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Apple SIM Cellular Data Plans Now Available in Over 90 Countries

Apple has reached a partnership with mobile connectivity company GigSky to expand Apple SIM cellular data plans to over 90 countries and territories around the world. iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users that have Apple SIM installed can now purchase short-term data plans while traveling in a long list of countries throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America and other regions worldwide.

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Apple SIM is now available for purchase at Apple Retail Stores in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Apple SIM cellular data plans were previously limited to participating carriers in the United States and United Kingdom, including AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S. and EE in the U.K.

“With Apple SIM in iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models, you get the convenience of choosing a cellular data plan from select carrier partners right on your iPad. And when you travel abroad, Apple SIM gives you the added flexibility to stay connected in more than 90 countries and territories around the world. So when you reach your destination and want to check your email, find directions, or send a message back home, you can purchase a cellular data plan for the duration of your trip — whether it’s a day, a week, or a month.”

GigSky cellular data plans are available on a pay-as-you-go basis with no long-term commitments. Exact prices are listed on GigSky’s website and vary based based on the country, data amount and length of plan. Given that iPads are unlocked, travelers can also insert a SIM card belonging to a local carrier if preferred.

Apple has posted a full list of countries with Apple SIM coverage on its website.


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Early hands on with We Happy Few, the next game from the makers of Contrast

Canadian developer Compulsion Games made a name for itself with a 3D platformer called Contrast, which arrived on Xbox One last year. Compulsion’s sophomore effort We Happy Few takes place in a darker, more sinister setting. In a twisted alternative history version of 1960s England, everyone is required to be happy at all times. Fail to follow the rules or take your mandatory Joy medication, and your fellow “Wellies” will feel compelled to kill you. You’ll have to learn to hide in plain sight as you seek a way out of the manic and dangerous world of Wellington Wells.

We Happy Few is officially in development for Windows PC, but it has a great chance of arriving on Xbox One via Microsoft’s ID@Xbox program as well. The game’s Kickstarter campaign just reached full funding, with a few days left for backers to help with stretch goals. We’ve spent some time with the pre-alpha version of this gorgeous first-person adventure. Read our impressions to get an idea of the dystopian society that Compulsion is building in We Happy Few!










Scrubba Pack is both backpack and portable washing machine

The Scrubba Wash Pack combines a backpack and washing machine in one device

Back in 2012, the Scrubba Wash Bag was launched as the world’s smallest clothes washing machine. Now, the team behind it is launching a new bag called the Scrubba Pack, which expands upon some of the functionality of the original, while also making it function as the user’s backpack. It aims to be the one bag needed to both to carry clothes and wash them.

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Beats 1 Worldwide 24/7 Live Radio With Zane Lowe Now Available

Following the launch of Apple Music alongside iOS 8.4, Apple’s Beats 1 radio station led by Zane Lowe has begun broadcasting. Available in more than 100 countries, Beats 1 is a 24/7 radio station that will play music around the clock with live DJs and guests.

The inaugural song played on Beats 1 radio right when it kicked off at 9:00 a.m. was Spring King’s “City,” which was followed by Beck’s “Dreams” and Jamie xx’s “In Color.” Spring King was picked by Lowe as a great upcoming band from Manchester. In a move that might be somewhat controversial, Apple has decided to censor explicit content on the Beats 1 radio station, something listeners experienced when a song from Dr. Dre’s Chronic album was played.


Beats 1 features several shows by various on-air personalities, and a full lineup of what’s going to be on can be found at the Beats 1 website, which forwards to Apple’s new Tumblr page for Apple Music and Beats 1. The Tumblr page has a complete schedule that displays what’s playing, and it adjusts to your time zone based on location.

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Beats 1 will include exclusive interviews and news broadcasts, with the first interview taking place tomorrow with Eminem. According to Zane Lowe, today’s focus is on the music, and several exclusive songs will be played over the course of the day.

Apple Music is available now and is free for all listeners for the first three months. Following the trial period, the service will cost $9.99 per month for individuals or $14.99 for families of up to 6.

Update: Apple has confirmed that it is censoring explicit content on its Beats 1 radio station.

Update 5:35 PM: It appears the Beats 1 radio station is currently experiencing an outage and is unavailable for some listeners. Attempting to play the station results in an unknown error.

Update 6:13 PM: Beats 1 is back up.


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LG’s hexagonal battery gives an extra charge to round smartwatches

LG has developed a hexagonal smartwatch battery

If you want a smartwatch with week-long battery life, then you’re better off with something like Pebble than a color touchscreen watch – they typically only last a day or two. But South Korea’s LG Chem, the country’s largest chemical company and part of the same corporate LG umbrella that also makes smartphones like the LG G4 and the LG G Watch Urbane smartwatch, reportedly has taken a step towards addressing the issue with a new hexagonal smartwatch battery.

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LG’s hexagonal battery gives an extra charge to round smartwatches

LG has developed a hexagonal smartwatch battery

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Apple Releases OS X 10.10.4 With ‘Discoveryd’ Process Removal

os_x_yosemite_round_iconApple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, an under-the-hood update that introduces several bug fixes and performance improvements. Most notably, 10.10.4 includes the removal of the problematic Discoveryd process, which has caused multiple networking issues for some users in OS X Yosemite.

The OS X 10.10.4 update can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Unlike 10.10.3, which brought Yosemite’s first outward-facing changes including the Photos for OS X app and new emoji features, OS X 10.10.4 is a behind-the-scenes update that focuses primarily on fixing bugs and introducing better performance through stability improvements.

The biggest change in OS X 10.10.4 is the elimination of the discoveryd process that’s been accused of being responsible for some significant networking and WiFi bugs within Yosemite. Discoveryd is a networking process that was introduced in Yosemite to replace mDNSresponder, but it caused problems like slow wake from sleep, failures to resolve DNS names, duplicate machine names, WiFi disconnects, excessive CPU usage, battery drain, and more. In 10.10.4, discoveryd has been replaced with the older mDNSresponder process.

OS X 10.10.4 was in testing for approximately two months before seeing a public release, having been seeded to developers in mid-April. It’s likely we’ll see at least one more update to OS X Yosemite in the months preceding the public launch of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple’s next-generation Mac operating system that’s also in the works.


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