Steel Apple Watch bracelet rivals Apple’s, but costs half the price

Lust List: Revo brushed stainless steel Apple Watch bracelet by Juuk For nearly 20 years, watchmaker Eugene Ho has been making luxury timepieces for the likes of Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Timberland, Ecko and Reebok. Now he’s branched out on his own. His startup, Juuk (pronounced “juke”) makes beautiful, high-end bracelets for Apple’s Watches. Juuk’s […]

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How to Reset Apple’s Thunderbolt Display

Apple’s Thunderbolt Display, for myriad reasons, may not display an image from your Mac, recognize USB peripherals, connect to Ethernet, or power on whatsoever.

In many cases, the display is not broken. Before contacting Apple, follow these troubleshooting steps to see if you can reset your Thunderbolt Display.

Update OS X

As a preliminary measure, it is recommended that you update your Mac to the latest version of OS X.

  1. Click on the Apple logo in the top-left menu bar.
  2. Click on About This Mac in the dropdown menu.
  3. Click on the Software Update… button.
  4. Click on the Update button next to the latest OS X version in the Mac App Store.

Power Cycle for 30 Seconds

Shut down and disconnect both your Mac and Thunderbolt Display from AC power for at least 30 seconds.

  1. Disconnect the Thunderbolt Display’s MagSafe cable from your Mac.
  2. Disconnect the Thunderbolt Display from AC power by unplugging the cord.
  3. Disconnect all USB peripherals and any cables plugged into the Thunderbolt Display.
  4. Wait at least 30 seconds before powering on your Mac and Thunderbolt Display.

Reset Your Mac’s SMC

Intel-based Macs have a System Management Controller (SMC) that can be reset as a possible fix for Thunderbolt Display issues.

These instructions are for Mac notebooks with non-removable batteries.

  1. Shut down the Mac.
  2. Plug in a MagSafe or USB-C power adapter to a power source and to your computer.
  3. On the Mac’s built-in keyboard, press the left side Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button simultaneously.
  4. Release all the keys and the power button at the same time.
  5. Press the power button to turn on the Mac.

Apple provides steps for Macs with removable batteries, and the Mac Pro, iMac and Mac mini, on its support website.

On Macs with MagSafe power adapters, the cable’s LED might change states or temporarily turn off when you reset the SMC.

Reset Your Mac’s NVRAM or PRAM

NVRAM, short for „non-volatile random-access memory,“ stores certain settings even when your Intel-based Mac is turned off. On older Macs, it is known as PRAM.

  1. Shut down the Mac.
  2. Turn on the Mac.
  3. Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys immediately after you hear the startup sound.
  4. Hold these keys until the Mac restarts and you hear the startup sound for a second time.
  5. Release the keys.

After resetting NVRAM, you may need to reconfigure the Mac’s settings for speaker volume, screen resolution, startup disk selection, and time zone information.

Use a Standalone Thunderbolt Cable

Try connecting a standalone Thunderbolt cable between your Mac and Thunderbolt Display. If this resolves the issue, then possibly your Thunderbolt Display’s dual MagSafe-Thunderbolt cable is damaged.

Contact Apple

If none of the troubleshooting methods worked above, it is recommended that you contact Apple Support by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE, scheduling a Genius Bar appointment or choosing another option. You may also consider visiting an Apple Authorized Service Provider if your Thunderbolt Display requires repair.

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Last-minute gift ideas for the comfort-minded and tech-conscious [Deals]

The days are ticking away until you’re expected to present that special someone in your life with a thoughtful gift. If you’re stressing out about what to get, or what you might end up paying, take a look at this list of awesome gifts available at a fraction of the usual price. From DIY electronics […]

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Apple pays $1,800 damages after retail store wiped pensioner’s iPhone

A 68-year-old O.A.P. has been awarded £1,200 ($1,800) in compensation after Apple Store employees accidentally deleted the photos and contacts on his iPhone. Newly-married Deric White took his iPhone 5 to the Genius Bar at Apple’s flagship London retail store after it suffered a technical fault — only for staff to delete his data, which contained photos […]

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Apple’s Fifth Retail Store in Beijing Opens November 28

Apple has announced that its fifth retail store in Beijing, and 27th in China, opens Saturday, November 28 at 10 AM local time. The store will be located in the new Chaoyang Joy City shopping mall at 101 Chaoyang North Road in Beijing’s city proper Chaoyang District.

Chaoyang Joy City shopping mall in Beijing, China (Image: Shotamuni)

The new store will be open 10 AM-10 PM local time everyday and offer traditional Apple Store services, including the Genius Bar, Workshops, JointVenture, events and seminars. Apple’s four other retail stores in Beijing are located at China Central Mall, Sanlitun, Wangfujing and Xidan Joy City.

Apple has opened more than seven new retail stores in China this year, including locations in Chongqing, Dalian, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Nanjing and Tianjin. The company is committed to expanding its footprint in China, an increasingly important market, under the leadership of retail chief Angela Ahrendts.

Apple opened a new store in Chengdu, China on November 21, less than a month after opening a new Dalian, China store on October 24.

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iPad Pro Diary: The iOS ecosystem is much deeper than I knew

iPad Pro Diary, Day 2: I have a shameful confession to make. Even though I’ve been using an iPad and iPhone for years, I haven’t really been using them. I do a few things that haven’t changed for donkeys. I read on the iPad all the time and send the odd email. I play songs […]

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Review: Logitech’s Create keyboard case turns iPad Pro into a bona fide laptop

The iPad Pro is being hailed as “a new kind of computer,” but as some have noted, it’s really the top half of a new kind of computer. Missing is the bottom half — the keyboard. Apple has a solution for that — the $169 Smart Keyboard, which turns the iPad Pro into a laptop […]

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Apple Shares 2015 Gift Guide as Free Shipping Begins for Holidays

Apple has posted a holiday gift guide on its website featuring the new Apple TV, iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, Apple Watch, Retina MacBook, iTunes gift cards, apps, accessories and more. The buying guide is split into six categories: gaming, photography, music, fitness, learning and travel.

The gaming section is centered upon the new Apple TV, iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2, iPod touch, and related apps and accessories available for each device, including the SteelSeries Nimbus and Gamevice controllers, Guitar Hero Live, Beats Studio wireless headphones and more. Apple also features a trio of drones by Parrot and Sphero.

The photography section features the iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, Retina MacBook and accessories like the Olloclip Active Lens, JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Video tripod, MeFOTO Sidekick360 adapter, Shure MOTIV MV5 microphone and HISY Camera Remote. Featured apps include Darkroom, VSCO, Instagram and iMovie.

The music section features the iPhone 6s, Retina MacBook, Apple Music on Apple TV, Apogee MiC microphone, IK Multimedia iRig Pads music controller, Beats Studio wireless headphones, Beats Pill+ speakers, B&O BeoPlay A2 speakers, Apple Music gift cards, GarageBand and more.

The fitness section features the Apple Watch Sport, iPhone 6s and accessories like the Wahoo Fitness KICKR SNAP cycling trainer, Beats Powerbeats2 earphones, Wahoo TICKR heart rate monitor, Apple EarPods, Incase iPhone 6s armband and more. Featured apps include Strava and Nike+ Running.

The learning section highlights the iPad Air 2, Apple TV, Retina MacBook and iPod touch, and educational apps such as the iWork suite, Star Walk Kids and Plants by Tinybop. Featured accessories include the Sphero SPRK, Osmo Genius Kit, Twelve South BookArc stand, LaCie Fuel external hard drive and more.

The travel section features the Apple Watch, iPad mini 4, new Apple TV and accessories.

Apple is now offering free shipping in the U.S., Canada, Europe and several other regions during the holidays.

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New Apple Store Opens in Chengdu on November 21 as Hiring Begins for Singapore Location

Apple, continuing its aggressive retail expansion in China, has announced that it will be opening its 22nd retail store in the country in Chengdu, a major city in Sichuan Province, on Saturday, November 21 at 10:00 AM local time. The new store is slated to open less than a month after the grand opening of the 21st Apple Store in China in the major port city of Dalian on October 24.

Taikoo Li shops in Chengdu, China, where an Apple Store will open November 21

The new Chengdu store will be located in the upscale Taikoo Li shopping plaza at 8 Middle Shamao Street in the Jinjiang District, where several high-end retailers such as Gap, Gucci, Omega and Zara are located. The store will be open 10 AM-10 PM local time everyday and offer traditional Apple Store services, including the Genius Bar, Workshops, JointVenture, events and seminars.

Apple is now hiring for its first retail store in Singapore, expected to open in 2016

Apple has also posted new job listings for its first retail store in Singapore, which is rumored to open in late 2016 at the Knightsbridge four-story luxury shopping center. The company is looking for Specialists, Geniuses, Creatives, Business Specialists and other traditional Apple Store positions.

Apple does not currently have an official retail presence in Singapore, a large city-state and country south of Malaysia in Southeast Asia, but the Apple Online Store and dozens of Apple Authorized Resellers operate in the region. The closest physical Apple Stores are located several hours away in Australia and Hong Kong.

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Inside Microsoft’s Fifth Ave store that looks just like an Apple Store

Microsoft officially opened its flagship store on NYC’s historic Fifth Avenue today just blocks away from Apple’s iconic glass cube, and it’s taken a few pages from the iPhone-maker’s playbook in the process. The doors to Microsoft’s new store opened just in time for the release of the new Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, […]

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