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Apple now inviting all third-party developers to submit Watch apps to the App Store

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Apple has now opened the floodgates and is letting all developers submit Watch apps to the App Store. This means any of the 1.2 million apps can now submit updates including Watch apps (using the WatchKit framework), beyond the select partners Apple rolled out last week.

As a reminder, Watch apps come bundled as extensions inside normal iOS apps. This means customers can update the apps in the iPhone ready for the Watch’s release on the 24th. Apple is pointing developers to the submission reference guidelines for more information on this process.

Apple Watch integration can consist of rich notifications, glances (analogous to Today view widgets on the iPhone) and WatchKit apps, which can offer a wide range functionality. However, the iPhone must be paired to the Watch for these third-party apps to run. A native SDK, which does not have this limitation, is expected later in the year.

Just this morning, we saw Apple Watch updates rolling out from companies like the New York Times, Uber and Flipboard. Expect many more of these updates to begin rolling out soon, once Apple approvals them, now that anyone is allowed to submit Watch extensions.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, Apple Watch, Developers, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: Apple Watch apps, developers, review

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March 31st

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Microsoft unveils iPad-priced $499 Surface 3 as Google shows sub $100 Chromebit HDMI stick, $149 Chromebooks

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Microsoft shifted its focus when it introduced the Surface Pro 3 last year to target both the iPad and the MacBook, but today the company announced a more consumer level iPad-like version of its tablet simply called the Surface 3 with the same $499 starting price as the iPad Air 2.

Google also unveiled a collection of new competitively priced hardware including new Chromebooks and a Chromebit HDMI running Chrome OS for under $100 …

While the Surface Pro 3 features Core i3, i5, and i7 processors like the MacBook notebook line and a similarly sized 12-inch display, the non-Pro Surface 3 tablet sports a smaller 10.8-inch display closer in size to the iPad Air 2’s 9.7-inch screen. Microsoft’s new consumer tablet runs Windows 8.1 with Windows 10 planned in the future for free and includes “a full-size USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort and a microSD™ card reader.”

The new Chromebooks are priced super aggressively at just $149 from brands Haier and Hisense. As we mentioned in our ‘10 reasons why Apple is to blame for the decline of iPad sales‘ feature, Google’s affordable Chromebooks have proven serious competition for Apple’s iPad in the education space.

As for the new Chromebit device, Asus will ship the first HDMI stick running Chrome OS, Google’s cloud-based app operating system, later this summer. The Chromebit stick will connect to existing desktop computers to provide the Chrome OS experience with a focus on upgrading education and business computers to Google’s solution.

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You can read the complete details of the latest Google Chromebooks and the new Chromebit device on 9to5Google.


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Zac Hall

March 31st

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Is The New Hotness

scaled-5328 The smartphone to beat this season is the Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s slim, stylish, and powerful, a mashup between the previous Galaxy S series with the original iPod Touch. It’s well-made and unique, a combination rarely found in cellphones these days and it is as far from the Galaxy S5 as the T-1000 was from the original Terminator. In short, it’s pretty cool and probably the only… Read More

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March 31st

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Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

Haier Chromebook 11 A few weeks ago Google made headlines with the launch of the new Chromebook Pixel, the highest-end Chromebook on the market (and with a price to show for it). Today, the Chrome OS laptop ecosystem is launching two products that are the exact opposite: the Haier Chromebook 11 (now available online at Amazon) and the Hisense Chromebook (now available at Walmart). Both of these 11.6-inch… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

March 31st

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9to5Toys Last Call: QNAP 2-Bay NAS $149, Crucial 960GB SSD $293, Bluetooth speakers from $20, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

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Crucial M500 960GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Drive $293 shipped (Reg. $360)

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Small States Review: TM1985’s Weekend Duffel is the perfect companion for any excursion, $371 giveaway

More new gear from today:

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This Limited Edition Batman: Arkham Knight PlayStation 4 is one of the best looking consoles ever, pre-order today

More deals still alive:

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Neo smartpen N2 instantaneously sends handwritten words and doodles to its iOS/Android app


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March 31st

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CarPlay support added to Audio Books iPhone app for listening on the road

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Apple has only sanctioned a small set of App Store apps to support its CarPlay feature with Audio Books for iPhone today joining that limited list. The latest version of Audio Books adds integration with CarPlay head units for easily finding audiobooks to play through your car stereo on your drive.

Audio Books is a free iPhone and iPad app from AudioBooks.com with a collection of over 60,000 audiobooks including 2500 free titles. New Audio Books users can claim one paid title for free after signing up for an account including the new Becoming Steve Jobs biography (Review$12+Amazon$13 iBooksFree Audible/Audio Books).

The CarPlay interface for Audio Books presents both saved books in your library as well as featured books from the service. You can also easily navigate through genres of audiobooks and quickly find free titles to listen to on your drive without signing up for an account. You can see the Audio Books CarPlay interface below:

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Aside from CarPlay integration, the new version of Audio Books includes a new design (but not iPhone 6 native resolution) and more:

What’s New in Version 5.0.3

-Fully updated user interface with a new minimalist look and feel
-Improved book browsing and general user experience for international users
-Full integration with CarPlay and select in-car infotainment systems
-Audio player updated to incorporate full functionality and controls without sub-menus
-Re-organized settings page displays critical account information more prominently
-Improved navigation throughout the app for a more intuitive user experience

Audio Books for iPhone is available for free on the App Store.


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Zac Hall

March 31st

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Tile Launches Sharing, Allowing Others To Help You Find Your Lost Items

tile-purse Tile, the lost item tracker that you can attach to purses, keys, luggage, bikes or anything else that tends to go missing at times, is today rolling out a new feature designed to make it easier for people to get help finding their items. In an update to the company’s iOS and Android applications, users will now be able to share their Tiles with others, including friends, family,… Read More

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Sarah Perez

March 31st

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Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

WATCH 1 The Alcatel OneTouch Watch, which got its debut at CES this year, is officially going on sale today with pre-orders starting at $149.99 directly from the company’s U.S. website. The smartwatch is unique among those from larger OEMs in that it works with both iOS and Android smartphones, packing in support for health monitoring features, phone notifications and music controls on both kinds… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

March 31st

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Securifi Adds Serious Home Automation To Its Almond Routers

Almond+ and Almond-2015 Own an Almond router? It’s about to get a dose of home automation thanks to new firmware from Securifi. The company behind the clever (and attractive) routers just announced a new set of features that will better position its product in the marketplace. These home automation features are a natural fit for Almond routers since Securifi designed the router to be showcased in a home rather… Read More

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Matt Burns

March 31st

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Microsoft Announces Surface 3, A Cheaper, Thinner, Slower Surface Pro 3

surface3-outline Microsoft announced the Surface 3 today, a new edition to its Surface lineup of tablet-hybrids. The Surface 3 is best described as a  thinner, smaller, lighter, and less-powerful Surface Pro 3. The Surface 3 also costs less, starting at $499, sports a smaller, 10.8 inch screen, a claimed 10 hours of video playback on a single charge, and runs a full build of Windows that comes with a… Read More

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Alex Wilhelm

March 31st

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