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SearchCap: Firefox Picks Yahoo, Apple Maps Partners & Bing Home Page HD

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Free Ride? In Europe, Google Will Remain Firefox Search Default Despite No Deal How much does it cost to be Mozilla’s Firefox search provider in Europe?…

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Apple Maps Using New Partners For Multiple-Location Map Submissions

In October Apple launched Apple Maps Connect, intended to allow individual business owners to edit or add local business listings directly into Apple’s database. Apple told me at the time that it wasn’t intended for webmasters or outside agencies to manage multiple locations or listings…

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What The WatchKit Developer Tools Tell Us About The Apple Watch

Apple has released its WatchKit software development kit (SDK) ahead of next year’s Apple Watch debut. Now other developers can join early partners ESPN, American Airlines and Instagram by creating their own apps for Apple’s littlest screen.

Spring-boarding off Apple’s iOS mobile platform, the SDK lets app makers code and test their Apple Watch apps. Given the timing of the kit’s release, however, it seems likely the new wearable won’t land right after the turn of the New Year. Early spring seems far more likely at this point—a leaked video transcript certainly suggests as much.

The development path carved out by the SDK presents three options for app creators:

  • Make a standard Watch App, with its own interface and features. (Though fully customizable interfaces don’t appear to be possible, at least not yet.)
  • Add snippets of info to the device’s Glances feature, to let users roll through card-like bits of swipeable data. Think news, weather, stocks, sports scores or other small, easily digestible information. ESPN has already been working on a Watch app that funnels scores and news to Glances. American Airlines will send gate changes or flight status updates to the wrist.
  • Create pop-up alerts that let users take action—like replying to a text on the wrist or silencing an incoming call with a message. Instagram has been working on an Apple Watch app that lets users like and respond to images directly through notifications, as well as view photo feeds or follow other Instagram users.

What they can’t do, however, is build a standalone Watch app, at least not yet. It’s on the road map for later on in 2015, but for now, any third-party wearable software will have to link to a companion mobile app running on an iPhone or iPad.

According to the SDK, the sizes and display resolutions of the two versions should pose no real challenge, as they merely funnel in data from the host phone or tablet. But that doesn’t mean developers can ignore the differential. The 1.65-inch tall display on the men’s version has a 312 x 390 pixel resolution; the women’s 1.5-inch screen offers 272 x 340 pixels.

For more information on the inner workings of the SDK, here are some reactions from developers who have dug into WatchKit so far. 

That jibes with the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines, a few highlights from which super blogger John Gruber pointed out

  • The system font is named San Francisco. That rings a bell. There are two versions: San Francisco Text, for sizes 19pt and smaller, and San Francisco Display, for sizes 20pt and up. Display is set tighter; Text has bigger punctuation marks and larger apertures on glyphs like “a” and “e”.
  • From the Watch HIG: “Avoid using color to show interactivity. Apply color as appropriate for your branding but do not use color solely to indicate interactivity for buttons and other controls.” Can we get this HIG guideline on iOS next year? UPDATE: Neven Mrgan thinks Apple means “use color not just for interactivity”, not that you shouldn’t use color alone to indicate interactivity.
  • A lot of WatchKit is about offloading processing to the iPhone — the Watch is effectively a remote display for an extension running on your iPhone. This should be good for Watch battery life, but limiting when you’re not carrying your iPhone. This is not going to be a “leave your iPhone at home” device; more like “leave your iPhone in your purse or pocket.”

Ultimately, it looks like the Apple Watch will start off as little more than a pipeline for the apps running on iPhones—which, frankly, doesn’t really distinguish it that much from other smartwatches that have already hit the scene. We’ll see how many different directions developers can take this. And when the company will really let them loose. 

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Apple Who? After The Snub, PayPal Runs To Pebble

Mobile payments may or may not be a real thing yet, but one thing is clear: Wearable tech providers badly want to give traditional wallets the heave-ho, and they’re kicking up a maelstrom of activity to make it happen. Next up: PayPal and Pebble.

PayPal, the payments service Apple forgot (or rather, chose to ignore) for Apple Pay, landed on Android Wear in June. Now, the company announces its service has also landed on Pebble smartwatches via an all-new watch app. 

See also: Apple Is Less Than Inviting To PayPal In Apple Pay

Mobile users need to have the PayPal mobile app installed on their phones, and then download the PayPal watch app from Pebble’s app store. Once downloaded, you’ll have to log in. 

Just like the smartphone apps on Android and iPhone, the app uses your location to find PayPal-friendly restaurants and stores near you. The Pebble watch app should work at any business that accepts the standard PayPal mobile app. 

When you’re physically at the business location, you scroll through the list of stores and restaurants to the one you want, and then press the middle (right side) button to check in there. The cashier will see you pop up in the POS system, and approve the transaction. Afterward, Pebble will display your payment receipt. 

One thing that’s missing: You can’t email money to friends from your wrist. Then again, maybe this is best left off the Pebble. Trying to enter a contact’s email on that little black and white e-paper screen by mashing buttons doesn’t seem like a lot of fun. Not having to fumble for our phones or wallets, however, sounds quite handy.

If you’ve got a Pebble, the PayPal app is already sitting in the Pebble Appstore, ready to install. 

Photos by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite

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Apple: Your Right To Receive Texts Is A “Subjective Belief”

Getting texts sent to your phone is not a right, nor is it a given. And if you think it is, well, Apple says it can’t be blamed for what you “subjectively believe,” reports Reuters.

See also: Apple’s Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

A U.S. district judge in San Jose, Calif., ordered Apple to face a federal lawsuit over its faulty iMessage texting system Monday night. Only then did Reuters report on Apple’s response to the suit, as laid out in earlier court papers:

Apple takes customer satisfaction extremely seriously, but the law does not provide a remedy when, as here, technology simply does not function as plaintiff subjectively believes it should.

The plaintiff, Adrienne Moore, filed the class-action suit last May after switching from an iPhone 4 to the Samsung Galaxy S5. Like many others, she discovered that text messages sent to her by iPhone users got stuck in Apple’s iMessage system, never handing off to her wireless provider’s network to reach its final destination on her Android phone. 

See also: How To Fix The Apple Texting Bug By “De-Registering” Yourself From iMessage

The suit alleges Apple mishandled the situation, neglecting to inform users of the glitch, and Moore claimed that the iMessage failure interfered with her contract for Verizon Wireless service. 

According to U.S. District judge Lucy Koh, “Plaintiff does not have to allege an absolute right to receive every text message in order to allege that Apple’s intentional acts have caused an actual breach or disruption of the contractual relationship.”

Apple To Users: You’re Texting It Wrong

Apple, of course, may still simply settle the suit. The cost would likely be a tiny fraction of the $118.9 billion in cash and marketable securities held by the world’s most valuable tech company and consumer brand.

CEO Tim Cook has been known to get in front of problems and even apologize for his company’s missteps—from the wonky Apple Maps a couple of years ago to the recent iOS 8 bugs that hobbled devices.

This time, neither Cook nor Apple have issued any official mea culpas about iMessage, even though the company has been working on fixing the issue. Its latest move, releasing an online tool to let users exit the system, just launched this week.

That may not make up for hurtling people’s messages into a nethersphere of “textus interruptus” when they attempt to leave Apple’s iOS platform, but it appears to be the closest thing we’ll get to an actual apology. After all, it’s our own fault for subjectively believing we should actually receive text messages on the phones we bought, over the wireless service we pay for. 

How silly of us. 

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How To Fix The Apple Texting Bug By “De-Registering” Yourself From iMessage

If you’re a recovering iPhone user contending with the infamous iMessage bug—the one that traps iPhone texts in limbo when you switch to another smartphone—take heart: Fixing this problem just got a lot simpler.

See also: Apple’s Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

Apple now allows people to officially de-register from the iMessage system themselves, even if they’ve already gotten rid of their iPhones. In the past, that was something only an AppleCare specialist could do. Here’s how it works. 

How To Delist Yourself On iMessage

To start, visit this link, then enter your phone number. After the system sends you a confirmation code, type that in to confirm your official departure from the system. It looks like an incredibly easy fix, though it belies the major aggravation suffered by former iPhone users.

The issue itself seemed pretty basic: The system simply had no idea what to do with iMessages—the primary texting method from one iPhone user to another—when the recipient suddenly disappeared. (That is, when they switched to another smartphone.) Previously, there was no easy way to signal the departure and invoke traditional cellular text message delivery if the iPhone had been trashed or traded in—even if the same phone number was ported to a new device. 

According to Apple, the problem was not intentionally engineered to keep people in its ecosystem; the company even issued a patch to address it. But people have still been experiencing problems—particularly if they didn’t de-register from iMessage before getting rid of their phones. (You can do that in Settings > Messages, and hit the toggle to shut off iMessage.)

Lucky users who held on to their Apple devices and had a compatible SIM card could still manually turn off iMessage by popping the SIM into the phone and going into Settings. Those who didn’t tried other workarounds, like texting an AppleCare code to switch off iMessage. But the process didn’t work for everyone, and some even contend that it blocks Apple specialists from stepping in to help when all else fails.

Fortunately, there’s now an easier way to unclog the iMessage pipes. Hopefully now, those texts will flow freely, no matter where they come from or go. 

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Apple Starts Crawling Web – Is Apple Launching a Search Engine in 2015? by @mattsouthern

Web development consultant Jan Moesen alerted the Twitterverse last week about the fact that Apple is running a web crawler, written in the programming language Go. This is leading many to wonder whether or not Apple is planning to launch its own search engine in the near future. If so, that would be especially bad news for Bing who currently powers Apple’s Siri. Does anyone know why Apple is running a web crawler (written in @golang, no less)? — Jan Moesen (@janmoesen) November 6, 2014 On his website, Moesen explains in more detail the information he has gathered so […]

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The Apple Watch Will Cost How Much?!

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Whoa — we did not expect a price tag this steep for the Apple Watch. During Apple’s September announcement, CEO Tim Cook said the smartwatch would start at $349. But today, is reporting that the wearable tech could cost up to $5,000 for the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition. It’s likely that the initially announced $349 price is referring to the Apple Watch Sport edition. The outlet also claims that the stainless steel band version will cost around $500.

Go on a vacation or buy a superluxe Apple Watch? Up to you.

Apple’s head of retail recently unveiled that the Apple Watch won’t arrive until Spring, to the dismay of many who just want an iOS smartwatch on their wrist already. Would you drop a couple grand on a smartwatch? Let us know.

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Louis Tomlinson supports gay Apple CEO Tim Cook – days after Harry Styles … – The Independent

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Apple Webcrawler: More Potential Evidence Of Search Ambitions

Apple Insider reports on the discovery of a web-crawling bot originating from Apple’s servers. It was first “outed” by developer Jan Moesen. This is what Moesen saw: Moesen reports that the bot is only crawling HTML, “not the CSS, JavaScript or image files.” Then he…

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