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Real-world Apple Watch testing shows water resistance beyond its rating

Real-world Apple Watch testing shows water resistance beyond its rating

Apple Watch is resilient to water, with Apple saying “Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof.” With an IPX7 rating, Apple Watch can logistically handle submersion up to one meter for 30 minutes. According to the official ratings scale, IPX7 makes submersion beyond that (either in depth or duration) a problem. Real world stats may prove otherwise; over the weekend, some YouTube videos were posted, highlighting the Apple Watch’s water durability, and it seems to — at least in one instance — test well above IPX7.

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Report: Apple sourcing new display tech for incoming iPad

Report: Apple sourcing new display tech for incoming iPad

A few days ago, Apple reportedly asked major display manufacturers including LG, Samsung, and Japan Display to supply them with a production-ready version of the display for their next iPad. This newest display will reportedly use nanowires made of silver under the cover glass. This technology is said to both increase touch sensitivity and decrease cost (for Apple, not us). According to the report, this new display tech may also be outfit with Sapphire glass, reducing thickness and weight of the new iPad.

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NYT Now goes free for iOS, adds impressive features

NYT Now goes free for iOS, adds impressive features

Paywalls are kind of terrible in the eyes of most. It’s success is largely debatable, but some larger news entities choose to shelter online content behind a curtain rather than open it up to all in favor of monetization via advertising. The New York Times was one of those who subscribed (pun intended) to the paywall theory, but may be tearing themselves from it. Their latest update to NYT Now, their iOS app, eschews the paywall altogether, letting us all read until the battery on our iPhone dies.

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True Detective season 2 will offer up ‘uncanny reality’

True Detective season 2 will offer up ‘uncanny reality’

With HBO’s True Detective, we know very little until we know it all. The show and its creators have done a marvelous job of shrouding the show in mystery, seeding tidbits of info as they wish. Season one of the show was wrought with occult mysticism and dangerously taboo storylines. Season two won’t have such narratives, but it promises to be intriguing nonetheless. A recent teaser for season two of True Detective gave us a look at the actors involved, and now we know more about what they won’t be up to.

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Apple may refresh iTunes radio, offer free trial for streaming

Apple may refresh iTunes radio, offer free trial for streaming

While we wait for the assumed launch of the service, Apple’s streaming ambitions are being widely rumored. Last we heard, Apple was muscling music labels to disavow themselves of ‘freemium’ streaming. Now we get a better idea of why that might be; Apple wants to offer a free trial and limited free listening, according to a new report. Apple is also said to be leaning toward a curated radio service, which is why they are hiring away big-name talent from terrestrial radio.

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Fitbit’s IPO to help them keep pace with Apple, Jawbone

Fitbit’s IPO to help them keep pace with Apple, Jawbone

Fitbit is probably never going to command the wearable space. Even if their hardware is better than Jawbone’s (and it is), Fitbit now has Apple Watch, Microsoft, and Android Wear to contend with. Fitbit also doesn’t seem interested in playing nice with Apple, now the largest company in the wearable space. Fitbit doesn’t work with Apple’s HealthKit, and Apple has stopped selling Fitbit in their company stores. In filing for their IPO, Fitbit laid out some strategic plans, and they may have a lot to do with Jawbone and Apple.

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Being an indie Dev is romantic, but may not be lucrative

Being an indie Dev is romantic, but may not be lucrative

I have a question for you: how much do you think an independent Developer makes? Depends on their app, right? It also depends on how well word spreads about the app, pricing, and if it finds its way to media outlets or other curated sites. There are a lot of moving parts when considering the success of an indie Dev, but it’s a romantic notion. Some dedicated soul churning away in their home office, sweating over every last pixel and animation. Still, how much do you think they make?

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Apple Watch heart rate monitoring is near (EKG) perfection

Apple Watch heart rate monitoring is near (EKG) perfection

A lot has been made of Apple Watch’s heart rate monitoring of late. While Apple admitted the niche market of wearable owners with dense wrist tattoos won’t be satisfied, we’re still wondering if the actual method used for monitoring your heart rate, photoplethysmography (which nobody should ever try to say) is any good for the rest of us. A new study, which ran Apple Watch in a side-by-side test with a dedicated heart rate monitor, showed the Apple Watch was equally adequate at measuring heart rate.

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Amazon patent details how drones will find you, talk to each other

Amazon patent details how drones will find you, talk to each other

Like all government agencies, the FAA moves slowly. Drones move quickly, and Amazon wants to strap packages to them for delivery. The well-documented issues pit the pragmatic FAA against the anxious Amazon brass; Amazon wants drones delivering packages yesterday, and the FAA is in no rush to decide how and when drones can be used for commercial use. Most recently, the FAA agreed to reconsider their ‘line of sight’ mandate for flying drones; great news for Amazon. Undeterred, or buoyed by the promise of FAA regulations going their way, Amazon is filing new patents for drone deliveries.

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Rumor: Huawei-made Nexus phone will have 5.7-inch screen

Rumor: Huawei-made Nexus phone will have 5.7-inch screen

Here we go again; Huawei making the next Nexus rumors. First surfacing about six weeks ago, Huawei is widely rumored to be making Google’s next flagship phone. So far, we’ve heard it would be based on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus, which seems as polarizing as Google’s choice for a 6-inch screen on the Nexus 6. This new batch of rumors positions a Huawei-made Nexus device as a wholly new smartphone; comparatively, there’s no Huawei phone like it. Yet.

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