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Apple’s Phil Schiller & Marc Newson kick off Apple Watch showcase in Milan (Gallery)

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Apple kicked off its Apple Watch showcase today at Milan’s Salone Del Mobile Design Fair in Italy and on hand at the event were Apple executives including marketing chief Phil Schiller and designer Marc Newson.

We learned earlier this week that Apple planned to showcase the Watch at the event in Milan today, although Italy is not included in the initial 9 launch countries and availability for the region has not yet been announced.

Macitynet.it managed to get the photo above of Phil Schiller smiling into the camera, and a reader attending the event, which is one of many boutiques and pop-up stores showing off the device, sent in the rest.

The image below of Marc Newson comes from igen.fr — Newson was also spotted at the event sporting a stainless steel Apple Watch with black Sport band:

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The famed designer joined the company last year to work on the design team with best bud Jony Ive.

Apple is holding similar pop-up store events in Paris, London, and Tokyo, many of which are stores within larger popular fashion boutiques that originally planned to also sell the device. It’s unclear if Apple’s new online only plan for the initial Apple Watch launch, however, will also extend to these locations when the device launches on April 24th. 


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Report: Apple planning Apple Pay launch in Canada for November

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Apple is reportedly planning to launch Apple Pay in Canada, its first expansion of the payments service outside the U.S., this fall, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The company is reportedly in talks with banks for a launch as soon as November:

The company is in negotiations with Canada’s six biggest banks about a potential November launch of the service which would enable mobile payments for both credit and debit cards using iPhones and the forthcoming Apple Watch, those people said.

We reported earlier this year that Apple was in talks with Canadian partners and was originally shooting for a launch earlier in the year. The Wall Street Journal notes, however, that negotiations have been held up due to the fact banks “aren’t happy with Apple’s fee proposals and are concerned about security vulnerabilities like the ones that U.S. banks experienced as they rolled out the service.” For those reasons, the banks are reportedly looking into implementing their own security protocol for Apple Pay:

Canadian banks want Apple Pay to work in a way that requires a “secondary authentication” to verify customer information before cards can be used with the phones. That means that a consumer could be required to enter a PIN, log-on to a mobile banking app or use a one-time passcode sent via text message before cards can be used on Apple Pay, those people said.

Canadian banks reportedly in talks with Apple include Royal Bank of CanadaToronto-Dominion BankBank of Nova ScotiaBank of MontrealCanadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and National Bank of Canada, according to the report.

Earlier this year there were several hints at Apple’s plans for an international expansion of Apple Pay, including job listings for the service in Europe, the Middle East, India, and Asia. Other reports pointed to an expansion into the UK planned for sometime in the first half of this year.


Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: Apple, Apple pay, Apple Pay banks, Apple watch, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, iPhone 6, iphone 6 plus, mobile payment service, mobile payments, National Bank of Canada, NFC, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, UK

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Dodocase announces charging dock/cable organizer combo for Apple Watch & iPhone

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Accessory maker Dodocase just announced this Dual Charging Dock Organizer that accommodates both an iPhone and Apple Watch for charging. It all fits into a book-like design that will also hold your cables and headphones and make for easier traveling.

It’s made of Dodocase’s handcrafted book bound cover with carved baltic birch on the inside; it’s available in Charcoal and Indigo Blue options for the cover. It also includes steel inserts on the inside for wrapping cables and should fit any iPhone even with a case around it. 

It looks like one of the nicer combo iPhone/Apple Watch charging solutions out there, and we’ve rounded up lists of other docks, stands, cases, and bags announced by other companies for comparison.

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  • Simultaneously charges both iPhone and Apple Watch
  • Handsome 2-in-1 charging dock and cord management system
  • Classic DODOcase Bookbound Cover handcrafted in San Francisco, CA
  • Carved Baltic Birch tray with steel inserts for neat cable wrapping, secured magnetically
  • Hidden storage compartment to store cables, ear phones, extra watch straps etc.
  • Multiple cable routing options
  • Holds all iPhone sizes (including iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) and can accommodate most phone cases as well
  • No slip, extra grip bookplate corners for secure positioning
  • Essential bedside, desktop, and travel accessory
  • Available in Charcoal and Indigo Blue

You can order the Dual Charging Dock Organizer from Dodocase for $59 for a limited time (soon to increase to $79). Expected delivery is 4-6 weeks after the Watch launches on April 24th.

Check out our other Apple Watch roundups:


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Yahoo shows off apps for Apple Watch: Weather, Sports Fantasy, & two News apps

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Yahoo today announced its plans to bring four of its apps to Apple Watch in time for the device’s April 24th launch date.

Yahoo is planning to update its Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest, and Yahoo News Hong Kong apps with support for Apple’s new wearable, today giving a first look at the experience. 

The company provided a breakdown of what you can expect to see on your Apple Watch with each of the apps:

  • Yahoo Weather App on Apple Watch will feature morning updates and evening forecasts through notifications. With a Glance, users can find out if it’s a t-shirt or sweater day with Yahoo’s new “feels like” feature, or learn more about the conditions outside by tapping into the app.
  • With the Yahoo Sports Fantasy App, users can see what’s going on in their matchups or check on their lineup for injuries with a Glance. They can even talk smack with their league using the Apple Watch dictation feature.
  • Yahoo News Digest brings users in the U.S. the most important story on the hour, every hour so they are always up-to-date. Enjoy new microsummaries, visual atoms such as a map, stock ticker or infographic that bring the story to life, and a brand new speed reading feature to get you in-the-know in seconds.
  • With the Yahoo News Hong Kong App, users in Hong Kong will receive breaking news delivered to their wrist and enjoy the top 10 headlines of the hour with a Glance.

Here’s a look at the News Digest and News Hong Kong apps:

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You can expect updates to the Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest, and Yahoo News Hong Kong apps by April 24th.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: app, Apple watch, iOS, News Digest, news hong kong, sports fantasy, weather, Yahoo

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Microsoft releases ‘Halo: Spartan Strike’ top-down shooter for iPhone & iPad

Microsoft Studios is today releasing a new top-down shooter set in the Halo universe for iPhones and iPads (in addition to Windows mobile devices and Steam for PC).

The game, developed by Microsoft Studios, 343 Industries, and Vanguard Games, is set during the timeline of Halo 2 and follows a Spartan supersolider on “30 challenging missions while leading UNSC troops through cities and jungles with an all new arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles.”

The company is also making Halo; Spartan Assault, the first top-down Halo shooter it developed, available on both iPad and iPhone today. It’s available in a $9.99 bundle with the new Halo: Spartan Strike title:

Also available on iPad, iPhone, and Steam is the Halo: Spartan Bundle. The bundle includes both Halo: Spartan Assault – the original Halo top-down shooter that plays through the historic first missions of the Spartan Ops program as Commander Palmer – and Halo: Spartan Strike for $9.99 ERP.

The iPhone and iPad version of the game is available for $5.99 on the App Store.

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Apple is constructing two new solar sites in China w/ partner SunPower

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After announcing a new partnership earlier today with The Conservation Fund to protect 36,000 acres of forest, news of another environmental effort by the company comes as SunPower announces plans to build a new solar power project in China.

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 16, 2015– Continuing its growth in the world’s largest solar photovoltaic market, SunPower Corporation today announced that it plans to partner with Apple to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures, Sichuan Province of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). When complete, the two projects will be co-owned by Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., Ltd., SunPower’s project development joint venture, and Apple. 

The two new solar sites, Apple’s first in the region, are already under construction and expected to be complete by the end of the year. Apple previously worked with SunPower on its solar projects in the US, including locations in California, Nevada, and North Carolina.

Sun Power said today that the new solar power projects with Apple in China will produce “up to 80 million kilowatt-hours per year while also protecting the ecosystem.”

The projects will feature SunPower’s unique “light-on-land” approach to solar photovoltaic power plant design and construction developed through its experience with over 2 gigawatts (GW) of power plant systems installed and operating globally. Utilizing this innovative dual-use approach means that pasture farming can continue while power is generated.

Earlier today, Apple’s Environmental VP Lisa Jackson published an article detailing the company’s other environmental project revealed today: a partnership with The Conservation Fund to protect 36,000 acres of forest land in the United States fro sustainable product packaging.


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Apple is constructing two new solar sites in China w/ partner SunPower

Apple Solar Center

After announcing a new partnership earlier today with The Conservation Fund to protect 36,000 acres of forest, news of another environmental effort by the company comes as SunPower announces plans to build a new solar power project in China.

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 16, 2015– Continuing its growth in the world’s largest solar photovoltaic market, SunPower Corporation today announced that it plans to partner with Apple to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures, Sichuan Province of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). When complete, the two projects will be co-owned by Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., Ltd., SunPower’s project development joint venture, and Apple. 

The two new solar sites, Apple’s first in the region, are already under construction and expected to be complete by the end of the year. Apple previously worked with SunPower on its solar projects in the US, including locations in California, Nevada, and North Carolina.

Sun Power said today that the new solar power projects with Apple in China will produce “up to 80 million kilowatt-hours per year while also protecting the ecosystem.”

The projects will feature SunPower’s unique “light-on-land” approach to solar photovoltaic power plant design and construction developed through its experience with over 2 gigawatts (GW) of power plant systems installed and operating globally. Utilizing this innovative dual-use approach means that pasture farming can continue while power is generated.

Earlier today, Apple’s Environmental VP Lisa Jackson published an article detailing the company’s other environmental project revealed today: a partnership with The Conservation Fund to protect 36,000 acres of forest land in the United States fro sustainable product packaging.


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