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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 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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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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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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