Apple Watch not launching until Spring 2015, says retail chief

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The much-hyped Apple Watch won’t launch until Spring 2015, according to a transcript of an internal video featuring the company’s retail chief, Angela Ahrendts, that was leaked to 9to5Mac. The new, slightly more precise timeline is still in line with Apple’s original statement at the Watch announcement of “early next year” starting at US $349, but now indicates that the device won’t be coming anytime in the winter months.

In fact, the transcript obtained by 9to5 Mac reveals that Apple’s new wearable won’t be available until sometime after Chinese New Year, which is on Thursday, February 19th, 2015. The transcript is just an excerpt from a longer internal video Ahrendts made to rally retail employees ahead of the 2014 holiday season….

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Read J.J. Abrams’ farewell letter to the ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast

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Star Wars: Episode VII is believed to have wrapped filming with the cast and crew attending a huge party over the weekend to celebrate. In addition to a going off party, it also appears that the film’s cast and crew received a note signed by director J.J. Abrams and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burke, thanking them for working on Episode VII. The note was tweeted out on Friday and has since been pulled, but the image was rehosted by SlashFilm. You can see the letter and read a transcription below. Then, there’s just about a little over a year to go before you can finally watch the movie. It’s scheduled for a release on December 18th, 2015.

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Marvel made us comic book nerds, now they want to make us Comic Book Guy

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If the superheroes headlining the new Marvel movies sound unfamiliar, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Marvel’s third phase of films stretches beyond the mainstream heroes into the stranger, more perplexing and arguably more ambitious characters.

At last week’s grand unveiling, the studio laid out its plans for the next five years. By 2019, we’ll have gone through a whopping 10 new films, all expanding on what came before them in the Marvel film mythos and all in service of creating a movie…

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Marvel made us comic book nerds, now they want to make us Comic Book Guy

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If the superheroes headlining the new Marvel movies sound unfamiliar, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Marvel’s third phase of films stretches beyond the mainstream heroes into the stranger, more perplexing and arguably more ambitious characters.

At last week’s grand unveiling, the studio laid out its plans for the next five years. By 2019, we’ll have gone through a whopping 10 new films, all expanding on what came before them in the Marvel film mythos and all in service of creating a movie universe vaster than anything we’ve ever seen in theaters. Since Marvel wants to own every last screen worth paying attention to, it’s asking us all to invest fully into what’s even now an incredibly dense canon.

If any of us hope to keep up, we can’t…

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ACLU sues to let you post photos of your voting ballot

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It’s another big election year in the United States (the midterms), so you know what that means: people across the country will be taking photos of their completed ballots and posting them on Instagram and other social media websites. We saw it happen a lot during the 2012 election. But as was the case back then, and long before photo-sharing apps even existed, taking photos of a completed ballot actually remains illegal in many parts of the US. Why? Because lawmakers over the years have sought to protect the sanctity and anonymity of the voting booth, as well as prevent tampering and undue influence on a person’s vote (that is, people feeling pressured to vote a certain way outside their own independent conclusions — read more about the…

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Skype Opens Registration For Early Live Translator Preview

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Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 12.19.20 PM Microsoft’s research department has been building some incredible things of late, and one of them comes from the Skype team and was demoed on stage at Re/code’s Code conference back in May: Skype Translator lets users talk via voice and video in real-time even if they don’t speak the same language, and now it’s ready for a limited public roll-out. On the official… Read More

Google Nexus 9: Preliminary Findings

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For a few years now, Google has had a generally consistent tablet strategy. Instead of chasing after the ~10 inch tablet segment and focusing upon the high end, we’ve seen tablets closer to the ~7 inch display size at extremely low cost. While this has been an immensely successful strategy in driving hardware adoption, the formfactor made it possible for the tablet to be closer to a large phone than a small tablet. The flexibility of Android’s scaling system meant that an app designed for a phone worked acceptably well for a small tablet, even if the space efficiency was a bit poor. There’s no question that the Nexus 7 (2013) was and still is a great tablet, but even now it’s obvious that there’s a dearth of applications designed specifically for the larger display. The other issue is that of cost. With the Nexus 7 line, Google managed to integrate an incredible amount of hardware into a tablet priced well below the ~500 USD price point that the original iPad established. This is great for the consumer and no doubt great for Google, but the Nexus 7 line was good enough that there wasn’t much in the way of competition.

This brings us to the Nexus 9, Google’s attempt at changing the Android tablet space. From the start, this device seems to be intent on pushing the Android tablet to a more premium segment. To find out how Google does at this task, read on for our preliminary findings.

Apple’s Beats Music app is now flying Southwest Airlines

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Southwest Airlines announced today that Apple’s Beats Music streaming app is now available on select Wi-Fi enabled flights as part of a new onboard entertainment system that passengers can access through their smartphones and tablets. Southwest doesn’t have access to the entire Beats Music library, only a “selection” of playlists, but the new airline app does include Beats’ signature feature, “The Sentence,” which lets users choose a continuous music stream based on their mood and company and other preferences and nouns. The entertainment system, which also includes access to Dish TV, is available on iOS and Android devices and through a mobile web browser. See a few promotional images below:

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Here’s how old you’ll be once Marvel releases the final ‘Avengers’ movie

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Marvel now has release dates for the remainder of its third phase of superhero movies, culminating with Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2 on May 3, 2019. At the time of publication, that’s four and a half years away. Many of these movies don’t have directors, cinematographers, or screenplays attached. Marvel doesn’t care. Marvel is a machine that intends to operate into the not-so-distant future, and it’s staking that claim by penning its releases into our shared mental calendar.

So how old will we be when this final movie in the third phase is released? I’m cautious to say Infinity War will be the final Marvel movie all together, because comics never die. And how much time will we have spent watching all of these films? To help…

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Another flying car prototype is ready to take off

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Since the 20s, inventors have been promising flying cars as part of humanity’s glorious future, only to back off once they start grappling with issues like fuel efficiency and safety standards. But along the way, they’ve produced some remarkable prototypes, getting slightly more plausible every year.

This is the latest: the AeroMobil 3.0, a fully functional prototype unveiled at the Pioneers festival in Vienna last week. It’s the only one of its kind, a two-person aircraft that can retract…

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Seth Godin recommends his favorite tools and magic tricks

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Author and entrepreneur Seth Godin was the guest of the Cool Tools show this week. He recommended a website development tool called Strikingly, his complete collection of Wired magazine, a health website called One Lucky Duck, and the Penguin Magic site. Kevin and I had a great time talking to Seth about all these things and more on the latest episode of the Cool Tools Show.

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