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Apple will make money hand over fist with the Apple Watch

Apple Watch Bill Of Materials Cost

Ca-ching, ca-ching, ca-ching! That's the sound of massive profits coming Apple's way with every Apple Watch it sells. MacRumors points us to some new estimates from IHS iSuppli that show the Apple Watch Sport costs roughly $83.70 to make, or roughly 24% of its suggested retail price of $349.

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April 30th

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These “Swamp Dogs” Might Be What America’s First Dogs Looked Like

These animals are officially called “Carolina Dogs.” A less poetic name would be “Carolina Swamp Dogs,” since until 1970s, the Carolina swamp is pretty much where they lived. Early tests of their DNA show that they might be what the first dogs in America looked like.

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April 30th

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Can Instagram Be Used as a Tool to Track Climate Change?

In Los Angeles, the transition from spring to summer is heralded by the blooming of jacarandas, a photogenic tree that explodes in bright lavender fireworks and sprinkles flowers across the city like purple rain. But as I Instagrammed my sneakers against the rubbery petals the other week, I had a nagging feeling—this was way too early for jacarandas to be blooming.

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Alissa Walker

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Real Places On Earth So Surreal, They Look Like Alien Landscapes

If you want to see strange and exotic landscapes, you don’t have to travel the solar system; you just have to take a closer look at our own planet. From fiery pits to rock formations that seem to defy gravity, these views show us a side of the Earth that looks almost alien, but are wholly terrestrial.

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This Is What Microsoft’s HoloLens Looks Like In Person

We’ve seen it demoed on stage . We used a janky (but amazing) prototype —but until today we’ve never actually seen Microsoft’s real holographic headset in person. Now, here it is: a weird, futuristic visor with four visible cameras, two speakers and what looks like six buttons scattered all over its big plastic headband. Let’s take a closer look at hardware behind Microsoft’s augmented, holographic, reality. This is HoloLens.

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April 30th

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Comcast is working on its own online video service that it thinks can rival YouTube

Comcast Vs. YouTube Video Service

Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable went down in flames, so what is it planning to do now? According to The Information, it's going to make a big move to create its own online video service to compete with YouTube.

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Brad Reed

April 30th

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How Will You Celebrate Email Debt Forgiveness Day?

The folks over at the Reply All podcast had a brilliant idea: they’ve declared April 30th “Email Debt Forgiveness Day.” This is a chance to catch up on those emails you’ve meant to send or are anxiously avoiding. Holy crap, is this ever my holiday. What emails should you write?

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Apple Store app on iOS updated with support for Apple Watch

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As we reported would happen earlier this week, Apple this evening has updated its Apple Store app with support for Watch. From the app, users can get real-time order status updates, initiate the process of picking up an order, make and search for Genius Bar appointments, and discover events and workshops taking place in nearby Apple Stores.

The update is available on the App Store now. We reported earlier this week on the update and noted that since the Apple Watch does not have a keyboard, more detailed processes will have to be completed on the user’s accompanying iPhone.

Apple’s full description regarding Apple Watch support for its retail app can be read below and screenshots of the app can be seen above.

The convenience of the Apple Store App on your Apple Watch. Get real-time order status updates, quickly get your pick up order started, check in for Genius Bar reservations and discover nearby in-store events and workshops.


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Popular keyboard app now free on Android, as it launches a new must-have feature

Fleksy for Android GIF Keyboard

After bringing GIF integration to iPhone a few days ago and making its keyboard app free on iOS for the first time ever, Fleksy on Thursday announced a major update for Android that delivers the same features. Not only will Android fans get to include GIF Keyboard animations in their messages when using Fleksy, but the app is also available as a free download for one week.

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April 30th

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Ford shares more details on CarPlay support, will offer close integration with SYNC

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Ford was one of the first car manufacturers to announce its intentions to add support for Apple’s CarPlay to its in-dash systems. Questions concerning how Ford plans to integrate Apple’s solution, however, have remained since the initial announcement. In an interview with Re/code today, Ford CEO Mark Fields clarified some of the details regarding the company’s plans to offer CarPlay (and Android Auto) in its vehicles.

Fields first commented that Ford doesn’t want to end up as the handset business, meaning that the company doesn’t want to simply offer hardware with other operating systems. Ford has its own SYNC in-car solution and it will continue to offer it in all its vehicles. Fields feels that offering hardware without custom-built software is a recipe for being unprofitable.

Furthermore, Ford CTO Raj Nair noted that the company’s reasoning for offering CarPlay, Android Auto, and SYNC is to ensure that buyers have a choice. “We want to make sure you are not pushed into a decision on a $40,000 car based on your $200 smartphone,” the executive said. Nair also noted that the company’s SYNC system is a draw for buyers.

Regarding how Ford will manage offering three in-dash systems, Nair explained that SYNC will work very closely with Android Auto and CarPlay. For instance, if a user wants to use Apple Maps but listen to Sirius Radio through SYNC, their car will support that.

Finally, CEO Mark Fields noted that in-car cellular connectivity is an area of interest for the company. Fields expects the feature to be available in more cars gradually. In-car cellular connectivity will of course be instrumental in improving the experience of CarPlay.

CarPlay support will come to Ford vehicles alongside SYNC 3 later this year and will ship in new car models beginning at the end of this year. Read our review of CarPlay here.


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