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Apple World Travel Adapter Kit Gets New Plug and Pricing

Apple has updated the World Travel Adapter Kit, changing the contents of the package and the price. Those traveling to Brazil will find a newly included AC adapter plug, making it possible to connect to Type N electrical outlets. This brings the total number of plugs in the kit to seven.

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The price of the adapter kit on the Apple Store has dropped $10, reducing the cost of the new kit to $29. One reason for the lower price may be that Apple has stopped shipping a USB cable and power adapter in the box.

Siri Learns Russian, iOS 8.2 Beta Jailbroken and More

Apple on Monday released the second beta of iOS 8.3 to developers. The second version features several new languages for Siri including "Russian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and English for India," according to 9to5Mac. This is the first time that Siri has learned any new languages since iOS 6.0 was released in 2012.

iOS 8.3 Beta 2

Developers have also discovered that iOS 8.3 includes a new Wireless CarPlay feature, a more diverse Emoji picker, support for Apple Pay in China and that Siri's speech has been tweaked.

iOS 8.3 beta 3 is now available as OTA update from the Developer Center.

AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Apple Car Could Generate Huge Revenue, Trade with Cuba and More

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stocks once again closed the week at a record high. Share prices opened the week on Tuesday (due to President's Day) at $127.49 and closed on Friday at $129.50. The most exciting news of last week, though Apple has not officially commented on it, is the company's foray into the automobile industry. What started as far-fetched speculation after a spate of mysterious minivan sightings and an email from an unnamed Apple employee claiming that Apple would "give Tesla a run for its money," now appears to be reality.

Apple headquarters.

The Wall Street Journal did some digging and found that Apple does have an automotive related top secret project codenamed "Titan," and further investigation by Bloomberg indicates that Apple wants to have an electric car on the market by 2020.

Clearly this is big news for Apple investors, and may even be a calculated leak to keep interest high in future product categories. This has huge potential, even if

Apple Weekly News Roundup: Apple Car for 2020, Public iOS 9 Beta and More

Although Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has neither confirmed nor even officially commented on it, it appears that the company plans to establish itself in the automobile industry. Since reports of Apple's mysterious minivans emerged, the past few weeks have been abuzz with rumors about Apple's intentions, enough so to warrant some serious investigation. The Wall Street Journal looked into the matter and found that Apple does indeed have a secret project codenamed "Titan" that appears to be involved with automobiles. Further investigation by Bloomberg found that, for the moment, Apple's goal is to have an electric car on the market by 2020. If done right, this could turn out to be another enormous source of revenue for Apple.

Apple electric car planned for 2020.

Other items of interest from last week:

After a successful public beta of OS X Yosemite, Apple plans to have a public iOS beta, which will be a first. The company is planning to release a public iOS 8.3 beta in mid March alongside the developer version. Apple also intends to

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Apple Aiming for Electric Car by 2020

What began as a dubious rumor a few weeks ago is now all but official: Apple is working on an electric car and the company hopes to roll it out by 2020. At least that's what people in the know are saying, according to Bloomberg.

Apple industrial designer Marc Newson's Ford concept car.

The hoopla all started several weeks ago when reports were surfacing around the country of mysterious Apple minivans driving around, equipped with all kinds of cameras and sensors. The rumor mill sprang to life and people speculated that Apple is working on an autonomous vehicle. In all likelihood, these vans have something to do with 3-D mapping for Apple's flyovers, or something along those lines. Whatever the case, they got people talking. Then

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New Kingdom Rush Origins Campaign Announced for February 25th

A new Kingdom Rush Origins campaign called "Hulking Rage" will be available on Feb. 25th. The campaign will feature the Ogre forces of Gram the Beheader and two new heroes. Here's the announcement Ironhide Game Studio posted to its Facebook page:

Are you ready to face the magical Ogre forces of Gram the Beheader?

We hope so! Hulking Rage is the new Kingdom Rush Origins campaign that will pit you against all sort of nasty, big, fearsome enemies. Also, two new Heroes (a free one and a premium one).

For the Kingdom!

Kingdom Rush Origins: Hulking Rage

Kingdom Rush fans recently voted on what the new hero in the series would be. The four step process allowed players to decide on different aspects of the hero like race and sex. The final vote resulted in a Fallen Angel, who should be one of the two new heroes to appear in the next update. It is unknown if the fan voted hero will be the free or paid option.

UPDATE: The fan voted hero will not appear in the game until June.

Gold Apple Watch Edition Estimated to Cost Around $5,000 to $8,000

Apple fans hoping to nab the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition for under $5,000 may want to start looking at the other collections. Twitter user Greg Koenig [via Forbes] estimated that the high-end Apple Watch Edition contains around 29.16g of gold in its casing. That's around $1,200 worth of gold at current prices. Once you factor in additional manufacturing and Apple’s markup, Koneig says that the watch will retail for no less than $5,000. Ian Morris of Forbes thinks Apple will want to go a little higher at $8,000.

Gold Apple Watch

The Wall Street Journal said on Monday that the "Apple Watch Edition is expected to be among the most expensive product the company has ever sold, likely surpassing the $4,000 Mac Pro computer". In the same report, the WSJ claimed Apple had ordered five to six million units of the Apple Watch from its suppliers, with the high-end model making up the least amount of the order. Apple is expected to increase production of the Apple Watch Edition to one million units per month after the initial launch in April.

iTunes 12.1.1 for Windows Brings Bug Fixes and More

Apple has released a Windows-only iTunes update, bringing the software to version 12.1.1. The update primarily fixes a list of bugs, including audio playback issues and Outlook syncing problems. Improved compatibility with screen readers is another change touted in the release notes.

iTunes 12.1.1 Windows

Windows and Mac users received the 12.1 update three weeks ago, which added a Notification Center widget for OS X Yosemite. Apple has not updated iTunes for OS X since then. When it comes to iTunes 12, the jump from 11 brought significant changes to Apple's flagship entertainment package.

Apple Pay Adds 20 More Financial Institutions, Slow in Brick-and-Mortar Staples Adoption

The ranks of Apple Pay partners swelled again today as Apple announced that it has added support for cards from 20 more financial institutions.

Apple Pay adds support for twenty new institutions.

Most notable among the new institutions are Morgan Stanley and Northern Trust. Banks that joined include Central Bank, Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach, First National Bank of Omaha, First Sentry Bank, FirstBank and The Independent BankersBank. Quite a few credit unions joined as well, including Affinity Federal Credit Union, Credit Union of Southern California, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Ideal Credit Union, Redwood Credit Union, State Department Federal Credit Union, Teachers Credit Union, Technology Credit

Apple Patent Uses iPhone for VR Display

Apple has been awarded a patent for a head-mounted virtual reality (VR) apparatus that would connect with an iPhone or iPod. After sliding into a cavity on the apparatus, the iOS device provides the display and processing capabilities for VR interaction. The unit detailed in the patent resembles a large pair of glasses with EarPods.

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Apple's concept is similar to the Samsung Gear VR and the Hasbro MY3D accessory. Both accessories accept a smartphone and deliver visually immersive VR or 3D experiences and games using the built in display and accelerometer.

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