Weekend Apple News Wrap

Anthony Caruana
4 May, 2015
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It’s been a quiet weekend on the Apple front. After the frenzy of the Apple Watch release, it’s a bit of a relief. But here are five stories that caught our eyes over the weekend.

Apple added Apple Watch support to its Apple Store app, so now watch owners can check the order status of the goodies they bought, right on their wrist.

AppleInsider reports Apple is indeed working on a larger iPad that will feature a number of changes including an all-new Bluetooth stylus accessory with pressure sensitivity, support for Force Touch input and a USB-C connector.

The energy industry is about to get a shake up. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla has announced a new domestic battery system. At about 1.3m tall, 1m wide and 18cm thick, the Powerwall will reportedly deliver between 7kWh and 10kWh of power depending on the model. The battery will start at US$3000 plus installation. NPR as well as many others covered the announcement.

Microsoft’s How-old.net has been the biggest thing on social media all weekend. You simply upload a photo of yourself and the site uses some fancy analytics to estimate your age. We tried it and found the results interesting. Apparently, glasses add more than ten years.

Finally, there’s the sad news that Surveymonkey CEO Dave Goldberg died on Friday night at the age of 47. Goldberg built Surveymonkey into a provider of web surveys with 500 employees and 25 million surveys created. News reports said the company was valued at nearly US$2 billion when it raised a round of funding last year.

 

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