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How to get your Apple Watch tracking number from UPS My Choice

I got my tracking number! But not from Apple, like Caitlin did this morning. If you are eagerly mashing refresh on your email account and your "my orders" page at the Apple Online Store, I sympathize--I probably refreshed both about a squillion times today. Caitlin Jealousy was at an all-time high.

SOFTWARE | CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Apple's Watch App Store launches with 3,000 apps ahead of first Watch deliveries

The first Apple Watches arrive on doorsteps this Friday, and after people pair their new devices to their iPhones, they're gonna go right for the apps. Apple just launched the brand new Apple Watch App Store, accessible through the Apple Watch app included in iOS 8.2.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS | MOBILE

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Hands on: Phorm takes the awkwardness out of thumb-typing on an iPad mini

The Phorm case, from Tactus, adds a tactile layer to the software keyboard when you're holding your iPad mini in portrait mode and engage the switch on the back--supposedly being able to "feel" the keys will make it easier to type.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Microsoft attacks Chromebooks with new, cheaper Surface 3 for schools

Microsoft developed the $499 Surface 3 in part as a low-cost alternative to the Surface Pro 3. But Microsoft plans to introduce an even cheaper model, which schools will be able to buy at a discount.

BUSINESS ISSUES

Funding Circle raises another £98m to bolster UK and US growth

The investment comes as lending to small businesses via the marketplace surges past the $1 billion mark globally, following sustained growth in both the UK and US markets.

SOFTWARE

Apple Watch is a day away, but the Apple Watch User Guide is now online

If you're lucky, your new Apple Watch is coming to your doorstep tomorrow. So what are you going to do while you wait for the delivery? You can read the Apple Watch User Guide, which Apple has posted on its website.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Acer back-to-school Windows lineup includes $249 Aspire R 11 tablet and Aspire E laptops starting at $599

Acer is trying to cover all the bases with its back-to-school Windows PC lineup, announced en masse at an event Thursday in New York.

BUSINESS ISSUES

Hailo lays off technical staff to 're-balance' its business

Hailo's engineering team is being 're-balanced' to reflect the cab-hailing app's commitment to sales and business growth.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Acer's new Chromebook 15 CB3-531 lives large, lasts long, and costs only $200

Living large is what Acer's new Chromebook 15 CB3-531 (ugh, that name) is all about. Announced Thursday at an event in New York, it's one of the largest Chromebooks around, with a 15.6-inch display. It may also be one of the longest-lasting: Acer claims the laptop can last 11.5 hours on battery alone.

SOFTWARE

OpenOffice development is looking grim as developers flock to LibreOffice

OpenOffice used to be the best free alternative to Microsoft's Office, but now it seems to be falling on hard times.

Expert Opinion

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Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.

Editors Pick

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

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Key Ingredient kitchen tablet review: Yummy recipes can't rescue this crummy tablet

Meatballs. Giant bacon-wrapped meatballs. The Key Ingredient Recipe tablet suggested this fantastic idea to me when I searched for a meatball recipe. It's a good thing the meatballs were tasty, because that's about the only thing this tablet gets right.