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Apple Watch is the best smartwatch around, says Consumer Report

Apple Watch is the best smartwatch around, says Consumer Report

The smartwatch market is saturated with good wrist-wear, but which is best? That’s always going to be a matter of preference, but Consumer Reports is typically a good barometer for which item in a category is ‘best’. Recently, Consumer Reports stacked the top 11 smartwatches up (maybe literally, I don’t know) to see which belonged at the top of the heap. Hate it or love it, the Apple Watch is the best on test for Consumer Reports, with the Apple Watch (steel) taking top honors.

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Apple Watch Review – Controversially compelling

Apple Watch Review – Controversially compelling

To call the Apple Watch polarizing is to do the splenetic depths of online argument around it an injustice. For the past few weeks I’ve been living in the eye of that storm, the contentious wearable on my wrist. I’ve worked with it. I’ve traveled with it. I’ve exercised with it. I drew the line at showering with it, though Tim Cook says that’s okay too. And all along the way - well, perhaps not in the shower - people have asked me that one question no other Apple product has faced to quite the same extent: is the Apple Watch really worth it?

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Apple’s unsigned music deals could hinder Beats global launch

Apple’s unsigned music deals could hinder Beats global launch

Apple is due to unveil its revamped Beats Music platform at WWDC which runs Jun 8th - 12th, but the global release date for the service is likely to be later, at the end of the June. Apple still has some kinks to work out behind the scenes before it can re-launch the service. The biggest hurdle before release is finalizing media licensing deals. Apple is still trying to secure favorable licensing deals with music labels.

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Apple Pay adds 24 new banks, Home Depot soon

Apple Pay adds 24 new banks, Home Depot soon

Apple Pay has more bank partners, but may have lost a major retail presence. The mobile payment solution from Apple now has 24 additional banks and credit unions whose cards will work with your iPhone 6, bringing the total number of banking institutions well over 200. Earlier today, reports claimed Apple Pay had lost Home Depot as a partner. The DIY project supply chain was apparently just updating their system to accept Apple Pay, as a separate report notes Apple Pay is incoming.

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GE color-changing LED bulbs to get cozy with Apple HomeKit

GE color-changing LED bulbs to get cozy with Apple HomeKit

The arrival of the Apple Watch and the expected revelation of the so-called iPad Pro, or even rumors of a new Apple TV, may have distracted us from one of Apple's big iOS 8 reveals last year, but GE definitely hasn't forgotten. Its interest in smartwatches and tablets only reach as far as these devices' integration with HomeKit, Apple's platform for a connected smart home. And GE might be one of the first appliance makers to come out with a product this year, with the promise of intelligent, color-changing LED light bulbs that speak HomeKit's language.

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Apple pressures labels to end Spotify deals, in preparation for Beats

Apple pressures labels to end Spotify deals, in preparation for Beats

Apple is doing what it can to end freemium music services, opening up a bigger piece of the pie for it to step in with its incoming Beats music service. Meanwhile, Spotify is currently the king of the music streaming industry, with 60 million listeners. From that number, only one-fourth are paid subscribers. YouTube also a threat to Apple, as the video service provides viewers with free access to music and music videos that Apple would love to charge users to see.

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Apple tells accessory makers how to make Apple Watch bands

Apple tells accessory makers how to make Apple Watch bands

We knew this day would come, and we're actually wondering why that day only arrived now. Apple has released guidelines that tell accessory makers exactly how it wants Apple Watch bands to be made. In Apple's carefully guarded and curated world, this isn't exactly a surprise, though the lucrative market of third-party unofficial accessories remain, well, lucrative. But it remains to be seen if that will also be the case with the Apple Watch, which Apple is keeping a close eye on, from charging accessories and now to the most personalized part of the devide: the strap.

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Next Apple TV remote tipped to have a touchpad

Next Apple TV remote tipped to have a touchpad

It seems that Apple is taking a U-turn on many of its hardball stances, most of them attributed to the late Steve Jobs: a non-skeumorphic interface, a large screen iPhone, a smartwatch, and probably a huge iPad that might come with a stylus. Now there might be yet another design decision that would go against its previous gospel: an Apple TV remote with a touchpad. Apple has been preaching the simplicity of its remote for years but now it's adding a bit of complexity. At least it's not doing so with a dozen or so buttons.

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Apple Watch used to share baby’s heartbeat

Apple Watch used to share baby’s heartbeat

The Apple Watch has been used to share heartbeats from user to user before, but before today, it's never been used on a baby. Today's shared experience comes from a family that wanted to share their baby's first moments in the world with their family. They did so with the Apple Watch. Using this Apple product's ability to send a vibration to another wearer each time a heart beats, this baby's life was sent through the Apple Watch, through the iPhone, and through the web.

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Report: Apple ‘cutthroat’ about ending freemium music streaming

Report: Apple ‘cutthroat’ about ending freemium music streaming

As the company prepares for what could be an earth-shaking streaming announcement, a new report suggests Apple is using ‘cutthroat’ tactics to get there. According to music industry sources, Apple is urging music labels to end their support of freemium streaming services like Spotify. While the goal with free tiers is to encourage paid subscriptions, Apple wants none of it, and reportedly wants the feature out of streaming altogether. If true, we can safely assume whatever Apple’s streaming service is, it won’t have a free listening tier.

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