Beats 1 finally gets an official Facebook page


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Well, that took long enough!
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Apple has launched a new Facebook page to promote its Beats 1 worldwide radio station, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week exclusively on Apple Music.

The page features small sharable video clips of Beats 1 action, currently including snippets from Zane Lowe’s interview with Lady Gaga. Oh, and a whole lot of hashtags, too.

Today in Apple history: PowerBook 100 series is a smash hit


The mid-level PowerBook 100 series laptop.
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 21October 21, 1991: Apple launches its PowerBook 100 series, the most important laptops in Apple history — and one of the most important tech gadgets of all time.

Making notebooks into a mainstream technology, Apple’s subsequent success in this category — whether it’s the current MacBooks or even the rise of mobile devices like the iPhone — owes a debt of gratitude to the PowerBook 100 series.

Parisian Apple Watch store may close due to poor sales


Apple Watch mini-store will reportedly close in January.
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An exclusive Apple Watch mini-store at one of Paris’ fanciest department stores, Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, is reportedly set to close in January.

The report suggests the reason for the closure is poor sales — although it may also reflect a repositioning on Apple’s part concerning where the Apple Watch sits: moving it away from the world of high fashion and toward health-tracking and sport applications.

Jony Ive and Marc Newson team up for… a Christmas tree?


Jony Ive is selling Christmas trees this winter. Or one, at least.
Jony Ive is selling Christmas trees this winter. Or one, at least.
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Jony Ive might have his hands full with, you know, being the top designer for the world’s most-admired company, but he’s taking a bit of time out of his busy schedule to team up with BFF Marc Newson to design the Christmas tree at London’s famous Claridge’s hotel.

MacBook OLED trackpad could be called the ‘Magic Toolbar’


MacBook Pro OLED mockup
The Magic Toolbar is on its way.
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Apple’s adaptive OLED touchbar for its next-gen MacBook will be called the “Magic Toolbar,” according to a trademark filing made earlier this year.

The trademark filing was made by a dummy corporation called “Presto Apps America LLC” on February 5, 2016. Interestingly, said corporation happened to use the same lawyers as those who applied for the trademark “AirPod” in Indonesia, Canada and Malaysia.