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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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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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