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Photos of alleged Apple Watch retail packaging surface

Photos of alleged Apple Watch retail packaging surface

Counting down the hours before Apple finally unleashes its smartwatch to the masses? Well here's another batch of unofficial leaks to whet your appetite as you prepare for the arrival of the Apple Watch, hopefully not in line with the intent to buy one. Instagram user Jeremy Gan pictures of the retail packaging of the Apple Watch as well as that of a strap. He has since then made his account private, but not before others were able to snatch it off the Web for everyone else to devour.

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Apple employees to get 50% Apple Watch discount

Apple employees to get 50% Apple Watch discount

In a letter to employees today, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced (among some other things) that all Apple workers will receive a 50 percent discount on the Apple Watch, with the exception of the Edition variants, which will have a $550 discount. Even better, the discount will take effect on the Friday when pre-orders kick off, meaning workers won't be forced to wait a little while to enjoy the discount -- something that has been the case with some past devices.

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Moto 360 successor leaked to have 360×360 resolution

Moto 360 successor leaked to have 360×360 resolution

After its initial bout of fame, the Moto 360 has seemingly faded into the background, especially with the arrival of some pretty strong contenders. That's not to say that the Moto 360 has become any less the smartwatch darling that it was, but Motorola does need to step up a bit if it wants to stay on top. A successor to that smartwatch might already be in the works, as "accidentally" leaked last month. Now a new leak has come up claiming that the next Moto 360 will have a higher resolution screen.

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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 ‘Guided Tour’ videos added to website

Apple Watch ‘Guided Tour’ videos added to website

With the Apple Watch's April 10th pre-order date fast approaching, Apple has updated its webpage for the device with a new "Guided Tours" section that aims to introduce users to all its features. There are several videos on the page, with first titled "Welcome to Apple Watch." Those who remember the 2007 debut of the iPhone will find the demonstrations familiar, as Apple used a similar method to introduce users to keyboardless touchscreen smartphones before they were as familiar and intuitive as today.

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Alcatel’s OS-agnostic OneTouch Watch now up for pre-order

Alcatel’s OS-agnostic OneTouch Watch now up for pre-order

Alcatel’s OneTouch Watch made its debut at CES this year, and like many other Alcatel devices, promises to bring decent performance at an appropriate price point. Today, the company is offering their OneTouch Watch for pre-order. As expected, the wearable will cost $149.99, and is currently only available via the company’s US website. If you’re wondering where Alcatel fits into the crowded wearable landscape, there is one feature we think you’ll find favor with outside of the pricing: it’s OS-agnostic, working with both Android and iOS.

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Hate waiting? Here’s a Apple Watch rental service by Lumoid

Hate waiting? Here’s a Apple Watch rental service by Lumoid

Apple Watch will be launching April 24th but with its 15-minute window to play with the watch, it will be difficult to get a true hands-on experience. The Apple Store also isn't going to be allowing any walk-in purchases for the Apple Watch in the beginning. So, how are we supposed to get our mitts on the latest tech? Enter, Lumoid, the gadget rental service. Lumoid has been around for a while and delivers high-priced to your door, allowing you to try them before you commit to purchasing. As of April 24th, using Lumoid you can rent an Apple Watch and play with it to your heart's content.

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Emvio stress-reducing smartwatch adds zen to your life

Emvio stress-reducing smartwatch adds zen to your life

Emvio is the a smartwatch that is the antithesis to practically every other smartwatch on the market. "Emvio" means "to live" in Greek, and its designers want you do just that with their new, stress-tracking smartwatch. Emvio isn't the first stress-tracking smartwatch, but it aims to go above and beyond as it measures your stress level on a scale of 1 to 10 and notifies you when your stress level raises. Sure, we all notice when we fly off the handle, but sometimes we operate unaware we're pumping cortisol in a giant negative feedback loop of stress.

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Pebble Time Kickstarter ends with over $20M in funding

Pebble Time Kickstarter ends with over $20M in funding

The recently announced Pebble Time smartwatch has done it again, setting a new funding record for Kickstarter, much as the original Pebble watch in 2012 was the most successful product on the crowdfunding site for some time. The funding period for the Pebble Time ended on March 28th, raising $20,338,986 from 78,471 backers. The initial funding goal was only $500,000, an amount that was met only 15 minutes into their campaign, with $1 million met in just 49 minutes.

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Apple Watch shops to open in London, Paris, Tokyo on April 10

Apple Watch shops to open in London, Paris, Tokyo on April 10

With Apple recently revealing that the much-anticipated Apple Watch will be released on April 24th, and pre-orders beginning on April 10th, the Cupertino company is starting to shed a little light on what the retail purchasing experience will be like. As was previously rumored, in a handful of special location there will be dedicated shops that only sell the Apple Watch. Apple this week announced that these shops will open on April 10th in the cities of London, Paris, and Tokyo, each inside upscale, high-end department stores.

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