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Apple Watch’s Swiss launch reportedly delayed by patent issue

Apple Watch’s Swiss launch reportedly delayed by patent issue

The Apple Watch is set to launch in nine different countries on April 24th, however Switzerland, the nation known for its watches, is unfortunately not on the list. The reason? A patent from 1985 that doesn't expire until December 5th of this year. The patent was recently reported on by Swiss broadcaster RTS, and basically prevents Apple from selling its hot new device in the country. No, someone didn't have the foresight to patent the term "Apple Watch" in 1985, but watches and jewelry are not allowed to be associated to the word "apple."

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Apple Watch launch, sales policy, AMOLED screen details

Apple Watch launch, sales policy, AMOLED screen details

Apple Stores are getting a makeover to make way for the Apple Watch launch, which has the capacity to make or break the entire smartwatch product genre. As we edge closer to the launch date, we're learning more and more about Apple's process from manufacturing to the sales floor. Apple Stores are rolling out new display cases and tables where customers can try on the watch, by appointment only. Also, to prevent people from hogging Apple Watches during try-on appointments, time slots are limited to 15 minutes. Apple is really trying to keep things running smoothly for the launch, which is in great contrast to the Apple launches in the past where customers camped out overnight for the latest devices.

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Apple Watch apps now available at the iTunes store

Apple Watch apps now available at the iTunes store

Even though the Apple Watch isn't available until later this April, new apps which are geared towards the Apple Watch are already hitting the iTunes store for download. You won't be able to use the actual range of capabilities designed for the smartwatch, unless you somehow got your hands on an Apple Watch early. If you managed to somehow pull that feat, get me one too! Several big names have already launched their Apple Watch apps. Let's take a look at what Evernote, Target, and Expedia along with SkyGuide, DarkSky, and WeChat have to offer.

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Olio’s smartwatch bets on quality and minimalism: Hands-on

Olio’s smartwatch bets on quality and minimalism: Hands-on

We still don't know what a smartwatch should - or shouldn't - do, but startup Olio is betting on just the right number amount of context and some serious timepiece quality. The Olio Model One, up for pre-order today, is the result: a chunky, touchscreen-faced smartwatch which eschews feature overload and instead focuses on what analog watches have been doing for hundreds of years: giving you the essentials at a glance. I sat down with founder Steve Jacobs to find out why he believes there's more to learn from traditional horology than just blunt case design, and how time saved might be the smartwatch secret.

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Rumor: Apple Watch display yields low as assembly trickles

Rumor: Apple Watch display yields low as assembly trickles

The Apple Watch is poised to sell as many units as Apple can supply us with. Just how many that will be is now in question. A non-confirmed leak points to supply chain issues with Apple Watch, which could deplete the overall yield by about 50%. The problem sis aid to be the display, which come sin 38mm and 42mm versions, and is supplied by LG. According to the latest rumors, Apple’s stringent quality control standards send about 60-70% of the screens back.

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Will.i.am, Gucci partner to make a standalone smartwatch

Will.i.am, Gucci partner to make a standalone smartwatch

It's Baselworld this week, the world's biggest watch trade show, and given Apple's high profile entry to the smartwatch industry, it's not surprising to see even traditional watch makers starting to vie for a piece of that pie. We've seen the likes of TAG Heuer and Mondaine announcing their own take on the wearable market, and now, luxury brand Gucci is also taking a stab. But it isn't doing it alone. Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am is also on board to create a standalone smartwatch that is sure to be luxurious, not to mention expensive.

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Apple Watch: Airline companies are the latest to develop new apps

Apple Watch: Airline companies are the latest to develop new apps

With the Apple Watch hitting the market April 24th, developers are rushing to get their apps ready in time, including the big airline companies. Each airline wants to make it as easy and care-free as possible to fly with them. As a frequent flyer myself, I will welcome any innovations that alleviate even a fraction of the stress of frantic air travel. Let's take a look at the new apps underway from American, British Airways, Delta, and United Airlines. Rumor is, they plan to make the most of the smartwatch's at-a-glance display.

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Swiss Horological Smartwatches tout MotionX activity tracking

Swiss Horological Smartwatches tout MotionX activity tracking

With Apple's entry into the smartwatch market, watch makers are finally taking note that the fledgling wearable isn't just a fad that's going away any time soon. At the same time, however, they have the unique problem of staying steadfast to their calling of making "true" watches. Some have dived head on with smartwatch models. Others are taking sort of middle road. And instead of doing things completely alone, some have grouped together to bring forth what will be collectively known as the Swiss Horological Smartwatches.

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Tag Heuer smartwatch official, Google & Intel will help

Tag Heuer smartwatch official, Google & Intel will help

That rumored Tag Heuer smartwatch is now a reality. After a rumor surfaced late yesterday that both Intel and Google would be part of the deal, all parties involved today announced there would a be a luxury smartwatch from Tag Heuer. Google, Intel and Tag Heuer will work in unison to bring a luxury smartwatch to the world — and that’s all we know. Intel’s end in this is pretty evident (they’ll bring a SoC), and Google will come forward with software expertise on Android Wear.

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TAG Heuer smartwatch will not be fully “Swiss Made”

TAG Heuer smartwatch will not be fully “Swiss Made”

Iconic Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer, who was first speculated to enter the smartwatch scene last September, might finally be announcing just that tomorrow. But its foray into the technology space might come at a price, both literally and figuratively. Considering that Switzerland does not have the capacity to produce smartwatch components just yet, TAG Heuer has no choice but to "outsource" that part of the product and process to a Silicon Valley partner that it will reveal on Thursday, which could mean that its first smartwatch won't proudly wear the phrase "Swiss Made".

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