Applications.” It’s exactly what it sounds like, nixing voice prompts that say, “turn right in 600 feet” to “make the next right after the McDonalds.” And it could explain its fleet of sensor-laden minivans .

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Snapchat's Delivering the News, and Everything Else You Missed Yesterday

The app that’s been the sexting ticket for tweens worldwide has been aggressively repositioning itself, recently as a news source. Find out more about Snapchat’s plans—and other tech news you might’ve missed—in today’s BitStream.

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iOS vs Android: The 2015 Edition

It’s been 7 years, and the great iOS vs Android debate rumbles on—in internet forums and real life. But these platforms have come a long way even in the last year or two. Do the old arguments still apply? What features separate iOS 8.3 from Android 5.1 Lollipop? We used a Nexus 6 and an iPhone 6 to investigate.

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Ten Games I Want To Play On The Apple Watch

The first batch of Apple Watches arrive in users hands on Friday, with a whole batch of tiny little gaming apps waiting to be locked and loaded. Let’s see what might be good in micro-gaming.

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All the Ridiculous Adjectives Jony Ive Used to Describe the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch reviews are beginning to pour in . All those ratings, specs, and comparisons are way too much noise to pay attention to. A more serene, peaceful way of absorbing the essence of Apple Watch is by listening to every adjective the illustrious Jony Ive has used to describe the device.

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Watch All the Ways Apple's Tried to Teach Us How to Use Its Products

The Apple Watch starts hitting wrists today with one of the most incredibly enormous user guides ever produced for an Apple product: 23 topics, almost 100 pages, not even including the 10 videos to teach people how to use this thing. Apple started creating “guided tours” for its new products back in 1984—here are some highlights from over the years.

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The Coolest Apple Watch Feature Is Silent, Invisible, and 65 Years Old

On the first day of Apple Watch pre-orders, I put on a $15k wristputer and tried to figure out what was so special about it.

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Why I Bought the Apple Watch Even Though It Makes No Damn Sense

Even though I know better and am fully aware of the very real technological limitations and have read all the tepid reviews on the stupid thing and know that first generation Apple products aren’t worth the trouble and like most humans, enjoy having a bigger number than a smaller number in my bank account, I still bought an Apple Watch. Here’s why.

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An Adorable Felt Apple Watch That Never Needs Charging

You caved on the iPod Touch, and maybe even bought your kid a cheap tablet, but how are you going to explain to them that there's no way you're buying them a $500+ Apple Watch? Easy, you just make an adorable felt alternative like Hiné Mizushima did and tell them it's powered by their imagination so it never needs charging—unlike your smartwatch that's already about to die.

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Security Researcher: It's "Trivial to Bypass  Security Tools on Macs"

Time was, Mac owners could sit smugly in the knowledge that their computer was far safer than a Windows machine. But the rise of Apple brought the rise of hacker interest—and now a researcher claims that it’s “trivial for any attacker to bypass the security tools on Macs.”

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If You Must Have An Apple Watch Tomorrow, Head To Los Angeles

If you absolutely positively have to have an Apple wrist computer clamped to your arm by tomorrow, well, you should’ve pre-ordered . But if you didn’t, hope is not lost! (Yet.) Although Apple isn’t selling watches off the shelf in its retail stores, a small number of luxury boutiques are.

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Here's The Official Apple Watch User Guide

The first time you strap on an Apple Watch , it’s hard to tell what it can do. When do you use the touchscreen, and when the digital crown wheel? When, exactly, does Force Touch actually do something? The answers are here: Apple just published a full, searchable User Guide.

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Watch Tim Cook Dancing to Happy for Earth Day

On Earth Day—which was yesterday, in case you missed it—there’s a lot be happy about . Enough to encourage Tim Cook on to the dance floor, in fact. Joined by Eddie Cue and Phil Schiller, the Apple CEO danced to Happy—played live by Pharrell, naturally. This is Apple HQ after all. The result is really quite sweet. [Stephen Murphy via Verge]

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Apple Is to Tech as Star Wars Is to Movies. Just Think About It.

We’re right in the middle of simultaneous Apple and Star Wars product orgies, and it’s suddenly become clear to me why Apple and Star Wars are pretty much the same brand, only in different industries.

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Save Up to $250 on Apple's Newest MacBook Pro

The new 2015 13” MacBook Pro is an awesome machine (and I would know, I’m typing this on one right now), and you can save $200 on yours today from Best Buy (or $250, if you have access to a .edu email address). $1100 gets you a 128GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, a gorgeous 2560x1600 IPS retina display, and Apple’s brand new Force Touch trackpad. [Apple MacBook Pro 2015, $1100 or $1050 with .edu email]

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There Is a Secret Gold Link Apple Watch and Beyoncé Has It


Beyoncé recently wore a gold link Apple Watch at Coachella— but it’s not one of the Apple Watch bracelets available to buy, at least not yet. Elderly Draco Malfoy impersonator Karl Lagerfeld also had his wrist photographed clad in this mysterious gold link Apple Watch.

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New MacBook Review: Stupidly Thin

The new MacBook is a marvel of engineering. It’s beautiful, and far more functional than a computer this size has any right to be. But it’s not for me, and I doubt it’s for you, either. It’s just too damn thin.

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Fanboys Stab Each Other Over Android vs Apple

The ever-heated battle over mobile ecosystems left two wounded fanboys today: In Tulsa, Oklahoma, two roommates were hospitalized after a drunken fight about the relative benefits of Android and Apple phones.

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Apple Accused of Making the Russian Version of Siri Homophobic  

Was Siri programmed to be a Russian homophobe? A Russian-language speaker living in London recorded some rude responses to questions about being gay from Apple’s digital assistant.

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