Apple refreshes 12-inch MacBook with new color, processor and longer battery life

MacBook Rose Gold

Apple on Tuesday gave its 12-inch MacBook a boost by updating it with the latest Intel processors, faster flash storage and an additional hour of battery life . The new MacBook is also now available in a Rose Gold hue, like the latest flagship iPhone and iPad models. This makes the MacBook available in four finishes, including Gold, Silver and Space Gray.

Amazon launches standalone Prime Video service for $8.99/mo

Amazon Prime Video

After launching its thinnest and lightest Kindle ever, Amazon announced it will offer its own standalone video streaming service for $8.99/per month. Previously Amazon customers had to subscribe to Amazon Prime for $99 a year to access Amazon Prime Video, which includes movies, television shows and original Amazon programming. The new service will pit Amazon against Netflix, who is raising its monthly prices to $9.99 in May.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: New Pocket Mortys and more

Pizza Morty

The Pokémon parody Pockey Mortys was updated this week with ten new Mortys. The new Mortys can be caught in the wild after certain badge requirements are met. I haven't personally checked them, but it safe to assume the first female Morty, Morticia, and Pizza Morty are two of the ten new characters. The game has also been updated with a new Paralyze attack, a paralyze antidote and a caught indicator, but no new missions. The best new feature is quick crafting recipes, because while crafting is fun it could become a little tedious after awhile.

Apple launches Apps for Earth with bonus content from Hearthstone, Candy Crush and more

Apps for Earth

Apple has created a special Apps for Earth section on the App Store. Proceeds from all the apps listed on the page will go to help WWF's (World Wildlife Fund) effort in global conservation. As part of the promotion, several popular apps are offering bonus content. For example, Hearthstone players can unlock an exclusive mage called, Khadgar, and Candy Crush Soda Saga is holding two weekend-only themed events (April 15-17 and April 21-24). You can access the Apps for Earth section via the App Store app on your device. If you do not see the Apps for Earth banner, double tap your Home button and swipe away the App Store panel to reload the app.

Amazon launches 'thinnest and lightest Kindle ever'

Kindle Oasis

Amazon today announced the Oasis -- the company's "thinnest and lightest Kindle ever." The eight-generation Kindle is "30% thinner on average and over 20% lighter than any other Kindle," according to Amazon. It weighs just 4.6 ounces and is just 3.4 mm at its thinnest point. The Oasis features a "featherweight" polymer frame that is "plated with metal by structural electroplating." This allows the digital reader to be lightweight while not being fragile. It is also designed to shift the center of gravity to your palm to give it a more book-like feel when reading.


DisplayMate: 9.7-inch iPad Pro features 'best performing mobile LCD display'

iPad Pro

DisplayMate pitted the 9.7-inch iPad Pro against its predecessor the iPad Air 2, and decided that the new tablet features an "excellent top tier display." Even though the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 share a lot of the same specifications, DisplayMate discovered that the Pro is "more than 20 percent brighter than the other current iPads." It also includes two color gamuts that deliver "color accuracy that is visually indistinguishable from perfect."

Airmail updated with iPad support


The Mac email client, Airmail made the leap to iOS for the iPhone earlier this year, and today it has been updated with iPad support. Version 1.1 of the app includes several new features including Split View multitasking and 3D Touch support. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners can now preview emails using Peek and Pop, and the app now includes a quick action menu from the Home screen. The Send Later feature has also been ported from the desktop version.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ and more

Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ

It was a big week for Disney as Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ from Square Enix, Disney Crossy Road and LEGO Star Wars Force Builder were all released to the App Store the same day as the trailer for Rogue One was launched online. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is probably the most anticipated mobile game to hit the App Store this week. The game takes place at the "beginning" of the Kingdom Hearts series in the world of fairies, and follows the Keyblade wielders as they battle against the Heartless.

Speck launches new lineup of 9.7-inch iPad Pro cases

Speck Products 9,7-inch iPad

If you have upgraded to a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro then it may be time to invest in a new case. Luckily for you, accessory maker Speck Products has launched several new useful cases for Apple's latest tablet.

The StyleFolio Pencil is protective case with built-in Apple Pencil storage system and inkwell. The case allows you to stash and protect your Apple Pencil when you're on the move, and the inkwell provides an easy way to stand and quickly access your stylus when using your iPad. The $100 Apple Pencil is not cheap, so you do not want to risk forgetting it behind or causing damage while transporting it. The StyleFolio Pencil case also provides protection for your iPad, and it features a built-in stand for using your iPad in multiple angles.

Boston Red Sox manager snubs iPad for 'traditional paper'

Boston Red Sox

Sunday was the first time MLB teams were allowed to access iPads provided by Apple in the dugout, but Boston Red Sox manager, John Farrell, already made it clear he is not interested in using a smart device this season.

"I don’t want to be looking through a laptop while I have more ready access through a traditional paper method,” Farrell told the Boston Herald on Monday. "



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