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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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We’re on the ground for the Apple Watch event!

We’re on the ground for the Apple Watch event!

Today’s the day! We’re here in San Francisco, ready to get inside the Yerba Buena Center on this blustery winter morning. What will we find in there? We’re not entirely certain, to be honest. The Apple Watch is all but a foregone conclusion, where Apple is expected to announce more details ahead of the April release timeframe CEO Tim Cook already hinted at. Could we see something else? Multiple other things? We’ll know in a few hours, but we have our suspicions.

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Analysts: Apple Watch could top 19 million in 2015

Analysts: Apple Watch could top 19 million in 2015

Apple will "spring forward" at its event on March 9th, where it will likely launch its first generation of Apple's wearable technology, the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is expected to hit consumer markets sometime in April. Over the course of 2015 it's predicted to sell 19 million units. 10 million of its sales are predicted to come directly from the holiday season. As of now, we aren't the only ones speculating. Professional market analysts have been reporting their bullish views on Apple's possible success in the market place.

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Nike updated Nike+ app, brings in partners for full-fledged platform

Nike updated Nike+ app, brings in partners for full-fledged platform

After refocusing their efforts with regard to fitness tracking, Nike is now making their Nike+ software available for more devices. If you use Nike+, you can now link your Garmin, Tom Tom, Wahoo, and Netpulse wearable to the platform. In the app, you’ll find a new ‘partners’ feature that will tell you which devices from which OEM can be used. Nike suggests each partner was chosen for specific reasons, but all seem to be implemented due to Nike dropping their own hardware initiatives cold.

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Apple Watch Edition contains new “Apple gold”

Apple Watch Edition contains new “Apple gold”

Apple is the sort of company to be so obsessive about the devices they create that they'd make their own type of metal to perfect them. That's what they do. They've already done it. Apple uses cold-forged steel in one iteration of their new Apple Watch. According to Jony Ive, they're also bringing their own specially-prepared gold to the smartwatch as well. Not that this new gold is anything you'd need a new magical alchemy to concoct - this is just a matter of preparation and process.

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Apple Watch has hidden diagnostics port (for now)

Apple Watch has hidden diagnostics port (for now)

Some interesting news about the Apple Watch has surfaced today, all of it revolving around a hidden diagnostic port available on the Apple smartwatch. This diagnostic port is said to contain a 6-dot brass contact array, which is inside of the bottom strap's connector slot groove. Sources have confirmed this port exists, but that's where the agreement among sources seems to end: one source has said that the port is used for diagnostic tasks (as you'd expect), but that it could theoretically be used for accessories after the watch launches. This has spurred speculation about so-called smart watch straps, but a different source has surfaced saying not to get your hopes up.

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Analysts: Apple Watch will hold 55% of smartwatch market by 2016

Analysts: Apple Watch will hold 55% of smartwatch market by 2016

One of the flashier undercurrents of the incoming Apple Watch is how well it will sell. With about 42% of the smartphone market, domestically, Apple has a stronghold when compared to other OEMs. That doesn’t necessarily relate to wearables, though, where the market is much newer and less sure. By the end of this year, research firm Strategy Analytics things Apple can make a massive impact on the market? How big? According to their forecasting, Apple will take up 55% of the smartwatch market, shipping over 15 million units.

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Fitbit buys FitStar, gives your workouts context

Fitbit buys FitStar, gives your workouts context

Fitbit, the only company we know of that actually encourage you to not wear their fitness bands, has acquired FitStar. For now, the two companies will remain separate, FitStar users can publish their workouts to the Fitbit app. Over time, the two will begin using a single Fitbit sign-in, though it’s not clear if FitStar will eventually go away, with its existing services melded into Fitbit. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TechCrunch is reporting the deal is likely between $25-40 million, cash and stock.

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The Apple Watch event site has us intrigued (pics & video)

The Apple Watch event site has us intrigued (pics & video)

Apple’s latest event is just days away. At this soiree, we’re expecting the Apple Watch to be the star of the show, which was heavily hinted at with Apple’ invitation to the event, which made a tongue-in-cheek reference to setting the time correctly. Not content to simply house the event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, Apple is also building an outside area right next to the events hall. We’re in San Francisco for GDC, so we took a peek at what Apple has going on.

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Stryd wearable power meter for runners helps you run faster

Stryd wearable power meter for runners helps you run faster

There are all sorts of wearables today that are designed to help people track their activity. Smartwatches and bracelets that are available track how far you walk or run and show how many calories you burn. A new wearable has launched called the Stryd wearable power meter. The device is designed to give runners details that can help them run better.

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