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Apple Pay is gradually expanding its reach, and many of the big-name retailers are already on board. Best Buy is doing its bit to get with the times by adding in-app support for Apple’s new transaction scheme today, and per the words of Tim Cook, the electronics retail giant will begin accepting Apple Pay later on this year.

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The Apple Watch may have launched across several nations at the end of last week including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, but the company behind the much-hyped wearable does plan to extend its arm to other countries in the near future. We had heard that the secondary Apple Watch launch could take place on May 8th, but now, CEO Tim Cook has said that his company is aiming for a June roll-out.

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Apple TV has continually added content streams and services over the past year or so, as part of the company’s concerted effort to boost the profile and general value of its set-top. NBC Sports is the latest addition to the fold, and if you’re a big sports fan, you’ll be pleased to learn that live streaming of events is also included in the deal. Full details after the jump.

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Facebook’s Messenger app offers an impressive inventory of different tools and features, and, even compared with longer-serving rivals, caters to most users’ requirements with aplomb. However, one glaring shortcoming is that of video chat – specifically the lack thereof – and with millions of clips shared on the Menlo Park firm’s social network, it seems almost criminal that something so basic remains missing from Messenger. Still, an official announcement today has confirmed that video calling will soon be included among Messenger’s features, with iOS and Android users across 18 different nations benefiting initially.

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New iOS 8.4 beta 2 download for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch has been released by Apple. More details on the update can be found here.

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Despite countless reports and Apple having allowed interested parties to check the Apple Watch out firsthand, we knew that some hidden treasures would not be unveiled until after the launch. As well as the numerous stress tests that have begun popping up, we’ve also been treated to a few teardown demonstrations, which offer a close-up glimpse at the device’s innards, and while most of the internal components are arranged as would perhaps be expected, an interesting oxygen-measuring sensor has also reared its head.

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Apple has just rolled out a newly-designed 5W USB wall charger for customers in the United Kingdom that features folding pins, which is not only a space-saver when the plug isn’t in use, but also renders it less of a hazard. We first caught wind of the new UK charger earlier on in the month, and you’ll find details, including price and availability, right after the fold.

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It was inevitable that Apple would roll out a few new advertisements this week with its new smartwatch on the horizon, and to coincide with the Apple Watch’s launch across nine nations today, a total of three short ads have been released. Aside from each ending with the slogan: “The Watch is here,” they all attempt to show the various uses of the device that skeptics are labeling a fad, although unfortunately, anybody unsure as to why they’d need to buy an Apple Watch will probably be no better off after viewing the one-minute shorts.

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Apple Watch waterproof test is here. See how Apple’s latest wearable fares under a water splash, shower or the swimming pool. More details and video can be found here.

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The successful roll-out of the Apple Watch doesn’t simply rest on the devices shipping out to those who pre-ordered it back on April 10th – there are several components to this major new product hitting the ground running. The Apple Watch App Store, complete with a reported 3,000+ apps, has just been launched, and now, the Apple Watch User Guide has also been published online on the Cupertino’s very own website, while also being available to download from iBooks.

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It’s almost Apple Watch time and a number of our favorite apps have been updated to support the impending wearable. Philips Hue, a smart, energy-efficient lighting system that can be controlled directly from iOS, has just brought Apple Watch into the equation with its latest update, letting you easily adjust or turn out the lights without even needing to pick up your iPhone or iPad.

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The Apple Watch is an attractive product, there’s no denying it, and while its charming aesthetic has generated a fair amount of hype, it’s the substance – internal hardware, functionality and apps – that will determine how long this thing manages to stick around. As has been rumored throughout the blogosphere today, the Apple Watch App Store has been officially rolled out by Apple, and if you’re hoping / expecting the device to arrive on your doorstep over the next few hours, then you can catch a preview of the app hub below.

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The iPod touch hasn’t seen any love for quite a while now – two-and-a-half years, to be precise – and with the Apple Watch now at the forefront of attention, the once-revered “iPhone without the phone part” has faded into the abyss. Some have, quite naturally, tipped the demise of the iPod touch, and given that Apple sells as large a variety of iPhone as it ever has – four models with three different display sizes and price points – it’s hard to argue. Rumor has it, though, that the iPod touch will be back with a bang, boasting a bumped processor, camera and other enhancements.

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Yesterday, we brought you the news that djay 2 for iPhone and iPad, which regularly cost $2.99 and $9.99 respectively, had just gone free for a week, and now, creator Algoriddim has more good news for wannabe DJs and music makers. Extreme users may also opt for the djay Pro Mac app, which is also discounted with $30 off at $49.99, and as well as adding a bunch of features to the OS X edition of djay, the developer has also brought Apple Watch support to the iPhone edition.

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Remember Knock, the cool little app that allowed you to unlock your Mac by knocking on your iPhone? Well today, it has been dealt quite a major update which brings similar functionality to the upcoming Apple Watch.

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As is often the case with new Apple products, there was a manic rush for pre-orders of the Apple Watch when it was first made available to reserve back on April 10th. Historically, those who manage to get in early get their devices before those lagging behind, and within hours of the pre-orders beginning, many customers were reporting estimated shipping dates of 4-6 weeks. Some were even told that June would be a ballpark ETA for a product that hits the mass market on April 24th, but much to the surprise of some, the status of some of these orders has changed to “Preparing for Shipment” – a very pleasant surprise for those who may have prepared for a long wait.

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A few years ago, before the big IPO, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook were continually – and correctly – lambasted for their decidedly below-par mobile efforts. For a company that had a following then well into the hundreds of millions – now in the billions, of course – Facebook on iOS and Android were a major let down, but in recent times, things have dramatically improved. Facebook has, at times, partaken in the sport of throwing ideas against the wall and seeing what sticks – with varying degrees of success – and now, has launched an all-new dialer app for Android called Hello.

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Google Project Fi wireless network service launched. How to sign up details and more on how it works can be found right here.

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If you’ve read any of my articles pertaining to Apple TV, you’ll know what I think of its remote. It’s a prime example of when minimalism is taken too far, and for a company that focuses so much on the user experience, pretty poor form from Apple. But it’s not the only set-top remote lacking in buttons, and even though some alternatives are better-designed, they’re all considered clutter since none of them can control a TV set as well.

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EA SPORTS has just dropped a UFC title for iOS and Android, featuring official fighters and events from the all-action sport. It’s free to download, and you can find key details and download links right here.

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