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Apple Watch now unlocks doors (with August Smart Lock)

Apple Watch now unlocks doors (with August Smart Lock)

The folks behind the August Smart Lock revealed a new feature Wednesday that allowed users to unlock their door with an Apple Watch. This app update for August Smart Locks does not require an iPhone nearby when the unlock switch is tapped. "The all-new native August Apple Watch app lets house 'Owners' with any generation of our August Smart Lock and any Apple Watch control their lock, without needing to carry their iPhone."

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Top smartwatches to buy in 2018

Top smartwatches to buy in 2018

Smartwatches aren't dead. Sure, they're not the hot sellers they were hoped to be but, here and there, you will find someone wearing a wearable in one form or another. And while not as numerous as smartphones, there are still quite a good number of models available making the choice an equally difficult one. To help you make that decision, we take a look at some of the most notable smartwatches in the market and how they stack up in functionality, style, and, of course, price.

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Latest watchOS beta hints at Apple Watch support for third-party faces

Latest watchOS beta hints at Apple Watch support for third-party faces

Since the Apple Watch's original release in 2015, almost all of the device's personalization has been tied to the swappable wrist bands. While custom watch faces seems like a no-brainer feature, users have been limited to making small adjustments to Apple's default faces. This could finally be changing in the future, as the latest beta for watchOS 4.3.1 includes code that mentions support for third-party watch faces.

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Apple begins free repairs for Apple Watch Series 2 with swollen batteries

Apple begins free repairs for Apple Watch Series 2 with swollen batteries

Owners of an Apple Watch Series 2 that's experiencing power issues or, even worse, a swollen battery will want to take notice: This week Apple began a new service policy that offers free repairs, assuming the device meets certain criteria. Fortunately those criteria are mainly that the Apple Watch be a 42mm Series 2 model.

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Apple hit with patent lawsuit over Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor

Apple hit with patent lawsuit over Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor

The Apple Watch, specifically its heart rate sensor technology, is at the center of the latest lawsuit targeting the company. Omni MedSci, a tech startup focused on "near-infrared and mid-infrared broadband lasers," filed a patent lawsuit against Apple on Friday, accusing them of infringing on several patents with the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor.

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With MicroLED, an Apple Watch could be a gateway drug for pricer iPhones

With MicroLED, an Apple Watch could be a gateway drug for pricer iPhones

Apple's manufacturing partners are gearing up for MicroLED production if news from Taiwan proves to be entirely accurate. According to sources close to the deal, Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology approved a PlayNitride application for a brand new $17-million USD (NT$500 million) manufacturing plant at Hsinchu Science Park. This is one of a couple companies rumored to be in talks with Apple for future MicroLED display panel production on devices of several sorts.

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Apple MicroLED Watch and AR smartglasses from 2019 tips report

Apple MicroLED Watch and AR smartglasses from 2019 tips report

Apple's efforts to commercialize MicroLED panels could hit stores from 2019, a new report claims, with the firm targeting displays for an upscale Apple Watch, AR glasses, and larger products like MacBooks. The new screen technology has distinct advantages over Apple's current LCD and OLED panels, including brighter screens, lower power consumption, and thinner assemblies.

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Instagram Apple Watch app is gone in latest update

Instagram Apple Watch app is gone in latest update

The Apple Watch is often cited to be immune from the general slump that the smartwatch market continues to experience. But while its sales numbers are encouraging, its app roster is anything but. Apps are disappearing from Apple’s wearable device and some of them are high-profile ones. The latest to join the exodus is the Facebook-owned Instagram. And, no, it isn’t a case of the social networking giant retaliating over statements made by Apple’s chief executive.

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watchOS 4.3 makes the Apple Watch usable again

watchOS 4.3 makes the Apple Watch usable again

Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. And sometimes, Apple giveth back. Apple has just released version 4.3 of watchOS, in line with the release of iOS 11.3 and it returns one of the most common uses for a smartwatch: controlling your music playing on your iPhone. In fact, it even goes beyond that and can now control even the music playing on your HomePod. The update also includes other bits and pieces of functionality that make Apple’s wearable a more useful accessory all around.

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Apple Watch 4 to have more screen, more battery, more sensors

Apple Watch 4 to have more screen, more battery, more sensors

Both tablet and smartwatch markets aren’t exactly at their peak, but Apple keeps on chugging along at the head, leaving most in the dust. The latest education-oriented iPad will carry it forward in the tablet market and, according to Ming-chi Kuo, the upcoming Apple Watch series 4 will do the same for wearables. The Apple Watch 4, according to the famed KGI Securities analyst, will deliver many of what users have been asking for but there will be a price to pay in more way than one.

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Apple Watch welcomes spring with a colorful trove of new bands

Apple Watch welcomes spring with a colorful trove of new bands

Though some of us in the northern US may not have noticed it, spring is officially here. Apple is ready to see in the new season with a selection of new bands for the Apple Watch. There are a bunch of bands on offer for the standard Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Nike+, and the Apple Watch Hermès, so there's a little something for everyone with this new batch of accessories.

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Apple Watch Series 3 now tracks your winter sports

Apple Watch Series 3 now tracks your winter sports

Apple Watch Series 3 is getting a small but possibly significant update today, depending on how much you love certain winter sports. Snowboarders and skiers will find that their Apple Watch is now capable of tracking runs, thanks to updates launching certain apps. Of course, this being the Apple Watch, it'll track a fair bit more than just your time on the slopes, giving you specific insight into your runs.

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