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Three Ultra-lux Apple Watch models you’ve not heard about

Three Ultra-lux Apple Watch models you’ve not heard about

Luxury enhancement group Goldgenie have taken it upon themselves to stack even the most expensive models of the Apple Watch with platinum, crystals, and/or diamonds. Not only have they enhanced the Apple Watch Edition with enough ice to freeze your entire body, they've also taken the standard Stainless Steel Apple Watch to the gold drop shop, embellishing it with their own mixes of 24k Gold, Rose Gold, or Platinum. These models are not for the faint of heart. They're for those with very deep pockets, and an eye for the dazzling.

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Jawbone UP3 fitness tracker to ship in US on April 20

Jawbone UP3 fitness tracker to ship in US on April 20

Jawbone has announced the availability of its UP3 fitness tracker, doing so alongside an apology for the delay and subsequent frustration that delay has resulted in. Says the company, the UP3 tracker is “in mass production”, and it’ll be shipping it out to eager customers starting April 20. The shipments will be going to those in the United States who have already pre-ordered the device through Jawbone's website, and will be doing so in the order they were placed.

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Apple Watch Friday: 3 things you should know

Apple Watch Friday: 3 things you should know

This Friday - that's tomorrow, the 10th of April - the Apple Watch will launch in Apple Stores around the world. Apple fans and general consumers will be heading in to Apple Stores in several different countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, the UK, France, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong / China, and Japan. It'll be there that Apple will be tested - bringing not only a new product to their lineup, but a whole new method for in-store sales, pre-order sales, and in-store presentation of their devices.

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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 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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Apple Watch review roundup – v1, for better or worse

Apple Watch review roundup – v1, for better or worse

Many thousands of words have been spilled today, and all trying to tell you the same thing: whether the new Apple Watch is worthy of space on your wrist. Apple's first attempt in the wearable space, the smartwatch promises to bring the best of your iPhone out to just under your cuff: notifications, mini-apps, and even weird communications tools like sharing your heartbeat. Question is, has Apple hit it out the park on version one or, more ominously, is this the epitome of a generation-one product, with all the bugs and flaws that entails?

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Samsung Gear A tipped to be round and powerful

Samsung Gear A tipped to be round and powerful

The next release by Samsung in the wearables department may well be their first in the round department. While Samsung's efforts haven't gone unnoticed in the smartwatch market - they've got more out there than anyone else - they don't have anything with a round display. Imagine the accolades being tossed at Samsung for the displays on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Now imagine they've created a circular display that'll sit on your wrist and do everything the Gear S does.

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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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