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Android Wear for iPhone tipped near (but will Apple allow it?)

Android Wear for iPhone tipped near (but will Apple allow it?)

Google is reportedly putting the final touches to an Android Wear app for iPhone, which would - if it ever sees the light of day - allow smartwatches running the OS to hook up to Apple's hardware. Currently, the two major smartwatch platforms, Android Wear and the upcoming Apple Watch, are platform-specific, forcing potential users to switch their phone OS of choice if they want a device intended for the other ecosystem. Google's strategy, ongoing leaks indicate, is to bypass that decision, though that's assuming Apple plays ball.

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Apple Watch may be tough to get (at first), says Apple Store chief

Apple Watch may be tough to get (at first), says Apple Store chief

The Apple Watch is coming tomorrow. Unlike ‘Winter’ in Game of Thrones, we know when Apple Watch is landing. As you may know, getting one might be a bit tough at first, but Apple is putting Store staff through their paces, and have created some interesting new rules to make sure those who are actually interested in buying an Apple Watch can. The onlookers who might try one on still can, but ordering won’t be so simple. Still, Apple is strongly cautioning the Apple Watch you want may not be available for purchase, whether you jump through the right hoops or not.

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Apple Watch might not land in some users’ hands until late May

Apple Watch might not land in some users’ hands until late May

Excited for an Apple Watch? Already put in you pre-order or made an appointment? If you said yes to all of those, it might still be too early to start counting your smartwatch eggs. At least in some Apple online stores in Europe, the much awaited and talked about Apple wearable is marked with varying shipping dates, ranging from 4 to 6 weeks to May 5 to just May. No reason is being put out yet as to these rather wide, if not late, dates, but it could very well disappoint those that are eagerly waiting to get one on their wrists.

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Apple Watch reviving iOS vs Android device war

Apple Watch reviving iOS vs Android device war

Reviews like the collection that were posted earlier today, the first wave of Apple Watch reviews, remind us that there's still some confusion about how iOS compares to Android. While neither the Apple Watch nor Android Wear devices run a smartphone or tablet version of their makers' software, the treatment of these devices is similar to that of their smartphone and tablet companions. Should the smartwatch be treated with the same expectations as its larger, pocket or purse-carried companions? Absolutely not.

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Android Wear battles Apple Watch hype with straps and faces

Android Wear battles Apple Watch hype with straps and faces

This afternoon, Google unveiled a newly expanded collection of hand-picked watch faces for Android Wear. Android Wear, if you weren't aware, is Google's wearable operating system, made (at the moment) specifically for smartwatches. Google also announced that there are now more than 1,000 watch faces available through the Google Play app store for Android Wear devices. For the rest of your wrist, Google also added a collection of hand-picked watch straps made specifically for Android Wear devices in many different wild colors - and some classics, too.

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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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