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Apple Watch finally available in stores

Apple Watch finally available in stores

Apple's Watch becomes available for the masses straight through the company's physical stores after weeks of being on sale online. While the company's sales of the Apple Watch have been taking place through online pre-orders and general sale for the past several weeks, in-store availability had not been a reality anywhere around the world. Not at Apple Stores proper. That's changed this week, as stock has been sent to most official Apple Stores for full swing standard selling to everyday citizens.

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Just what the Apple Watch needs: its own Flappy Bird clone

Just what the Apple Watch needs: its own Flappy Bird clone

You may have finally escaped your Flappy Bird addiction from when it was dominating your smartphone screen, but image playing it in a new, simpler way, never thought possible. You could tap that bird and fail to clear those pipes, all from your wrist. It can all be made possible with the Apple Watch. Don't worry though, it won't be happening anytime soon, as the infamous game's appearance on the wearable is thanks to developer hacking the new watchOS 2, which makes this story funny, rather than incredibly sad.

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Apple Watch available in-store in Australia, UK

Apple Watch available in-store in Australia, UK

Perhaps the demand for Apple Watches have become so great that it is no longer wise to delay its brick and mortar store appearance. Or maybe it's the other way around, with rumored sales problems forcing Apple to make its first smartwatch more visible. Whatever the reason, it seems that Cupertino is a week early. The Australian Online Apple Store has started accepting requests for reservations and pick-up of Apple Watches from its stores, marking the start of the second retail phase for the smartwatch.

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Apple Watch hacked to run “true” native apps

Apple Watch hacked to run “true” native apps

Developers hack the Apple Watch to allow apps to run on UIKit, the software bones of the smart wearable device. While Apple has provided the developer world with a software kit called "WatchKit", WatchKit itself remote-drives another bit of software called PepperUICore which lives on top of UIKit. Apple's own apps on the Watch, save the Weather app, do not use WatchKit. To show that it is possible - albeit not recommended for those hoping to get in to Apple's official app store - three developers have gotten both UIKit and SceneKit apps running on the Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch users wanting to downgrade watchOS run into problems

Apple Watch users wanting to downgrade watchOS run into problems

Apple Watch users unhappy with changes brought by upgrading watchOS to 1.0.1 are becoming frustrated by difficult, drawn out procedures to downgrade their firmware. Apple Watch doesn't seem to have a user-accessible recovery mode, allowing users to turn back the clock on unsatisfying firmware updates. Users who are looking to downgrade have to jump through hurdles to revert back to the previous OS. Reportedly, customers are being directed by AppleCare reps to send their watches back to Apple for service. There are even rumors of being charged for "out of warranty repairs".

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This is Apple’s big plan for smarter Watch connectivity

This is Apple’s big plan for smarter Watch connectivity

Your Apple Watch and your iPhone are going to get smarter in how they work together, with Watch OS 2 and iOS 9 streamlining security, privacy, and app data delays. The changes build on Apple Watch’s new native app support: where now the apps themselves run on the iPhone and just tell the wearable what to display, with the arrival of Watch OS 2 both the UI and the backend code will be running on the wrist. Not only will that mean greater independence when you’re away from your iPhone, it also paves the way to a more trusting and efficient relationship when the two gadgets are together.

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Apple watchOS 2 will have Activation Lock to deter theft

Apple watchOS 2 will have Activation Lock to deter theft

With Apple's mantra on privacy at WWDC, it's a bit surprising that it managed to leave this relevant detail out of its on-stage spiel. Perhaps there wasn't just enough time to cram all the juicy features coming in the next iteration of the Apple Watch platform, but a mere mention would have been enough for journalists to pick it up. That said, Apple did sneak it in the update web page for its Apple watchOS 2 preview, confirming once and for all that, yes, the Apple Watch will require your passcode to re-activate.

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Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

This week Apple Watch is getting a rather large update just a few weeks after its first hardware was released. Included is a way to glance at the future, a feature called Time Travel. Also in the mix is a new way to replace your watch face with one of your choice. There's a new Photos app, and new ways to communicate with your friends. This newest update will allow you to reply to an email directly from the Apple Watch with the watch's ability to take dictation.

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Apple Watch getting Time-Lapse faces and 3rd-party Complications

Apple Watch getting Time-Lapse faces and 3rd-party Complications

Apple is adding a new bevy of watch faces to Apple Watch in watchOS 2.0, as well as allowing third-party developers to create their own Complications. The new watchfaces will include a Photo face, allowing wearers to see a photo of their choice when they lift their arm, as well as a Photo Album watchface which will pick a different image from a pre-selected gallery, and show it each time. However, if you'd rather leave Apple to pick the pictures, there's a brand new Time-Lapse face.

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Native Apps confirmed for Apple Watch

Native Apps confirmed for Apple Watch

Apple's WWDC 2015 event has just gotten under way, and on stage company CEO Tim Cook has kicked things off quickly by confirming that native apps are coming for the Apple Watch. Such a confirmation has been anticipated for months; there aren't many details about it at this point, though we'll no doubt be hearing more very soon. More after the jump!

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Samsung’s next smartwatch will have NFC for Samsung Pay

Samsung’s next smartwatch will have NFC for Samsung Pay

According to sources, Samsung's next smartwatch, which may debut in September, will be equipped with an NFC chip. But it won't be for easy pairing with other NFC-bearing devices, at least not just for that. Instead, the NFC will be employed for making mobile payments through Samsung's yet to be launched Samsung Pay. This would put that still to be seen smartwatch closer and, once again, at odds with Apple and its Apple Watch, which uses the very same technology also for making mobile payments via Apple Pay.

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Pebble Time app finally arrives on iOS

Pebble Time app finally arrives on iOS

After what seemed like a long delay, Pebble Time's smartwatch app is finally available on iOS. Although the app could have been earnestly stuck in the Apple review process, it seems more likely that Apple's hesitance stems from the fact that Pebble is a direct competitor with Apple Watch. Its slick iOS interface could tempt prospective smartwatch buyers to opt for the more reasonable Pebble Time over the high-end Apple Watch, on Apple's on turf.

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