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Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

This week Apple's Spring event delivered final details for the release of the Apple Watch. Along with the final drop, the company revealed that they'd been working with HBO for an exclusive on web-only streaming content for their Apple TV. The service is called HBO NOW and it requires no cable subscription to get you HBO content. They'd also been working on a new MacBook line. This new MacBook is slim, light, and works with a keyboard that runs edge-to-edge - just like its display glass.

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Android Wear reportedly getting WiFi support, gesture-driven features

Android Wear reportedly getting WiFi support, gesture-driven features

The Apple Watch went official yesterday, which was as much a foregone conclusion as it was exciting turn of events for Apple fans. Yesterday also meant the gloves came off in the wearable platform race, as Google took to YouTube, releasing a short Android Wear video apparently mocking the single hardware design of the Apple Watch. Now it seems Android Wear’s next update will take on a neat Apple Wear feature head-on, and support WiFi connections in addition to the Bluetooth link it already has.

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Pebble belittles the competition, calls dibs on simplicity

Pebble belittles the competition, calls dibs on simplicity

Unless you've been asleep for the past 24 hours, it might have caught your attention that Apple has finally launched its own take on the smartwatch fad, not called an iWatch but simply an Apple Watch. Cupertino is just the latest but definitely one of the most high profile entries into a fledgling market segment that still has some scratching their heads, and Pebble claims to know why. It's because Apple, Samsung, and Google are practically putting smartphones on people's wrists, forgetting the watch part of the equation.

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Apple isn’t making an Apple Watch dock, but you can

Apple isn’t making an Apple Watch dock, but you can

Apple is releasing the dimensions of the inductive charger for the Apple Watch, so that third-party manufacturers can create accessories that accommodate the puck. The details will allow for cradles and cases that store not only the Apple smartwatch itself but its accompanying USB charger cable; however, it's only the shape and size of the magnetically-clinging inductive plate which will be shared, as Apple doesn't currently have plans for licensing out the technology itself.

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Evernote for Apple Watch is inbound

Evernote for Apple Watch is inbound

Evernote has announced an upcoming app for the Apple Watch, the likes of which we've covered extensively today (check out our hands-on!). The company that made note-taking trendy has gushed over Apple's new wearable, saying that "we're about to experience a forward leap that will inevitably make memories of our pre-Apple Watch wrists seem grainy and sepia-toned". Evernote wants to make sure it's right there to go along with it (and your wrist), and as such you'll be able to dictate notes to your wrist and more.

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This is Apple Watch: Hands-on

This is Apple Watch: Hands-on

Six months ago, Apple showed us the Apple Watch. Today, I got to look past the prototypes of last year's event and instead try out a fully-functional version, more than a little curious about whether Apple had, indeed, cracked the smartwatch question. There's no denying that plenty of thought and design effort has been put into the timepiece - and some details are, frankly, inspired compared to what the competition is doing - but will that mean Apple Watch is an instant must-have?

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Apple Watch pricing and availability revealed

Apple Watch pricing and availability revealed

The Apple Watch — now that you know a bit more about it, the hard-hitting questions remain. How much is it, and when will you be able to get it? We’re here in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center, where Apple has just announced their pricing schemes. The Apple Watch Sport will cost $350, but we knew that one. Apple Watch will start at $549, which may be above or below your expectations. The Apple Watch Edition? That’s a tricky one to nail down.

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Instagram revealed with first Apple Watch apps set

Instagram revealed with first Apple Watch apps set

Of all the apps you could have wanted for your Apple Watch, Instagram... may have been one of them. This morning Apple revealed the Apple Watch's first set of apps, one of them being Instagram. This app allows you to scroll with the crown - up and down, then tap to see more information about a pic, then tap again to heart it. Of all the apps you could have used to tap into Instagram with, this will certainly be the smallest.

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Android takes one last pre-event swipe at Apple Watch

Android takes one last pre-event swipe at Apple Watch

In the hours before the Apple Watch event today, Google released a video which suggests to users that they "Wear what you want." They refer, of course, to the Android Wear collection of smartwatches, being made by multiple different manufacturers and created in several different styles. Square or Circular, they show, Android Wear is made to fit many different sorts of fashions and looks. How this will compete with Apple's tried-and-true "one device to rule them all" sort of approach, we'll just have to wait and see.

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Pre-event buzz: Apple Watch will change how Apple Stores do business

Pre-event buzz: Apple Watch will change how Apple Stores do business

Don't live near an Apple Store? You might be out of luck if you expect to buy an Apple Watch with a try-on experience any time soon. This week it's become apparent that the unique nature of the Apple Watch and its future might have to change the way its sold - change the way Apple presents itself in-stores, that is. Just like the Apple Store experience changed over the past several years to an iPhone-centric checkout, so too will the Apple Store need a new place to try on watches.

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