Apple Watch Diary – Getting to know you

Apple Watch Diary – Getting to know you

iPhone was hotly-rumored before 2007; iPad a frequent topic of debate prior to 2010; but it’s hard to argue that Apple Watch, reaching consumers’ wrists today, is the most controversial of Apple’s recent line-up. Even before Tim Cook & Co. announced the wearable in September last year, the pros and cons of an iOS-powered companion for your iPhone were splitting party lines, and that debate hasn’t eased any in the months between then and release. Now, though, the waiting is over. The preorders are arriving. And Apple Watch needs to prove to us it’s worth a spot on our arm.

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Valve enables paid mods in Skyrim workshop

Valve enables paid mods in Skyrim workshop

Gamers who love Skyrim aren't happy at all with Valve right now and many of these unhappy gamers are the ones who have ill feelings about Steam to begin with. Steam has happily announced that it has support in place to allow paid mods on the Skyrim Workshop. Before this pay wall went into place, mods were a thing freely shared between maker and gamer.

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Apple Watch Sport glass bows to sandpaper in scratch test

Apple Watch Sport glass bows to sandpaper in scratch test

Remember Unbox Therapy? Yes, he is the same guy who brought video upon video of smartphone bending tests during the height of the iPhone 6 Plus #brendgate scandal. Now he's back again with Apple's latest mobile product, the Apple Watch. No, of course he will not try to bend the samrtwatch, which should probably be nigh impossible to do with bare hands. Instead, he is subjecting the device, particularly the Sport variant, to a different kind of torture test: getting it scratched by different, common (except for one) household materials.

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Go ahead and stream ‘The X-Files’ in HD on Netflix

Go ahead and stream ‘The X-Files’ in HD on Netflix

Netflix is updating everyone's favorite 90's sci-fi drama, The X-Files, by streaming it in HD as of today. Now, you can see Scully and Mulder in remastered footage that adds more color and details to every scene. The original airings look downright blurry compared to what goes on the air today. Perhaps, Netflix is realizing that there is a renewed interest in the 90's paranormal drama. The streaming company wouldn't be the first to catch on, considering that FOX is giving the people what they want by bringing back Scully and Mulder for a six-episode renewal.

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Cablevision throws in antennas to woo cord cutters

Cablevision throws in antennas to woo cord cutters

Cablevision is trying to court cord cutters that are getting away from expensive cable plans with an old school way to get local broadcast TV channels. The company is tossing in antennas with its lower cost internet packages for free as a way to allow people to watch local TV. The two lower tier internet plans that include the antennas were announced recently.

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Apple rejecting Pebble apps doesn’t bode well for Android Wear

Apple rejecting Pebble apps doesn’t bode well for Android Wear

Apple closely curating its App Store makes it more difficult for malware and poor quality apps to go through, but it does come at a price that developers sometimes find out the hard way. There are times when apps are rejected for the most unreasonable reasons or sometimes for new reasons that have been added under developers' noses. That inconsistency seems to be at work here again, with some developers reporting that their apps are suddenly being rejected, and sometimes accepted, due to on single reason: they mention support for Pebble.

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Chinese scientists raise eyebrows, genetically modify human embryos

Chinese scientists raise eyebrows, genetically modify human embryos

Scientists in China have genetically modified human embryos, embarking on a slippery slope that could be capable of a calamitous ripple effect in human offspring. Scholarship aside, the ethics questions that sprout from genetically altering human embryos are innumerable. In a paper published by the journal Protein and Cell, a research team in GuangZhou, China, headed by Junjiu Huang, detailed their process and results of genetic editing. The gene in question is responsible for β-thalassaemia, which is a blood disorder that can be potentially fatal. Researchers used the CRISPR/Cas9 technique to edit the genes. As a matter of ethics, the researchers only used "non-viable" embryos that would be unable to make it to a live birth.

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Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo is one company that definitely doesn't have "quit" in its vocabulary. Predating but practically overthrown by Google and perhaps to some extent even Bing, Yahoo is always in search of new ways to generate income but without budging on its true calling. Under CEO Marissa Mayer, the company is hedging its bets on search. But it won't be taking on Google directly, though of course it will do that as well. Instead, it is training its guns on Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. Yes, Yahoo will once again be entering the personal assistant arena. This time perhaps for real.

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Elephone to release dual-OS smartphone, Android 5.0 and Windows 10

Elephone to release dual-OS smartphone, Android 5.0 and Windows 10

Windows Phone users may be getting a new flagship device added to the lineup. A dual-system smartphone capable of Android and Windows 10 is rumored to be in the works by Chinese mobile manufacturer, Elephone. The company just announced its upcoming phones at the HKTDC industry show in Hong Kong. The phones' official names and potential price points have yet to be released.

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