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Apple Watch torture tests include liquid nitrogen, .50 cal bullet

Apple Watch torture tests include liquid nitrogen, .50 cal bullet

There are certain things to be expected when a new notable product is launched -- there will be fanfare and critics and coveting and all sorts of things, and at some point once the product rolls out there will be destruction. Lots and lots of destruction. The Apple Watch is no exception, of course -- we've seen products get cooked and blended and shot and dropped and smashed and just about every other "torture test" you can think of, and now it's the Apple Watch's turn.

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TAG Heuer smartwatch coming November but you can’t afford it

TAG Heuer smartwatch coming November but you can’t afford it

Now that the Apple Watch has started arriving on the wrists of users, luxury watch makers are starting to take the smartwatch trend more seriously. But instead of being worried by the rise of these highly digital timepieces, some are seeing an opportunity. Take TAG Heuer's Jean-Claude Biver, for example. He sees the Apple Watch as a hip new trend that will get youngsters to start getting used to watches, which could eventually lead to more sales of traditional watches. That said, TAG Heuer's $1,400 smartwatch coming this November might be a bitter pill to swallow.

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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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LG Watch Urbane now on Google Store, G Watch R, Moto 360 prices cut

LG Watch Urbane now on Google Store, G Watch R, Moto 360 prices cut

True to their word, LG has made available the classy Watch Urbane this week although not yet in all retail outlets. However, those who have the luck of being able to access Google Store's collection of devices can now also grab the smartwatch for themselves. Yes, the LG Watch Urbane has landed on Google's device store but still in limited reach. In the meantime, as if to give way to the newest arrival, the LG G Watch R and the Moto 360 get a hopefully permanent price cut.

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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 Watch Diary – On the road

Apple Watch Diary – On the road

A smartwatch arguably needn’t be too smart if you’re sat at your desk all day. Out on the road, however, if Apple Watch is going to be a useful traveling companion then it needs to step up: that generally means allowing your iPhone to stay in your pocket more often. Meanwhile, battery life becomes all the more critical when you’re not sure if you’ll be near an outlet until you’re back at your hotel. Question is, does the Apple Watch have what it takes to be a frequent flyer, or is it simply overbooked?

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Amazon Apple Watch app 1-Click works, even accidentally

Amazon Apple Watch app 1-Click works, even accidentally

There's a saying that goes "be careful what you wish for", and it seems that the adage applies even more so to the Apple Watch. And quite literally too. To be fair, the Amazon app for the smartwatch is probably to blame. Or to be more precise, its sometimes handy "1-Click" to buy feature can actually become a nightmare for Apple Watch users, especially when the large orange Purchase button sits precariously on top of a very small "Add to wishlist" line in the smartwatch app.

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Apple Watch has disabled pulse oximeter, hard to replace S1 chip

Apple Watch has disabled pulse oximeter, hard to replace S1 chip

Now that iFixit has finished its excruciatingly detailed journey down the Apple Watch path, it's time to take stock of the spoils of war. Considering the smartwatch is one of this year's most interesting tech products and Apple's most personal device, says iFixit, it's only natural to be a tad curious about what makes it tick, which is appropriate given it's a watch. But with that also comes the question of how easy would it be to repair, either by yourself or by authorized personnel.

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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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Apple Watch requirements: lower friction, faster access

Apple Watch requirements: lower friction, faster access

The Apple Watch has been launched today - more or less - and is being proliferated around the world through the eyes and ears of onlookers. While some consumers have gotten their devices, most of the population of the world has yet to jump aboard the smartwatch train - or even the wearables train. As such, we've had a talk with Andrej Kostresevic, CEO for Nomads, about what it'll take to bring the smartwatch to the public, starting with the idea that Android Wear has a "lack of friction" and the idea that Google Glass "failed."

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