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Apple Watch wait time tipped as result of faulty taptic engines

Apple Watch wait time tipped as result of faulty taptic engines

Anxious to get your hands on the Apple Watch? The long wait could be due to a faulty taptic engine from a Chinese supplier, limiting the availability of the hotly demanded wearable. The information comes from sources who have knowledge of the situation, and involves the component that causes the smartwatch to gently “tap” the wearer’s wrist, producing a more pleasant sensation than a buzz or other alert. The defective components are said to have surfaced after February’s mass production kicked off, and some finished watches were scrapped as a result.

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Tattoos could throw off Apple Watch’s sensors

Tattoos could throw off Apple Watch’s sensors

Some of the Apple Watch's features appear to be stymied by a simple wrist tattoo. Whether you have single dainty wrist tattoo or a full sleeve, you might have to switch wrists to get proper utility out of Apple Watch. If both of your wrists are tattooed you might be out of luck when it comes to getting full functionality out of Apple Watch. Reports are coming in about tattoo-caused sensor issues ranging from the inability to track heart rate and distance to being unable to unlock Apple Watch at all.

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Blu Selfie is the perfect smartphone for narcissists

Blu Selfie is the perfect smartphone for narcissists

Blu is releasing a new, unlocked Android smartphone, catering to millennials and selfie enthusiasts everywhere. The aptly named Selfie, focuses on generating high-quality selfies, but doesn't neglect its other features. Most smartphones let focus on the main camera while taking a light-handed approach to the front-facing lens. Selfie boasts two 13MP cameras with Sony IMX135 sensors. The main camera can record HD 1080P @ 30 FPS. An 88-degree, wide angle expands your range of possibilities for the perfect shot. The front-facing camera features a "glam flash" designed to output flattering lighting in a low-lit club for a no-filter selfie.

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Apple Watch Tossed into a Blender

Apple Watch Tossed into a Blender

If you are a fan of the Apple Watch and have yet to be able to get your hands on one of the devices, this video will be hard to watch. Blendtec, the folks behind the "Will it Blend" videos have gotten their hands on a white Apple watch and proceeded to give the poor thing the "Will it Blend" treatment. That means they tossed it into a powerful industrial blender and turned it on.

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MCX’s new mobile payment app CurrentC aims to challenge Apple Pay

MCX’s new mobile payment app CurrentC aims to challenge Apple Pay

Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) announced that it plans to launch CurrentC, its very own mobile payment app, sometime in the middle of this year. The new mobile payment platform is an attempt by a band of merchants to find a new way around the dreaded "swipe fees" associated with credit cards. Even retailers accepting Apple Pay have to succumb to swipe fees when the payment is tied to a credit of debit card. MCX will create a private pilot program to test the app in a mid-sized market. Later this year, the group plans to rollout CurrentC nationwide.

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Apple Services may soon beat hardware

Apple Services may soon beat hardware

It's Apple's Q2 2015 and one category stands out to me above all others: Services. While the iPhone has had a 40% growth over this time last year and the Mac has had 10% growth year over year, it's the Services category that I'm most interested in. Why? Because it contains Apple Pay and all of Apple's software stores. Because its growth has been far more tempered than any other category on Apple's basic Product Summary list, and because it's about to break past two categories for the first time in a long time: iPad and Mac.

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Apple Watch Sport display is best (by a smidgen)

Apple Watch Sport display is best (by a smidgen)

Imagine your surprise when you check out an Apple Watch collection at an Apple Store this week and find that the best display isn't the most expensive. It's not the display that's making the difference, it's what's covering it. According to a study done this week by DisplayMate, the sapphire crystal that covers the OLED display on the Apple Watch does two things. One, it reflects light and creates significant glare in bright conditions. Two, it protects your display far better than glass.

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Apple Pay, Discover cards will work together this Fall

Apple Pay, Discover cards will work together this Fall

On launch, much of the attention paid to Apple Pay was in regard to which cards you could (or couldn’t) use with the mobile payment processing service. Discover was completely left out of the fracas, apparently waiting for the service and user base to ‘mature’. Now that Apple has shipped well over 75 million Apple Pay-ready devices and is taking the mobile payment landscape by storm, Discover will let their customers join in on the fun, all without losing any benefits Discover offers.

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Apple Watch scratch resistance: Ion-X vs. sapphire glass

Apple Watch scratch resistance: Ion-X vs. sapphire glass

When it comes to the new Apple Watch, durability is important. The smartwatch sits right on your wrist and could face more nicks and scratches than a typical smartphone. At least smartphones can be covered by a case. So far, there aren't really any accessories that could increase Apple Watch's durability. Interestingly, Apple Watch Sport is made from different materials than the more expensive Apple Watch models. The sport model uses Ion-X glass which is similar to the Gorilla Glass used in many smartphone screens. The higher-end Apple Watches use sapphire-crystal glass; the same material is found in Rolex and Breitling watches.

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Damaged your Apple Watch? Here’s what warranty will & won’t cover

Damaged your Apple Watch? Here’s what warranty will & won’t cover

If you're already enjoying your new Apple Watch this weekend, the next thing that should come to mind is when it will be damaged in some way. Not "if," but "when." While you try to continue keeping it perfect condition, now is the time to brush up on what is and isn't covered by the smartwatch's 1-year limited hardware warranty. The following information comes from Apple's Visual Mechanical Inspection process, which is what all Apple authorized service providers must follow.

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